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I bought this MP3 player as the first player for my daughter, who was then 8, mainly in order for her to be able to listen to audiobooks (these devices synch with Audible).
I though it was a piece of kit that was simple to use and robus, just a thing for a small child who will not necessarily use it carefully.
The interface is a little to basic/simple for me, it's sometimes not easy to figure out how to get to the file you want; and if you use a lot of audio files that don't come straight from a shop or whole downloaded albums, some aspects of the player are annoying (for example the fact that you cannot access folders just what's recorded in files as ''albums'' and ''artists''). I found that didn't always work well with LibriVox files which we use a lot of.
Apart from that it worked fine. Due to small display presumably, the battery life is very reasonable and as I said, it's a robust thing: light and with a small display so not likely to break when dropped, and I actually machine washed it once (on a short 40C cycle) and it still works (we dried it on a warmish radiator).
I actually think it's a little too tiny - we keep losing it - but at least it means it's light.
The 2Gb size is a bit small and requires a lot of shifting files about, so I would go for a bigger memory size if contemplating this.
It has a radio that works so-so (at least in our rural locations).
The sound quality is OK, but then I am not very demanding on this score. With decent headphones it's loud enough, anyway.
I wasn't all that impressed with this mp3 player if i'm being honest. I bought the pink version of this from Asda for £21.97. It came with instructions, although you add songs to the player by "drag and drop" method on your laptop (or PC). It also came with a USB cable and a disc with software. The drivers install automatically when you plug the player into your PC.
The mp3 player is portable, lightweight and easy to use. It has that annoying clicking sound when you navigate through the menu and I couldn't seem to turn this clicker off, which did upset me a little bit as surely you should have an option to mute it? You can on the iPod! Anyway, the player isn't very durable. It just looks (and feels) incredibly tacky and cheap.
I took this back to Asda as a week after buying it the player completely broke. It wouldn't sync with my laptop and I wasn't paying nearly £22 for something that I couldn't even use. Luckily I got a refund but I was a little disappointed as I went out of my way to return it!
My friend bought one of these at the same time as myself and hers works fine so maybe I bought one from a bad batch or something?
On the upside the player is easy to hold and it doesn't weigh much so it's ideal for travelling. I don't think i'd buy another one as the features are poor compared to the iPod.
I bought this MP3 player because it had a high capacity and was at a low price on amazon.co.uk. When i received the item i found it was well packaged in a cardboard box then turned it on and was promptly greeted by a regional choice screen i selected 'Europe' then i transferred some mp3s from my PC (very easy drag and drop) and started listening. i was then very disappointed and surprised to find the level of sound very low. i did a quick Google and found the solution instantly. All i did was reset the player through the on screen menu and selected 'rest of the world'. This stops the volume being limited by the EU. I paired the mp3 player with JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives in Ear Canal Headphones. The sound output then is amazing, crystal clear and very loud even at half volume. The player stopped working after i used it in a damp pocket but recovered after i dried it out so i wouldn't recommend this for outdoor use. i have used it most days on the bus and found it very easy to use and lightweight this has lead to me having fears that it might be crushed because it is just plastic but it has head up very well so far (2 months) .
The player has a microSD slot so the memory can be expanded to fit a huge number of songs (32GB). The battery last several days and is recharged via a USB port but no wall charger is supplied.
Let's get one thing out of the way right at the start. I love iPod. I do. From my very first Nano 2GB up to my iPhone and everything in between I've owned them all. Nothing I've encountered since has had the ease of use, the accessibility, the style and well, just the overall quality of the iPod. It is the undisputed champion in the personal music player world.
There are of course those that will argue and claim that Apple is the very devil itself for unleashing the iPod onto an unsuspecting and uneducated public but personally, I think that's just sour grapes. What Apple did was give everyone the opportunity to soundtrack their lives in a way that had never been done before and to do to look cool while you were about it. Which is more important. It's genius and don't let anyone tell you different.
But what do you do when you find yourself in the position of needing a new mp3 player but not being able to afford the entry level Nano at over £100? Well, you could consider the 2GB Shuffle available for around the £35 mark. For that you'll get all the functionality of iTunes and the Apple interface for a sensible price. But it's only 2GB and 2GB fills up pretty quickly. And there's no screen so you can't see important things like playlists and battery life. Oh there's flashing lights where different colours mean different things and a voice function that tells you what playlist you're on and how much battery you have left but, is it just me, or does that seem like an awful lot of faff for what should be pretty straightforward functions? The answer to that question is, Yes, it was too much of a faff because I discounted it for that reason. But that left me with a problem. What else is there?
The answer to that question is a limited number of players offering snippets of the iPod's functionality wrapped up in ultimately inferior packages. The more you look the more you become disillusioned by the choices on offer. You would be amazed for instance, at just how many manufacturers don't even offer a shuffle function on their products! No shuffle?!!! Are they mad?!!
They'll give you drag and drop functionality and even playlists but what use is that when to drag and drop in the first place, I'd have to locate files in my 140 plus gigabytes of music files manually? That's going to be a major hassle. What happened to plugging in via USB and pointing and clicking?
So after days and days of searching and frustration, I came upon the Sandisk Sansa. A friend of mine had recommended this model to me when I first mentioned I was in the market for a new player but, on a quick glance at it, I had skipped over it for supposed bigger and better players. I reasoned that I must be able to get more for my money in this day and age. That was a mistake.
The list of specifications on this teeny tiny little gadget (it is smaller than a standard sized matchbox!!) is impressive to say the least. I don't believe you will find a player that comes close to it for a similar price in the market today.
1. MEMORY: The memory is expandable by the addition of a micro SD card. This might not sound important but, as I said before, 2GB will fill up very quickly and don't forget that a proportion of the on-board memory is utilised by the machine for the operating system. You will only get about 1.5 GB available for loading your music onto straight out the box. If you think that sounds a bit odd, remember, they all do it. Even Apple.
But here's the reality, if you shop around, you can find an 8GB SDHC card for about £6. If you purchase that (as I did) you've just given yourself an MP3 player with a capacity of approximately10GB for less than £40 quid! 10GB will let you store (depending on file size) around 2500 songs! Nothing else in the £40 quid price range comes anywhere near that sort of capacity!
2. SOUND QUALITY: First of all, dump the supplied headphones. You're not getting the best out of this player if you stick with them although for those of you who are not bothered about sound quality they are perfectly adequate. I am bothered about sound quality so I use the player with my Sennheiser HD201's. The quality is excellent when you consider the size of the player and very good when I have my critical head on. Sound quality is very much horses for courses so I won't bore you with lots of details about frequencies and the like. What I will say is that the equaliser settings are best avoided and a custom setting is the order of the day. Putting it simply, if you want it that way, it can be as loud and bassy as you like.
***VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION*** When you first turn the player on, you will be asked to enter your country of origin info. If you state that you are in Europe, a volume limit will be placed on the player. This is because of EU directives on music players and so called 'damaging volume'. To avoid this, simply select your country of origin as the United States. This removes any volume restrictions and lets you listen to your music as loud as YOU want and not as loud as someone tells you you can!
3. SCREEN: Ok, it's small. But it is also very bright and easy to read. The text is rendered in a mix of blue and orange on a black background and this works very well. You can specify how long you want the screen to stay on for in the settings to save the battery and the navigation through the menus is easy and quick to master. You don't need to be a computer genius to use this player.
4. BATTERY: Published battery life is 15 hours on a full charge BUT this will depend on usage and what headphones you use (larger headphones require more power). Personally I think 10-12 hours on a full charge is a more accurate assessment for battery life from my experience and this has proved to be more than adequate. You are supplied with a USB cable in the box but no mains plug. This means that if you don't own a usb plug you have to charge your device using a free USB port on your computer. This could be viewed as restrictive but, most people have a USB plug these days (think of your smartphone mains plug) and I just use one I already have to charge the player without using my computer. If you want to buy a USB plug you can pick them up for a quid. Job done. Of course, you'll be plugging it in to your computer USB when you want to put music in or take music out anyway, it's just with a usb plug, you don't have to use your comp every time you want to charge.
5. PORTABILITY: As I mentioned earlier in the review, this player is TINY! It will fit in any pocket you care to choose unobtrusively and easily. For me this is a major plus as I hate bulky gadgets that only fit in certain pockets or places on your person in order for them to be used conveniently. You also have the option to use the on board clip to attach the player where you see fit. The clip is sturdy and well made and holds the player exactly where you want it. It's probably helped by how light the unit is and is a definite plus.
6. OTHER FEATURES: Standard music player selections, i.e. Artist, Albums, Genre etc
Built in FM radio, great reception and easy to use. (No RDS though! So you need to know your channels)
Shuffle feature - VERY IMPORTANT!!!
Great little graphic display when music is playing (bars style graphic)
Simple to use control pad.
