SanDisk Sansa e270 (6GB)
Manufacturer: SanDisk Part number: SDMX4-6144-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: $119.98 - $207.30
- 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.
Can it be the ONE!!!!
by i4u2c2 on February 17, 2006
Pros: removable battery, slide show functionality, FM reception and recording, flash memory expansion and scratch resistant coating
Cons: none for windows users but a general concern with MAC users
Summary: This product is truly a remarkable product, based on the features that it provides. It has a removable battery that is really useful feature and it provides the option of ...
Summary: This product is truly a remarkable product, based on the features that it provides. It has a removable battery that is really useful feature and it provides the option of buying an additional battery for extended playback... really nice...
It can also shows pictures and video on its 1.8" screen; larger than the popular Ipod Nano (1.5"). Its size is similar to that of the Nano but just a hair larger.. i mean heh size in this case doesnt really matter...
Also it has a liquid metal scratch resistant coating... a big plus noting the scandal and major defect of Ipod...
Another cool option is the FM tuner and recording being included on the unit itself... thus NO UNNECESSARY PURCHASES/LOAD.....YEAY! This is Unlike its Ipod counterpart in which you'll have to spend $50 for the same feature... too much money... I also like the fact that they have line in recording, very useful for lectures and interviews.
Another advantage, and this seems to be the most important, is its ability to expand in terms of storage space through the use of micro SD flash cards (at this point their is a 1GB available, ~$119, with a 2GB a few months/weeks away Retail Price ~$190). Thus a potential of 8GB of STORAGE....!!!!
Sandisk Technical Support can be a little tedious and intrusive at first because they would require your contact info but it would become easier the second time around as they would have that info logged in for you. I called to make a pre-purchase query and they were prompt but the agent was little unpleasant/hasty but that can definately be overlooked TO A POINT....!
I love the freedom that i get with these non-ipod products in that i can easily download my music to my other PC without the fear of my previous music library being wiped out...lol...(as i have 2 systems)... I mean yes there is Sharepod (Windows) and Senuti (Macs) but thats too much valuable space and time...
With all these benefits i definately believe that this is the ONE for me .... BUT.... there is one major drawback/concern...
even though the Sandisk stated on their website that their Sansa e200 series only work with Windows XP and not Macs, in other forums people suggest that on Macs it would appear as a external hardware/harddrive and thus you can click and drag your files with ease.But i'm not sure would someone be able to clarify this for me?
But besides this issue, BASED ON ITS FEATURES, its a good bargain at around $300, which will be the same price for the 4GB Nano plus its FM remote ($250+$50), and you can have all the basic features of the Nano and then some...
30 out of 34 users found this user opinion helpful.
Future Editor's Choice winner
by ShiningWizard on March 15, 2006
Pros: The world's first 6GB flash player, with tons of extras.
Cons: None I can think of.
Summary: Yes, we all see how much wonderful press Apple gets here on CNet. But I say give CNet their due. Yes the iPod, the mini, and the nano all got ...
Summary: Yes, we all see how much wonderful press Apple gets here on CNet. But I say give CNet their due. Yes the iPod, the mini, and the nano all got Editor's choice... but the shuffle did not. Creative's Vision:M got one, as well as the Creative Zen Micro Photo and the now-defunct Sony NW-HD5 (which would have been a stellar player if not for the horrid SonicStage software.) As for the Sansa e270, I have been chomping at the bit for this player for a few months now, because of all the iPods... I LOATHE the Nano the most. I hate hate hate hate HATE the Nano. Give me an old school mini any day over that anorexic, scratched up piece of junk. I don't know about anyone else, but I like a piece of technology that will not snap like a twig if you drop it on the ground accidentally... (same reason I don't like the Moto Razr or Slvr). And I think once they get around to a video (which they don't usually get a round to til a few weeks after the review, which was just 5 days ago! Cmon guys, give them some time to test it in the labs, they JUST got their hands on the darned thing) you will see the appreciation shine through. Heck, these guys gave an Editors Choice to the Samsung YEPP YP-T7 & the Cowon iAudio U2 in the flash player category... and they had 1GB or less space. I'll be very surprised if they don't give this thing an Editor's Choice.
