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I needed an valuable but also very cheap mp3 player and decided for the SanDisk one. I had two friends owning it and both had made only good experiences with it. So I bought it.
The appearance of the device is not very special: It is tiny and black and got all necessary controls except the on/off switch on the front. I like it that there are no useless features like a touchscreen which is expensive but not necessary due to its size.
The sound quality is okay and the usage in general is not too complicated, I understood all the menus after using it some minutes. You can add additional media on a SD card if you want to. If you are tired of your own music you are given the possibility to listen to the radio, which is a simple but nice feature. Besides, there is an built-in microphone. I do not use it, but some may find it useful.
I think there's no mp3 player in that price class which works better than the SanDisk Sansa! It does not have more features than there should be and that is good.
Dont be fooled by the size of the sansa clip +, this is one powerful device!
I recently was gifted one for Christmas and couldnt get over its minature size, along with its
Now, if you are an Apple fanboy (or girl!) this product wont suit you with its simplicity, lack of pretentiousness, and expandability; however, if you are interested in a quality MP3 player
that will withstand day to day use then the Sansa Clip will meet your needs
I find it to be very useful in the gym as the strong clip on the back attaches to a tshirt easily; and the built in FM radio enables me to pick up audio rebroadcasted from several TVs in the gym (eg. Sky Sports 1-4, Eurosport etc.)
The sleek black player can be expanded with microSD cards (I have a 8gb in mine), so you can add to your memory as you see fit, unlike other miniture players. The beauty of the product is that it will integrate both music saved internally and externally as if they were in the same memory giving you one seamless list to all your music.
Music is searchable by Artist, Album, Genre; and the player has its own seperate section for podcasts too; with album art available for showing on the screen which is a nice addition you wouldnt expect from such a reasonably priced device.
No extra software is required to transfer music to the Clip, just open the folder in Windows and drag and drop the music you wish to put on the device.
There is one small niggle however, and that is the volume limit imposed by the EU on MP3 players; to overcome this, set your country to outside of the EU whilst updating the firmware.
Battery life according to the manufacturer is 15 hours, however this will vary according to usage of the backlight and volume.
Overall, if you are thinking of buying an iPod Shuffle or Nano, get the Sansa Clip instead.
Note: if you like tinkering with such things you can install Rockbox, which is a custom firmware which adds extra features, info available at: http://www.rockbox.org/
Here is my method for lifting the volume limits, dont worry, It wont erase any of you music be it
on the device or microsd:
1.Turn on your Sansa Clip
2.Make a note of any settings you would like to keep (we're going to reset them in a minute)
3.Select 'Settings' from the main menu
4.Select 'Reset All'
6.Select your language of choice (English for me)
7.Select 'Rest of World' as your region
I do a lot of singing and so it is important that I have my own equipment. Whilst I had a P.A system, speakers and a microphone etc, I didn't have anything to play the music on. Most of the singers I know use laptops, but as I don't have a laptop (only a desktop), I didn't really want to fork out around £300-£400 just for the sake of playing music. So when I heard that some people use 'mp3' players, I decided to give this Sandisk Sansa mp3 player a go.
The mp3 player is very small...it's like the size of a matchbox and very light. It's so small that it is quite easy to drop, but luckily because it is made of thick plastic it doesn't mind when I drop it accidentally. To be honest, I think it looks very toy-like. There is a clip on the back so that you can clip it onto yourself. I find that this is very useful when performing songs as it means that I can have it close to me so that I can skip songs etc and so I can see what song is coming up next.
The screen is quite small, however, considering it's size the screen is very good; the writing is very clear and easy to read which is good. My only complaint is that I would like if there were more buttons rather than '3 arrows' as this would make 'moving around' easier.
In order to connect the mp3 player to my 'pa system' - I had to buy a special connector lead (this was only a couple of pounds). This means that whatever I play on the mp3 player comes out of the speakers. I only ever use the mp3 player when connected to the pa system and so the sound is always quite loud; it's very good quality; always clear.