Downloadable manual (from SanDisk site)
As you can see, you get a lot of player for your money here and, if you're willing to spend a little more, a hell of a lot of player! Sandisk claim that you can use a 32gb SDHC card if you so desire which, if you do gives you a mammoth amount of storage for something so tiny. Personally I wouldn't do that because of the cost but it's a trade off. If you spent the £62 that a 32GB card plus the Sansa would cost on a 'better' player you wouldn't get anything like the storage but you would most likely get a bigger screen and a flashier player. I would go for storage and sound quality every time personally but it is always down to personal choice.
There are some pitfalls with the Sandisk Sansa. You can't change the battery so, when it eventually dies all you'll be able to use the player as is an external drive and you're in the realms of hoping you get at least a couple of years out of it BUT, Sandisk is a well known and well respected brand so, in lieu of problems actually occurring, I am more than happy to take that risk.
The screen, while being very good for what it is, is VERY small and I could see that being an issue for some. Also the supplied USB cable is very small. This is no doubt in order to keep the costs down as much as possible but a bit longer would have been nice. When charging the unit tends to hang and I would much rather be able to place it flat on a table or sideboard.
But in the grand scheme of things these are niggles and no more and they certainly shouldn't turn you off buying this excellent little player.
***I can also report that, upon installation of 3rd party software onto your PC/Mac, you can also sync this player with iTUNES. I have done this myself and it works like a charm. ITUNES compatibility should be a major plus point for anyone buying an MP3 player because it is just so easy to use and sort out your music. The player will sync with Window Media Player and various other applications you can download but iTunes is the best and easiest to deal with by far for the majority. If you're fine with other applications then you're all set no matter what you choose.***
The reality is, I'm saving for an iPod Classic because they are the best. But in the meantime. this brilliant little player will serve me very well.
I got this as a replacement for my old sony mp3 player which gradually fell to pieces. I hadn't heard of Sandisk so I was a bit sceptical, but for the price I decided it was worth a go.
The best thing about this was that you don't need to download any software for it in order to add music, unlike my last one. This is much simpler, just find the device under 'My Computer' and you can drag and drop your music into it.
As you can see from the picture, there's a decent size display on it and it's easy to navigate around. You can choose to play tracks by title, artist, album or genre and there is also the option to make a quick playlist (a 'go-list') while your using it.
Although it does allow you to listen to the radio, I don't use it that often as I find it too fiddly to search for the stations I want.
One downside for me is that in order to connect it to your computer, you have to use a usb cable (provided). I've had other mp3 players that were able to connect directly into usb ports without the use of a cable and it would have been nice if this one was able to do that too.
The battery is charged by connecting it up with the usb cable (as described above) to a computer, or you can also plug it into the mains if you have an appropriate adaptor. A full charge will last you a long time, and given that I've had it for over a year, the battery doesn't seem to have worn out too much with use.
It does come with a clip so you can attach it onto your clothes. A good idea, but the clip has always seemed very flimsy - I don't use it as I worry it'll break.
It is very small, and also very, very light. You could be forgiven for thinking it was just a display unit...
I like that it's so compact, but some people might want something a bit bigger.
Overall, I've been really pleased with my purchase, and wouldn't hesitate to go for sandisk again.
I think the ultimate test of any personal audio device is taking it on the tube. Sorry to say, for me, this really didn't fare too well.
When I bought this I was pretty excited, all the reviews I'd read had been pretty good across the board, if not perfect, and the fact that it wasn't an ipod was an added bonus quite frankly. I usually listen to podcasts on my way into work so the first day on the tube was really quite a shocking disappointment. I couldn't hear one word of my usual programme over the roaring din of the train. I have tried varying earphones with the wretched thing and none (even those where you can adjust the actual earphone volume on top of the unit's volume) seem to give me any hearing pleasure.
I've given up on it. Perhaps I should check to see this isn't a problem belonging to the individual unit - but I really doubt it. I don't even listen to music that loud, but even then it was a bit a struggle. No I'm not near deaf either.
Otherwise though this is a really simple, does what it says on the box device, which is good I suppose...if you have bat like hearing.
I have had my Sansa Clip+ for a year and a half now, and still find it to be one of the best purchases I have made.
The player itself is very easy to use. You have the player controls, which double up as direction buttons, a select button, volume control, power button and a home button. You simply just select a track or playlist, and off you go.
