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SanDisk Sansa e280 8 GB MP3 Player (Black)

by SanDisk
4.4 out of 5 stars 789 customer reviews
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  • Sleek design includes a with advanced features and an user friendly interface
  • Enjoy superior sound playback when you take advantage of the digital FM tuner, on-the-fly FM recording, and voice recording options
  • Runs on a replaceable and rechargeable Lithium ion battery for up to 20 hours of battery life
  • 1.8inch screen size
  • Flash-based player supports subscription music stores and provides everything you need for music, photo, and video clip playback
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  • Brand Name: SanDisk
  • Model Number: SDMX4-8192-A70
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 8 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3; WMA
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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SanDisk Sansa E280 8 GB MP3 Player- Black


You can take it with you. Keep your media in your pocket with the SanDisk Sansa e280 flash memory digital audio/video player with 8 GB of storage. This sleek, light device enables you to enjoy music, video, and photo slideshows on-the-go. Features include MP3 and WMA playback, Microsoft PlaysForSure support, FM tuner (with recording ability), voice recorder, and a bright 1.8" TFT color screen.

Sansa e200 series players mix great design and durability with an excellent user interface.

View the e200 Series Demo.

Choose a Sansa e200-series player with the capacity that's right for you.

Form is Function
The Sansa e280 has a sleek, thin design with a large 1.8" TFT color screen for easy viewing. The strong alloy metal casing means the device is durable and scratch resistant. On the front, easy to use, backlit controls let you access what you want quickly and intuitively. The player also includes a microSD slot for expanding your memory capacity, and supports SanDisk TrustedFlash and gruvi content cards, which can be shared with mobile phones. The user-replaceable lithium-ion battery provides up to 20 hours of enjoyment.

MP3 Player
The Sansa e280 will play MP3, WMA, and secure WMA formats. Other formats can be converted using the Sansa Media Converter (included). The e280 also uses PlaysForSure technology. Look for the PlaysForSure logo if you want to make sure the digital music and video you purchase will play back on it every time. Match the PlaysForSure logo on a large selection of leading devices and online music stores. If you see the logo, you'll know your digital music will play for sure. Choose from a large number of digital music and video stores, including MTV's Urge, Rhapsody, Yahoo!, MSN Music, MusicMatch, MusicNow, Napster, Wal-Mart Music Downloads, and many more.

Video Player
View your favorite video clips anywhere, anytime. Use the included SanDisk Media Converter software to convert most popular video formats (such as MPEG-4, WMV, or DivX) into the MJPEG format playable on the e280.

Photo Viewer
Share slideshows of your favorite photos with your friends. SanDisk Media Converter also supports most image formats, allowing you to convert and downsize your images for display on the e280.

On-Board FM Radio
The e280 includes a digital FM tuner for listening to your favorite radio stations. Keep those favorites readily available by adding them to your presets. You can also record live radio on-the-fly for future listening.

Voice Recording
Have a thought you need to get down before it evades you? Use the built-in microphone to record voice memos. Capture interviews, classes, short notes to yourself, or anything else you might feel inspired to record.

Choose the Capacity for Your Needs
The Sansa e200 series is available in capacities of 2, 4, 6, or 8 GB. Each model contains a the microSD expansion slot, meaning you won't be limited to internal memory capacity.

What's in the Box
Sansa e280 digital audio player, travel pouch and lanyard, stereo headphones, lithium ion rechargeable battery, USB cable, and quick start guide.

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Technical Details

Brand Name SanDisk
Item Weight 2.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.5 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches
Item model number SDMX4-8192-A70
Power Source Type Battery
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
Number of Items 1
Remote Control Description None

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Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 789 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,197 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available October 2, 2001

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I've never written a review on Amazon before, but I like this unit so much that I thought I'd capture a few points that I think make this player a great choice:

1.) Currently an excellent $/GB value.

2.) Build quality is great (solid metal backplane). Screen will scratch, but one of the many available screen protectors will address this problem.

3.) User interface is well-deigned. I'm a fairly big guy (6'1") with large hands, but I have no problems operating the 4 buttons arranged around the scroll wheel. I was apprehensive about the scroll wheel, but it works great for me. The fact that it - unlike the iPod wheel - is raised a bit (i.e., has a positive profile) makes it easy to locate with your thumb when the player is out of view.

4.) Battery life is excellent; I've never run the unit to full discharge, but with heavy use on trans-pacific flights I've never gotten close to battery-empty status, so the stated 20 hrs. seems very realistic.(Remember that turning the brightness down will do wonders for battery life...)