Uploading songs is very easy. Simply use the 'connector lead' (which comes with it. Plug one end into the mp3 player and the other into the computer. Switch the mp3 player on and it will connect to the computer. Follow the instructions on the computer. Simple. You can also delete songs off your mp3 player using this method. I do think that the lead connecting the mp3 player to the computer is very short; so much that it 'hangs' down as is so short you can't put it on the desk. The memory on this is quite good, although I bought a special memory card for it so that I could add a lot of songs without fear of running out of memory.
The mp3 has great battery power. The mp3 comes with a battery (although I'm not sure what it actually looks like). I charge it using the 'computer connector' and it charges off the computer which is good. It only takes a couple of hours to charge. I find that the battery lasts me around 18 hours which I think is great. So if I have a show I know that I can rely on the battery to last and that it won't run low (that would be embarrassing!).
I paid £33.10 for this mp3 player from Amazon which I think is excellent value for money and would definitely recommend it for both personal and professional use.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Though now a little dated, the SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 4 GB with Radio is certainly one of Sandisk's better digital media products, renowned as they are for building largely robust, reliable and functional items. The 4GB title put me off at first, until I realized the memory could be extended via SD card, which of course is a massive boon, especially when you consider the very reasonable price. However, there is no plastic cover for the memory card, so much so that if you drop it, or give it a good shake, there's a chance of losing the SD.
Output ports are compatible, as they should always be with most sound systems, it has a standard audio jack so you won't need an adapter as you do with certain Apple products. Sadly, the battery life is quite poor, and there's no power-saving mode, which is disappointing.
The controls are easy to use, based on a very generic and straightforward design and are not overly sensitive. It is easily lockable so the thing jumping around as you walk isn't ever a problem. Especially if you clip it onto your pocket, using the wholly sturdy clip attachment. This may be aimed more at avid sports players, since it fits into most pockets adequately. The sound quality is consistently good though through headphones, the volume is a little lacking. Headphone ports to do not easily decay either.
The radio is very clear and although I have not fully explored all its features, it seems to all be perfectly functional. The manual emphasizes its quality, and I've never had any complaints to the contrary.
The limited, albeit easily customizable display is very intuitive and clear to see, operating on principles very similar to that of the early iPod. This is an absolute, no-frills MP3 player with radio. No media applications, net access, games or touch pad. It should be obvious from the thumbnail that it is not capable of supporting any kind of media other than audio, but this thing knows what it is, and you should know what you're paying for. If you're an app enthusiast, this is not for you. Otherwise, for the none too tech savvy music aficianados who don't have an enormous library of songs, or have no desire to invest in a larger memory card, this is a purchase worth seriously considering.
The Sansa Clip+ 4GB with radio is an item I purchased for my mum for when she goes out on her 'health walks'. I tested it fully and loaded it with songs before giving it to her so I got to know the item well.
On unpacking, you get the unit itself, a USB cable and cheap 'ear-buds'. Ear-buds, in case you don't know, are the earphones that sit inside your ear. They tend to reduce external noise and are less annoying for other passengers on the bus as less noise goes into the environment, as it were.
The one I got for my mum was blue but I have also seen them on sale in red and black. The machine is small and neat, quite robust with a nice clip (hence the name) on the rear of it for a belt/bag.
The sound from this machine is surprisingly good and you can adjust the bass and treble. The display is clear - in black and neon blue. It's menu is user-friendly and the text is easy to read. My mum found the menu very easy to get used to and she is very techno-phobic so this was a great bonus. You can give songs a rating too, which is a nice extra for such a basic player. The radio has 40 pre-sets although you would be hard pushed to tune in that many! The built-in microphone is used for shopping lists by my mum, I am told.
You can play tracks in MP3 format as well as WMA files. It has a microSD card memory slot if you want to expand it's memory capacity although most buyers of this little unit would probably be using it as a little extra to their main larger machine. It can hold about 1000 tracks with it's built-in 4GB memory. To transfer music you need to use Windows Media Player and either synch it or use the 'drag and drop' method in Windows Explorer.
I bought my mum's player for £30.00 but have seen them selling for less than this online.
- When saving files to the MicroSD the automatically update on the inbuilt memory making locating and playing the files so much easier in comparison to competitors.
- The placement of the buttons is spot on, unlike the competion (particular this Mp3s predecessor).
