You’ll have got the message that this is a fairly average player by now. There are some points that are considerable niggles though. Having an SD card slot is great for expanding memory, but it is annoying that you can’t copy data between card and internal memory. Also you can’t delete from the player itself. You need to be connected to a computer to remove files. Although on the plus side, this means you can’t accidentally delete tracks.
What is really annoying is that you can’t search for tracks or set up playlists. You’re stuck with sorting by artist, album, songs, genre or year, to choosing ‘new music’ that’s stuff put onto the Sansa within the last day, week or month, and spoken word files.
The Sansa’s single AAA cell kept it going for a weekend away, and even if you need to carry spares batteries AAAs are not exactly space hungry. Note, though, that as they lose power, there will come a point where an AAA won’t provide enough juice to read from an SD card.
The Sansa does a reasonably good job, but if I were spending around £120 on a player in this category I’d probably be very tempted to save a little harder and buy the Sony NW-E507 which is only a little more expensive but offers more in terms of style and quality of output.
A brave attempt at an expandable digital music player. Unfortunately the bland design, and average sound quality take off much of the shine. If you can live without memory card expansion, I’d recommend the excellent Sony NW-E507 over the Sansa.