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I know I have recently bought a new MP3 player and don't need 1 but this is the 1 that my hubby has and I considered buying this one for myself as I was familiar with it due to using his sometimes, but the other brand I bought won! This is still a good enough player.
Back when hubby bought it a good while ago I think he paid around £55 for it and I think this still retails for over £40 thesedays. It is an 8GB player so a good size to fit your music on.
On this picture it looks as if this is quite a chunky player but it is small enough to fit into your pocket or you can get a pouch which will let you clip this onto a waistband. There is the touchscreen part which you press to nagivate through the songs and although you need a little bit of pressure to change through the songs you don't need to press all that much.
Easy enough to load Music onto this. Just plug it into a PC/Laptop, drag and drop the songs over to this device and that is it. Does it in just a couple of seconds. This plays MP3 and WMA files.
The Battery in this seems to last well enough and i've found myself listening to this for over an hour at a time and the battery segment doesn't seem to move all that much. The sound from this is alright and although there is tinny sounds in this it has a good deeper sound to it and although I can't say that it is mega bass sounding it sound just as good as any other player I have used. The headphones that you get with this player are good enough.
A good player which is a good price.
The Sandisk fuse is an easy to use, good value MP3 player. Transferring music is done by drag-and-drop so there is no need for extra software, and that makes it much more simple to transfer music than with other MP3 players that I have.
Instead of buttons or a wheel there is a touch based area - the up/down and left/right can be used as single touch up and down or as a scroll, and then a play/pause button and an up one level button. This means I find it pretty easy to navigate around the MP3 player itself, although the up and down scroll can be a little bit unpredictable - what feels like the same amount of pressure can send it flying up through the alphabet or only going up by two or three items.
The battery life is really good, which is fantastic for both my longish commute and any other long journeys that I take. So far (I've had it about 6 months) the software has been reliable and it hasn't crashed. The sound quality is good enough for my standards and by using slightly reduced quality WMAs, I can fit a lot more music on the player without losing significant sound quality. It's really light, which is a bonus, it is not the most attractive or stylish MP3 player on the market, but it looks nice enough.
It does have one really annoying downside. There is no physical hold button. Instead you hold down the play/pause button to put it on hold and then scroll up to release the hold. Because the touch area is so sensitive, it comes off hold really easy in your pocket - sometimes a minor irritant, but often means it suddenly starts skipping through songs, or flicking between play and pause really quickly. It can literally come off hold from the movement of walking. I've found putting it in a looser coat pocket rather than my jeans pockets makes this less likely to happen but that isn't going to be much good when I don't need a coat. The headphone socket also seems a bit looser than other MP3 players I have had, and very occasionally the headphones get separated, so both these factors means it would not be a good MP3 player for taking out running.
The Sansa Fuze is aMP3 player from SanDisk Corporation. You can buy the Sansa Fuze MP3 Player + Buy red, white, black, blue and purple. You can expand the standard storage capacity of the Sansa Fuze because the MP3 player can hold an microSD and microSDHC cards. They are easy to use via the memory slot.
You don't have to worry so much about the battery because of the rechargeable battery lasts about 24 hours for audio playback or about 5 hours for video playback. Besides the enormous storage capacity, you can also use the radio function. Moreover, the radio function has a recording function so you can include fragments from the radio. You can listen to them later with the playback option. You can also use the microphone to record sounds.
The media player lays nice and comfortable in the hand because it is designed with a slim and sleek body. The device has a touchpad that's easy to operate. The LCD screen is 2.4 inches and is compatible with QVGA. This makes the screen bright and colorful.
The graphical user interface (GUI) is designed in a filmstrip. This way it creates a more natural and enjoyable user experience while navigation trough the player. It is similar to the operation of an iPhone or an iPod. Because the media player is compatible with most popular audio and video codec you can play almost anything on it. It is compatible with the following audio CODEC: MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC/M4A (DRM-free iTunes music), FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Audible, Secure WMA, Podcasts. The video CODEC which the player can handle is: H.264, MPEG-4, WMV, Flip Video. Photos: JPEG, BMP, TIFF, POISON, PNG.
