Sandisk Sansa Fuze review

Sandisk's latest update to the Fuze player sounds good but an awkward touch interface makes it a pale shadow of the previous model.

25 Nov 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
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We've always liked Sandisk's Sansa MP3 players, with their no-frills combination of a simple interface, low prices and great audio quality. With the Fuze+, Sandisk has revamped its popular Fuze MP3 player by adding touchpad controls. Unfortunately, the new control system is so poorly designed that it seriously detracts from what would otherwise be a good device.

Sandisk Sansa Fuze

The positioning of the touch-sensitive spots is indicated by silver icons printed on a panel below the 2.4in screen. Unfortunately, with neither texturing nor haptic feedback to distinguish the touch-sensitive areas, it's impossible to tell where you're pressing unless you're looking at the player. Even when we were, our fingers tended to slip across the glossy surface, making it far too easy to accidentally hit the wrong touch-key.

Sandisk Sansa Fuze Bottom

This is a great shame, because the player's audio quality is excellent, once you've replaced the uncomfortable and muddy-sounding earbuds, at least. The default audio settings provide a good balance of bass, treble and mid-range sound, although the player is rather quiet. That's fine if you have headphones with good sound isolation, but could be a problem when using earbuds in a loud environment. Video quality on the tiny screen was fine, but format support is highly-limited and some of our larger test files, only 170MB, made the player reset every time we tried to open the video menu. Because the player can't do video playlists and couldn't play our large extra-long test video, we were unable to accurately measure its video battery life.

Sandisk Sansa Fuze Right

It's possible to get used to the touchpad interface, but it's never going to be as simple or straightforward to use as either a full touchscreen or traditional buttons. With so many excellent MP3 players on the market, there's no reason to buy the Fuze+ over its better-designed competitors. If you’re looking for a low-cost MP3 player, then consider Sandisk’s own Sansa Clip+ (below //


Price £69
Rating **
Headphone Rating **


Capacity 8.00GB
Interface USB
Storage medium flash memory
Battery and charge options Li-ion, USB
Size 95x52x10mmm
Weight 60g


Device has screen? Yes
Viewable size 2.4 in
Native resolution 320x240
Memory card support MicroSD
FM Radio yes
Audio record options microphone, radio
Video record options N/A
Supplied with headphones, USB adapter

Test Results

Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 20h 58m
500MB transfer time 1m 11s
Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback Yes
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback Yes
Audio WAV playback Yes
Audio Audible playback Yes
Image BMP support Yes
Image JPEG support Yes
Image TIFF support No
Video MPEG-4 AVI playback No
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playback Yes
Video WMV playback Yes
Video MPEG-1 playback No
Video MPEG-2 playback No
Video MPEG-2 VOB playback No
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD support Yes
Video H.264 support Yes
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio support Yes
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio support Yes
Download compatibility none

Buying Information

Price per MB 0.8p
Warranty two years RTB

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