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SanDisk Sansa e280 8 GB MP3 Player (Black)
- 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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|Item Dimensions||1.7 x 3.5 x 0.5 in||1.74 x 0.68 x 2.6 in||0.3 x 3.6 x 1.6 in||1.7 x 3.5 x 0.5 in||1.36 x 2.16 x 0.6 in||0.37 x 1.56 x 3.66 in|
|Item Weight||2.6 ounces||1.28 ounces||1.1 ounces||2.56 ounces||0.85 ounces||2.95 ounces|
|Supported Standards||MP3; WMA||—||MP3,WMA,OGG,WAV,APE,FLAC,AAC-LC,ACELP||MP3,WMA,WMA,MPEG4,WMV,AVI,ASF,MOV,VOB,BMP,JPEG,GIF,PNG,TIFF||MP3;WMA;secure WMA;Ogg Vorbis;FLAC;Audible||—|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Now for the reasons I gave it 4 stars instead of 5:
--> When I add/remove songs from the on-board memory and then disconnect the device from my computer, it takes 5 to 10 minutes to update the on-board catalog. The same thing happens if I eject and/or reseat the expansion card. I currently have around 4200 songs (about 23GB worth) stored on the device.
--> The memory card gets ejected too easily. Within the first few months after I purchased it I lost my original 8GB card because it ejected itself at some point, so I ended up having to buy a new 8GB card. Then when I upgraded to the 16GB card, I nearly lost it too because on my first attemept to insert the new memory card, the card did not lock in so it shot out 3 or 4 feet into the air when I released the pressure on it! To solve this self-eject porblem, I have a piece of tape over the memory card slot so even if it does get bumped, I won't lose the memory card.
--> Tyring to pick a single song to listen to out of 4000+ songs is nearly impossible because it takes so long to scroll through the whole list. There is no way to skip through the list 10 or 100 songs at a time. The same problem happens when searching by album, or by artist, though for me it is not to the extent of the songs since the number of albums and artists I have on the device is significantly less than the number of songs (maybe 300 to 400 albums and 200 to 300 artists, versus 4200 songs).
--> The "shuffle" option does not do a great job of randomizing. Even with 4200 songs, there are days where I hear multiple songs multiple times. More so than random chance would seem to allow.
I consider all of the above problems as minor annoyances rather than major defects. Overall the Sansa e280 is a great product.
BTW: I see come of the reviewers complain about the device locking up on them and not being able to get it to work anymore. I have had the e280 lock up on me a few times over the past 5 years, but the solution was simple -- just do a hard reset of the device. This is done by holding the power button down for 15+ seconds. Release the power button and then push it again to power the device back on. You'll need to wait for it to recreate the catalog of files, but the device works fine after that.
After reading the reviews on the e280 I thought I would give it a try. It had a user replaceable battery and you can transfer files to and from the device. I had hoped that it had a browser mode (where you can play files without tags) however after I received it I found out that was not the case. I had to learn more software and build new files with tags which I had hoped to avoid. When you have 2000 concerts, concerts not songs, in .wma files tagging all of them is not an option. Now I have a seperate file just for the e280.
The device works fine. The body feels like it will last and is sized just right. It is simple to use and so far I like it very much.
The only complaints I have are that the font size is way to small for an old man and the reboot time after adding or deleting files is very, very slow.
I really struggled with whether to get this model or go for the newer "View" model. After all it was only a few bucks more for the newer technology. I then started reading about all of the problems plaguing this new model with the first firmware releases - even though this is fairly typical for new technology. The E280, by comparison was in the later stages of firmware and most of the bugs have been worked out.
I didn't see much difference between the two players. The "View" had a larger screen for video - but was also larger and didn't have a replaceable battery. I think this was a big seller for the E280. I don't care how good lithium ion batteries are - I always find they die after a year or two. Being able to replace it is a big deal to me.
My first impression was - "Wow" I can't believe how small this thing is! I mean really - who is complaining about the size and weight of this thing? Compared to what? If it was any smaller or lighter - I would for sure lose it in a nanosecond. I really think the size is perfect and the weight makes it feel like a quality solid product.
