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Do you remember the old days? The time when your only chance of listening to music on the move was to carry your stereo around with you, taking all its weight in your shoulders, the stereos speakers booming out your personal choice of music whilst annoying everyone around you.
Then came the personal walkman, starting with a tape that usually chewed up when you moved, then they gave us the CD version, which jumped more times than a kangaroo on hot sand.
So when they realised that the tapes and CD's weren't that much of a bright idea they came up with an idea that would allow people to move about in there day to day lives, going to the gym, running along the road, basically doing what they wanted whilst listening to their choice of music without it jumping or snagging, that idea was in fact the MP3 player.
So as the MP3 player became more and more popular they seem to become smaller and smaller, yet still managing to hold more and more songs.
And it is one particular MP3 player that I got my hands on which is so small yet offers so much. That MP3 player is in fact the San Disk Sansa clip which has an 8GB capacity, although it does come in several GB capacities.
What does it look like..?
It's tiny and I mean tiny, being approximately 55mm high by 35mm wide and 15mm deep, weighing in at about 25grams, about the same size as a matchbox, (you must have seen the pictures), so carrying it around is no trouble at all, in fact, there's a chance that you may even lose it if your not too careful.
On the top there is the on/off button, then on one side there is a mini USB port so that it can connect up to a PC, there's also the volume control.
On the other side there is the micro SD card port and the earphone socket, which is a 3.5mm standard socket so that you can use your favourite earphones.
It has a few controls with some doubling up so that the buttons are as few as possible, with these control being on a curser type button which is on the front, just below the little screen. This cursor not only controls the play, pause, fast forward, rewind etc, plus it doubles as the menu selector, menu navigator and others.
Just above this cursor there is the nice little screen, which is small yet manages to display the information perfectly well indeed so that you know what's playing and such things as how much battery power you have left.
On the back end there is a clip which is stronger than it looks, fitting easily onto a belt or even shirt collar, with a grip that seems stronger than a drunk holding a bottle of 8 year old malt whiskey.
That's it, it looks simple and it is even simpler to use.
How do you use it ..?
Firstly, you will need certain requirements on your PC for when you want to add or remove tracks, such as Windows XP SP2 or higher, Linux or Mac 10.3 or above, internet access for updates and downloads, a USB port for actually connecting the player to your PC and Windows Media player 10 for sorting out your tracks on your PC before transferring.
Then once you've charged it up, either by using the mains charger or plug it into your PC with the USB cable, you then transfer your tracks, which is done using the USB cable. At this point I killed two birds with one stone and transferred tracks whist charging it up using the USB method. It can play most music formats, such as MP3, WMA, Ogg, Flac and WAV
Anyway, once the tracks are on it is a matter of scrolling through the option, which is done using the front cursors, for example, pressing down until you get the option you want, then pressing across until you find the track/radio station you're after.
Then press play and you're done, so long as you've plugged in your earphones that is, otherwise you won't hear anything as there is no built in speaker.
Luckily you can use any 3.5mm jack earphones, I use my own as I didn't like the ones that came with this player, finding them a bit too fiddly in my ears, getting irritated as they constantly dropped out of place, so I have the bud type that I can ram deep into place.
It has the standard MP3 player options for sorting and finding your tracks, you know the ones, by artist, album, genre etc, and even recently added, which can make life a bit easier for when you're in a particular mood for a certain type of music.
It has a built in rechargeable battery which, on a full charge, should last a good 12 hours of continuous playing with no loss of sound, (remember back when the music on the tape cassette playing ones would slow right down when the batteries were running low on power?)
The 8GB of internal storage is capable of holding thousands of songs, all in one place, plus you can insert extra storage in the form of a micro-SD card, which slots into the little port on the right hand side. I think this can take up to a massive 16GB SD card which is more than enough space for a cracking music collection.
Just think, 1GB of storage can hold something like 250 standard size MP3 format tracks so therefore the internal memory can hold about 2000 tracks, and then with a 16GB SD card you're talking another 4000 tracks, that 6 thousand tracks all in one tiny little place. And as it is only a music player so there's no real need to worry about filling the memory up with video files as it simply won't play them.
It comes in a few colours, blue, black, which I have, and what I can only call a very dodgy brown/purple/dark red looking colour
It hasn't got a built in speaker so you do need earphones to listen to the music.
And it also has a built in 40 pre set station radio with the earphone cable acting as an antenna, giving you even more options in the music world.
In all, this is a fine little music player that doesn't cost a kings ransom, it's small yet packed with more guts than a feather weight boxer in a heavy weight fight, and with the built in microphone you can use it as a voice recorder too.
