Sandisk Sansa Clip+ 4GB review

Alan Lu
24 Dec 2009
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Sandisk's Sansa Clip is a well-equipped MP3 player. If you're on a budget, it's the player to buy.



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.


Headphone Rating**
AwardBudget Buy


Formatted capacity3.64GB
Storage mediumflash memory
Battery and charge optionsLi-ion, USB


Device has screen?Yes
Viewable size1 in
Memory card supportMicroSD
FM Radioyes
Audio record optionsmicrophone, radio
Video record optionsnone
Supplied withheadphones, USB cable

Test Results

Tested battery life (MP3 playback)17h 36m
500MB transfer time2m 9s
Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackYes
Audio AAC playbackNo
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackYes
Audio WAV playbackNo
Audio Audible playbackYes
Image BMP supportNo
Image JPEG supportNo
Image TIFF supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackNo
Video WMV playbackNo
Video MPEG-1 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportNo
Video H.264 supportNo
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportNo
Download compatibilityWMA-DRM subscription and download

Buying Information

Price per MB1.0p
Warrantyone year RTB

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