SanDisk Sansa Fuze 2GB MP3 Player:
“If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.”
SanDisk’s Sansa line of mp3 players has become quite popular, with many users who have found it’s the black body and bright screen both attractive and high-quality. The line started years ago with the square, ugly mp3 player that no one wanted, and then found it’s footing with the small c-series.
Coming on the heels of the c-series success, SanDisk launched the E-series player, which upped the game for SanDisk. The e-200 series players were durable, metal-backed, sleek players that were similar to the second generation iPod Nano, only with a bigger, brighter screen.
With the e-series being such a success, SanDisk launched the Connect, a WiFi-enabled player, followed closely by the View, a larger version of the e200. The Clip was launched as SanDisk’s newest portable, cheap flash player, bumping the c-series off the charts.
Now, with the continued success of the Sansa line, SanDisk has launched the Fuze, a short, thin, widescreen flash mp3 player. It has the characteristic blue-lit scroll wheel and black body of the previous versions. If you’re interested in upgrading your previous player, or if you want to purchase a Sansa for the first time, then read on. Below is a review of this new mp3 player, including audio quality and any info you should be aware of.
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze 2GB MP3 Player is the width of a pencil and slightly shorter than a credit card and is designed very similarly to the newest iPod Nano design (third generation). It has the same glossy black design as the e-series, Connects, and View. The firmware is also similar, with the same icons and blue background.
It features the same scroll wheel as the View, which gets rid of the buttons present in the e-series. The edges are rounded, and the back is made of metal.
One of the best features of the SanDisk Sansa Fuze 2GB MP3 Player is the MicroSD/SDHC card slot, allowing you to expand the internal capacity of the device.
The other features include the ability to play mp3, WAV, WMA, and DRM WMA. It can also play videos in MPEG4 format. It has a built-in voice recorder and an integrated FM radio.
It has an added menu for audiobooks and features to bookmark them.
The audio quality is very good, sharp and clean and loud. It sounds like the Sansa Clip, which has very, very good audio quality.
It can be irritating adding video to this player, as you much use the included software, which is slow to convert the files. Once they are converted, however, it works good most of the time. Some videos are still plagued by audio syncing issues. Don’t buy this player primarily for the video.
The battery is rated at 24 hours for audio playing, and five hours for video playback. If you dim the screen from full brightness, then you will get battery life very close to this.
SanDisk Sansa Fuze 2GB MP3 Player is very nice and has improved over the other players. The sound is excellent, it all the features you could need, and is only priced at $70.