- There is the ability to play Audiobook files which can also be adjusted in terms of speed that they are read.
- Browsing the menus and the use of the Mp3 is smooth and easy to follow.
- The sound quality is better than most in the same price range.
- Battery life. I found that you can get no where near the advertised life of the battery, geting slighty over half of the battery the box states
- The MicroSd slot lacks any cap which caused me to lose the memory card within a week of purchase
- No touch screen which is pretty much standard in modern mp3s.
- Lack of features such as web browser and games
I was looking for a small portable MP3 player that I could easily carry or clip onto my pocket for when I was running or going to the gym, as I didn't want to carry around anything big or flashy with me. Portability is a big issue for music players, as it is hard to get the best of both worlds- a tiny, small device AND maximum functionality. I just needed something simple and cheap that I wouldn't really be all too devastated if it fell out of my pocket (though of course I would still be very displeased).
My requirements for the MP3 player were:
- Small, lightweight and portable, able to clip onto a pocket if possible.
- Able to store quite a lot of music (though I wasn't hoping for too much, as this was just going to be something I used whilst exercising or when I didn't want to carry around a big flashy touch screen media player with me).
- Good quality music and sound.
- No useless functions that will just take up space (for example, since I was looking for a relatively small, simple and cheap product, it didn't need to have an app store, as there would be no point in it).
- It had to have a screen, but a small one at that; what I mean by this is that it had to have a screen so that I could see the name of the song, artist, etc. but I didn't want something big that I could view videos on or anything.
Not too much to ask for, right? Well, of course, price mattered a lot, as I didn't want to spend a fortune on something small, and anyway as a university student I have to keep my budget for "unnecessary goods" to a bare minimum. After a little bit of browsing on Amazon, I discovered that the SanDisk Sansa Clip (with 4GB of internal memory- this may not seem like much, but remember, I was looking for something to play music with only, not big, space consuming video files) ticked all the boxes for me. But this was not the only option I could have chosen; there were many others available, some of them cheaper in price, so why did I end up buying this MP3 player? Well, mainly due to these factors:
- It just so happened that the SanDisk Sansa was on sale on Amazon (it still is now, so grab yourself a bargain if you are interested in trying out this product) at less £30, so I got more than half price off; I wasn't sure when the next time would be when I could take advantage of such an offer.
- The memory was expandable by a Micro SD card, so in the case that it didn't have enough memory for me. I did end up buying an 8gb Micro SD card for it on sale from Amazon for under £10 including postage and packaging, so I was quite pleased with myself for that! With an expandable memory, all you have to do is buy and insert an extra Micro SD, and you will not run out of space (especially with a device like this that does not support video)! If you don't feel up to spending extra money on a Micro SD, and don't mind choosing out your favourites to put on, then the 4gb built in memory should be more than enough as it is.
- The design looked good; simple and portable (quite lightweight), with simple controls and a small screen, yet large enough to satisfy me. It also had a clip, so that I could clip it onto my pocket (for added security, just in case it fell out)- one of my preferred, but not necessary requirements.
- The brand SanDisk gave me more confidence than the other unbranded MP3 players being shipped from wholesalers claiming to look like the iPod Nano or something. In my opinion, SanDisk is quite an established company, who would know better than to sell you a bad quality products. Also, I knew that SanDisk produced SD cards and readers, but I was unaware until then that they produced portable media players. I have to say that I was quite intrigued by this and I wanted to try it out.
It arrived, looking small, portable and simple, just as I would have hoped for. So, I charged it for luck, put on some of my favourite albums (this didn't take as long as I thought it would) and set off for a quick jog to test it out. I clipped it on my pocket (the clip felt fairly sturdy and good quality, not like it was going to fall off in half a minute) and slipped my earphones in. Some came with the device, but I decided to stay loyal to my old ones and keep the new ones as spares. After tinkering with the volume controls a little (located on the side of the MP3 player), I managed to select a song to start off with. You can see the albums, artists or just songs separately, and you can control all this with a simple, easy to use set of buttons. This could be great for someone who has difficulties working out complicated buttons and functions, who just wants something simple, yet brilliant to use.
