SanDisk Sansa e260 (4GB)
Manufacturer: SanDisk Part number: SDMX4-4096-A70
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- The SanDisk Sansa e200 series offers a boatload of features for a reasonable price, in a package that is much nicer than that of past SanDisk models. For those looking for a high-capacity, compact, skip-free MP3/WMA player, start with the e200 series.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $112.77 - $266.66
- Reviewed by: James Kim
- Edited by: Jasmine France
- Reviewed on: 03/10/2006
- Released on: 01/06/2006
The good: The SanDisk Sansa e200 series combines copious features such as subscription compatibility, an FM tuner/recorder, voice recording, and photo and video playback into a compact and durable device. We like the tactile navigation wheel, as well as the well-designed software interface. The user-removable battery and the Micro SD slot are nice touches, and the device has decent sound quality, processor performance, and battery life. Finally, the Sansa e200 series has a maximum base capacity of 8GB, and it offers a competitive price in the high-stakes world of high-capacity flash players.
The bad: No AC adapter in package; the buttons surrounding the SanDisk Sansa e200's scrollwheel can be difficult to press; the mechanical scrollwheel can tire out some thumbs; photos and video must go through conversion with bundled software; the expansion slot can be used with music only, not photos or other media or data; and recordings are made only in WAV. The scrollwheel is not as easy to use as the iPod Click Wheel. Low levels of system noise can heard through headphones at low or zero volume.
The bottom line: The SanDisk Sansa e200 series offers a boatload of features for a reasonable price, in a package that is much nicer than that of past SanDisk models. For those looking for a high-capacity, compact, skip-free MP3/WMA player, start with the e200 series.
Excellent but not perfect
by rolandperch on March 21, 2006
Pros: Awesome Package/Features
Cons: Lacks some basics
Summary: I usually don't submit reviews, but I have made many purchases on the opinions of people on this site so I thought it was time to give back. I ...
Summary: I usually don't submit reviews, but I have made many purchases on the opinions of people on this site so I thought it was time to give back. I have been researching these things for months and was determined not to go down the devils path (IPOD). Why such hate you might say?
Apple seems to be in the get game of getting you anyway they can. You can only use itunes, can't replace batteries yourself (easily)plus the accessory barrage. It's clear that the money you plunk down is only the beginning of the world domination of your wallet. That's why I was looking forward to this product. It seems to have many more features then the nano and the company seems to not want you to throw the thing away when the battery stops charging. Also you have the option of upgrading the memory with an expansion card...nice touch. Voice recorder, radio, and a radio recorder...all nice and work well for what they are.
The unit is very impressive and substantial compared to the nano. The screen is big, clear and attractive. The wheel is not as smooth as the nano but not a deal breaker. After having it a couple days I've had excellent battery life. The software is easy to use(for media conversion)and goof proof. The sound is excellent although the buds are a bit big for my ears and I am not a small person. Ok, here's the bad in my opinion, the unit is in need of a user adjustable eq.
The settings in the unit are barely usable, the normal setting is ok, but nothing special. The other thing is there is no stop button on the unit, granted I haven't had a new unit in a few years but I thought stop/pause/ffwd/rwd/ play were the basics. If you are playing something you pause it then toggle back through the menus to find something else. The only way to truly stop the unit is to turn it off. Also there is a slot for an expansion card but theres no cover/door for it so I suppose dirt/crud could get inside the unit. But thats about it. The other stuff in James' review is no big deal. I contacted support 3 times on a compatibility issue I was having and they were great, patient, and very helpful. I like the product a lot, hope it holds up. I hope this helps you in your decision making.
I'll check back after a couple weeks of usage.Updated
I've now had the unit for two weeks, here is the deal, the thing froze up on the start screen,tried the reset functions many times tech support told me to just get another one.Problem is the stores wont have it in for a week or two.
BTW this is why I wanted a flash player as opposed to a hard disk. My last unit (Archos JB Recorder) seized up on a regular basis. I bought it off of Best Buy's website. All this being said I still think it's a good little unit and will give it another chance. I guess thats what I get for buying a new product before it even hit the stores. It's like they say, never buy a first model year of any car. In any case to answer some of the questions, I did not try video on it but the music and picture stuff was great. Like I said an equalizer would have been ideal but the sound isn't horrible. As far as gapless music I assume youre talking about pauses in between songs/noice. Didn't notice any of that. As far as album art goes I would assume it does. I just learned how to actually link the metadata but on one of my support calls I asked the guy about that and he said as long as it's in a recognizable format (jpeg) it should read it. So I will wait to try another one.Updated
After having the product for 2 weeks here is an update.The unit froze up on me, after trying many resets, the support guy advised taking it back and getting another one. I bought it off of Best Buy's website, the store doesn't have them it yet though. Frustrating, yes, I still like the product, but the whole reason I wanted a flash player is because I had such a bad freeze up problem with my Archos JB unit.
