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SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ MP3 Player Review

By on March 26, 2011
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An affordable MP3 player that comes bundled with loads of features.

Good: Loads of features, capacitative touch controls, great battery life, affordable price tag.
Bad: Bundled earphones, Sensitive touch pad can leave you pressing keys unintentionally.
Price: AED 299 for 8GB edition and AED399 for 16GB edition.
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


The Fuze gets an upgrade for the better with the new plus edition. While there’s just a little plus sign to indicate that this device is next of kin to the previous Fuze, the improvements offered are leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor. The most important thing for me is the fact that Sansa have finally given up using a proprietary charger and sticking with a standard Micro USB charger. This is the same type of charger that you get with most phones these days, so it makes it easier while traveling as you don’t have to carry a separate charger just for the Sansa Fuze+.

In addition to the charger, the device also gets some major design and feature improvements.

Design

The biggest change in terms of design over the previous Fuze is that the circular control pad is now replaced with a touch pad. You can simply tap up, down, left or right and switch between various songs or options. Just above the directional keys you also have a back button and a pause/play button. The buttons are pretty intuitive and it’s very easy to navigate the device. Only trouble is that the pad is so sensitive that you often tend to press a button unintentionally every now and then.

Another big improvement in design is that the size of the display screen has increased significantly. The 2.4” screen is a lot better for watching videos and just makes everything else great to look at as well.
While everything is very flashy and fluid, it doesn’t quite compare to an iPod in terms of interface. For instance, the screen does not automatically rotate depending on how you hold the device and since the screen isn’t touch enabled, you’re still stuck with using the control pad for all of your movements.

Features

The Sansa Fuze+ comes chock full of features. While most manufacturers tend to create cheaper MP3 players with minimal features, Sansa certainly does not skimp on what the device can offer. The device comes with the ability to play songs, videos and podcasts as well as record voice, play radio channels and view photos.

You also have the option to hook up a microSD card to the device giving you upto 8GB worth of data that you can use at any given time.

The device also comes bundled with a bunch of Tiesto songs and videos. Personally, I’m not a fan of Tiesto but if you like his music, you’ve got an added incentive to buy this MP3 player.

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Hitesh is a tech/games journalist and Business Development Manager for the Tbreak Network.

Comments
  • Shakyone

    Can it bookmark? Specifically the Secure WMA? I need a new Audiobook device, and have not seen anything for this item on that feature…

    Thanks.

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