As far as comparing to the iPod, as much as I hate iPods, I have to say that the Click Wheel is a very intuitive, smooth, well-designed control system... and truth be told, others have tried to copy, but you can't duplicate that kind of thing. Apple nailed it when it comes to control. It may be the control system to which Mp3 players get judged against for quite a while. But there is something to be said for tactile buttons. I like not have to guess whether I pressed a button or not. It really comes down to personal preference. Read the review; they praise the control system the whole way through, save the last two lines... and they even tell of a few one-ups this control system has on the IPod Click Wheel & its menu system if you read the whole thing carefully. I personally chuckled a bit a few not-so-subtle stabs at the Nano they took as well, praising the durability of this device at least twice. The only time they claim the Nano is better is when comparing "raw size and sleekness" or "design flair"... which really is subjective; if you believe thinner really is better, then yeah, I guess you might like the Nano better... until it gets scratched all to hell. CMON! It's half an inch thick, and weighs 2.6 ounces. Is that really TOO THICK AND HEAVY FOR ANYONE????
The Sansa has a bigger, brighter, COLOR screen that is clearly superior to the Nano; The back is made of a durable liquid-metal that has to be seen to be appreciated; The iconic menu system is sweet looking; Voice Recording; a MicroSD Card Slot for extra storage; Accessories hit the market very soon; USER REMOVABLE/REPLACEABLE BATTERY!!! (a big plus over the IPod); FM Radio tuner; Photo & Video capabilites (can you say Album Art?); plays MP3, WMA DRM 10 (subscription), and WAV files; 20 hour playback as opposed to the 12 hour playback of the Nano; ... do you even NEED any more than that?
I make none of this up. Most all of this is quoted or paraphrased from the FULL (preliminary) review of this device. At least 11 areas where the e270 is CLEARLY superior, and 2 debatable areas. If you can read this review & the CNet review in its entirety and STILL choose the Nano over the e270... you must be a hard "core" (hahaha) Apple fanatic. And you know what, good for you. Buy what makes you happy. But when that thing gets scratched to kingdom come & the battery dies after 14 months... and you're forced to buy a new one... maybe you'll think twice and rebel against the evil Empire that is IPod.Updated
Finally found a place nearby that sells the 6GB version of this and let me tell you, this is one of the best investments I've ever made. The big wide color screen on this thing is beautiful. The drag & drop functionality is gorgeous. The scroll wheel is much easier to maneuver than previously thought. The liquid metal backing is super-tough and dead sexy. The controls on it are very simple & the menu system is very easy to figure out. The review says the buttons are difficult to press... that's really being picky; I have pretty big hands & I didn't have any trouble pressing them. The micro SD slot shows up as a removable drive once the player is connected to my computer via USB, so it is also easy to drag & drop to. Just to sound unbias, I always try and pick one thing that could have been improved to anything I write a review to. I had to get real picky, but one thing that could've been put in is the recognition of .m3u or .pls playlists. In older Sandisk models, you could load multiple playlists that you wrote beforehand via WinAmp or WMP or whatever. This player actually makes you construct the playlist on the player. There might be a way around it, but I haven't figured it out yet (then again, I've only had this thing for 3 days.) So that's my arbitrary small critique/quibble... but other than that, this thing is the sleekest, coolest mp3 I've ever owned and is MILES ahead of the iPod nano.
26 out of 29 users found this user opinion helpful.
Just might be the solution!!!!
by feelmaroon on February 19, 2006
Pros: battery life is obscene, line in, video, mini sd card, FM with recording
Cons: none that i can see. what does it encode as?(mp3 or wav)
Summary: I always try to be the most objective with tech. we all know the archos av500 puts the ipod video to shame, that the nano is sweet, and that most ...