5.) My player is loaded to capacity, and it takes apx. 10-15 sec. for booting, no more.

6.) Sandisk phone customer service has been more than satisfactory on two occasions (wait time was quite long but the actual service was very good).
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the inevitable comparisons to the iPod nano notwithstanding, the Sandisk Sansa e200 series is an excellent choice for a digital audio and video player that meets most mp3 player owners' requirements in portability and styling, feature sets, ease-of-use, and price. The Sandisk Sansa is a winner out of the box, and a serious competitor to the iPod Nano....

You get more capacity (8GB flash + up to 2GB with the microSD slot), more features that the iPod doesn't have (larger screen, video playback, FM tuner + recorder, voice recorder, user customizable EQ, on-the-go playlisting), for the same price.

And that's the MSRP price: Apple rarely lowers it's iPod prices unless a new generation model is ready for release. Sandisk has and will continue to lower it's prices as the market allows, so even now, 9 days after the release of the new Nano, you can find some e280 Sansa's online that are selling for $20-$30 less than the 8GB Nano.

The Sansa no longer has that clear-cut superior build quality over the Nano, now that it's in annodized aluminum. But the Sansa's liquid metal alloy titanium back plate is far more durable and scratch-resistant than the Nano's aluminum. And, you can remove and replace the rechargeable lithium-ion battery yourself, for $20, while the Nano has to be sent back to Apple for the replacement, at a cost of $50 (the Nano's battery is soldered to the motherboard). It's the same size as the Nano, although it's almost twice as thick (0.5" vs. 0.3") - probably due to the removable battery.

The new Nano still is uncomfortable-feeling in my hand as the 1G nano was, due to it's thinness, even tho it now has rounded sides. The Sansa's 0.
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I'm a long time customer of SanDisk memory products, so when I heard they were making MP3 players, I was intrigued to see how they'd do. If the e200 series is any indication of how they're doing, I'd say they're doing VERY well.

I got the d280 with 8gig of memory and a cross section of features that was perfect for me, including the standard MP3 player, FM radio, FM record, voice recorder and the ability to display both video and photo files. This is really a perfect set up for me, as I plan to use my unit as much for sharing small sample photos and videos as for listening to music. I'm a photographer and writer by trade, and this little number is a lot like having a business card that doubles as a mini-portfolio. With the capacity to hold a couple hundred thousand photos ... it's more than I'll ever need for that purpose ... leaving lots of memory for video samples and music. What an incredible bundle of fun stuff in such a small, well made package.

The unit I got came as advertised with SanDisk software (user manual and photo/video conversion utility), USB cable, a small sleeve to protect the unit, a wrist/neck lanyard and screen protection shield. The software installed easily on my WinXP machine and allows me to easily drag and drop photos into a utility that converts them to a format that displays on the e280. I've passed both bmp and jpg format files into this unit and so far have had no trouble at all. The resulting images that reside on the e280 range from around 40k to 80k. The display feature on this unit is quite nice for something so small, but certainly was not intended to be a high resolution photo or video viewer. But as a business card sized "portfolio in your pocket" this unit works REALLY well.
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I've got this device two weeks ago and I am very happy with it.

+ solidly build, scratch resistant, looks great (truly "sexy")
+ great looking interface, easy and quick navigation
+ tactile navigation wheel for fast navigation (also looks great when shines blue)
+ good sound, custom EQ, also loud enough
+ sharp display; even videos are looking good
+ good tuner reception, sensivity over average, works also in Europe
+ 20 hours with one battery charge
+ the battery is replaceable: $19.99 if you need it one day... in contrast to $60+ for an iPod
+ supports MSC (Mass Storage Compliant) mode: no need for any software to transfer files, can be used for any data as USB stick
+ supports MTP (Music Transfer Protocol) and MS PlaysForSure (eg. for Napster To Go)
+ can by extended to 10GB with an microSD card
+ is not an iPod ;-)

- supports only an old QuickTime format for videos (big files)
- buttons are quite small and may be difficult to push
- upper surface is a fingerprint magnet (easy to clean, fortunately..)
- no gapless playback (very short - maybe 0.2s - breaks between live tracks)
- bad quality FM recording
- sometimes crashes during video playback
- microSD Card can only be used in MSC mode if I am right.. and can only be used for music, no photos/videos

I don't really need video, so big .MOV files is not an issue to me, and also don't care about audio recording... therefore I can easily give 4.5 stars ... or even 4 3/4. Truly great gadget!
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