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze + MP3 player is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems. Furthermore, the player is prepared for communication with Rhapsody, eMusic and Napster for smooth synchronization.
I think it's a wonderful and easy to use player. It's great for listening to music. I don't use it that much for watching video's since the screen isn't big enough for my liking. For music it's perfect and the 8gb memory for me is perfect and the price of around 45 pounds is worth it.
If you want something with all the bells and whistles, stop reading now as the Sansa Fuze isn't what you are after.
If you want a solid low cost mp3 player which can also play a limited number of video files then this could well be the baby you're after.
It's small, solid and has an expansion slot if 8gb just isn't enough (I've got an addition 8gb in there courtesy of the MicroSDHC expansion slot but I think it'll cope with higher capacity). Navigation is via an iPod-style rotating wheel and the menu options are pretty standard. The quality of the music the Fuze churns out is more than acceptable but as with apretty much any mp3 player on the market it's wise to ditch the standard headphones for something a little bit better if you really want to get the most out of the music. The Fuze has a standard headphone slot so compatability isn't an issue.
Video on the Fuze is pretty neat, the software included allows you to convert pretty much any video you have to the optimal format. The screen is small so long term use for video may well affect your eyesight and leaves you squinting for half an hour! I've learned anything more than a half hour show could be a health risk!
An added bonus is the FM Radio tuner which allows you to listen to the radio. The reception you get will obviously depend upon your location but the headphones generally act as a pretty good receptor for local radio.
Another bonus is the ability to stealthily record conversations, a bit like James Bond! Obviously it helps if you have an exciting life to record (I've yet to stumble across any conversation worth recording and selling to a newspaper!) but it's picks up voices relatively clearly during work meeting (yes, I use it to record minutes *yawn*)
The battery life is pretty good, I've taken the Fuze on holiday and listened to music whilst lounging throughout without the need to recharge.
I've yet to find a negative to the Sansa Fuze, it does what it should and it does it relatively well.
I own a San Disk Sanza fuse, the 8gb version in silver.
Got it reasonably cheap at the time, about two years ago from New York.
To be fair it has been a good little keeper over the time, and it has been well used.
It is fairly tough, as it has had a few falls, but still keeps on playing.
Scratches easily, but you don't really care about that when you listening
to your MP3's, watching video (although you have to download the video
converter from the website), or listening and recording your favourite songs
off the radio (yep, just like in the good old days.)
Had a few problems to note however. About a year ago, the wheel got a
bit sticky (not sticky as if I'd put something on it, but the wheel kept
sticking.) This didn't last long, and its works ok now.
Now however the screen goes funny and jumbled when I switch it on. The screen also tends to all go blue so you can't see anything either. Its only when i put it on lock, then unlock it that this changes. It is strange.
The best thing about this is its portability. It is small, light,
strong, and has its software driver built into this. This is great for
using your mp3 player as a flash disk and transferring files. This is
also handy, as its means you can use it on any computer you want, and
you wont need to install anything. Champion.
I would get one again if I had the need to, and the dosh.
This is one of the more quality (cheaper range) mp3 players, especially now there are much newer versions.
I originally received the Sansa Fuze as a gift from a relative, and having had an iPod before, was a little new to this system, however I found it simple to get on with and preferred the uploading system. It does not require a program and so you can simply open the file and copy and paste the music you want onto your Sansa Fuze! It couldn't be more simple! The battery life on it is great, I go for quite a while before needing to charge it, it also has the bonus of being able to put in an SD card if 8GB isn't enough for you!
