SanDisk Sansa Fuze: Portable MP3 Music Player

If you are a music lover who loves listening to music on the go, then here is SanDisk’s Sansa Fuze MP3 player that might interest you. It looks pretty much like the iPod nano and apart from playing loaded music; it has features like video playing, photo browsing and FM radio. What is more exciting is the fact that other than the internal memory space (2GB, 4GB or 8GB), it also has an external memory card slot and a 1.9” screen. Watch your favorite video clips on the Sansa Fuze’s 1.9″ color screen. Jam to FM radio with 40 preset stations, play with the built-in voice recorder, and share your photos wherever you go. Choose from five electric colors: blue, red, pink, black or silver. Incredible battery life in a 0.3″ thin device-the Sansa Fuze marks the next wave of music & video players.

Plays videos, music, photos and audio books
Digital FM radio
Voice recording with built-in microphone
Bright 1.9″ screen
Up to 24 hours for audio playback and 5 hours of video playback with internal rechargeable battery
microSDTM /microSDHCTM slot for additional content expansion
Music subscription ready
1 Year Limited Warranty
Dimensions: 3.1 x 1.9 x 0.3 in. (HxWxD)


Pros: It’s easy to use and easy to sync (just drag-and-drop files). With MP3s ripped at high bit rates, the sound quality is as good as the original CD. However, it would be interesting to see how it works with low bit rates. The FM radio works well in suburban area. The 8 GB holds over 700 songs, all ripped at 320Kbps, and several video clips, including one 15 minute video clip.

Cons: The Sansa Fuze MP3 player can get confused if you power-off the unit in the middle of watching a video. A power cycle recovers it, though. Also, the ear bud plug must be firmly and completely pressed into the unit. Also it seems that you can’t charge it while you are listening to it; so you’ll need to pick up a third party charger, but fortunately they’re cheap. Also, the screen is very glossy and shows scratches. Get a screen protector or device sleeve, if you hate scratched screens as much as we do.

Overall, Sansa Fuze MP3 player is a good competition to other main stream music players like Apple iPod nano and Microsoft Zune HD at this competitive price and enticing feature sets. SanDisk is a trusted name in the digital flash memory data storage products. But if it wants to survive the stiff competition in the already crowded MP3 Player market and become the music lover’s darling then it has got to do some improvements before it can actually start giving nightmares to Apple and Microsoft. Some areas of improvements to start with can be – working on removing the current dependency on Sansa software to convert photo and videos, including the option of playing songs randomly etc.

Are you a music lover? Would you prefer Sansa Fuze MP3 player over Apple iPod nano or Microsoft Zune HD?


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