The player allows you to sort your music in a variety of ways, such as by Artist, Album, Album Artist, Recently Added, or Songs. It also has a "Go List," which allows you to create playlists on the player on the go. The Player also has an FM Radio, if your own music library is not enough. It also has an Audio Recorder than can record from the FM Radio or the built in microphone.
It is very easy to sync the player with any software. I use Windows Media Player or MediaMonkey, and both of these work fine. It is also fully compatible with the Device Stage in Windows 7, allowing for easier syncing and firmware updates, and viewing device statistics such as battery remaining and memory remaining. It just uses a standard Mini USB cable to connect to the computer.
It contains a MicroSD slot, which i have tested to work fine with a 16gb card.
Battery life is great, I usually manage about 15-20 hours of constant usage before needing a recharge. This does depend on what I am using the player to drive, which I mention below.
The sound quality this player puts out is it's major strong point. While the headphones included aren't bad as included headphones go, you really need to upgrade them in order to get the best out of it. I use Sony XB20EX headphones with it, which give an excellent sound. When I am not on the move, it can also drive larger headphones without problems, but this does reduce battery life. It also has many EQ presets and a customizable preset, however I find the sound quality is great with this turned off, so don't use it, as it also reduces battery life.
The little OLED screen is also great, as it is very clear and bright.
I usually get comments from people about how tiny it is, and they can't believe the quality of the sound that comes out of it.
In short, if you want a simple MP3 player that does just that, and does it brilliantly with amazing quality, this is the player you want.
I bought this mp3 player for myself approximately 6 months ago. I had grown tired of always having to update my ipod using one specific computer. I wasn't looking for anything too expensive as I was unsure about making the switch from ipods to mp3 players. When I came across Sandisk mp3 player it was exactly what I was looking for.
It is compact and incredibly lightweight - making it perfect for listening to your favourite tracks whilst out jogging. The clip at the back clips onto your clothing effortlessly and no matter how much you jump about it will never fall off!
I found the menu very easy to navigate and the process of uploading your music onto it was really straightforward; the fact that you can upload music from any computer or laptop was a real bonus for me.
Other plus points are the radio features and the record feature, allowing you to instantly record your favourite track whenever you hear it on the radio.
The only criticism I have for this great little mp3 player is the lack of memory.....however this was easily solved by purchasing a memory card.
Overall, a fantastic product which provides excellent value for money. I would highly recommend it.
As media player technology advances, most would expect devices to become increasingly more complicated, ergonomical and powerful. However, Sandisk, in their effort to break free from the norm have produced a 2GB MP3 player which adopts basic principles of technology (which have now been around for years) inside a small, electronic jumper clip - impressive or outdated?
The range of features within the 'Sandisk Sansa Clip Plus 2 GB' isn't anything to be impressed by. Infact, the device is partly limited in what it can achieve by its tiny LCD screen, small body and lack of significant room for controls. The screen its self however, IS something for the company to be proud of - It's bright and highly luminous, it contains enough pixels for even the hard of sight to make out any text, and it's large enough for the menu interface to work properly.
This brings me on to my favourite thing about the Sansa, its interface. Perhaps slightly confusing at first glance, Sandisk have put together a menu network which is made up entirely of lists, and lists only. Using the left and right buttons (fast-forward and rewind) you can negotiate through these lists which begin at the 'home page' (also reachable by the 'home' button on the front of the device), and end at the 'now playing' page. You can move through these lists, which contain all the songs and audio-books in the memory unit, whilst tracks are playing which I find extremely useful.
The actual 'now playing' page gives more information than simply which song is playing, it also shows you the run time, time remaining, item format, and a few other bits of information you would expect to discover. One thing included on this page which I found pointless was the 'equaliser' - A gimmicky graph apparently showing the ups and downs of the high, mid and low-ranges of sound!
The actual sound quality from the player is obviously transformed to a certain degree by the type and make of headphones you are using, but with a decent pair this device challenges the likes of Ipod and Creative in producing an excellent deep sound. With a good quality track you really can become lost in this machines ability to produce fantastic in-ear noise!
I found the build quality of the device to be to a very high standard. Due to its light weight and simple design, dropping the MP3 player WILL NOT cause it to crack or shatter and the buttons are well in bedded within the structure. When using the device, plastic clicking noises whilst operating the buttons let you know that the materials are low-grade, but this doesn't bother me, and it doesn't take from the overall experience of using the contraption.
The clip on the back of the player which covers its entire rear surface area is strong and resilient. It hasn't lost much strength since I bought the device 6-months ago, however the majority of the time I have had my Sanso in my pocket whilst on the move. The clip is made from the same plastic as the body.
