I owned a Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player up until a few months ago when I lost mine. The Sandisk Sansa series are flash memory based, which I prefer over less durable hard disk based media players. The Sansa does music, photo and video clip playback and it will play both MP3 and WMA formatted files, including Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription music. I found this music player to be a rather good alternative to the Apple iPod Nano and less expensive too.
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One of the great things about the Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player is the 1.8 TFT color screen. The user interface shows up well and is easy to read and to thumb through. Video quality is decent enough although quite small. The battery on the Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player is a rechargeable Lithium Ion. I found that it would hold out for about 20 hours on a charge but that would be with minimal video usage. The video screen will cause a dramatic drop in total playing time.
The Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player comes with a proprietary USB cable and rather useless earbud headphones. These are perhaps the biggest annoyances about the unit. It would have been nice for them to have used a more standard USB cable. The earbuds, well, they’re about average for the market I guess but you can find much more decent earbud headphones for under $50.
I found the sound quality from the Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player to be excellent. I didn’t have any complaints in this department with the unit I had. I enjoyed being able to use subscription services with this device and that was a great money saver. The tough metal and plastic cover made me feel confident about the Sandisk Sansa e260’s durability.
The bottom line is that I thought the Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player was a good digital music player for the $200 I paid for it a little over a year ago. I have seen deals around that have it in the sub $50 price range. At that price, it’s almost a no-brainer to go ahead and buy a Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player.
UPDATE: I found my player in a box I had put into storage. I’m not sure how my Sandisk Sansa e260 4GB Media Player ended up there during our move but I’m glad to have it back. Now to figure out what I did with that proprietary USB cable!