The sound quality is lovely- better than I expected from something so little; not crackly or faded at all. The volume can be turned reasonably loud- however, if you are working in a noisy environment, this may be a little hard to hear as the volume can't be turned up THAT high. All your music can be controlled easily, and the radio works quite well; though I do not use it very often- why listen to what someone else wants to play you when you have your own albums right there?
I have been pleasantly surprised by this little MP3 player, and it is available at quite a low price compared to your more flashy yet less flashy iPods and other media players. Of course, this will never be a replacement to my big media player, due to the lack of memory (despite the fact that you can expand it, but hey, micro SD cards have their limits) and media functionality- I do like my apps and videos, just not when I am out and exercising. However, this SanDisk Sansa Clip suits the purpose I bought it for perfectly- it is small, portable and durable. So if you are looking for something small and simple yet hard wearing, then I say go for it!
I bought this recently, as I have never had an MP3 before and wanted to try one which was inexpensive, which it certainly is from Amazon.
You may as well get the 4 GB one, as you can expand the memory hugely with a Micro Sd card, and 4 GB will hold about 1000 tracks anyway.
It has a wonderful clear sound. Principally was interested in downloading audio books onto it with which it is compatible, unlike some MP3s like the Walkman.
Having listened to the radio and music on it, I am won over to this usage.
The sound quality is fab. I cannot get on with the in-ear type headphones, so bought a Technika headset which is much less painful on my poor sensitive ears.
There is much to recommend this little beauty:
1. It is teeny weeny and light, matchbox size but light and thin.
2. Takes these formats : MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC formats, plus audio books
3.Expandable microSD or microSDHC memory card slot- you can give it a whopping memory
4.You can use slotRadio and slotMusic cards
5.Built-in clip is sturdy and holds well
6.Digital FM tuner and built-in voice recorder- you can program the stations you want, and record conversations etc.
7. You can download free audiobooks from Librivox and other projects or join Audible.
8. You can create a playlist and download via your pc Windows Media Player- very easy to set that up- even for an impatient person like me.
OR. you can just download straight onto the Sansaclip interface- easy too.I found this better for Librivox.
9. Very easy navigation on the MP3 menas you can shuffle tracks or search your playlist with ease
10 Comes with a bit of info to get you started but its fairly intuitive, also a transfer lead for the pc, no charger- you charge via the PC or buy a wall charger for £7.
I have been using the MP3 to listen to F. Scott Fitzgerald's ' This side of Paradise' whilst knitting. The sound quality is excellent and I am enjoying the experience. I got the book free on Librivox. You store the audiobooks on a section which is dedicated to this on the Sansa Clip. The other sections are Albums, Songs, Radio and so on.
I am finding it slightly difficult to go instantly back to the Main menu so I just press the back button a few times.
Music wise ' Florence and the Machine' sounds amazing and the David Sylvian albums which are quite complex musically sound beautiful. I am really using this for chilling out, so no Rage Against the Machine etc on it as yet. I have a couple of nice New Age mucic albums which claim to send you to sleep, but actually nicely block out the neighbour's noise. I don't think there is much bass on this, but anyway if I want bass I can crank up my fabulous floor shaking new Philips stereo.
I am not using this MP3 for sport but I think it is tiny enough to wear for jogging and the clip is really secure.
I have juse recently bought this. I have had an MP3 player for years now - and have more than 1 kicking around the house. I don't use an Mp3 player all that much and it is more so if I am going on holiday or perhaps the odd Train journey which doesn't happen on my own all that much thesedays. I have recently joined a Gym and any MP3 players that I have don't have Belt Clips on them. I know that you can buy little arm band things that you can pop an MP3 player in so that it sits in a pouch and allows you to use your existing player but I didn't really want mine to be clipped to my arm and the cable flapping around so I looked around for 1 that had a clip and found this one. I wasn't looking for anything all that fancy and I know that over the last few years MP3 players have got pretty cheap. I picked this one up for £18.99 and the delivery was free so I thought that was an ok price for a 4GB player with Radio.
