Cheap Sandisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player Review

Sandisk Sansa e250 2GB MP3 Player, FM tuner, FM on-the-fly Recording, Built-in microphone, Video, Expandable Memory - Recertified

Here’s another great deal I just ran across, the Sandisk Sansa e250 2GB MP3 Player for only $37.99. Plus you can take an extra $10 off if you use Google Checkout with your purchase and pay only $27.99. Not to mention that the shipping is free.

It’s hard to find a stripped down MP3 player for that price and this one is a full featured player. This flash memory based player does music, photo and video clip playback. The easy-to-use interface can be seen clearly in the 1.8 TFT color screen. It works with MP3s and WMAs, including Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription music. It comes with a USB cable and earbud headphones. It has a micro-SD expansion slot so that you can increase the capacity if you want. There’s also an FM tuner (in the US only). The battery is a user replaceable rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that will last about 20 hours if you keep video screen usage to a minimum.

Now, I’ll be honest with you, this isn’t the perfect unit. I had one with a larger memory capacity that I paid over $200 for a little over a year ago. My main complaint with it was the proprietary USB cable. This was an annoyance. And, as is expected with factory earbud headphones, they weren’t all that good. Paying as much as I did, I would ask for a bit more. But at $37.99 for the Sandisk Sansa MP3 Player these should be minor challenges.

Also, this is a recertified unit, a player that has come back and been examined at a repair facility. I’ve generally had good luck with recertified purchases so I don’t worry about this factor too much.

On the bright side, the sound quality from the Sandisk Sansa MP3 Player was excellent. It was easy to control while driving or doing other activities. Adding music from subscription services was easy and a great money saver. The case is durable and tough. I wasn’t concerned about breaking it accidentally. Losing it, well, that’s another story.

All in all, I was happy with my Sandisk Sansa MP3 Player but I would have been a lot more happy if I had only paid $27.99 for it. If you want to do a little price comparison shopping for the Sandisk Sansa e250 2GB MP3 Player check out these prices.


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Comment by All About Nothing
2008-07-08 10:26:45

The Sandisk Sansa MP3 Player sounds like an excellent buy, and that’s a very useful feature that it works with Microsoft PlaysForSure.

Is the FM tuner on the Sandisk Sansa MP3 Player a good quality one? Several of the portable radios and MP3 players that I’ve used have less than impressive FM reception, even when I am running outdoors.

Comment by jfc
2008-07-08 12:59:20

Hi Nothing,

I never used the FM tuner much on my Sansa before it got lost. I’d rather listen to my playlist than ClearChannel’s after all. The times I tried it out it did OK picking up some of the more popular local stations.

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