In today’s review we’ll look at another Sansa MP3 player, the Sandisk Clip 2GB MP3 Player. What does this inexpensive digital audio player offer? It’s cheap, but does it have undesirable limitations and annoyances? How’s the sound quality? In this review, we’ll find out.
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The Sandisk Clip 2GB MP3 Player is a small, clip on style, digital audio player that plays MP3, WMA and secure WMA music files. This gives you the advantage of using music services with it, however it does not work with subscription downloads on services like Rhapsody and Napster. It also includes a FM tuner. The Clip is small, about the size of a car key remote fob. Unlike other small clip-on players, like the iPod Shuffle, it does a a screen where you can see the name of the song being played and so forth. It doesn’t do video, of course, but I’d guess that’s not something you would be looking for in a player this size.
One thing that I kind of waver on with small players like the Sansa Sandisk Clip 2GB MP3 is the rechargeable battery. While it’s good to have a the weight and all-in-one packaging of an internal rechargeable battery it can also be a pain if you forget your charger. Fortunately, the battery pack on the Clip will last you about 12-15 hours. This is much better than some other products in the same price and size range that I’ve used. Also, unlike some other Sansa Sandisk products, the Clip uses a standard USB 2.0 mini-port for charging and interfacing with a PC, which is nice.
The user interface of the Sandisk Clip 2GB MP3 Player is quite simple and easy to use. With a brief time to learn it you shouldn’t have a problem operating it by feel while driving or exercising. The screen, as you might expect, is small so if you’re ‘vision challenged’ like me you might have to squint a bit.
Sound-wise, the Sansa Sandisk Clip 2GB MP3 Player is good, especially for the price range. The primary limitation on it is that the EQ presets don’t always do some tracks and music styles justice, particularly when you plug the clip into the AUX port on a car audio system. The earbud headphones that come with it are crap, as expected, and you’ll want to purchase a good set of buds, like the Maximo iM 490, to get the most out of the player.
All in all, the Sansa Sandisk Clip 2GB MP3 Player is a good digital audio player, maybe even great when you compare it to its competition in the price range. If you want a good cheap basic digital audio player you can’t go wrong with it.