With minute offerings from Apple in the form of the famous iPod Shuffle, and iPod Nano, SanDisk offers their version of an ultraportable mp3 player in the Sansa Clip+. The Clip+ is the second generation in the Clip series which offers a bright OLED screen, ultra compact design, and microSD card slot for expansion capabilities. The features presented in this player and the favorable price point make this player a nice alternative for those valuing function over form. More after the break!
While there are numerous options for mp3 players out there for the average consumer, SanDisk offers a full line of products each with their own special features at competitive price points. The Clip+ in particular presents itself as a well built player constructed primarily of plastic, with a nice bright OLED screen for navigating options and music selections. It comes in five colors (white, black, purple, blue and red) and 3 different capacities (2gb, 4gb, and 8gb). The player has other additional features that you would be hard-pressed to find in other players of this size (including FM radio, custom equalizer and voice recording capabilities).
Getting up and running is very simple with the Clip+. The Clip+ is a favorite among audiophile communities due to its ability to play just about any file format you throw at it including MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Audible, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC. With the subscription service provided by Rhapsody, and the ability to take SanDisk's preloaded slotradio cards, there are plenty of ways to get music onto your player. The Clip+ adds expandability in the form of memory card slot that takes both microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32gb, effectively beefing up this player's internal storage. Transferring data to this player is a breeze via drag and drop - no extraneous software necessary.
Out of the box, the sound quality from the Sansa Clip+ is robust and exudes warmth. The Clip+ has custom equalizer settings that allow you to adjust the sound coming from your player so there is a lot of flexibility for your tastes. The FM radio appears to be generally very good, but of course this depends on the your stations' signal strength from the get go.
Overall construction of the paper leaves little to be desired. The Clip+ has no loose parts or questionable issues. The clip itself appears sturdy and can be very handy at the gym or on the go. With 4gb of space, one can fit up to 1,000 songs on this player, not to mention the thousands more that can be added on with an additional microSD card. Therefore, a concern may be navigation. Have no fear, the player's tactile button have a very nice speed when scrolling. There is a dedicated volume toggle switch, a directional control pad, and home button for quick access and intuitive navigation.
The Sansa Clip+ retails for $36.99 for a 4gb Black version, which is very attractive compared to other offerings on the market. This reviewer could find little to dislike about the Clip+ besides wishes for a slightly larger screen. Even despite this, the SanDisk Sansa Clip+ packs a huge punch in a tiny package that can please any music enthusiast on the go.