Summary: I always try to be the most objective with tech. we all know the archos av500 puts the ipod video to shame, that the nano is sweet, and that most companies just can't topple ipods domination even though no ipods have built in fm radios, line ins, and most have junk battery life. why consumers settle for this is a shame but really, a bigger feature set isn't as big as reliability for most. BUT NOW here comes sandisk who have amazing customer service(broke my titanium flash drive and sent it in. i had a brand new sealed one in my mailbox in a week), they make amazing products, and their software is prettty seemless. so now with this 6gig e270, its got nano's size and about six additional features. did you see the website which says mp3 playback on these things is 94 hours? are you serious!!!!!????? that itself makes it worth the extra 50 bucks. even if they're 75 percent right, that's still 70 hours strong. what i'm looking forward to is the line in(i'm curious if it encodes to mp3 automatically. big difference in a line in that records .wav *useless* and one that records mp3*amazing*. make sure you distinguish) the fm radio that you can record mp3s off of would be amazing. the pictures of it look great and i can't wait for it to come out. that sd card that you can slide right in make it as big as 8 gigs. that's bananas for a flash drive. i will give it the benefit of the doubt and give it a 10 because it seems like its legit. steve jobs will never give the publis a built in fm radio or a line in and will always pull back on battery life to save it for his next gen. stop falling for the products that lack. as a public, we should demand more. let's hope this sensa lives up to its expectations.Updated
...the 2gb mind you but its nice to finally play with what i've been salivating over for so long. first impressions with it in my hand: colors on screen are clean and bright,screen looks solid, the hardware itself looks much better than in pictures (titanium back is straight butter, screen shines like the black nano, not as awkward, the dual color, in person. looks like a black player for the most part). one thing i thought failed to impress me is that that blue lit ring around the wheel you see in all the pictures is actually the wheel which you roll to move the cursor. it works well but when its off, it looks like a cheap piece of white plastic wrapped around the wheel core (which is a button not a touch sensitive pad). i noticed on the b and h site, they sell the skin so that's a plus. rolled through the video demo and it looked clean even though it didnt' cover the whole screen. album art came up. settings indeed had that bass adjust everyone's been talking about. the fm radio was seemless and the mic built in at the top seemed to work too. a record button to the left. the micro sd slot was perfectly placed and everything seemed as mentioned in the reviews...can't wait till the 6gb comes out. the video didn't load in an mpg cause you had to use conversion software but with the usb plug which charged the phone, it came up right in the 'my computer' subfile with a little 'sansa' icon. drop and go. looking forward to gettting it revved up and seeing how it stands. much thicker than the nano but height length seems the same. this is actually a good thing cause the nano dare i say is too thin and flimsy. this is small but feels sturdy and not bulky like those mini 1 gig players like all those samsungs and lower end sandisks. pick this up!!!
11 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Still rough around the edges
by adlyb1 on April 19, 2006
Pros: Really good design. Excellent features. MiniSD Slot is big bonus.
Cons: File conversion to proprietary formats makes unusable as transport device. Limited file format support, especially, no support for popular lossless formats.
Summary: The reason so many of us have shunned the iPod is the proprietary nature of it's software, from the iTunes lock-in, to incompatible file formats and then SanDisk one ...
Summary: The reason so many of us have shunned the iPod is the proprietary nature of it's software, from the iTunes lock-in, to incompatible file formats and then SanDisk one ups the all the iPod competition, but drops the ball by using the same tricks as the iPod. Here's a hint, you don't beat the iPod by being just like it. Give us standard file formats and support for loss-less audio formats, and allow us to just use the device like a storage drive and you will have winner. Oh, and while you are at it, fix your website and provide some documentation for this product.
11 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
by chammi on May 5, 2006
Pros: Lovely form factor, Linux compatible (in Mass Storage Mode), on-the-fly playlist and EQ, User-replaceable battery
Cons: Must convert video and pics (d'oh!) using proprietary software, Cheap-feeling scroll wheel, proprietary USB connector
Summary: This is my second Mp3 Player (first was a Bantam BA350 in 2001). I chose Sandisk because I love their Cruzer line of flash drives. I think their flash-based products ...
Summary: This is my second Mp3 Player (first was a Bantam BA350 in 2001). I chose Sandisk because I love their Cruzer line of flash drives. I think their flash-based products seem very solid, which is fitting since they pioneered the medium. My price point was sub 100$ (flash memory DOES wear out-- you can't expect to use this player for years if the music gets heavy rotation). I ended up fudging up to about $150 beacuse the cheaper players were too "toylike".
Here's a first look at the Sansa e250:
* I still think that Apple hit the nail on the head when they realized that moving your finger in a circular motion is a great way to scroll through lists. So I am very wary of ANY "cross shaped" navigator or D-pad.
The scroll wheel is raised on the Sansa E200 series. I think this makes pushing the buttons more difficult than if it were flush or recessed. Not a huge deal: I mean, reaching over a bit with your thumb is NOT a Sisyphian task. The scroll wheel is slightly narrower than my thumb, and I felt that the player was hard to scroll through because my thumb was so large-- when I got to the bottom of the scroll wheel, the player was unbalanced in my hand, and it felt that my thumb had to "reach" a bit. The wheel is MUCH easier to use if I turn the player upside down--but then the screen is upside-down and partially covered by my hand (what if the player had a scroll wheel on the back of the player, on the far end? That seems better.)
I find myself cradling the player in one hand and using the index finger of the other hand to control the wheel and push buttons.