Now, my only complaint is that after having had it for about 10 months, I had it in my bag, went to get it out and noticed the screen was damaged! I was ever so gutted, but on closer inspection it was underneath the actual screen, the cover wasn't damaged at all. I contacted Sandisk who asked for photos and details which I sent and proof of the purchase and they were happy to exchange it after they received it. A couple of weeks later I got a brand new Sansa Fuze 8GB with a 4GB SD card included! Great customer services, really helpful!
I have since kept my Sansa Fuze in a protective leather cover and store it in a hard case when not in use and have since not had a single problem! A brilliant little mp3 player, easy to use, has a lot of functions, very small and slim but with a big enough display screen. I love it and wouldn't change back to an iPod.
There is no denying that the Sansa Fuze does not look like an Ipod. From the position of its screen, the size of the screen in proportion to the size of the player. In addition to the existing memory capacity, the space can be further improved by using a memory card, specifically an Micro SD Card, which can be kept in the player's built in card reader. Its controls does have a striking resemblance to a speaker cone.
The headphones that are supplied are quite good with a balanced sound, however it does not filter out the background noise completely. Upon using an additional pair of headphones, the background noise was less noticeable. However, the improvement was only very small, therefore most users would find the supplied headphones sufficient for their needs.
Instead of using a standard USB cable, it uses a special one which makes it a potential hassle if you do lose the cable. In addition to the typical features, the player also has extra functions such as a volume limiter, voice recorder and radio capabilities along with the option to record it live.
The battery stamina is quite good, on average providing up to 28 and a half hours of continuous audio playback and around 6 hours of continuous video playback.
Its file transfer speed is also quite fast, on average only taking 2.7 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files. Its display screen is clear and the text is sharp which allows for easy reading of track information. It does support video playback and viewing pictures, when looking at photo its quality of the displayed image is not fantastic, however watching videos for short periods of time is only bearable.
This player allows you to create only one playlist whilst away from the computer, additional playlist can be created when it is plug in to the computer. The buttons are placed ergonomically and the menu system makes the player user friendly. The player is constructed sturdily and robustly, meaning that is capable of withstanding the occasional knock or drop. However, the guides provided with the player is not the most informative, making it a bit of an adventure to work out the player initially.
I swapped from the equivalent Ipod to the Sansa Fuze.
Best thing i've ever done in terms of portable music playing!
The design is obviously Ipod inspired, so comparison will allways begin there. This is unfair. The Fuze has a much better sound output and can be turned up even louder and generally is much easier to use and less of the Hive mentality oh so ubiquitous with the Ipod. Having said such an outrageous thing, the drawback is seperate speakers and the massive range of accessories available for the Ipod family. A Usb lead usually will solve that.
The gist of this is that the 8gb Fuze is a clear rival for Ipod, in many respects it is far superior and unsurprisingly cheaper than an Ipod - when combined with the micro SD feature it is far superior.
The battery whilst not lasting 24 hours for me has lasted on average 18/19 hours of continuous use at what could be considered high volume. The Ipod always cut out long before.
THIS IS A BAD PLAYER, IT BREAKS A LOT AND IS A MAJOR RIP OFF. IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. MY FAMILY GOT 2 AND THEY BOTH BROKE!!!! BUY AN IPOD INSTEAD!!!! THEYY ARE HIGHER QUALITY!!!!!
Before you even think about it, no this is not Apple Ipod Nano, though it bears a slight resemblance to it. This is a MP3 player from SD memory card manufacturer, Sandisk, so there is no surprise that this player comes with a MicroSD slot to add an extra 16GB or even 32GB when that becomes available in the future.
The 0.3" thin Sandisk Sansa Fuze comes in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB and in this particular review I will be focusing on the 8GB though there is no difference in the features except for its storage capabilities. It has a 1.9" color screen and comes in 5 different colors: black, red, blue, silver, pink. Everything you need in a media player is available in this small player, as it can play music, videos, pictures and even has a built in FM radio and voice recorder. Sandisk boasts a 24 hours battery life for its player.
