SanDisk SDMX2-1024 Sansa e140 1 GB Digital Audio Player with SD Expansion Slot
- 1 GB MP3 player holds up to 240 MP3 files and up to 480 WMA files, SDexpansion slot lets you add up to 2 GB of additional memory
- Plays MP3, WMA (including secure WMA content), Audible audio file formats
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for fast and easy transfer of files
- Digital FM tuner with 20 preset stations
- Up to 17 hours continuous playback using one AAA battery
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SanDisk's Sansa e100 Series Digital Audio Players provide high-quality digital music playback, with easy navigation and expandable memory, at an affordable price. The SD slot provides the users to add up to 2GB of additional storage space for their MP3, WMA (including protected purchased content), and Audible format files. Up to 17 hour continuous playback using one AAA Battery (included) Comes with sleek carrying case and armband to protect your player, keep your hands free Future accessories will be available e.g. Car Kit, Home Kit, External Speakers, Cases Enhanced Sound Fidelity With SRS WOW Easy to use - plug and play, no drivers required Value added software offers Indigo backlit LCD provides ID3 Tag information (v.1 and 2) One-year warranty
Combining great features and pocket-friendly compactness, SanDisk Sansa digital audio players make it possible to get the most out of your music. Not only is the design great, and the sound quality exceptional, but SanDisk players are also affordable, making it easy to get your groove on wherever you roam.
In addition to its internal storage, you can add more space with an SD expansion slot. View larger. Take a closer look at the Sansa e140 with this interactive demo.
The Sansa e140's sophisticated, yet simple navigation allows sorting songs by artist, album, song title, genre, year, date loaded, and more. Navigation is made all the more enjoyable with an indigo backlit multi-line LCD, which shows full ID3 tag info. Meanwhile, sound quality is enhanced by SRS WOW technology.
The device plays MP3, WMA (including secure WMA content), and Audible audio file formats, and it is fully compatible with purchased songs and content from leading online sources such as Real's Rhapsody music service, which brings together the largest legal collection of digital music in the world. You can also take advantage of the Audible service, which offers digital audiobooks, audio magazines, newspapers, radio programs, and more.
When playing MP3 files, you can expect 16 hours of continuous playback capacity, or about 240 songs. WMA-format song capacity, offers 32 hours of playback, or approximately 480 songs.
Getting media and music to and from your Sansa e140 is a snap, thanks to a high speed USB 2.0 port that enables fast and easy transfer of files. Additionally, the e140 can also be used as an external storage device for data storage and transfer. The device comes with a sleek carrying case with an armband, and you can expect up to 17 hours continuous playback using the included AAA battery. The Sansa e140 comes with a one-year limited warranty
Sansa e100 series players use PlaysForSure technology. Look for the PlaysForSure logo if you're shopping for a portable music or video device and 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.
What's in the Box
Sansa e140 digital audio player, carrying case with armband, stereo earphones, AAA Alkaline battery, USB 2.0 travel cable, quick start guide, and CD-ROM (value-added software/content and user's manual).
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Amazon was very wonderful and replaced it. I sent back the broken one, and they shipped a new one before they even received the broken one.
I have not had any problems with the 2nd one not working, though I was unable to upgrade the firmware, and since the first one died immediately after I did this, I decided not to try too hard.
I paid $92 and change for this player. It's really a bargain at the lower price it is now listed for (around $75). It's hard to find a 1 gb player with that kind of price.
*1 gb for a low price
*attractive look, looks a bit like an iPod
*comes with a short USB cable (though this would be a "con" if you have a desktop computer which only has USB ports on the back)
*lots of ways to search for songs and other files
*immediately recognized as an external drive when connected, no software required to transfer files to it
*expansion slot included
*compatible with Windows Media Player -- you can use that to sync songs to it, and you can also rename songs in there before syncing them. Changing the genre and making sure the artist, album and song name are correct makes it much easier to search
*runs on AAA battery, no rechargeable battery included
*generally awkward interface (see comments below)
*inconsistent battery life -- one batter will last a long time and then the next one, from the same package of batteries, will die in about a week
*it doesn't remember where you were in a file -- if you listen to podcasts and shut it off in the middle of one, you'll have to fast forward to find where you left off when you turn it back on
*it takes a long time to turn on when it's got lots of songs on it
*you can't play songs that you download from iTunes on this player
I still haven't figured out how to make a playlist or to make something a favorite. And while it has a lot of things you can search (name, artist, album, genre, and also new songs that were added to the player within 1 day, 1 week or 1 month of today), it's still sometimes hard to find songs.