Also, the scroll wheel feels cheap: it rattles a slight bit--even right out of the box. I felt like it was (a-hem) like something Sandisk took off a Happy Meal toy and put on their otherwise solidly built player. Why couldn't they have made the wheel out of that cool LiquidMetal stuff they're touting? No, it wouldn't be able to light up, but then, the back-lit wheel is really more of a showy thing.
Think about it: you can FEEL the wheel--and it only rotates one way of the other-- there's no screwing this up if you can't see it. However, the buttons are another story. I would have preferred that THOSE light up in the dark--especially since I find myself using the menu button quite a bit. But the wheel has a nice tactile "clicky" feel to it, you can actually feel the gear under it.
When people talk about the scroll wheel "not feeling good" I think thy are talking about the balance issue and the cheapish plastic used on the wheel. If it were made of metal and seated a bit better (so it wasn't loose), I'll bet they would go for it.
I think he CNET staff reviewer who says the wheel will "tire out" or "wear out" your thyumb is referring to how you have to reach with your thumb if you keep your finger on the wheel.
* The plastic finish seems slightly less shiny than the iPod's. But it's still nice. I wonder if it REALLY is more scratch-resistant? My screen seems to have acquired a couple of micro scratches in only the first couple of hours I've owned this.
* The LiquidMetal alloy on the back is NOT like the iPod's-- It's not chrome-like, but more of a satiny brushed finish, The color is also slightly bronze-hued. I like it a lot! The entire player seems to pick up fingerprints readily. The anal-retentive might end up polishing them off constantly.
* The dedicated hold switch is right on the top. Much appreciated.
* The bottom has a proprietary connector, It looks similar to the Apple dock connector.
* The back of the player has a small symbol of a trash can with an X over it. This is supposed to tell you not to chuck the player--presumably b/c the battery is not eco-friendly. But I can't help thinking it mean "Please don't throw away this expensive electronic goodie! We worked so hard on it!" Makes me grin.
* A let-down: the Samsung Z5 has cooler menu animations. I THOUGHT the Sansa would have something similar, but theirs are simpler. The menu is really just a series of images that changes--the icons don't actually slide smoothly from one position to another. They just sort of appear in the next position. A small thing, but I'm a sucker for eye-candy and would have appreciated more sleekness here. Also, the "playing progress bar" introduces magenta into an otherwise cool (as in "cool and warm colors") color scheme. Why?
* The included earbuds didn't really fit into my ear canal well. I didn't bother playing with them. They have the same cheap foam padding that you find on sub 10$ earbuds. :o(
I ended up using the grey-white Philips surround sound earbuds that I bought last Christmas (20-30$)
* The lanyard looks like a rubber cord. Not terribly sleek. I'd actually prefer a nylon/poly woven lanyard like on the Sandisk Mini Cruzers. Even though the lanyard is cheap, I appreciate having a lanyard hole in the top corner of the player. I wish Sandisk would just not bother with the cheap accessories and give me what I really want: a heavier-duty scroll wheel and/or adaptors (like a USB-Sandisk connector adaptor) and charging accessories--like a car/plane charger or even just a silicone skin to protect the screen.
* Some have complained that the unit is thicker than the nano. I see this as a plus (it's perhaps a slight bit thinner than the iPod video). Watching Steve Jobs take the Nano out of his pocket made me cringe: I could just see myself accidentally snapping this elegant--and pricey-- object it in two.
But the Sandisk player has a nice solid weight in my hand. I would even stand for it to be an ounce or so heavier. It currently weighs just under 3 ounces.
* One of my fav. aspects of the iPod is how the song will stop playing when the headphones are unplugged. How thoughtful of Apple! Unfortunately, Sandisk hasn't picked up on this yet.
* Menus are mostly intuitive. Sandisk was thoughtful enough to group similar menu items on the same screen--so you don't have to navigate through lots of screens---but similar functions are visually placed in sets. The look is quite similar to something you'd find on an iPod. You get an oscilloscope showing the playing levels if you push the center button once at the current track. It doesn't seem to react in realtime to the music though. It seems to laga slight bit. Subsequent presses will display fullscreen album art (thank you!) and (this is especially nice): the next song that the player is going to play.
* I wish ratings were easier to do: I think Apple lets you rate with just a click or two from the currently playing track. You have to dig into the context menu and then scroll down a couple to access ratings Also, in my firmware version (01.00.09A), clicking the center button to set the rating causes the player's display to hang for about 10 seconds. A bit scary at first. The music keeps going though. After a few seconds, it fixes itself. Occasionally, it would display the rated song's title and album art, even after moving on to the next song. If it bothers you, just click fwd to he next song and then bkwd to return to the current song.