When I got this through the post I was surprised at just how small this was. It looked bigger in the picture online but it's a little dinky thing and perfect that you can just clip this on and it doesn't feel as if you have this on. There is no weight to it. This is just a little square and not thick either. There is a little screen on this as well which displays the Song title and the Battery segments. There is only the on/off switch on here and the buttons for the volume and to skip forward and back for your Songs.
There is also the potential to slot a Micro SD card into this if you have filled the 4GB and want to have more songs on it. I don't think I will need to worry about that.
Reading the instructions this plays Music in MP3 and WMA. The Radio is FM only but that is fine for me. It is easy to scan the radio channels and store the channels.
You charge this through the USB lead so I can charge this from my Television or my iPhone charger. Also it is easy to plug into my PC as well so no problems with charging. Perhaps some people may see it having a chargable battery a pain and not able to change the Battery when on the move but since I will just use this for the Gym and since it has a Battery life of approx 15 hours when it is fully charged then I don't think I have to worry about flat battery.
Sound wise this is alright. Not the best bassiest kind of sound but adequate to allow me to turn this up and hear my songs whilst blanking out the outside background noise.
A good little cheap and cheerful player that is easy to use.
At £30 odd quid you can't really go wrong with the Sansa clip - it sounds great, it's simple to use and it's nice and small. After my Creative Zen died I bought one as a stop-gap to something bigger, I was going to go for a premium touchscreen MP3 player but then found that iPods and smartphones trampled the MP3 player market.
I now use it all the time with a microSD which has let me store a hefty amount of music. My only gripe is the "updating content" screen wherein it refreshes music listings - this takes a year and a half to complete and can be frustrating if you've just copied stuff on and you're going out the door - as you might find yourself walking a few blocks with it stuck there, unable to play music.
This is why I'd wholly recommend doing away with the bundled software and going for Rockbox, which is a community-based alternative for this device. Either way, both are super-easy to use and the player works flawlessly. This being said, in it's lifetime I have ran into one or two hickups - holding the reset button for 15 seconds shuts off the device, but this is only something I've done a few times in the half a year or so of owning it.
All in all, I'd thoroughly recommend this if you want something cheap and cheerful - you can't really go wrong at this price and the sound and build quality is excellent.
Before I bought my Sansa Clip, I mainly listened to music on my Galaxy S2, or on my pc using any old headphones I could find. As a Producer of music however, I found the sound quality on most phone's to be sub-par or muffled and distorted at loud volumes. I'm also very keen on uncoloured music (music players that have a almost flat frequency response and let you hear the music as the artist intended). So after finding out this little MP3 player had one of the best DAC's (digital audio converter) on the market, I decided to splash out the lowly £20 it cost to buy and my god was it worth it.
I will admit the stock headphones are OK but nothing special, when I plugged in the headphones I received with my Galaxy S2 however I was blown away. Nice, clear and loud are the best words to sum up this little MP3 player. And when coupled with some decent in ear monitors (I'm now rocking some Brainwavz M2's) this thing really comes to life. Battery life isn't as long as say a Cowon J3. The Sansa last's me roughly 14 hours, the Cowon J3 can run around 45 hours, but its as big as a phone and costs upwards of £170 for the 32GB version. The clip, with internal memory at 4GB plus a £22 32GB MicroSD Card from Sandisk is a big saving (£42) when compared to £170.
The screen is little but its just the right size for me. It's simple to pick tracks using the navigation buttons and the blue font shows up nice and clearly. Transferring of music is simple too. I just simply drag and drop my organized music folders into the external memory card I bought and rescan the Sansa for new files. Recently I modded my Sansa Clip (THIS VOIDS WARRANTY - But the process is easy and the benefits are high) with Rockbox. The Rockbox EQ is head and shoulders above the stock EQ and many people with the extremely expensive Cowon J3 also prefer Rockbox on their product. Rockbox add's so many more features to the Clip should you take the risk, but that is a discussion for another day.
I will be honest and say to this day I have not even bothered with the radio function. All the music I want I already have and the sound quality of radio regardless of device leaves a lot to be desired for me.