I guess it's like they say, never buy a car in it's first model year. In any case I still like the unit and will give it another try. Like I said before, If it had an eq that would kick some you know what. Haven't tried video on it. As far as album art. I am just now learning how to do that, so when I get another unit I will try that out, although in a support call I asked the guy about that and he said as long as it's in a recognized format (jpeg) it will read it. Yes I am way out of touch with the Metadata/music subscription crowd. As far as the sound quality, I think a lot has to do with your source, your ripping rate (i rip at 192wma) and headphones, but the unit seemed to sound ok/didn't hear any noticeable gaps more them whats on a cd.Updated
After about two weeks of use the unit froze, after trying the reset function numerous times and I ended up returning it to Best Buy. (I bought it online) Like the other user's post I had the same exact problem. Sounds like they havent worked that glitch out yet. That being said the unit still is very attractive, but the whole reason I wanted a flash player was to avoid the freeze up problem so often associated with disk units. Don't know If I'll get another one, like they say you should never buy a car first model year, hopefully firmware upgrades will solve this problem.Updated
After talking to support, the latest update is that they were yanked from the Best Buy site because of the firmware problem, but the ones hitting the stores in the next month will have the firmware fixed. So it may be worth another shot then
21 out of 21 users found this user opinion helpful.
What I expected, but suffers from sound quality.
by sansa user on March 23, 2006
Pros: Functionally pretty good.
Cons: Performance suffers a bit.
Summary: I have been waiting a long time for a player like this: 4 gig flash memory, fm, fm recorder, voice recorder, photo, video and its pretty easy to use right ...
Summary: I have been waiting a long time for a player like this: 4 gig flash memory, fm, fm recorder, voice recorder, photo, video and its pretty easy to use right out of the box. The player is extremely easy to use and is simply brilliant with its menus options.All the functions also work great. Easy drag and drop feature, unfortunatley there is no software to create playlists.
I have had it one day and I have had to reset it 4 times already. Twice the screen went all white, needed a reset. Then, while playing music, the player did not repond to any buttons (this also happened twice), needed a reset.
Also, the sound quality suffers a bit. Not nearly as loud as my Ipod shuffle, and the sound come out sounding flat. Actually, the ipod headphones made an improvement to the sound when they were plugged into the player.I hear the hiss and crackle of static when changing songs, and also a faint but very noticeable background noise when playing music.Although I have tried the built in equalizer, the player does not show you WHAT you are equalizing, just a choice of "Rock" "Disco" "hip Hop" etc.
I've had an iriver, ipod, micro zen and now this.
This one by far is my favorite, but I am trying to overcome the sound quality issue by convincing myself about the other great things. Its also strange that it has crashed 4 times in one day. I am hoping this was just a glitch and won't happen again. I'll keep using and keep updating.Updated
Did a firmware update and it stopped crashing. But now, when the hold button is used and turn back off, it continues to stay in "hold mode." I love this player and I am trying to work through this! Its such an awesome player, just hoping nothing else happens.Updated
Unit continues to crash. Same issues as before. I called Sandisk, the tech told me that this is problem they are aware of and are working on it (and he also said people have called about this; also he did not even know there was a firmware update, I had to tell him about it on the sandisk website.) They called me back 4 days later and said the issues I was having are only specific to my player and I should return it where I bought it(very different from the 1st time I spoke to him.)Unfortunatly, after talking to the Best Buy rep, Best Buy pulled it off their website and no longer sells it. So the only way to get a new one is to send it back to sandisk so they can send me another one, but with the same issues? Fishy about Best Buy and Sucky situation with Sandisk, I have to return it before my 14 days are up for credit. Player was too good to be true. Good luck for those that still have one.
15 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent mp3 player and more - KILLS IPOD
by njtechie on August 27, 2006
Pros: Sound Quality is excellent, FM Tuner, Mass Storage Mode, Video Clips
Cons: Playlist Functionality limited.
