Pros VERY easy to setup, easy to sync and/or drag and drop files to it, nice and straightforward user interface
Cons not as feature rich as some other MP3 players, need to be careful not to lose USB cord that comes with it
Summary The Sansa c250 is a great MP3 player for those who do not want (or need) all the little fancy (and often unnecessary) little extras. If you are looking for something that is nice, compact, and plays music for you without any gimmicks, then this is the player to buy.
There is no need to install any extra software that comes with it unless you really want to, since one can easily just drag and drop files between your own PC and it. Also, the sync feature in Windows Media Player seems to be a great way to move files between this and your PC, though I'd recommend using WMP11.
It is a great value, and it is quite obvious why this is the second most popular MP3 player (second only to the iPod). While for some, 2GB may not be quite enough, this item is expandable with a compact SD drive bay. One thing that is nice that the battery is easily replaceable; so there is no need to send the item in for a simple battery replacement.
In short, for those who want a more down-to-earth alternative to the iPod, this product is the way to go.
Pros small, expandable, VERY GOOD sound, high capacity, easy to use controls, nice full menu choices, easy drag and drop from pc to player
Cons proprietary usb connection on player ! Never lose your cord!
Summary I was thinking of returning my newly purchased Sansa c250 after reading this editor's review. I'm glad I listened to the player first. IT'S GREAT! I couldn't care less about pictures. I like the screen, menu system and controls and I can add capacity with micro sd cards. The sound is very good.
"pretty good..."on by jayaretwo
Pros It has a radio, and a quick playlist thing...and it's easy to use.
Cons Some players have problems...
Summary Well, I really liked it when I first got it. I got it cause it was cheap, and the background is color, unlike all blue and black like my old mp3 player. The sound was ok I guess, but my headphones seemed to break a lot(probably my fault, my cat likes to chew on things.)
So yeah, everything was good and stuff. Then like 1 day after the warranty expired(60 days for me I think), it kept freezing. Then eventually that escalated to it not playing the sound through one of the head phones. I checked the headphones, and they were working fine. I even tried different headphones in it. Then eventually, it stopped playing sound alltogether. It would just show the song and show that it was playing but there was no sound. So yeah, I was pretty ticked off and thought it was just a problem with mine so I didn't really worry about it. Well, 3 of my friends who also bought it, had the same exact problem, all of those problems started after the warranty also, which is pretty weird. And some of my other friends who bought other Sansa mp3 players had problems with theirs too, which kind of makes me wonder if sansa makes crappy items.
All in all it's a pretty good player until after the warranty. So if you wanna risk spending $70, go right ahead...I probably wouldn't recommend this to another friend.
Pros Best MP3 Player around
Cons I wish it told me the time. I wish it ran off of a standard USB Cable.
Summary This MP3 Player has everything. The menu system allows you to go straight to the song you want to listen to. It has a sleep feature which is extremely handy for those that like to go to sleep listening to music. The sound is great, and it even gives you the ability to do your own Custom Equalizer Settings which is the key to get the best sound from it. It plays FM Radio with presets, and you can even record off of the radio, which is cool. It does playlists.. plus, you can build a playlist right there on the MP3 Player itself. This thing does it all. Battery life is pretty darn good. It will rarely die on you. I just bought another 1GB for it for $30 right off the Kingston website. I love this thing!!! The menus are perfect for getting you where you want to go.
Pros Fantastic value
Cons feels too light and delicate
Summary Since my 40g ipod decided to kick the bucket and I have to get it repaired I was in need of a new mp3 player, esp since I do a lot of running and it is much easier to lug than a CD player.
Yesterday my fiance' got me this for christmas and I have spent the better part of this morning (with her in bed) adding songs to this, testing the sound quality and enjoying it.
I don't buy the editor's review of poor sound quality. I mean it isn't the Bose Wave system, but what do you expect from an mp3 player?
The nice thing about a smaller capacity player is that I actually can customize playlists for my daily tastes instead of my library of 7000 songs on my ipod which will shuffle and I sometimes have to skip 10 songs ahead, depending on my moods... not everyone is like me, but those that have varied musical tastes which can shift daily appreciate that.
The editor complained about the blue screen and the font, I say who cares. I am in this for music, ease of loading and portability issues, and this player does it all beautifully. If I wanted to look at a screen and a font, I would stay at home on my PC instead of being active with my player.
The only downside is the weight and material it is made out of. Being that it is real light and almost all plastic, I feel that if it is dropped it won't last too long. Hence, why tomorrow I will be buying an arm band for this badboy. If that is my only complaint, then oh well.
In closing... although, IMO, the ipod is the creme de la crop of mp3 players, the sansa c250 is definitely a winner and even when my ipod gets repaired I will use this for running, lifting and other activities that don't require me to have 40 gigs of music at my fingertips.
Great job Sansa and a great price to boot!