My Sansa Fuze 8GB + 4GB MicroSD card package came in a plastic box which you will have to tear to open up which means there is no use in keeping the box. Inside the box you can find the player, a pair of earbuds which I thought was fine but replaced with my own, and the proprietary USB cable to connect to your PC.
---User Interface and usability---
The user interface is very easy to use and also pleasant looking, so you won't find any fault with it. You basically slide a switch to turn on the player, which also functions as the hold switch. To control the player, you mainly use a scrolling wheel similar to the one in a Apple Nano but this goes *click**click**click* instead of smooth scrolling. Once you are in, you have 6 options which are Voice, FM Radio, Photos, Videos, Music and Settings. There is also a setting to change your wallpaper so that you can add a personal touch to it. Transfering files to your player is as simple as drag-and-drop (MSC mode), and transfer speed was very quick. Alternatively, you can sync with Windows Media Player or other compatible programs (Itunes is not possible) using MTP mode which can be found in the settings.
As for the music playing capabilities, it uses the same chip as the acclaimed Sansa Clip therefore you can expect it to have the finest, crispiest sound a player can have. I have put in multiple songs into the player ranging from classical to RnB, and they all sound heavenly when paired with my Phonak Audeo earphones. It can accept most common audio formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV and also the lossless FLAC. You also have the options of putting the player into repeat or shuffle, and there is also an Equalizer which you can play with but I find that the player is excellent without it. Music is sorted like an Ipod, with the normal selection of Artists, Albums, Songs, Genres, Top Rated, Rcently Added, Podcasts and Audiobooks (you can play by chapters and adjust the speed if they are available). You can also create your own playlist either through a computer, or using the 'On-The-Go' feature, or you can even play all of your music.
---Video & Photo---
As for its video playback, I have only watched the sample and it looks decent in my opinion, but with such a small screen, I doubt you'll enjoy watching movies on it no matter how good it is. The player accepts a special .avi container file, therefore you will most likely have to convert all your videos using the included software. Battery life for video playback is rated at about 5 hours. Photos on the other hand are very vibrant and lively on the screen. You get to create a slideshow and add background music to it but I have it pointless and power consuming.
--- Radio& Voice Recorder---
There is nothing much to say about the Radio, as the receiver works like most others. Presets are given in 12 slots, which you can either tune manually, or let it do automatically. You can also record radio in .wav for which you can set the duration. As for the voice recording, I have only tried it once in lecture and it's quite clear and not too soft when I playback.
It is small and lightweight, making it very pocketable in my opinion. From personal usage, I can say that it has around 21 hours of audio playback which is enough for a week of tube commuting before the next recharge. Speaking of recharge, what I do find annoying with the player is its proprietary slot which requires its own cable for charging through USB, and not the common mini USB connection. I would prefer not to carry so many different cables for my gadgets when I travel. Another thing to note, as the battery is non replaceable and it uses Lithium-Ion, when it dies in 5 years, there is nothing else you can do but recycle it.
---Pros & Cons---
Nice design - light and portable
Amazing audio playback
Huge memory capacity
Good battery life
Decent video playback
Non replacable battery
Requires a proprietary cable
To sum up the review, if you are after an award winning player in terms of audio, then you are on the right track with the Sansa Fuze. Though it does not offer the atheistic of the Apple Ipod Nano, it is much cheaper at ~£59 (I bought mine for £47.99 only) and has an external memory slot for more music storage. Also, if you ever find out why Sandisk named their player Fuze, do let me know as I am very curious.
Listen, watch and play all day with 24 hours of battery life and room for up to 2000 songs. The Sansa Fuze from SanDisk is your portable music machine with 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of storage. Watch your favorite video clips on the Sansa Fuze's 1.9" color screen. Jam to FM radio with 40 preset stations, play with the built-in voice recorder, and share your photos wherever you go. Choose from five electric colors: blue, red, pink, black or silver. Incredible battery life in a 0.3" thin device - the Sansa Fuze marks the next wave of music and video players.