Summary: I did a fair amount of research on mp3 players before purchasing this one. I spend some time in the various electronic stores checking out the various options. I knew ...
Summary: I did a fair amount of research on mp3 players before purchasing this one. I spend some time in the various electronic stores checking out the various options. I knew that a memory only mp3 player would be best for me, the hard drive players seem to run hot, use more energy and are more prone to failure with more moving parts - plus HD players are bigger in physical size.
The e260 is part of an entire line of e300 players that Sandisk is releasing. The e260 is the 4gb version, but just around the corner in September 2006 the e280 with 8gb capacity will be released. I'm new to mp3 players, this is my first one, so ease of use and intuitive menus was very important.
As far as features, this player is clearly going to set the new standard. It's extra durable, with a solid liquid metal back cover, the front contains scratch resident viewer, the battery is good to go for 20 hours, the FM tuner is excellent with auto scan features - combined with programable stations and excellent reception.
The sound of the unit does sound good, I didn't like the ear plugs that came with the unit (which appear to be disposable), so I replaced them with a pair of cheap coby ear plugs (about $10-) with the silocone type plugs and it sounded great and had a comfortable fit. I think people that purchase the popular Shure ear plugs for about $200 need to have their head examined. If you want to listen to bass then get a subwoofer, not some ear plugs, by the laws of physics you can reproduce anything below 50 hertz with any ear plugs.
I was a little disappointed that the unit only came with software for Rhapsody and a Video / Picture converter. It would have been nice to have a simple to use mp3 organizer. It seems that creating playlists is a difficult task, but they do allow you to quickly find your music organized by artist, album, genre, etc. I don't know why anyone would complain about the controls that much, although a "raised" notch would probably be good for the 4 buttons, I must say that I have fairly large fingers and have not had any trouble at all navigating.
One of the cool features of the unit is the two USB modes that are available. The "user manual" that came with the unit is a complete joke, it's like one page and doesn't really explain the difference between MSC and MTP modes. Most of the time you'll want to use the new MTP mode that Microsoft created for easy synchronizing and driverless installation. If you want to update the firmware to the latest version you'll need to go to the sandisk site and download the utility, which will simply walk you through the 4 minute process - you'll need to go into the MSC mode (mass storage).
Overall, I think this unit is a real winner. I'd still like to see a dedicated mp3 organizing / ripping / software so I didn't have to rely on the microsoft software, but it seems that Microsoft Media Player version 11 is just around the corner, it's already available for beta download. I've also read that most pay sites like Napster are fully compatible with the player. I also like the ability to be able to use the device a standard USB Mass Storage Device.
I'd like to see Sandisk put out more accessories, like an Car FM output that can also charge the unit at the same time. I guess putting in a FM transmitter would have been a more difficult engineering task. I was also surprised that they don't make a normal plug in charger, the only way to charge the unit is via a USB powered connection. I guess you can just purchase a powered USB hub and power it that way, since the voltage should be compatible.
Overall this is an IPOD killer, for about $100 less you get significantly more funtionality, in a very stable playform that's intuitive, plus built solid. Oh, did I mention that since Sandisk is the world leader in small memory, they added a transflash (now called microSD) reader, which will be able to add an additional 2gb of removable memory. You can buy a T-Flash usb reader and easily manipulate files for use on your mobile phone, computer, or the e200 series mp3 players. What more do you want? Camera???
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Could be the perfect player except for 1 major problem
by gmarsh on July 5, 2006
Pros: Looks, navigation, size of device, menus
Cons: Synch error, limited to 1 playlist, no stop play function
Summary: After way too much research I finally decided on the Sansa e260. Seemed like the best buy for the money. I really like the looks and navigation of the e260 ...
Summary: After way too much research I finally decided on the Sansa e260. Seemed like the best buy for the money. I really like the looks and navigation of the e260 and the fact it has FM radio ability.
SanDisk Tech Support has been pretty easy to get to a person to talk to. However, I wish I didn't have to find this out. I have tried two of these players (returned one because one tech at Sandisk said it was an "internal player" problem). I bought (and exchanged) both players at a local Best Buy store.
The huge problem has been that after a few songs start to download (a few means 7 or so) I get an error message stating "The I/O operation has been aborted because of either a thread exit or an application request". I have to close everything out and reboot my computer to clear this out. In a typical CD of say 12 songs, the CD may load but sometimes I get the error and it refuses to load one or two of the songs.