* I like how the player will automatically scan for FM stations and set them as presets. I DON'T like how you can't easily move backwards through your presets. You can only go forwards or manually scan back to the station. Also, the first scan didn't seem to pick up my local NPR affiliate (which is really all that I listen to) on the first go. Will try again once I'm in the car.
Interestingly enough, the player supports has a Japanese, a US and a "Worldwide" radio setting. not sure what this does, but v. cool since I plan on traveling to Japan soon.
* Sound is good. I don't hear any problems aside from poor quality mp3s (which is MY fault). You do hear some mild mild intereference between tracks in the silence. I don't think you'd notice it if you weren't lookign for it.
* I REALLY wish it had support for free formats like OGG and FLAC. I'm Linux user and also a Wikipedian. The Wiki uses exclusively OGG (for legal/rights issues) I'd love to be able to listen to the Spoken Wiki articles.
* I also wish photo support were better. You have to use Sandisk's own software to convert your photos (scaling etc.) for the player. What a hassle! Ditto for video--except it converts to Quicktime, which other users have reported actually makes the videos take up MORE space! I'd like to see support for GIF and PNG in the photo realm. As for video--what about support for Linux systems? But I'm sure if the player gets popular eough, I can find Linux software that will handle the conversion functions for me. At this point, it's not that important.
* The screen does seem...not "blurry" but kind of glary with whites. To see what I mean, turn on the player. The logo screen is a good demo of this.
* 1-touch voice recording. A nice add-on. Good for memos.
* Support for cover art. Also a nice touch.
* The player supports a WinMedia-centric file trasnfer mode (use for your DRM music store purchases) and a USB "mass storage" mode-- which basically converts your player into a flash drive. This is actually part of the Bantam's undoing. When they upgraded the players to work as flash drives they ran into all kinds of problems.
Not so with the Sansa, It elegantly handles your files. Just toss the music into the pre-made MUSIC folder on your drive: once you disconnect, the system restarts and the software handily indexes your music. Nice. It takea little while, but I'm just glad it works. It doesn't matter whether you have your music in subfolders or not; it uses the id3 tags to build your menus. If you include folders with cover art, that displays when you play the proper track.
* I know this is TRUE wishful thinking, but I wish the screen could be re-oriented upside down and/or sideways. Wouldn't it be better to have landscape mode menus when you are watching movies with the player turned sideways? I know they *thought* of landscape viewing because one of the sample movies on my unit is in landscape mode. Speaking of this, you'll find roughly 128 MB worth of sample music, video and pics on your player. Nice to have if you want to see the Sansa flexc its muscles without having to load your own video and pics (see above not on how inconvenient this is).
Over, not a bad player. I was also considering the Samsung Z5, but I really didn't like the nav button. Afetr about 10 minutes, I still couldn't figure out how the pad was supposed to react to my finger's touch, pressure and movement. I had a lot of trouble just moving down by one or two selections--the cursor would go whizzing down the menu. I feel that the tactile scroll wheel on the Sansa offers me the ability to move quickly through my music but ALSO the control to move down by only a line or two.
I think the FM tuner and the voice recorder are dealmakers for this unit over the Z5, though. Sure, they're not fancy fancy, but I could see them coming in useful every now and then. The Z5's menue are damn-sexy, though. But the way I see it, the Sansa *could* fix that in firmware updates. The Z5 is stuck with that unruly touchpad. Also, the Z5 is about 100$ more expensive than the e250. And yes, it DOES have 4 GB instead of 2, but like I said, flash memory wears out--do you really want ot spend $250+ on something that will only last a year or two--especially something that could get lost, stolen or crushed by any manner of heavy object? Maybe you're okay with that, Big Spender, but I just don't have the money for that kind of down-payment. 2 GB is well enough for anyone who is in close contact with their main computer--Especially if you're letting Winmedia sync your playlist. If you load your music judiciously (that is, only putting on stuff that you actually listen to) you should have enough material for a few days of unique listening. And let's face it-- since you can only charge it with the USB connector, you're going to be going back to a computer fairly often. (I actually consider USB charging a plus-- the Li-ion batteries are lighter than AAA and you don't have to keep buying/recharging batteries and throwing them away. Plus, if you're travelling internationally, you don't have to worry about voltage conversion--the computer that you're charging from has already done the work for you! The down side is that Li-ion batts are known to die if they don't get used or charged in a couple of days.
