SanDisk Sansa e280 Portable Media Player At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: SanDisk Sansa e280 Protable media Player

Supported Audio Files: MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM
Supported Import Video Files: AVI, MPEG-1 & MPEG-1 in MPEG, MPG, MPE, or VOB (unprotected) formats, MPEG-4 in AVI format, DAT, ASF, QuickTime MOV, WMV
Supported Image Files: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 3.5 x 1.75 x .5
Weight (pounds): 0.16
Price $250

3.5-mm minijack (1),
proprietary docking connector (1)

Ratings: SanDisk Sansa e280 Portable Media Player

Build Quality: 95
• Shiny plastic front and hard metal back, like nano
• About same size as nano but twice as thick

Value: 98
• 8 gigabytes for $250 is a great deal, and SanDisk was the first to offer it
• But then Apple matched the capacity and price

Features: 93
• Not present on nano: FM radio, voice recorder
• Plays various video files
• Color screen a half of an inch taller than nano's

Performance: 94
• Surprisingly fine sound with good bass when heard through speakers
• The FM-radio feature works rather well

Ergonomics: 87
• Has a nano-like user interface
• Nice menu graphics
• Slow transfer speeds
• Navigation ring blocks buttons

Overall Rating: 94
SanDisk takes their place in portable-player history as the company whose 8-GB, $250 player forced Apple to offer the same deal in their second-generation nano line. The player is a pleasure to use and sounds great. Here, finally, is a viable alternative to the iPod. Think differently!

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Sansa e280 Portable Media Player, $250