I have spent hours on the phone with both Sandisk and Microsoft in addition to searching on the internet myself for a hotfix or something to fix this problem. Sandisk says it is a Microsoft problem....Microsoft says it is a Sandisk problem. Neither seems to know how to fix the problem. Neither is stepping up to the plate for their customer.
I have emailed Sandisk and told them if they don't provide a hotfix or solution within 24 hours, I plan to return the device and buy an IPOD (really didn't want an IPOD, but I'd rather have a working IPOD than this frustration). I really like the Sansa e260, but I don't feel as a Sandisk customer I should have to spend hours of my time trying to fix this problem, when they say their product works with Microsoft.
If anyone has experienced this problem and knows the solution, please let me know. From my research on the internet it seems other players (i.e. Iriver) sometimes gets the same error. So I assume it is a Microsoft problem....but as I said, if Sandisk sells this product as compatable with MS, they should also be able to provide the support to ensure the device works as advertised.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
So far, excellent player
by mavericke on June 10, 2006
Pros: VERY nice display; nice sound quality; easy to load music; thumbwheel is convenient
Cons: Unit's internal software is a bit glitchy; lack of accessories
Summary: I bought this player as a replacement for my Zen Micro, whose headphone jack (not surprisingly) failed after six months. Although I was basically happy with the Zen, so far ...
Summary: I bought this player as a replacement for my Zen Micro, whose headphone jack (not surprisingly) failed after six months. Although I was basically happy with the Zen, so far I like the Sansa much better. The display is excellent, with very good brightness and contrast. Unlike the Zen, I can actually read the text without my reading glasses which, oddly enough, I don't wear while working out.
Although I'm fairly tech-savvy, I'm not interested in learning yet another user interface just so I can play music while I work out--all I want is a way to play my albums without the bulk of a CD player and disks attached to my waist. I've ripped a lot of my CDs onto my PC with Windows Media Player, and I can load music to the e260 using drag-and-drop in Windows Explorer, just like copying files between directories on my PC's hard drives. That suits me just fine.
Because the thumbwheel is mechanical, not a touch pad, you can adjust the volume without having to look at the player. That's not a big deal, but definitely a convenience when the player is attached to your waist or strapped to your arm. I bought a DLO jam jacket (one of only two cases I could find for this player), and although it does make the buttons other than the thumbwheel and select button a bit harder to use, I haven't found it to be a big inconvenience.
I ran into a few minor problems getting the unit set up initially. I copied the demo tracks to my hard drive and deleted them from the player before loading my own music; but one of the tracks (which I had played through my PC before deleting it) continued to show up on the player's music list, even though the track was gone. I finally used Windows Explorer to re-format the player, which solved the problem. At first the player's display continued to indicate that it was "writing" long after files were transferred, but that problem seems to have gone away since I updated the firmware.
I find the sound quality is excellent, although I would like more EQ flexibility. Even with the volume level set to "normal" (there is also a "high" setting available), the volume range is higher than the Zen, which I had to play at nearly full volume. I don't hear any low-level noise as the CNet review and some users have noted; possibly the firmware update took care of the problem, or perhaps my hearing just isn't good enough.
p.s. The AC charger sold for iPods will work with this unit if you want to charge it without connecting it to your PC; and SanDisk says they're introducing a separate AC adapter next month.Updated
To the user who sent me e-mail asking where I got the Jam Jacket but didn't give me your e-mail address: Best Buy.
Update: I tried using my partner's iPod charger. Although the player said it was charging, it wasn't.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice player. A bit pricey but worth it for a flash player.
by justforyucks on April 17, 2006
Pros: Compact, scratch resistent, easy menu navigation.
Cons: Freezes, can't sync purchased tracks.
Summary: I have had this player for a couple of days now and have been fairly impressed. It is easy to use, although the Power/Menu button is a bit awkward ...
Summary: I have had this player for a couple of days now and have been fairly impressed. It is easy to use, although the Power/Menu button is a bit awkward when holding the device with your left hand. I have one major problem however. The device will not allow me to sync songs I have purchased through Napster or Rhapsody. When I try to sync, I get a message that says the device certificate could not be found. Syncing songs from a CD is no problem, but if I can't transfer songs I have purchased on the internet, then the player looses its appeal. I have upgraded to the latest firmwarm version and the problem continues to occur. Any help with this issue would be appreciated. SanDisk Technical Service hadn't heard of this problem and offered no fix.Updated
As an update, I have now returned my e260 to Best Buy. After purchasing the first one and upgrading the firmware to version 07a and it still not syncing tracks I had purchased from Napster and Rhapsody, Sandisk suggested I swap it out for another unit. I did. This one came with firmware version 09a and still would not sync my purchased tracks. A day later, firmware version 12a came out that Sandisk said would fix this problem. Alas, it did not. Two units and four different firmware versions is my limit. I tried all of this on three separate computers so it is not a hardware issue on my end. I also reformated through My Computer and through WMP10 prior to upgrading firmware versions.
This is really too bad. I have nothing else bad to say about this product. Everything else worked wonderfully and I would have loved to keep it. However, if I can't have my music that I have purchased (nearly half of my music), it becomes of no value to me.
Good luck to everyone else who has or will buy the e200 series. As for me, it's back to the store to look for a different unit.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Love It! Well worth the wait.
by akissel on May 13, 2006
Pros: Everything I asked for and more, great audio, great video, couldn't be easier to use
Cons: Power on can be tricky - and that's pretty minor
Summary: This is the first MP3 player I've owned and I can say it was well worth the wait for it to arrive on the market. If you understand how ...
Summary: This is the first MP3 player I've owned and I can say it was well worth the wait for it to arrive on the market. If you understand how to store files on your computer you're technical enough to operate this device. I'm running firmware version 12 and have not dectected any bugs in it. Operation has been smooth and simple. I have heard of people complaining on the web a bit - but my experience has been smooth sailing the whole way.
What could be simpler? Drop a CD in the drive, let WMP rip it, build the synch list with a couple of clicks, and sync. Music and album art all at once on the player. I think it took less than 10 minutes after the initial charge and I had 2 gigs of music on it.
The audio quality is really wonderful and the video is stunning. I work with a big list of devout Apple product owners and they were all quite impressed and a few were wondering why they were still using skippable hard drive players or tiny, breakable flash drives with minute displays. They couldn't believe all features in my Sansa, and were completely jealous when I told them about the user swappable rechargable battery.
The player is easy to navigate and I actually love the tactile scroll ring. The quality of the radio signals I received was really a surprise. And while I didn't buy the player to play videos or store many photos on, the provided sample video and pix were quite impressive. This is really the player for me!
The only problem I can see is the power on process. It seems if I'm a little too quick on the power button I can power on the scroll ring, but not the player. Easily remedied by holding down the power button for 8 seconds and then trying again I'm still loving this player.
Overall I think this was a fabulous buy, it's loaded with all the features I could have asked for, and the music sounds fantastic. And isn't that why we buy these things?
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Sleek Design, 4GB w/ MicroSD slot & Easy to Navigate in menus & Controls
by acidsoup on March 30, 2006
Pros: Great Video,Image (bitmap image 78K),Sounds (MP3 128K) Quality, Solid Design Anti-Scratch Case (bottom), Easy to Navigate
Cons: WMP (but can use MSC also), No Accessories released yet or AC adapter,Can't delete files directly from Player
Summary: Where to buy it?
Ive been waiting for this MP3 player to be released for months now; this player can be purchased direct from bestbuy.com homepage. Do a search ...
Summary: Where to buy it?
Ive been waiting for this MP3 player to be released for months now; this player can be purchased direct from bestbuy.com homepage. Do a search on the entire site for the Sansa e260, youll have to order it directly from their warehouse, and it isnt sold in stores yet or even advertised under the MP3 player section. I paid 239.00 plus tax and shipping fees, I had my player next day to me so it cost twice as much for shipping.
Navigate inside/outside of e260:
I really like the navigation controls of this player; you can use the four main buttons around the thumbwheel to go up or down the menus. The thumbwheel controls not only the sound volume inside the music playback function, but you can also use it to scroll up and down the menus inside the interface also.
E260 player interface is very simple to use; the main screen has an image with a simple name of whats inside that field. These fields include Photo, FM Radio, Setting, Voice Recording, Music and Video. Its very simple to access options or setting in this player, everything inside these menus is very user friendly.
Outside of the player is very clean the only button beside the control pad on top of the player are Dock Connector (bottom), Record button (left side), MicroSD slot (right side), Hold button (top left), Microphone (top middle) and Earphone Port (top right).
Whats in the Box?
