I used to work with a guy who was, quite possibly, the most impressive humanity repository of musical knowledge in existence. This guy knew his music backwards (probably literally) across all genres, time and all that kind of stuff. It was really impressive. What was also impressive was his collection of iPods. See, he really loved music, and hated not being able to carry a whole bunch of it with him, because he never knew where the whims of his listening would take him. So he carried a number of iPods, each crammed with music. True story.
But it goes far to illustrate the major problem that this popular device brings with it – limited capacity. Had this guy I knew not been sucked into the iPod hype, he would have had a much more convenient – and cheaper – time of things. And, quite frankly, it is hype, folks. The iPod is a great music player, true, but there are others that are just as good. They just don’t have an Apple logo on them.
Take the SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player, for example. It is manufactured by a trusted name (particularly when it comes to memory and memory related products) and it offers the one thing that the iPod cannot – expandable memory. The Clip+ comes with 4GB of internal memory to start off with, which will allow for a fair amount of music to be loaded on. But it also supports MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards, which means that the user is going to be able to carry as much music as they like – thanks to the small cards – at a fraction of the cost that my friend paid to have a lot of tunes on the go.
The Sansa Clip+ plays MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files, and also provides the user with access to FM radio. Added to that is the extra functionality provided by an integrated voice recorder.
And all of this comes in a package that is a little smaller that is a bit smaller than a match box. Armed with a rechargeable battery that will give around 15 hours of performance, the Sansa Clip+ is small and really easy to cart about. In addition it is very easy to use, with uncomplicated controls allowing the user quick and easy access to the music stored on the unit and memory cards.
The device is lightweight, yet is very ruggedly constructed. It is made out of a strong plastic, and is stylishly designed, while not resorting to overly flashy looks. On the back, a steel-sprung clip will ensure that it stays where you put it (like hooked to a belt).
The only real downside is that the headphones could have been a little better. They’re not bad, mind you, but they certainly aren’t top of the line, either. Still. For the price, the Sansa Clip+ is a good alternative to overpriced name brand devices. It delivers great sound (if you experiment with a few headphones) and allows ease of use and versatility that is extremely valuable. This is, in short, a great MP3 player.
Verdict: A great MP3 for people who aren’t brand slaves.