Pros The most bang for the buck. It's loaded
Cons Pro-priority battery - minor flaw
Summary Sorry CNET, you missed the target on your review. I am an audio technician/sound engineer, so I hope my opinion helps those looking for the most bang for the buck.
First off, through the included headphones out the window, they are worthless. Not uncommon in this price range. Grab a decent pair right from the start. I recomnemd JVC HA-FX33. The have soft foam rubber inserts that fit and stay put. The sound competes with Bose earbuds, which I have in my studio, and cost more than they were worth.
The features of this little player are fantastic. YES, it does support album art. Seems many reviewers don't realize this for some strange reason. The EQ has presets, but better yet, it has a custom setting for getting the sound just right. Perfect for serious listeners.
Playlist support, listing by groups, such as artist, song, etc, make it simple to use. The screen is plenty bright and easy to read. Let's face it, screens this small are not good for viewing photos, I don't care what brand you buy. What it is good for, is easy to read menus and album art.
The FM radio works well, and has presets. It records from the radio if desired. The built in mike records voice. The built in rechargable battery charges when it is connectred to a USB port. Works for 15 hours on a single charge. There is an external memory card slot for mini SD cards.
I love this little player, and use it often. I own a music studio with over 200,000 dollars of audio equipment, and I chose this little player for personal iistening, after trying about 20 different players, from the cheapest to the most expensive. This is my recommended player.
"useless review"on by soupphysics
Pros useless review
Cons useless revies
Summary cnet's review is useless. This is a small mp3-player, that you put in your pocket and listen to the music. Talking about how boring the display is, is stupid, since this is something you only look at while changin song or settings. Then it goes to your pocket and with this tiny screen, who would want to use it for watching pictures anyways. What a completely useless review!
Pros Screen, User Replaceable Battery, Micro SD slot, FM radio, FM Recorder, Voice Recorder, and you can download pictures to it...ALL FOR LESS than $80!!
Cons Comes with a lanyard, but no belt clip...again, this isn't negative on the player, just the accessory...player seems great! IGNORE CNET's REVIEW!
Summary The review CNET posted on this player shows me they are BIASED against ALMOST anything other than APPLE! You are 100% correct Soup in saying CNET's review is USELESS! It should be trashed! Jasmine, wake up please! How does CNET give the Ipod Shuffle a 6.3 and the Sansa c240 a 6.0? BIAS, that is how!
The Ipod Shuffle has NO SCREEN, NO FM RADIO, NO FM RECORDER, NO VOICE RECORDER, NO MICRO SD SLOT, NO USER REPLACEABLE BATTERY and it is 79.99.
The Sansa c240 has a screen, a fm radio, fm recorder, voice recorder, micro sd slot, and a user replaceable battery! It is also 79.99!
The only thing the Ipod Shuffle has out of the box, the Sansa c240 doesn't, is the built on CLIP! The Sansa does have a LANYARD out of the box though.
Jasmine France, you are BIASED! You say the c240 has a BORING USER INTERFACE! AT LEAST IT HAS AN INTERFACE! Do you expect fireworks when you press play!!?? You also say it has no video playback...NEITHER DOES THE SHUFFLE! Oh yea, the Shuffle DOESN'T have a SCREEN! This review is 100% BIASED! CNET's review SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN IMMEDIATELY!
Pros replacable battery, can add micro SD chip, pretty simple, good sound and lots of features such as FM radio, instant record, nice and small, works great
Cons instruction manual very poor for a first time user, have trouble safe disconnect from computer if not done correctly it won't turn on after disconnect., requires software program to store pics
Summary This is my first MP3 and I wanted something to take on planes or trips. It would be nice to have large high quatlity pictures but then you need to spend over a hundred $ and they get pretty big. This unit is very small, light and seems to be very well made. I got the 1 GB unit (the c250 is 2 GB) but since I won't need more than 500 songs and since the screen is pretty small I won't be viewing movies or pictures. The unit has added slot for a micro chip if I need more songs. The back slides off to replace the battery but I see that Sandisk only carries the battery for the e200 series. I assume they will offer more accessories later. Great unit for only $70!
Pros user replacable battery, intutive buttons, voice and fm recording, volume dedicated buttons, many more!
Cons subpar screen quality, subpar recording quality, and subpar music quality, propeitary usb port
Summary Well as I stated in the summary, this is very basic and not for advanced users, as it doesnt support video, or any other advanced features. It has all the features a first time user would need and with some nice controls. I think that Sandisk did a good job with the layout and controls, and if you have the companion mp3 player the e200 you can use the same usb connector. The picture quality is very poor, not clear and very bright. I wouldnt use this player as a multimedia player, just for music. The buttons lite up blue when the player is on so its easy to see in dark areas. The outside buttons are rubber so they are easy to feel and press. It has a clear glossy finish on the front as it attracts fingerprints. The micro sd slot is a nice touch as it only comes in 1 and 2 gb configurations. The battery life is ok, not great, as I got about 14-17 hours of life out of it. It sync easily with the computer with WMP 10, I havent tried out WMP 11 but I suppose it would work.
Overall I would get this as a substitute to a Ipod Video or Ipod Nano. I think that Sandisk did a good job as this is a good entry level mp3 player. I would maybe consider it over a Ipod Shuffle, but... that is what you think. If you want a better mp3 at about the same price, save up 20 dollars to get the Creative Zen V or V Plus much better build and better sound quality. I got this at Best Buy, for about 69.99 (on sale for 10 off).