I was very impressed with the packaging (box) that came with the Sansa e260, its just as sleek looking as the player that Sandisk has created inside. You get the UBS 2.0 Cables which measure over 3 ft in length, so you wont have problems reaching your USB ports on your PC and setting the e260 on top of your desk. That was one of my main issues with the Creative Photo 8GB, the USB cable was very short in length.
It comes with a very generic black protective case, its better than nothing for now.
The player comes with a generic plastic cord lanyard it has the shiny glossy look. I never use the lanyard anyways; its a nice extra if you need it down the road.
The headphones (earphone) are also very generic but the sounds quality was good in my own opinion. Quick Start Guide which is a brief over review of the e260 is included to get started. The installation CD has WMP 10 on it, along with Sansa Media Convertor program, which converts images & video so the e260 can play or view these files. Also, the user guide is on this CD in a PDF format.
Im very happy with SanDisk e260, I plan on testing this player this weekend at work for about 30 hours of play time. Also, the player does have a new version of firmware which is posted on Sandisk website now, its version 1.00.07a. If you guys or gals have any questions about this product just post on Cnet website and Ill try to answer them. If you can answer my question about how to remove a portal device safely with WMP please post!
One thing I have problems with is you can set the player to be in either MTP mode for using WMP or MSC mode for using the Mass Storage Center option (drag and drop). I can’t figure out how to safely remove this player when using the MTP mode, I’m guessing I just close out WMP and disconnect the device. The MSC mode has the safely remove hardware options, but WMP has the punch your keyboard and repeat options. /shrugsUpdated
I've had the player lock up 3 times so far in the past hour, when i'm going through my music it locks up. The processor isnt as fast as some mp3 i'm noticing now. I've had to reset it those 3 times, this is making me a little nervous. Much like what the other guy wrote, he's trying to work past these issues. I really like the interface, but these performance issues, and crashing are testing me. My firmware is updated with the most current version, but I didn't have these problems before. I'm going to keep testing it this weekend, and see what happens. I don't want to return it...
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Pretty Good, but it ain't an I-pod
by Seattlemollydolly on May 25, 2006
Pros: Good Size, Large Screen, FM radio a super ++++
Cons: The Control Wheel Sucks & the buttons are hard to use when you have the latex cover/case on it.
Summary: I reasearched a long time before buying. I am admittedly not that "techie", but I wanted something that I could listen to while riding the bus to work or walking. ...
Summary: I reasearched a long time before buying. I am admittedly not that "techie", but I wanted something that I could listen to while riding the bus to work or walking. I looked several times at the i-pods, but the Nanno is so flimsy. I knew I would break it. However, the i-pod control wheel is the coolest and works great, but still I had hessitations. So when I read c-nets good write up on the Sansa I went to the store to check it out. It's a nice size. It fits into the palm of your hand or in a pocket nicely. The screen is large so it's good for looking a pictures or video if you put it on the device. The radio feature is awesome! When the bus is stuck in traffic, I turn it to the radio and can tell my fellow communters what the hold up is (none of the i-pod users have that!) and they like that. So A+ for that feature! The music sounds great and isn't shaky or anything. The playback is about 20 hours between charges, and for me, the 4G that holds about 1000 songs is quite fine. I would have bought the 6G, but nobody in town had one in stock. The things I don't like are the way it gets charged and the buttons. Okay, lets just face the facts, it ain't an i-pod so it isn't going to operate like one. The whiteish-clear thing is the wheel and you move that to scroll and do volume etc. Then the black button in the middle is the "select" button. Many times you have to push that two or three times in order for it to take effect. The four buttons on the outside of the wheel are the back, forward, play/pause & menu buttons. These work fine, but if you choose to put one of the latex covers on it then the buttons are harder to push. Finally, the little round button on the lower left is the on/off. You have to push and hold it to turn off. Again, with the latex cover it is hard to push this button. The thing that I dislike the most, however, is the way you charge the thing. You have to plug it into your computer using the USB cable that is included. That's all, you don't plug the charger into the wall outlet like you would with your digital camera. You plug the USB into the computer, and then the other end into the Sansa and then leave the computer on to charge the Sansa. It's kida weird and I think inconvienent.
Anyway for the most part I am happy with my purchase. It works great and I really like the radio feature. In a perfect world though, the buttons and control wheel would be as easy to use as an i-pod.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Erucolindor on May 12, 2006
Pros: Great audio, video crisp and great graphics for small screen, pictures clear, navigation and controls are easy to use and quick to learn, feels and looks great.