The interface isn't intuitive -- you'll have to at least take a peek at the manual unless you're really lucky to think that pushing the power button once will bring up the menu -- I would have thought it would shut it off, but to shut it off you have to hold the power button down for several seconds. Once you know how to bring up the menu, most of the functions are relatively easy to use. There's this funny little wheel/gear thing that you turn instead of using the round thing on the front of the iPod to scroll up and down.
The player came with relatively cheap ear buds, but I bought better ones at Best Buy.
It also comes with a clear plastic case. I've kept mine in this all the time to keep it scratch-free. It's got holes so you can do everything but change the battery with the case on. It's hard to figure out how they meant for you to use the armband with the case, though. There's a grey strap across the back that the armband fits through, but then you've got this top-heavy player strapped sideways to your arm. It just doesn't work that well. Then I tried it with the strap slipped through the clear flap that you unsnap to change the battery or to take the player out of the case. So far, that has worked for me, though I would be afraid to do any strenuous exercise while it was strapped like that because if the snap unsnapped, it would fall. There are 3 snaps that hold the case closed, and this slot I'm referring to is between them, so only one snap holds the armband in place when you've got it slipped through that part. I don't know how they intended for the armband to be used -- there were no instructions, unless they were in the manual which I did't bother to completely read.
One of the biggest inconveniences of this player is the way it doesn't remember your place in a podcast file, when you shut it off. My old player, a little Rio Cali that I loved except for the small storage size, would turn on and be right back where you left off, except if you updated the files. This player remembers what file you were in, except when you update files, but it will bring you back to the beginning and you'll have to fast forward to where you were. I try to remember the number of minutes into the file I was, that's the best I can do. One thing it does remember, for some reason, is the very first song -- I don't know if it's alphabetical or what, the song starts with a (parentheses), so maybe that's why it's first, but every time I update, and then turn it back on, that's the song that's played first. If I turn shuffle on, it will choose a random song after that, but it always goes to that first.
I learned an interesting thing that I didn't know before I had an mp3 player: iTunes doesn't sell mp3 files. Really, it's true. They sell some proprietary file format with drm that only iPods can play. So, if you buy this player, or any of the non-iPods that Amazon sells, you have to find another place to buy songs. There are lots of them, but they all seem to require you to use Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player to download them. Not a great alternative for us Firefox users. I just wanted to include this in case anyone else was mislead a bit by all this talk of mp3s. I just assumed iTunes sold mp3s, and I don't think I'm stupid to have thought this.
This player also plays wma files, and audible book files. That's another good point.
The user interface is simple enough and I like the display. It is small and black and white, but I bought this to listen and not look. All the information I need is displayed. Frankly it isn't the best looking device, but the controls are simple and it sounds great.
I listen to audible books with it and have had no difficulty starting where I left off. There have been some upgrades to the firmware in recent months, maybe that has something to do with it.
My friends are iPod Nano converts but I think this is a better value: FM radio, more music vendors from which to choose, subscription music, and 1/2 the price. It is also expandable if I want to store more music.
I also like the use of batteries. I have rechargeables that each last many days (a few hours each day) and when one runs out, I just pop in a new one. No need to ever hook up to a computer or buy a special charger. On a long trip I can carry several batteries and have days of listening.
I've never heard of SanDisk until I bought their flash drive (a Micro). I am impressed with that and with the e140. Their customer service seems first rate too.
Pros: SD slot for up to 2GB cards (guess this limit may be increased with new firmwares).
Good sound quality
Easy of use
Good earphones compared to other players of similar price.
good battery life (though shorter when using SD cards)
Cons: Does not have playlists.
Slow start (33sec when using a 2GB card and a total of 400 tracks)
Does not remember track position after power cycle.
For me, the most disappointing problem was the lack of playlists. However, it can be "cheated" using the mp3 tags. Since the player sorts music by mp3 tags, to enable a collection of 170 songs I have as a selected playlist, I have set the tag of year to 2010 of all of them before copying them to the player. When I want to play them as a playlist, I just set the player to play the 2010 year songs. Of course the track order is arbitrary (alphabetically) and in this case I use shuffle. To play albums, just select the album and it will play it in track number order, provided the info. is correctly stored in the mp3 tags. (it also works fine with wma tags).
ALl in all, I am happy with it and I hope some of the issues will be corrected with future firmware releases.
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I am very pleased with it and I have years with this MP3