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
No more bias please.
by Sirocco on March 17, 2006
Pros: 6 gigs, no moving parts.
Cons: WAV files???
Summary: the mechanical scrollwheel can tire out some thumbs"...
This illustrates the problem with the inimical ipod scrollwheel - there’s no tactile response! Being completely smooth, glossy smooth, that is, ...
Summary: the mechanical scrollwheel can tire out some thumbs"...
This illustrates the problem with the inimical ipod scrollwheel - there’s no tactile response! Being completely smooth, glossy smooth, that is, means the user has to look at what they’re doing, which is a HAZARD when you’re driving. I like buttons and knobs that stick out a little for that very reason, especially buttons dedicated to volume or bass control, for example. The fast forward control needs to be a dedicated button, that one can simply depress and let go. This is the FATAL flaw of the ipod thumbwheel, all the WORK involved with my thumb turning and turning makes me dizzy, plus the fact I have to WATCH my thumb while it turns, which is SUCH a hassle while I’m driving, I mean, such a HAZARD. By having a rotating wheel, Sandisk has solved this problem. At least now I can feel the wheel rotating. But a single button that I can simply press and then release would be the perfect solution to the fast forward functionality, so necessary when listening to recorded radio talk shows (which may in fact be the case with the new Samsung unit, I don’t know yet).
The new Samsung has a “liquid metal” back. That’s sure a big improvement over the competition. But I’m waiting for the SamsungYP-T8N, with 4GB, which, if it’s like the YP-T8Z, will have an accelerating fast forward, which is simply the best thing since running water.
And sure, I wish CNET would give up it’s excruciatingly biased reporting. It seems every review includes a promo for the you know what.
7 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Lots of bang for your buck, BUT
by vespa55 on May 18, 2006
Pros: Great audio, FM Radio, REMOVEABLE battery
Cons: Making playlists is a bummer, no 'sound check' option for volume of your songs
Summary: After going through such a hassle with Apple's iPod battery replacement program, I decided to look for an MP3 player that gives the owner the freedom of just replacing ...
Summary: After going through such a hassle with Apple's iPod battery replacement program, I decided to look for an MP3 player that gives the owner the freedom of just replacing the battery himself/herself. After about 10 minutes, learning the menu system for the e270 was pretty easy. There are a few kinks I've noticed. When a song is playing, at times when I'm scrolling through the menu system an annoying clicking sound would be heard throught the headphones. Also, I'm still trying to figure out how to make more than ONE playlist. Adding songs to the playlist may take patience. That's what I missed out of iTunes, the ease of making playlists and organization, which until SanDisk comes up with software similar to iTunes, then the e200 series would be a close second to the iPod. Other than that, the removeable battery is a major plus.Updated
I've played MP3 players in my car as a substitute for CDs and the one thing I've noticed while connecting my e270 to my car stereo's auxilliary jack, is a loud POP when skipping songs or when a song is over the the player is about to play another song. That pop is pretty loud and obvious. Another drawback would be that the maximum volume (even with the volume setting set to 'High') is not high enough in my opinion.
6 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
This Will Rock Your Socks Off....but....
by Havoc Gland on June 1, 2006
Pros: This puppy has all the bells & whistles
Cons: Inablity to make Playlists to date, no protective cases so far
Summary: I’m a person that enjoys my tech toys & to be honest I have to hand it to Apple for making the iPod, they did a wonderful classy job ...
Summary: I’m a person that enjoys my tech toys & to be honest I have to hand it to Apple for making the iPod, they did a wonderful classy job on appearance & an almost seamless job at a well made device that works superb with it’s software…However I think their days are finally numbered.
CNET has many reasons for picking editors choices & I can see why this player isn’t an editors choice although it could & should be if it wasn’t for a few slight things
OK, on w/ me spiel:
This player has the basically everything. Mp3, WMA, WAV playback (so far), large 1.8in. color screen w/ nice resolution for video & photos, radio w/ preset functions, voice recording as well as FM recording (in America & Japan only), 6GB of built in storage as well as the ability to expandable storage up to 2GB more w/ MicroSD TrustedFlash or “gruvi” cards (for music only) as well as file/doc storage, 20 hours of battery life & a replaceable battery after the first one dies, , …I mean this thing is basically everything you want a entertainment device on the go. It even had EQ graphics….I mean how sweet it that!