The first thing I tried to do was update the firmware. I downloaded the latest firmware updater software from SanDisk's site - no problem here. I then plugged in the usb connector to the computer like they said.
This is where the problem started. My computer recognized the player but it was not obvious on what I was supposed to do next.
Yes - I did view the very nice video on how to upgrade the firmware on Sandisk's site - but nothing like that demo ever happened on my machine!
After messing with this for about 1/2 hour I finally got the firmware loaded. Don't ask me how - I'm not quite sure what I did to make this happen. At first the Sansa just started going into an endless loop of reading and writing. Once I disconnected it - it found the new firmware. Whoo - that's a relief. Anyway - I think Sandisk needs more work in this department. At first I thought this was just a glitch, but I also purchased a second unit for my wife and her firmware was even more troublesome to put on.
I like the fact that you can drag and drop files onto the memory or use Windows media player to synchroize the songs to the unit. I chose Microsoft's media player and once I figured out that you need to disable the auto synchronization feature, everything went fine. At first I was shocked to see I only had 4 gig left after only putting a few songs on. That's because Media Player dumped my whole library to the Sansa without me knowing it. The default is auto. If Media Player see's it has enough storage on your Sansa guess what it does?
I also purchased a 2GB Micro SD card - formatted it on the computer to FAT32 first, put it in the Sansa and it worked like a charm.
I think Sandisk has worked out most of the issues people have been complaining about with their latest firmware. There now is a option in the USB settings for auto sensing the two ways to put music on it. I had no problems with this at all. The background noise issue is not there, boot up time is vastly improved, you have your own equalizer settings, and it now plays audible files. (I don't think it has a bookmark feature for the audible books which would be nice. ) I have not experienced any lockups that earlier releases reported.
I really like the wheel approach and find the interface pretty easy to use. It would be nice to be able to get to certain functions quicker - like not having to click on a menu button and then have to scroll through several options to change the equalizer settings as an example - I also think certain functions should be nested right into the functions you are working with better - but for this incredibly low price - I can live with it. I'm sure I'm still in the learning curve.
The sound quality from this thing is really impressive. I was skeptical, but with 192kb mp3 files this thing sounds great! I'm using a cheap pair of Jbuds and it sounds better than I ever expected. With my Senheisser 595's it's a whole different world. It's really hard to believe that this kind of sound can come from this small of a unit. With good headphones you will forget you are listening to compressed audio files.
The FM radio worked much better than I anticipated. The sound was really good and getting it to synch to my local preset stations was a breeze. (Make sure you plug the headphones in first because the cord is the antenna!)
Battery life is excellent - but I would recommend getting the aftermarket plug in AC and cigarette adapter to make charging it easier. Shame on Sandisk for not including at least the AC adapter. I'm sure they were trying to keep the cost down to compete with the IPOD - but come on Sandisk! I don't like the fact that you can't listen to music while it is charging. But then again, it get's about 20 hours of play time so this isn't really a big deal.
The hardest thing about using this thing is spending all the time to rip your CD's. And believe me this thing will hold a lot of music! I have almost 1000 songs loaded on this with three audible books and still have 3GB's left. If I went with 128kb files I would get substantially more on it.
There are two different versions of this unit. (Basically the old and the new) The newer units, (Version 2) have the ability to read Micro SDHC memory. This means you can buy an 8GB external card today for about half the cost of the device and turn it into a 16gb player. There are plans to come out with even larger Micro SDHC cards in the future making this device future proof. This was a very smart move by Sandisk as you can't do this on an Ipod. Expect the memory prices to keep coming down.
In summary this is an unbeatable deal for an MP3 player. Great sound, easy to use, replaceable battery, lots of storage with the ability to expand, FM radio that works, voice recorder, very good build quality, and did I mention great sound?
I really like the Ipods. My daughter has one. I think their interface is better thought out and is easier to navigate. On the other hand, it is twice the price, has no expandability or replaceable battery, no FM tuner, and forces you to use a proprietary piece of software to download and rip music.
I took one star off because I think updating the firmware still has some quirks that need to be resolved. The menu items could be a little more intuitive, the audible book function needs some bookmarks. These are pretty minor complaints - especially for the price of this thing!
As you can tell, I highly recommend this unit. Hurry up and get one before they are all gone.
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