The player takes an external Micro-SD card for extra memory which is very useful indeed, and is something I have added to my device. When adding tracks via a computer I simply 'drag and drop' items from my computer onto the 'removable disk' (the player) which is connected via a USB cable supplied in the package.
Formats supported by the device are:
MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, Audiobooks, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC.
Overall, this product has served me well, and has proven to me that simplicity can still remain a part of increasing technology in the media player category. Well done Sandisk for producing an excellent product! Very much recommended to those people interested in a reliable, durable little player at a fraction of the cost of an Ipod or the like!
I bought the Sansa Clip+ initially as a gift for my mum, but have I have ended up keeping it. My criteria initally was that it needed to be easy to use and while I considered an ipod - I felt the new Nano is so tiny and based so much on icons and not words that I decided for someone in their 60s this wasn't going to be a good way of spending my money, and Nanos don't come cheap; the Clip+ on the other hand was more aligned to the Shuffle pricewise but you have full control of what you choose to listen to, and you can add to the memory by using a micro SD card. When it arrived (via Amazon) it was a bit smaller than I'd expected, but the screen was easy to read as the colours contrast really well, and it is very intuitive and easy to use. Certainly it is more basic than the ipod range, you can't watch videos (the new Nano doesn't have this facility either) but for music and audiobooks it is perfect and the sound quality is excellent. The one problem I did have initally was that the volume was way too low for me - a bit of googling established that models sold in Europe are set to a maximum decible level, and to change this you have to go into the settings say that you are a user in the USA or rest of the world - this then allows the "high volume" option on the settings menu to appear and to be selected... My daughter is now the lucky owner and although I love my ipod, if I needed something new and wanted to spend less money then I would most definitely consider a Clip+. Its a shame these mp3 players are so hard to find in actual shops as buying something like this completely unseen is a bit of a risk, but this is one that has paid off and I would recommend it highly.
For me, this is the ideal mp3 player. No, you can't watch videos on it and it's tiny enough to easily lose but as a straightforward no-frills mp3 player it's great. I picked up mine on ebay for very cheap, about £25. I bought a pink one as they seemed to be less popular and this cheaper, and I'm not really bothered about someone mocking my girly mp3 player when it's about £8 less than the other colours. The navigation is quick and simple, very smooth, never sticks or skips like other players I have used. The playback was of a decent quality. The battery life wasn't great and I had to frequently charge it, often lasting about 8 hours which is to be expected from such a small device but not always successful on long train journeys. The bundled headphones are rubbish and flimsy but then they always are. Usual features are all present and correct such as radio and voice recording and work absolutely fine. All in all no, it's not an ipod but you won't get a better player for such little money and its tiny size and belt clip make it great for jogging.
I bought a Sandisk Sansa Clip about six months to a year ago, I don't really remember to be honest. And I have to say, it is a pretty good little portable music player. No, it isn't an iPod Touch with a billion apps, heck, it only has like 3 colors, but if you just want something to listen to music while you are doing yard work or exercising (which is why I purchased this, try jogging with an iTouch and you will know why) than you will find this is perfect for you. It is a small player, not the smallest because the iPod shuffle is about half the size (but also double the price for the same amount of 2 GB which is just ridiculous.) So yes, I would say I recommend this player to anyone who is just looking to make a couple playlists while they are moving around it a little. It may not be beautiful, feature a sleek design with a fruit on it, or have many features at all, but it is a solid durable piece of equipment from Sandisk and I am very happy with it.
I bought a Sansa Clip Plus for myself about 4 months ago and I've loved it so much I bought one more for my sister.
Size and Form Factor-
This mp3 player is slightly larger than a matchbox but boy does it pack in the features. It has a clip on the back so you can clip it onto your shirt or top. Its perfect for workouts (that's why I bought it)
The obvious difference between Sansa Clip and its competitors is the small display screen which makes things very convenient.
Another super feature is the expandable memory. Not only does it come in built with 2 gb but I already put in a 8 gb micro sd from my mobile phone and now I have a 10 gb player. Brilliant.
Includes FM tuner, voice recorder, has an audio book section so it divides it from your other mp3s
Its bloody brilliant. The sound quality is what amazes me the most about this. It plays all the formats that your ipod plays plus it plays FLAC (loseless audio). I have a lot of FLAC albums and its wonderful. I even use my car adaptor and play the music in the car.