The sound quality is great, although this does depend on the earphones and the quality of the tracks that you put on it, but if you use your own earphones then the sound quality is pretty flawless indeed.
As for the price, well this sells for around the £25.00 region for the 8GB one, but prices do vary according to the GB size you want, but for 25 quid you can't go wrong.
We've still got 1 of these in our house although it now doesn't get used since we have graduated to the Ipod Touch, IPhone side. This was and still is a good media player. To look at it I don't think it looks nice, and perhaps looks a bit cheap, but it's what's inside that counts remember.
We got this out of Argos probably about 10 months ago. I think this cost around £60 but I could be wrong.
This is tiny and it can clip onto your Belt or Belt Loop no problem. It's quite thin as well, so you shouldn't worry about knocking this and it falling off either. The Clip is quite deep as well.
This is easy to use. There is only a couple of buttons on here, so not lots to remember or look through. You have the choice of just listening to all Music, by Category, or by artist. You can also add Bass to songs, which i've not seen another player do this. You can also search for Radio Stations with this, but i've found in my area I can only pick up a few. This is still ok as I stay in quite a bad reception area and also if you get bored with your Songs then the radio provides a welcome change.
Being an 8GB this gives you plenty of space to store lots of songs and the battery life for this is quite good as well.
Perhaps not as pretty looking as other players, but this is cheap and cheerful and does the job.
If i'm honest I think I've ordered around 10 mp3 players in my life time, all around the £50 price tag. I have never purchased an iPod, or any of the other more expensive players although with the amount I have spent on the cheaper versions I think this would have been worth it. However, after my last creative zen player broke (due to a run in with a concrete floor) I decided to give a less expensive player another go, and that gamle has paid off.
I purchase my Sansa Clip for £50 from amazon - it was from a private vendor and came in a polythene bag with all the usually bits (instructions, usb cable) so I can't comment on the packaging too much. I immediately got my player plugged into my laptop via the short USB cable - I think it being a short cable is useful, I can't understand the previous players I have brought which have almost half a metre worth of the stuff). I'm operating windows 7 at the moment and the player automatically installed the necessary drivers and then popped up with a handy sansa menu. Adding music to this little player works like a dream, I currently do it through windows media player, just create a sync list and press sync - it's done in a matter of minutes. I transferred 6GB of music to my player in a what seemed like a second.
I left the player plugged in for a while to give it some charge. I decided to take I'd try it on a run. Navigating the menu takes a little getting used too (probably because I didn't read the instructions) but after that it's a breeze, being able to browse your music whilst listening to your current playlist is a massive plus for me. You also have the ability to make recordings and delete songs directly through the player. The sound quality is great. My only reservation in that department would be that the earphones you receive are a poor design and kept falling out my ears. However, this might have been down to my strange shaped ears. Once I got a pair of in ear earphones sorted, I was good to go. The players quality is great and can get nice and loud.
If I was going to point out some criticisms of the player I'd say that the "clip" aspect is pretty poor. It can be detached from the player for those who don't want it there, however this means that if you have it clipped to you it can sometimes cause the player to fall off whilst the clip part stays attached. The remedy for this is to just put it in your pocket.
In conclusion, I think this player is fantastic value for money and I plan on looking after it!
I got this player for listening to podcasts and the occasional tune while commuting. I read some audiophile reviews that praised its sound quality.
As usually it ships with crappy headphones but paired with good ones (like the Sennheiser CX300 if your into in-ear phones) the sound is by far the best I have heard from an mp3 player.
It has the ability to play tracks faster or slower but it does change the pitch of the track. Changing the speed also seems to use the cpu a lot because the controls get very sluggish when you use that feature.
The battery lasts for about ten to fifteen hours of normal use. If you use the speed changing feature it drains the battery way faster than that though.
There is a glitch with podcasts: You have to change the genre to something else than 'podcast' if you want to use your own playlist, otherwise it will try to manage the podcast and play it from another plase in the menu structure.
I bought this because I wanted something I could go jogging with, so did not want a big Creative Zen or the like. I have an aversion to anything Apple (my own dislike, nothing factual at all), so plumped for the Sansa Clip. It is great for walking, jogging etc. I had a bit of faff getting it to download play lists from Windows Media Player, but got it to work fine. The only other thing is a lack of a micro SD slot, but with it being so small, I can't really complain. It is still the best MP3 player I have owned. It know goes every where with me and actually gets played more in the open plan office I work in to block out the noisy neighbours. If it ever breaks or is lost, I will immediately go and buy exactly the same model. Curry's on the high street seemed to do the best price - definately cheaper than argos when I bought it.
got the sansa 8gb clip in nov 09. its my first mp3 player. didn't want an ipod or especially a nano -which you can't choose what to listen to. i got over a 1000 tracks on it so far . the sound is mega for the size. i connect it to speakers at home . and i got loads of my cds at my fingertips. its soooo small , about the size of a mathbox. as for being a total novice to this i plugged it into windows media player and all i can say is wow!! it copied my cd collection without me having to do anything. plus it automtically updates when i reconnect it. its the best 39.99 in currys i've ever spent . bargin . awesome bit of kit , totally recommended for anyone who wants music but not gimicky video on a screen to small to view .
