Product Type: Sandisk MP3 players
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Good value, easy to use but with a couple of annoying flaws
Sandisk Sansa Fuze 8 GB
Member Name: Chandelier
Sandisk Sansa Fuze 8 GB
Advantages: Easy to navigate and easy to load music on to.
Disadvantages: Slips off hold really easily which can be very annoying
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.
Summary: Good value, easy to use MP3 player, but would not be good for use while exercising
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