Overall the Sansa Clip is a superb MP3 player. You don't often hear the words "Cheap" and "Amazing Quality" in the same sentence but it can be said for the Sansa Clip. More than enough options for the average music listener, whilst it also boasts the sound quality for the beginner music enthusiast. Coupled with some proper in ear monitors and it's sound quality really shines. To put it bluntly, crap headphones will sound crap on the Sansa Clip, good headphones will sound amazing on it.
Over the years I've built up a reputation of being rather foolhardy when it comes to spending money. I make rash decisions on the spur of the moment and when faced with anything I consider a bargain I'm quick to part with my cash. Take for example Amazon's recent "Black Friday" sales, a week long 'flash sale' in which items were offered in strictly limited numbers at reduced prices, in 2010 I spent a small fortune on things I didn't know I wanted until they were "a bargain" and it was the same last year when Amazon re-ran the promotion. Yep, I'm a self confessed gullible fool when it comes to sales, a typical example being me spending £5.00 on 12 bottles of Crabbies Ginger Beer when I hate the taste of Ginger Beer, my reasoning? they were cheap...
Anyway, one of the products amazon offered back in November at a vastly reduced price was this MP3 player, the 4GB "sansa clip+ SanDisk" and having absolutely no need for one given the fact that I already own an iPod Nano and an iPhone 4, both of which contain my entire music album collection, I still went ahead and snapped one up.
The Sansa Clip +
Small in size, about the same width as an iPod Shuffle but a couple of centimetres longer the MP3 player comes complete with a pair of earbuds and a USB data cable. Mine is black in colour, weighs very little and appears to be made from plastic. I don't think it's as visually appealing as an iPod but it was a fraction of the price of any of the Apple products available and it does look and feel well made. You are supplied with a comprehensive start guide which I did have to refer to and I found the instructions for use easy to follow and understand.
The key features of this particular model are that it plays music in MP3 and WMA format, it has a microSD memory card slot if you want to increase its 4GB internal memory and it has an inbuilt FM radio and microphone included. When charged via the USB cable the player has a battery that lasts up to 15 hours and similar in design to an iPod the player itself has a small screen which displays the name of the music you are listening to as well as a control panel which allows you to scroll through and select what tracks you want to listen to and access any of the menus you want to explore. The 'clip' part of the name presumably comes from the belt clip that is fixed to the back of the MP3 player and this feels sturdy and of excellent quality, I have attached this to the waist band of my jeans whilst out and about walking my dog and it has remained firmly in place and I can see that this would be of benefit to anyone who might use this player at the gym or if they're out running or jogging.
The player has an on/off button located at the top of the device and manual volume controls on the side, the earbud jack is easy to find and once in place the earbuds themselves felt comfortable if not a little on the large side, they do sit firmly in my ears though and again I think this would be of benefit if these are worn whilst undertaking any physical activity as they're not prone to slipping out which is more than can be said for the terrible earphones Apple supply. To transfer music onto the device you obviously need a computer or laptop and once connected via the USB data cable the driver software was installed onto my PC within a matter of moments.
I've only ever owned Apple products as far as my music goes so all my tracks are in my iTunes folder, SanDisc works via Windows Media and it's worth mentioning here that you should have the latest release installed on your PC or Laptop if you want to be able to synch the MP3 player successfully. I've become too accustomed with the simplicity of iTunes and take it for granted now so referred to the instruction booklet when it came to synching my chosen songs to this player and whilst the process wasn't difficult I have to admit that it wasn't quite as straightforward as synching my iPod or iPhone.
For existing music that was already on my PC I was able to add these tracks to my Sansa Clip with very little problem as it was simply a case of dragging the tracks from my Windows Media library and dropping them onto the Sansa Clip icon on my computer screen. I didn't want all of the songs I already have, there isn't enough room in the 4GB memory to store every song I own so instead I decided that my Sansa Clip was going to be a dedicated player for my favourite singer - Madonna. I already had all of the albums and live shows as MP3's so these were easily transferred but I also own a large collection of remix CD's that I never got round to adding to my iPod and decided that these should be added to this player and assumed that the transference would be as easy as it is with iTunes. It isn't. What I failed to take into account was that tracks on a CD aren't MP3's (obviously) and didn't realise that when a CD is added to iTunes it is automatically converted to the supported format. With the Sansa Clip you have to manually convert the tracks to MP3 via Windows Media yourself by "ripping" them. Now this is all well and good and the process does work but it's very, very slow when compared to the process on iTunes as each individual track has to be ripped from a CD, converted and then synched to the Sansa player and I have to confess that it took me ages to complete my transfers. I know a lot of people give Apple some grief over their domination of the music market but I've never had a problem with iTunes and given the option to use Windows Media or iTunes then the latter would win hands down every time. Saying that though, this isn't an Apple product and it doesn't carry a premium price tag so compromises have to be made and to be fair to this little MP3 player once the music is finally synched it is a handy little player to have and I have grown very fond of mine.