Sandisk Sansa Clip 8GB MP3 Player, the best MP3 player I have ever came across. The MP3 player I had before this had awful sound quality, so to use the sandisk after it was a total relief. It has excellent sound quality even for the small size of it which you wouldn't expect. The size is very handy for a pocket, or obviously the clip means it can easily be clipped onto a belt, trousers etc.
The 8GB size of this MP3 player means it holds a large amount of songs, I personally have only put 25 cd's on it so far however I know it fits a lot more on it. It also has a radio player included which is very easy to use and navigate throughout all the different radio stations.
This mp3 player is well worth the money, as I have seen other mp3 players with a lot smaller memory for more money.
Had no faults atall with this so would definetley recommend buying!!
I recently purchased one of these mp3 players for my mum having noticed it in the Argos Catalgoue. Having owned an mp3 player for the last year I have quickly took to the benefits of having hundreds or indeed thousands of songs at your fingertips.
When the player arrived, I was surprised at just how small this player is, it looked unassuming and compact on the illustration but was not expecting something so miniature. When my mum listened to it she was very impressed and so at that point I wanted to hear it for myself.
Firstly the mp3 player has a nice design and layout, it is easy to navigate through the range of options which include listening to all music, music by artist, by category etc. You also have the option of adding bass boost to the player which initially I felt lift the weight of the music and give it a fuller feel. Also of interest is the radio which allows you to connect and lock on to quite a strong signal for fm stations.
The player unlike many others is designed with an attached clip allowing you to clip it onto your jeans and not have to worry about it falling off. However on to the sound quality this mp3 player offers and in stark contrast to my much more expensive go gear phillips mp3 player, exceeds it by some distance. It is recommended by myself that as much as you can you use high bitrate mp3's to get the best out of this.
Upon listening to some rock music and pop music (mums of course) you appreciate the depth of the sound that this mp3 player is able to produce. Vocals are full and thus have character to them, the bass resonates very well considering this is only an mp3 player, musical instruments have a definite dynamic scale to them and what's more, unlike some mp3 players, you definitely won't be wishing for more volume, this is enough to block out most annoying background sounds and allow you to fully appreciate the music.
This is a bargain and with a storage capacity of 8gb will allow you to fit on thousands of your mp3 players. The process of deleting and transferring more songs via a usb cable, is very smooth and efficient. This is definitely recommended especially for those after something impressive but not threatening to break the bank.
I just bought this amazing MP3 player for my dad and it has to be one of the best MP3 player purchases we've made in our family. What we really love about it is the ability to not only listen to recorded or downloaded music in a whole variety of formats, but also the ability to record direct from the unit itself. In particular, you can record an FM radio stream with just a few clicks meaning you'll never miss your favourite radio programme if you're receiving a phone call or someone rings the doorbell while you're enjoying some quality radio entertainment. I really like the size and weight of this little device - it's amazing how they cram 8Gb of storage into such a small and light device. I say "good on you Sandisk" for implementing your flash drive technology into a great little piece of audio listening kit
Bought this little player in silver when my previous one started having issues. It's absolutely perfect to take running or on a similar sport as it clips firmly onto your pocket, clothing or whatever you like. The headphones it comes with aren't great but that's easily and cheaply remedied but buying some more or, as I did, using my previous headphones with this player. I must have well over 100 tracks on there and have hardly filled any of it. It's small and light enough to be totally portable but not so small that it's difficult to operate. The main reason I chose this one over the closest competitor which is probably apple, was the price. You're not paying for a brand name, you're paying for a good quality, easy to operate little player. (I paid £44.94 for SanDisc 8GB clip whereas the nearest Apple equivalent is £30.50 for 1GB and £56.59 for a 4GB one) I for one don't like touch screens and touch buttons as I can't distinguish when I'm running (and find it difficult to look down) where I need to push to forward a track... this isn't a problem with this player at all. On the negative side I haven't found the radio all that great, but then, that's not why I bought it. On the plus side, I love the little equiliser display & the fact that you adjust the balance. I'd say the sound quality is really good but this is only my 3rd player so I've not had much to compare it against. Certainly works fine even when I'm running with it.