The Sandisk Clip 1GB MP3 Player is the subject of today’s product review. This player has been selling like hotcakes on the refurb and closeout market. Is it a good buy if you can find it cheap. Is buying refurb the way to go. Does it have limitations and annoyances? And what about the sound quality? In this review, we’ll find out.
First, let’s take a look at the specs for the Sandisk Clip 1GB MP3 Player. It’s a small, clip on, digital audio player designed for listening to music and other audio on the go. It plays MP3, WMA and secure WMA music files plus it has an FM tuner. This provides you with a number of listening options, including using subscription music services. The Sansa Clip will fit easily in your pocket since it’s about the size of an auto key remote fob. It does have a tiny screen that displays things like song title, but no video capability though. I think that most people will find the Sandisk Clip easy to use, even when exercising or driving.
The sound quality of the Sandisk Clip 1GB MP3 Player is very good considering the price range for this player. I don’t hear a lot of difference between it and more expensive Sansa MP3 players. The EQ settings could be better but they do help bring out the sound. As with almost all digital music players you buy the stock earbud headphones aren’t very good. You’ll want to replace them with more full range, quality, buds. It’s kind of funny, you’re likely to spend more on the headphones than the player itself.
One thing to consider is that the Sandisk Clip 1GB MP3 Player uses a rechargeable battery. This helps keep the weight down and is supposed to be more environmentally friendly but it can be inconvenient if you forget a recharging cable. Fortunately, the Clip uses a standard USB 2.0 mini-port and can recharge from the data cable. The battery life, usually around 12 hours, is more than enough time for uses shorter than a weekend camping trip. Long term battery life should be good but at the usual price of these players they’re almost disposible.
The bottom line is that the Sansa Sandisk Clip 1GB MP3 Player is a pretty decent, basic, digital audio player. The 1GB size might be on the small size for some but you can also buy a 2GB or even 4GB model if you need more room for your tunes. With the current discounting of the player, now’s a good time to pick one up for a very low price.