Cons: Lack of accessories right now (hopefully Sandisk will add them soon), no AC adapter to charge, earphones not bad just a little uncomfortable after a little while.
Summary: I researched for about 4-5 months and finally decided on the Sansa e200 series. I chose the 4GB b/c I wanted to make sure I had enough room just ...
Summary: I researched for about 4-5 months and finally decided on the Sansa e200 series. I chose the 4GB b/c I wanted to make sure I had enough room just in case. I like the look and feel better than the iPod and features are better too.
I dont see what other people's problems are. I just bought this last night for $216 at Circuit City and when I got home I had my playlists and songs and pictures all loaded within an hour or so. Would have been quicker if I hadn't updated all the info on the songs. I have read quite a few reviews that have kept saying how the scroll wheel isn't as good as the iPOD. I say the opposite. I've used an iPod and I hated it. This Sansa is a lot easier to use. As for the small buttons aroud it. Yes they are kind of small but they're not hard to push. People are too picky and need to lighten up. It's no different than pushing buttons to text messaging on a phone. It took about 2 min for me to get the feel for it.
The radio works well when I find a station. I didn't expect the reception to be perfect but I wish I could find more than 3 stations. I haven't converted videos yet but the one that came with it was pretty sweet. Hopefully I'll be able to get some videos loaded on there soon. I seriously recommend this MP3 player.Updated
I just converted some video. Some of the files I tried didn't work. Some of the .vobs I tried wouldn't convert but I did get 2 full episodes of lost on there and they run great. It did have to split the file into 5 seperate files but there is only like maybe a 2 sec delay when switching to the next one so it's not bad at all. I don't see why people complain about it only playing Quicktime. Yes it would be nice if it played others but considering video is not the main thing and yet still looks smooth and sounds good I think that's pretty cool. If you want to watch videos get a portable DVD player. Otherwise this does a pretty dang good job of playing videos. It may take a little bit to figure out how to convert and all that but patience pays off in the end. As soon as Sandisk makes an AC adapter and car adapter to charge it I will be fully satisfied with this device. (Although I've heard the iPod ones actually works on it. I'll have to see)
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- Manufacturer: SanDisk
- Part number: SDMX4-4096-A70
- Description: The Sansa e200 Series MP3 players are the flagship products of SanDisks audio line. Created by the leaders in flash memory, this flash-based player provides everything you need for music, photo, and video clip playback. The very attractive, sleek design includes a 1.8 TFT color screen with advanced navigational features and an easy to use interface. You can also avoid scratches and cracks with the durable metal backing. The Sansa e200 provides superior sound playback and supports Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription music. The SanDisk Media Converter supports most image formats to enjoy photos and small personal videos.
- Product type Digital player
- PC interface(s) supported Hi-Speed USB
- Flash memory installed 4 GB Integrated
- Weight 2.6 oz
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 1.7 in x 3.5 in x 0.5 in
- Color Black
- Voice recording capable Yes
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] USB cable,
- Software type SanDisk Sansa Media Converter
- Case type Pouch
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards MP3 ,
Protected WMA (DRM) ,
- Playback modes Random play / shuffle,
All tracks repeat,
One track repeat,
- Edit functions Erase
- Supported bit rate 32 - 320
- ID3 tags support Yes
- Audio system built-in display TFT
- Diagonal size 1.8 in
- Backlight display Yes
- Features Adjustable brightness
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Built-in clock Digital clock
- Addtional features Upgradeable firmware
- Playback modes [Jan 21, 2011 from CDS: CD System] Program play
- Digital audio standards supported MP3,
- Equalizer factory presets Rock,
- Tuner bands FM
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone operation mode Mono
- Headphones type Binaural
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included 1 x External,
USB cable -
- Connector type 1 x Headphones Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm,
1 x USB
- Slot(s) provided 1 x
Battery / Power
- Battery Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryInternal
- Mfr estimated battery life 20 hour(s)
- Peripheral / Interface devices [Dec 3, 2010 from CDS: System Requirements] USB port
- Operating system Microsoft Windows XP or later
- Min processor type [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: System Requirements] Intel Pentium
Specs: 4 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,
Protected WMA (DRM),
Specs: 6 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,
Protected WMA (DRM),
Digital player / radio
Specs: 8 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,
Protected WMA (DRM),
Digital player / radio