It in no way does this player feel frail or flimsy. It has weight; though it’s only enough to let you know it’s there & nothing more. (Personally I would rather know where it is on my person than have a iPod Nano (which in fact I own one) & w/ it being lighter, loose it & not know when you aren’t listening to it). The back is a nice “liquid” metal (as they put it – it looks very much like titanium) that although will scratch it wont be noticeable unless you take a knife to it & scratch your name in it or it drips & falls on very sharp rocks.
As for the front when talking about scratches & finger prints; The thing is a shinny black plastic & finger prints are noticeable on almost anything shinny & black but not nearly as noticeable as on Black iPods or any black shinny surface for that matter. As for scratch resistance, like any plastic it’s going to scratch, however, covering it w/ a thing plastic film like iPods have (a skin). That problem can be remedied.
Anyway, So far I scuffed the screen & it wiped right off so I can’t say for certain but it would seems to resists getting scratched easily. I know that if the same thing happed to my Nano it wouldn’t wipe off as easily as it did.
The Functionality of this device is top notch & extremely easy to navigate through the menu, anyone can do it even a first timer. Everything in the menu it’s self is self explanatory. I figured out the menu in less than 5 minutes. As for all the bells & whistles it has, it’s also easy to figure out (where they are & what they do as well as how to get it to do it.)
it's been said the tacktile scroll wheel will could wear out a thumb & to some looks cheap in apperance. I dont see these problems. The wheel is firmly in place & doesn't rattle or jostle around & it doesnt feel cheap either. (if it were metal one could still see the purdy blue light behind it but it would also loose cool factor points. not to mention if it was metal it would still run the gambit of feeling loose.) It should also be noted that being it isnt a touch pad, there are no risks ran in accidently hitting it & changing a song or turning it up or down, muting it etc....I have big fingers 7 I have no problems pushing the button, where that came from is beyond me.
My Biggest pet peeve when concerning mp3 players is making my playlists; this player as of yet can’t make more than an “On the go” playlist. This may mean absolutely nothing to some people, but I am also aware that it will turn people off from this device as well. The only way I have countered this slight problem is to edit my ID tags accordingly so that they fall in the genre category so I can play that set of music the way I want. Just keep in mind that unless you edit your tracks properly you won’t be able to hear the songs you want.
Also, you can’t edit the tracks in the player it’s self when connected to the computer, this over all isn’t a big deal, just for me. The EQ settings are fine for the most part & the Normal setting sounds the best for most music but I would like to also see a Custom setting for the EQ as I am sure many others would as well.
The Earphones this player comes with are satisfactory at best, so much like most players, the stock earphones are trash. But at least they work & sound better than having nothing at all, so if you have a nicer set of earphones…USE THEM, otherwise; be glad you can at least listen to your tunes.
Other than those little qualms about the playlists, this product could in all ways blow the Nano out of the water & if they dropped the price a bit more, no one would buy a Nano cuz they would be obsolete unless the person is in love w/ Apple products. So long as SanDisk fix’s that slight issue, they have a winning player on their hands in all ways.
Other little things that should be pointed out:
To date, there really isn’t any choice in cases for this mp3 player other than the one from SanDisk & there are 2 (White & Gray) which are silicon cases & they don’t have a screen protectors, so unless you don’t mind your screen all scratched up which will eventually happen to some degree w/ average use, you might want to get something to cover it up. However this product just hit the market very recently so I’m sure there will be more to follow in the weeks/months to come just like what happed w/ the explosion of variety for iPods. (I would also like to point out that there are many forms of screen protectors for iPods on the market; the screen protectors for an iPods (not a Nano’s or Mini’s) will fit just fine & lend the screen protection you will need.)
As for those to complain:
If anyone is going willing to pay the price for ANY device ( no matter what it is, mp3 player or not) & not protect it in some way shape of form, it’s their own fault if it gets dinged up & scratched. They are to blame, not the manufacture. It seems people are endlessly saying things like “It’s great but I don’t like it because it scratches easy” or “ I can see my fingerprints on it so I don’t like it”, WELL DUH! If you are going to put it in your pocket w/ your keys or change etc, play with it or use it day to day it’s GOING TO show signs of wear & tear…what do you expect? NOTHING IS DAMAGE PROOF…clue in!
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Cnet's in a love affair with Apple...
by jeffgates on March 14, 2006
Pros: Better than the nano, need i say more?
Cons: its one con, not being made by apple
Summary: I noticed that cnet loves any ipod, no matter how bad it is! If a product has the apple logo, it automatically get an editors' choice award, eveb if it ...
