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This Sandisk model may be a little outdated now, but all that means is that it can be found for very low prices.
The device has very good build quality, and unlike most ipods, is very scratch resistant. It is a similar size to the earlier ipod nano, but is about twice is thick.
This device uses a combination of buttons and a mechanical jogwheel to control your music. This is not an especially efficient way of working as it can be confusing at times and the jogwheel is awkward to use at times. These problems are not a major off put though.
The screen is nice and bright, and has a reasonable resolution, but it is not up to the level of more recent screens such the one on the 3rd gen iPod nano. It more than acceptably serves its purpose though.
The sound quality is good, and the bundled headphones are reasonably decent. Video playback is a mixed bag, but is good enough for videos such as TV shows.
The Sansa Sandisk E280 8GB player is a great little MP3 player that I have not regretted purchasing once.
First all of the good points:
The interface for the player is user friendly and it is quick and easy to find what you are after. This applies to all aspects of the interface.
The MP3 player itself is good quality and the volume is adequate for most environments. In addition to this the capability to play all of the main audio file formats rather that a proprietary format means that file conversion is not necessary for music and they can just be copied across onto the player.
The video side of the player isn't too bad either for a MP3 player and the video plays well, however the video files will need to be converted into a certain format and size, but the software bundled with the player takes care of this for you. This does however mean that after about 15 minutes of video it has to load the next file in the sequence so make sure the names of the files are sequential (it just gets confusing if chuck makes an appearance on SG1).
The storage capacity on the player is more than adequate for most peoples needs and the transfer file transfer speeds are very good. I attribute this to Sandisk being originally a memory disk company. The player also has the bonus that if you are away from home and suddenly in need of some storage to bring some files back the player can be used on a pc without drivers by changing the USB mode. Additionally being flash memory based there is no jogging of the player.
The battery life seems to be quite good as I can travel from Manchester to Poole (roughly 5-6 hours) and back without having to recharge it. I have also watched video on it for the journey but recharged it before the return journey as I hate running out of music in a jam on the M6.
There are two versions of player that you can buy, one designed for UK use with a radio and one that was designed with a radio for the US that due to UK laws has had the radio chip removed. I bought the UK model and this seems to work well enough, however without an ariel the reception may not be that good in areas with a poor signal.
Now for the sides of the product that are not so good:
From time to time the player may freeze, locking up the interface. This has only occurred to me once and it is easily solved by holding down the power button. Some people have however had more problems.
The other problem is more a cautionary note. If you buy this player i would also strongly advise buying the travel accessory kit (with pouch and screen guard) and installing the screen guard immediately on opening the box as the screen is easy to scratch. The pouch is also a useful addition as this will prevent accidentally turning it off in the pocket (and incedentally keeps the screen guard from coming off.
Overall however i would say the player is well worth the money.
The Sandisk Sansa E280 is an amazing mp3 player. Firstly you have to remember that this player uses flash memory rather than a hard disk, so therefore comparisons with an iPod are simply not valid! As they offer completely different things.
Because of the flash memory you can be far more brutal with this player, taking it running is not an issue, however with an iPod this would not be wise, as the head on the harddrive would soon become damaged by the impact. So in terms of mobility this is a good player.
It offers a wide range of features compared to the ipod. Firstly this has a radio, which is useful if your ever bored of your collection, or there's a football match you just have to listen to. Also if offers amazing sound quality, and the provided headphones are far better then those you are given with an ipod.
I actually got the Sansa Fuze (which is the newer version of the E280, almost identical features save for the scroll wheel control) - this is absolutely the best player I could get in its class. It is a no-brainer to use - when you pick it up the first time, you will immediately know how to navigate through the menus of this small wonder. It is small, jam-packed with features: audio, video, expandable memory (potentially, you could have an 8GB + 32GB device as small as a Credit Card - that's virtually a hard drive in your shirt pocket!), FM radio, voice recorder, and the list of features go on. I can vouch for its sound quality - it has better sound quality as opposed to similar products. It is definitely worth more than its price value. I highly recommend it to anybody who is looking for a good MP3/Video player.
It can take up to 2000 songs , it's incredible , that thing had changed my life , since I bought it I had enjoyed all the songs I love easily because of the very very wide space I had that I'm free to put on it what I want of songs .
sometimes when I listen to the radio I hear a song that I love so much but I couldn't find or don't remeber its name or its singer name , so the wonderful thing that I enjoyed so well that I can record that awesome song at the same moment without any problems or worries about thinking how I could remeber the name , and there's better thing that I can listen to my favourite programs on radio and I can record it also to listen to it another time , there are alot of words that should say on it , but all I can say that's the best choice ever I made .
First of all, I'd like to notice that I use my player for music listening mostly (no game playing or Internet access). Besides, I can't say that I have thousands of favorite songs.
