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SanDisk Sansa Express


$60.00 Released August, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Direct USB connection. Impressive features for a small player. OLED screen to see songs and playlist.

The Cons:Bigger than other mini mp3 players (shuffle, zen stone). Earbuds are very poor quality. Screen is hard to read outdoors.

The SanDisk Sansa Express is a throwback to simpler mp3 players with an impressive feature set and a surprisingly low pricetag. It is the first mp3 player to be flash-based as well as support a direct USB connection - meaning no cable is required to connect the Sansa Express directly to your computer.

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Product Shot 2 Although the Sansa Express is compact, it has enough space to house a 4 line, 2-color screen, an FM tuner and a built-in mic for recording. It also boasts a 15 hour battery life.

The Express comes in 1GB or 2GB capacities, with a microSD expansion slot for more storage. The Sansa Express has a direct advantage over its competition - the Creative Zen Stone and the ubiquitous Apple iPod Shuffle - with the screen, FM tuner and direct USB connection, although the sacrifice is in its larger size. Dimensions: length - 3.1 x width - 1.0 x depth - .65 inches.

Comparison of Sansa Express vs Creative Zen Stone vs Apple iPod Shuffle

  Sansa Express Zen Stone iPod Shuffle
Capacity 1GB/2GB 1GB 1GB
Price $60/$80 $40 $80
Weight (ounces) 1.1 0.88 0.55
Dimensions (inches) 3.1 x 1.0 x 0.65 1.4 x 2.1 x 0.5 1.07 x 1.62 x 0.41
Battery life 15 hours 10 hours 12 hours
Screen yes no no
USB connection yes no no
Earbuds poor poor medium
Extra features FM Tuner, built-in mic, microSD slot none none

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Pros
  • 9

    direct USB connection

  • 5

    impressive features for a small player

  • 5

    OLED screen to see songs and playlist

  • 5

    FM radio and FM recording

  • 4

    impressive battery life - 15 hours!

Cons
  • 3

    bigger than other mini mp3 players (shuffle, zen stone)

  • 3

    earbuds are very poor quality

  • 3

    screen is hard to read outdoors

  • 2

    when adding a 2GB microSD card the boot time goes way up as it searches the 3GB total storage

  • 1

    no power adapter included

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Erik
Erik: #sandisk_sansa_express It's reminiscent of the original iPod Shuffle. I actually liked that design because it doubled as a thumb drive. Adding a screen makes it appealing to people wanting a cheap mp3 player but don't want to give up control on their playlists. Sep 14, 07
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dakalvia
dakalvia: #sandisk_sansa_express I like the sound of this one....particularly because I hate using iTunes to put music on my ipod. Aug 31, 07
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Erik
Erik: #sandisk_sansa_express Not a bad choice if you want a mini mp3 with a screen. Decent feature-set as well. Aug 29, 07
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