Summary: I noticed that cnet loves any ipod, no matter how bad it is! If a product has the apple logo, it automatically get an editors' choice award, eveb if it sucks. Why isn't the sansa e270 an editors' choice? i mean come on! they didn't even bother to make a video for it! they always compair mp3 players to the ipod on negitive aspects, like saying "not as good as the ipod click wheel", but they never compair it to the ipod when it does something better than the ipod!! I wish cnet came right out and said that the Zen Vision M is better than the ipod, but no, that would be "fair" and the "truth". Cnet has to stop being so one-sided with its reviews, i expect more from you cnet...
(oh and "the mechanical scrollwheel can tire out some thumbs"...who are you kidding!?!?!? why did you even say that?! thats what you people look for when making reviews? i bet the ipod could get away with something like that)
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Wouldn't It Be Nice
by giper on May 20, 2006
Pros: Almost does it all
Cons: Price, minor gliches/problems
Summary: I have only had this since Wednesday, but I am pleased with this player so far. Set is basic, plug it into your computer to charge the battery, which can ...
Summary: I have only had this since Wednesday, but I am pleased with this player so far. Set is basic, plug it into your computer to charge the battery, which can be a problem if you are on vacation, how do you recharge it if you do not have a laptop to bring along? A full charge took about 3.5 hours. It takes 11 seconds for the player to turn on and 2 seconds for it to turn off.
I downloaded over 500 songs (roughly 3.5 gb of songs) in 30 minutes. I really enjoyed that I could choose what I wanted to add in with the drop and drag file I am used to in windows. Right now I have found that you can only make one music file of your personal choice music.
The basic menu offers you sub levels of Play All, Artists, Albums, Songs, Genress, Playlists, My Top Rated. I guess with some maneuvering I could make some more personal music folders. Under Music Options You have a repeat function, shuffle, Music EQ, Add Song to Music List, and Scan through Song. I found that the Normal Music EQ is the best, but I am sure that this is different for everyone. While playing a song and you press the middle button you get the following functions: A cheesy Music EQ (is it helpful, I have no clue) and the next song that is going to play even if you are in random mode.
The basic screen set up while a song is playing is the bands name, the album, the song and you have a running time and time left. In order to scan through the song you need to use the menu function to do that (minor annoyance).
While I was adding to my To Go List, the process seemed to slow down as I added more songs. The pause that occurred as I added to the To Go List definitely increased as I added more songs to this list. Volume control is nice, you use the dial and it works well, not too sensitive or difficult to use. It would be nice if you could also scan through the song at the same time, but you have to access the menu to do this.
The sound is great. I am very happy with the sound quality. The basic head phones are good, I am sure a better head phone set would improve the sound quality.
The thing I love about this is that it is small and compact, but not too small and easy to use. I have big man hands and I have already dropped it (or am I just clumsy?). It is so light that the MP3 player stayed connected to the head phones and it did not fall to the ground or yank out of my ears. I find it easy to use with my big hands and I would not want it any smaller than it is.
Also available is a Radio, Photo, Settings, Voice, and a Video function. I haven’t used much of these. The screen is small, I can’t really image loading pictures and videos on this, not with having a digital camera, flash drive, etc. Voice is easy to use and decent quality, though I am not sure who much I could record. The FM radio is ok, not the best reception, but I have read that the longer the set of head phones the better the reception.
You can also set up how long you want the display to be on, which I am sure will help with battery life. If you set it to only light up for a certain amount of time it will turn on with a touch of any button and it will not disrupt what you are playing.
Having a battery that you can replace is nice to. My only major grip right now is that I have been unable to run the firm ware up date. I have followed the directions of turning off the MP3 player, turning on the lock button, and connecting the player to the computer, but the firmware will not upgrade.
Good sound, easy to use, easy to hold/handle, offers a lot of other functions and you can replace the battery. The only problem I have is that the firm ware does load, you only have one custom made list, and I wish it had in line recording. Over all I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a small portable player that almost does it all.Updated
When you rate the song, it causes the screen to freeze, usually for 30-60 seconds. I am not sure if it is an operator error or the MP3 player.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: SanDisk
- Part number: SDMX4-6144-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 / radio
- PC interface(s) supported Hi-Speed USB
- Flash memory installed 6 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 Built-in FM radio,
FM radio recording capability ,
- Playback modes [Jan 21, 2011 from CDS: CD System] Program play
- Digital audio standards supported MP3,
- Equalizer factory presets Rock,
- Tuner type Digital Radio tuner
- 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