So basicly, when I had the question of buying a mp3 player my requirements to it were: not big size, big enough screen which is easy to navigate and the music storage that can be increased.
I've checked several brands and their prices. Finally I decided to buy mine at http://go.shopsansa.com/. Now I own it about a month.
The player is rather small but the screen is big to see everything clearly. Moreover, the screen is durable, I have no scratches on it though i'm not so delicate. It's easy to hold in my big hand, a tiny thing will be not a good choice for me. The meny is comfortable to navigate, i had no issues with it.
I was surprised by the good sound of my player. I like various music, but all genres of it were reproduced precisely.
Great advantage for is that there is no need to use iTunes with this mp3 player. Before Sansa I had iPod with iTunes. The software - iTunes were not comfortable for me, i couldn't organize my music the way i like. When i got Sansa I was so happy that I didn't need any special soft.
I think the player looks a bit plastic comparing to other brands like iPod or Creative Zen. Probably it's because of combination of black and blue colors.
The player has rather sharp lines and I think doesn't look feminine.
Sansa player doesn't have many features as other players, it can be a disadvantage for those who are used to multi-functional media-players.
Good quality MP3 player , large capacity - will take about 1500 MP3's. Generally easy to use, with good menu/navigation system. Solid build quality, not a cheap plastic player as you can get with some.
Sound quality is more than acceptable with a range of equaliser options etc to play with.
I have the version with the FM radio - this is OK if your not on the move , but if your travelling on a train or the like then it not a great radio , but when not moving it provides good reception and sound quality.
The screen is good, very easy to read. Havent tried it for movies , but I think it would be too small to use for that, ( but you have the option to use it for movies MP4 etc!) it can also be used to store photos, and if you want to you can use it a very fancy memory stick .
A minor annoyance for me is the "random" play option isn't very randon it plays randomly in the same sequence.
Earphones are not the best , but I find that most MP3's tend to have average earphones, and to make the most of the players you need to upgrade top a better set of earphones
Good battery time - approx 20 hours .
Ease of use - works well with windows media player
Solid constructon will take a few knocks
Negative points - can only be charged from a PC - via the USB connector. A mains charger option would have been nice. Earphones could be better
I got the E280 for xmas 2007 so I've had a good 4 months to get used to it and I can say that it is a very good mp3 player. The interface is very easy to use and putting music on there is just a simple case of drag and drop, brilliant! It does get more confusing when you want to add films but after a few goes you'll get the hang of it. The video player is good, I do find the screen a bit small for movies but a good size for animations like Simpsons or Family Guy. It could however do with the ability to fast forward a bit faster than 2x speed.
The main problem I find is that it is very tempremental. I often get it randomly crashing either when I am listening to music or when I am copying music to it and, even though I have unplugged it from my computer, it still says "writing" and may well stay like that for a long time. The longest I've left it is 30 mins without resetting it. I also find the lowest volume setting too loud. I know this sounds stupid but I often listen to mine at work and if I have both ears in then I can hear a thing around me (I do work in a quiet office). The wheel is also a bit rubbish but its bearable. I also find that, when playing movies, there is sometimes a quite significant syncing problem. I do not know how to fix it but then again I have not really tried, its just worth being aware of.
So, to sum up, it does its core job very well but the main problem lies with the software which needs some serious updating. Would I buy it again? No. Would I recommend it? Probably not. I think next time I'll go with an Ipod touch!
Please note: I have previously posted this review on amazon.co.uk
I got to get my hands on this cool sanddisk sansa when i was trying to get to listen to the new artist in town,i mean t.pain.I was so interested in his music album that i opted out to buy this high memorable sanddisk.The price is one that has no competetion in market and cheap to buy by any average citizen.The size of the disk drive is cool for the quality and i thought it could be that bad for the small sanddisk.But i do prefer to have the 128G disk drive because it can store cool data without problems.Sure.....I took this sanddisk because is good and portable to handle.Thanks to the cool company for taking out time to make such cool mp3 player availbale in the market.Kudos to their elbow.
this is a sandisk mp3 player sandisk have been making memory product and cards for many year this mean that is a very good product this have video play back like the new ipods has better quaily head phones from my expericne and buy the look of it, it is cheaper than the more popluar ipod
thought that is 8gb is a liltle small for the price you pay and i thought you could posibly streach to a much larger 80GB hard drive player.
if you were to pay the lilte bit more it is not recomended that you take the hardriver music player say out runiing or anything other than walking/walking fast. becuse there is moving part and thay will be moving.
but the 8GB player here is flash memory so you can run or do any activity just have to wait till they bring out bigger flash memory size :d
i borrowed this from a friend during a long journey, happy with it at first but battery life didnt seem that long, good memory and can store loads and loads of songs, the sound quality is great, not quite as good as an apple i-pod, the voice recorder is great for shopping lists and things you remember on the move, and the voice quality playback is good.i liked the design of this model, very stylish.