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Tiny player with BIG sound
on 13 October 2008
This MP3 player made by Sandisk is tiny and beautiful! The silver/mirrored finish is better in real life than it appears in the picture and the screen just seems to disappear into the mirrored front which looks really rather cool! The player is made of plastic, but as plastic goes, it isn't bad at all. It feels quite sturdy not creaky and fragile as some plastic gadgets do.
The fact that this little beauty has a screen at all is quite astonishing, and jolly useful it is too! Unlike its rival from Apple, you can select which tune you want to listen to, rather than having to wait for it to come round. The screen itself uses two colours, blue and yellow and is very crisp and easy to read despite its small size.
The player supports a wide range of file types, including MP3, WMA (with DRM 10 so you can use subscription services like Napster to Go) and Audible Books. There is also an FM radio which is surprising clear (especially when you let the wire from the headphones dangle down) which you can also record from in WAV format. It's surprisingly easy to get music on to the player as well - drag and drop worked well, as did Windows Media Player and the Napster Client. Audible Manager also worked a dream. Couldn't have been easier.
This player is clever - if you are listening to a book from Audible, or a podcast, then leave it, listen to some music, and return to it later, the player remembers where you'd got to - no messing with having to set bookmarks. You can also give your music a star rating, and set up one playlist (known as the Go-List) on the player itself as well as importing playlists from Windows Media Player. Podcasts and Audible books are easy to find with their own sub menus and the music is well-organised too into album, artist, all tracks etc (as long as your ID3 tags are correct of course since this is what the player uses to sort things out for you.)
Navigation is via the round control on the front for moving through menus and selecting songs etc. The smaller round button, known as the Home key always takes you back to the main menu. On one side the on/off/hold switch can be found, with volume on the other side. The player connects to a PC via an ordinary USB cable which means that although it doesn't come packaged with a mains charger, if you've got one lying around (I use the one from my old Motorola Razr which works just fine) you are able to charge away from your PC. Battery life is very good, and there is an accurate measure of how much power remains within the system menu.
I use my player for podcasts, audio books and music and the sound quality is great for all three. The headphones which come with it are fairly comfortable and sound ok, although you will always be told that it is a good idea to get better ones if you can. Even with the Sansa phones, the detail I've heard from my MP3s has really impressed me, with good bass, and excellent detail and clarity across the whole range. Much better than my old Creative player.
I do really love this player and have heard a rumour that Sansa will bring out an 8GB version soon. I know I'm going to want one! On product development by the way, one of the things you should do straight away when you've got the player home is to charge it, then upgrade the Firmware, an easy operation using the software which automates the process from Sandisk's website. When you've done that, you'll get OGG support which is a file format beloved of audiophiles!
This may be the sort of player you think you are going to pick up just for the gym or walking, but once you've got it and you hear how great it sounds, and how easy it is to use, you'll find that you leave your bulkier player at home unless you need it to watch videos. For that reason, I'd advise you to get the biggest capacity 'Clip' you can afford. You won't regret it!