Sandisk Sansa Clip+ 4GB review
Sandisk's Sansa Clip+ MP3 player isn't much bigger than a matchbox, but it has 4GB of storage and a built-in FM radio.
It even has a microSD slot so you can plug in memory cards. Thanks to the built-in clip, it fastens securely to your clothing so you're unlikely to lose it.
The Clip+ lasted an impressive 17 hours and 36 minutes in our battery life tests. The integrated FM radio uses the earphone cable as an antenna, and we got clear, static-free reception in our central London offices. Finding stations using the small buttons is fiddly and time consuming, though.
The Clip+ has a logically organised menu. The controls are small but easy to press, although the small 1in screen can only display four lines of text at a time, so scrolling through long lists of songs is a little tedious. The Home button, which takes you back to the top level of the menu structure, also locks the Clip+ when held down for a few seconds, preventing accidental button presses. The Down button doubles as an Options button when a song is playing, giving easy access to settings such as the equaliser and play modes such as repeat and shuffle.
For the best audio quality, you'll need a better set of earphones than those provided. They sound far too muddy, especially when playing pop and jazz tracks. The bass is very weak, so bass-heavy rock and dance tracks sound limp and unsatisfying. Audio quality greatly improved using a third-party pair of earphones, although it still wasn't as rich and detailed as the best players.
Sandisk's Sansa Clip+ is a great little MP3 player. There are small players with better battery life, the controls and screen are a bit small, and its audio quality isn't as rich as we'd like. However, its built-in clip, microSD slot, FM radio and low price all help it to win a Budget Buy award.
|Storage medium||flash memory|
|Battery and charge options||Li-ion, USB|
|Device has screen?||Yes|
|Viewable size||1 in|
|Memory card support||MicroSD|
|Audio record options||microphone, radio|
|Video record options||none|
|Supplied with||headphones, USB cable|
|Tested battery life (MP3 playback)||17h 36m|
|500MB transfer time||2m 9s|
|Audio MP3 playback||Yes|
|Audio WMA playback||Yes|
|Audio WMA-DRM playback||Yes|
|Audio AAC playback||No|
|Audio Protected AAC playback||No|
|Audio OGG playback||Yes|
|Audio WAV playback||No|
|Audio Audible playback||Yes|
|Image BMP support||No|
|Image JPEG support||No|
|Image TIFF support||No|
|Video MPEG-4 AVI playback||No|
|Video MPEG-4 MP4 playback||No|
|Video WMV playback||No|
|Video MPEG-1 playback||No|
|Video MPEG-2 playback||No|
|Video MPEG-2 VOB playback||No|
|Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD support||No|
|Video H.264 support||No|
|Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio support||No|
|Video MPEG-4 AAC audio support||No|
|Download compatibility||WMA-DRM subscription and download|
|Price per MB||1.0p|
|Warranty||one year RTB|