Product Type: Sandisk MP3 players
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Dinky and attractive little player
Sandisk Sansa Clip plus 4 GB
Member Name: spiritwood
Sandisk Sansa Clip plus 4 GB
Advantages: Cheap, intuitive, lots of features.
Disadvantages: Small screen and basic headphones.
I have a very large music collection and several stereo systems to play it on. I use my laptop for music as well and connect it up to a separate amplifier so really I did not need an MP3 player. However I was gifted this from an American friend and it has turned out to be very useful. I use it when sitting in the sun in my garden and to connect up via 3.5 cable to my car stereo.
To look at the Sandisk Sansa clip mp3 is very attractive. Mine has a black plastic case which is high shine which contrasts nicely with the square matt centre button. The Sansa clip comes in a variety of alternate colours and there are 2gb, 4gb and 8gb models available to buy. The player lights up in a shade of bright turquoise blue which is not only appealing but great if you are in the dark at night and feel an uncontrollable urge to listen to Engelbert Humperdink. This has never happened to me though, but if it does then I am very well prepared.
The player is intuitive to use and set up, lucky for me really because I often read instructions long after the event (if at all). It has black side buttons which are an upgrade from the silver ones on the 2gb model before this one. On this one, these are your volume controls and a lock feature. There is a standard size jack for headphones so you can swap the ones that come with this for the phones of your choice, an excellent feature as there is nothing more annoying than integral headphones that are uncomfortable and cheap. I swapped mine over to a pair of in ear Sennheiser headphones. The player can also be attached to mini speakers should you wish via the headphone socket.
The player has 4gb of integral memory and this is expandable by use of the micro SD card on the side. This is useful if you have a lot of music on your mobile phone as it can be swapped across in seconds before you go out into a much smaller device. The player supports up to 16gb of additional memory which is a large amount and has been plenty for me.
FEATURES AND SOUND QUALITY:
As the name suggest, this is a clip mp3 player. The back clip fastens very securely to a belt, waistline or pocket and the clip is strong and springy. When fully charged the mp3 player lasts a surprisingly long time, I have managed to get 15 hours use out of it before it died. I love the fact that it has an integrated FM radio which is easy to use and scans effectively even in poor coverage areas like the place that I live. The headphone cable acts as an antenna for the FM function and the radio stations that I scanned (all of the main ones plus some quirky small ones) were clear and easy to listen to even when moving about.
The sound quality is good, even more so with good headphones. The ability to adjust equalisation is part of this. It can sometimes be a bit tinny on standard settings on more pop type music but I listen to a lot of Bass driven rock and Reggae and it copes well.
THE MAIN MENU:
This again is user friendly and intuitive but being so tiny it can be a bit fiddly to access the different functions without concentrating. It has no large lcd screen, indeed the screen holds just four lines of text in a 1 inch area and there are no pictures to guide you so you have to scroll through via bright blue text along the menu into different folders. The downside to this is unless you catalogue your music in folders, you will spend time faffing about trying to find a track. Very annoying. The next model up (the "zip") does have a larger screen and picture facility.
The player has a good range of equalisation and play modes including the standard repeat and shuffle. The equaliser has settings for jazz, rock, pop etc and can be individually adjusted.
Like I said the headphones that came with this were cast aside for a pair of nice ones and I think that this is important. The included headphones are standard and perfectly functional but I do like to hear every facet of my music so opt for something more sensitive and dynamic.
The player supports MP3,WMA, Ogg and Audible audio file formats. Another nice feature is the inbuilt voice recorder which works well even in a pocket and gives clear results.
This player is really very tiny, slightly smaller than a matchbox. It is just 0.7 inches deep. I like the fact that it is so portable but do miss the ability to access songs easily via album art.
CONNECTIVITY AND VERSATILITY:
The Sansa clip features a high-speed USB 2.0 interface so music can be transferred from pc/laptop easily.
The moveable SD card function enables the user to transfer music across devices such as other players, phones, laptops etc. A mini USB mains charger is available to buy seperately as a spare as are cases and data cables. The next model up, the "Clip Zip" has a larger lcd screen that does show album art so if this is something that bothers you, it is easy to upgrade for a few more pounds.
* Easy to set up
* Good sound quality and rich bass
* Cheap and versatile
* Expandable memory slot via SD card (up to 16gb)
* Secure clip feature
* FM radio and audio book function
* Voice recorder
* Accessories are available cheaply
* Standard budget headphones are functional but recommend an upgrade
* Small interface and lots of scrolling
All in all this is an excellent little player with many useful features. For the price it is very good value.
Available on Amazon for £24.99
Summary: Excellent little MP3 player with extras.
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