"Sound Professional, Quality Affectionado, don't bother"1.5 starson by wysiwyg22
Pros: Sleek looking, 8gb
Cons: Terrible Sound, Terrible Control, Cheap feeling
Summary: Well, proving that SanDisk makes a living off cheap imitations, here's another. It's 8gb, it's sleek with some blue LEDs strategically placed in like an Xbox controller. And, it's 8gb. . . did I mention that? Just like every article on this so-called ipod killer.
Yes, it's 8gb for a little cheaper than the lowest end ipod (the Nano).
I wanted to write something a bit nicer about this player, but I'm afraid after playing with it for a little while, it's just a line-up of comparisons against it's rival.
One, it feels awkward, the controls though they look like they were ripped right off the ipod, they've managed to make it different enough that it's rough in it's control. The buttons are a little hard to manage and the plastic feels like a cheap toy. The seams on the one I've been playing with are ready to burst open on the first drop and if you thought the nano had issues with scratching, wait until you play with this piece of plastic a while.
If you're a sound professional or you're the serious type that doesn't mind spending extra money on decent headphones, then you might as well not bother. The low end is horrible using studio monitors, the line noise at low volumes is just bloody annoying. If you're buying this for a 3rd world teenager who isn't going to use anything but the crap earbuds that came with it, it might not matter.
Now, there are little other things that seem nice, but honestly, if I want photos, I want to drop them in. If I want to use it as a flash drive, I don't want to have to install every driver in the world and a host of support software on any computer I want to use it on. I don't want to have to convert every image that's going to be used on the e280 . . . these are all just extra steps that seem poorly thought out and clunky.
But, hey' it's 8gb and it's cheaper, right?