The sound quality that the MP3 player gives is very good, it's not perfect and I don't think it's quite as clear as the sound from my iPod or iPhone but it is perfectly acceptable and I was surprised at how loud I could set the volume. One of my major complaints with my 4th Generation iPod comes down to the volume and I have moaned about it in the past in other reviews, there doesn't appear to be any 'limiters' on this MP3 player and at full volume it is incredibly loud, this is perfect for me as it allows me to set the volume at how I want it, not at the level Apple tells me and I find that I can really immerse myself into the music tracks I want to play. There doesn't seem to be any distortions when music is played loudly, the earbuds do muffle the sound a little bit but I think that's more to do with how padded they are rather than any fault with the player itself. There are a number of settings available to chose from in the sounds menu and you can alter the bass and treble to suit.
Menu and Options
The small screen on the player acts as a menu display, the on-screen writing is blue and easily seen and whilst there aren't a lot of options to chose from you can scroll through the tracks that are available, alter any playlist that you might have, rate your favourite songs and change the settings in the on-board equaliser. The menu's aren't complicated and anyone familiar with other similar devices will instinctively know how to scroll through and use the menus that are available, even a complete novice shouldn't have too many problems using the player although it sometimes is a little fiddly to manipulate due to its small size.
The FM radio is easy to work and finds available stations with ease and comes with 40 pre-set stations as standard, I rarely use this function to be honest but it's handy that it's there should I want it and its addition is a nice feature of the player. I've never had cause to use the inbult microphone so can't comment on its effectiveness but again it's there should anyone need it.
A very good feature of the player is the fact that its memory can be expanded by using a memory card and this would also be ideal if you already have music stored on one that you want to listen to. A 4GB memory should be able to hold upto 1000 songs according to the information provided, I haven't filled mine to capacity so can't comment on how accurate that is but for me 4GB is plenty for what I want to use my player for.
I paid less than £20.00 for my SanDisk Sansa Clip and think for the money it has proven itself to be a fantastic buy. It's not an Apple product and doesn't have the same high quality appearance, sheen or attention to detail that a Shuffle or Nano does but it plays the music tracks I want it to at a volume that suits me and I'm very happy with mine. I do think that this would be ideal for anyone who likes to listen to music whilst working out or running and I think its no-nonsense design and all round functionality has been designed with this is mind. it clips firmly into place on a waistband or belt and can be left alone to just play either the music tracks that are loaded onto it or the inbuilt FM radio. This would be a perfect 'back up' to an iPod I think or for use specifically at the gym, it doesn't have the same 'prestige' as an Apple device and out of the two MP3 players I own I must admit to having a preference for my iPod but that did cost me five times the amount that my Sansa Clip did so I'm bound to be a bit biased.
The only thing that let it down for me was the time it took to transfer the music from my CD collection, the process is complicated when compared to how it works on iTunes as mentioned earlier in this review but once I had figured it out and completed the task it meant that I had the music I wanted at the push of a button. It is easy to use though, the sound quality is perfectly fine and overall I am impressed enough to recommend this MP3 player to other people.
Prices tend to vary online for the 4GB Sansa Clip +, amazon are currently selling the same one as mine for £32.00 and I do think it's worth that amount. I grabbed a bargain with the price I paid but it was an impulse buy at the time, now I've got it though and can listen to my music collection whilst out and about and not have to worry about the player falling out of my pocket and getting damaged so overall I do think it was money well spent.
Four stars as a rating seems fair taking everything mentioned in this review into consideration, thanks for reading.