I needed an MP3 player, didn’t want to buy an expensive iPod and someone recommended I look at the SanDisk Sansa Fuze. I’m glad I did.I bought it in January 2010 for £53 (at time of writing, they’re only £35 from Amazon) and have been nothing but pleased with it ever since.
It. Just. Works. The list of great things about it are:
- It plays just about any audio file you wish to copy onto it (MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC).
- It sounds great and the battery lasts for ages.
- It plays just about any MPEG4 format movie file.
- Has expandable memory with a microSDHC memory card slot.
- FM radio (not used that much to be honest).
- Voice recorder (not used that much either).
- Has EQ settings, including allowing custom settings.
- Photo/image viewer (small screen, so of limited use – use your phone instead).
- Metal back and sides (apparently made of LiquidMetal) with a piano-gloss plastic front.
- Has a good solid weighty feel to it without being heavy.
- It appears as two drives when connected to the PC (internal/external memory) so no iTunes needed.
- It supports Audible books (used these – they’re great).
Rather than bore you with a full review, read the excellent AnythingButIpod.com review which will give you all you need to know.
Want an MP3 player that will last but don’t want to pay a premium price, then this will be money well spent. A simple (not included) jack-to-jack cable lets me plug into separate speakers if I want to.
Enough said. Here’s a photo of the unit with its blue ring of wonder: