"As far as flash-based players go, this is the best one."3.5 starson by silverbluff08
Pros: 1) User-friendly interface, with easy navigation through menus and songs.
2) The outer shell doesn't look half bad.
3) Since it's a flash-based player, you can sync music to it through any computer.
4) Exceptional battery life.
Cons: 1) The menus and, well, basically every screen looks dingy and uninspired.
2) Sports a small screen that isn't any good for watching movies or viewing pictures or album art.
3) Doesn't hold near as many songs as advertised.
4) Hard to turn on.
Summary: Before ever getting the Sandisk Sansa Fuze, I got the Sandisk Sansa Clip, the smallest of the Sansa family. I enjoyed its sound quality, and in general, I was satisfied with it as a whole since I was an amateur at buying and comparing MP3 players (i.e. I was impressed with whatever was cheap and shiny). When I returned the Clip due to USB port malfunctions, I purchased its big brother: the Sansa Fuze (2GB black). During the year I spent with it, I was overall satisfied with the Fuze, and I didn't have many complaints with it.
Here are the pros:
1) The scroll wheel used on the Fuze is a wonderful device that works like a charm, making navigation through menus and songs a breeze.
2) The Fuze has a slim and sexy look to it, making it feel like a quality competitor to larger competition.
3) One of the complaints I have about iPods and Zunes (the big boys in the MP3 player market) was that you had to have one specific computer to operate and sync music to the device. Not so with the Fuze. Since it is a flash player, you can easily hook it up to any computer, install the software (don't worry- no disk is required for installation), and sync music. Easy as that.
4) The Fuze sports a battery life unmatched by competitors. Of all the many MP3 players I have owned, this has to be the best of them all. I could go four to five days without a single charge. Now THAT is quality.
Even with an outstanding battery life and the compatability with multiple computers, the Fuze did fall short of perfection, as do we all. Here are the things I found distasteful in the Fuze:
1) The menus installed into the Fuze aren't that striking, and the font used in the menus isn't large and, along with that, not very legible either. The screen as a whole, to me, has somewhat of a dingy feel.
2) The screen on the Fuze is so small that is takes the fun out of viewing movies or pictures. Looking at the small pictures of the album art that corresponds with a song makes you squint to see it. Needs a bigger screen.
3) My main complaint with the Fuze is that the five hundred songs it's supposed to support is a lie. Mine didn't hold two hundred songs, and even when I deleted forty songs, a video that was pre-installed with the device, and the pre-installed pictures, I didn't get any memory back. I could delete all I wanted and I would still have the same amount of memory that I had with however many songs I deleted. That was a rip-off.
4) This is only a minor gripe, but it's worth bringing up: the on/hold switch is a hassle to operate, and sometimes I'd have to try three or more times to even turn the Fuze on. Very annoying.
Even though the Fuze isn't the most profound player on the market, it should prove to be a great flash-player for anyone who likes a cheap price and quite a few features, such as the micro-SD slot. Overall else, the Sandisk Sansa Fuze is a great little player, and I would highly recommend it to new comers looking for a simple MP3 player.