Sandisk Sansa e270 Review

Sandisk Sansa e270 Review

Introduction

When you talk about the MP3 player market it is extremely hard not to bring up Apple who is obviously the leader in the MP3 player division. Although there have been some cases of some stand out players from other manufacturers but none have had that mass market appeal that the iPod’s have had. Today we are checking out one of the latest players from Sandisk which is trying to compete with the same sort of market as the iPod Nano. So how does Sandisk do with there latest Sansa e270 player? Read our full review to find out!

Features

  • Sleek, thin design with large 1.8” TFT color screen for easy viewing
  • Strong alloy metal casing provides excellent durability and scratch resistance
  • Simple to use, backlit controls for fast device interface navigation
  • User replaceable and rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for up to 20 hours of battery life (Battery Life Based on Continuous, Standard Playback, 128 Kb MP3 file)
  • Features microSD expansion slot for additional memory capacity
  • Supports SanDisk TrustedFlash and Gruvi content cards
  • Digital FM tuner*, on-the-fly FM recording*, and voice recording
  • No FM-tuner (and no FM-recording) is available in Europe
  • Supports Subscription Music Stores
  • One year warranty

Design

One of the areas in which other MP3 manufacturers have not been able to replicate the success of Apple is in the design portion which Apple has really taken over. I mean there is just an “aura” or fashion statement that you get when you’re walking around with your iPod. Now with Sandisk’s player the e270 you have by far Sandisk’s finest effort when it comes to a design. Although Sandisk hasn’t gone for the pearl white they have managed to make one of the slickest black designs we have seen. First off the dimension of the player is that that really makes it very comparable to the iPod Nano. The slick glossy black design is complimented by a sky blue backlight that compliments the player really nicely.

One of the complaints I have with this players design is one that many players have had problems with and that is fingerprints. The e270 definitely is one that if you’re not careful could become one very big fingerprint. The LCD on the front is actually a really good size for the size of the player. It has a very bright view to it and it really just displays colors extremely nicely. This is by far one of the strongest design features of the player as I found many onlookers also very impressed with the screen.

Testing

So to review the product I took the player with me both to work and to college to try to test out both its playback of audio and video and its recording of voice and FM radio. So let’s start with the audio playback which was surprisingly good with very high quality for a flash based player. The audio playback was consistently solid with no real artifact problems and plenty of features to help let you customize your audio listening pleasure.

Being able to review the 6GB version of the player definitely had its advantage with video playback. Although this is not something that had to be included in the player Sandisk did provide support for QuickTime videos. Also the software provided with the player does allow you to convert many of your existing video files to be compatible on your player. I was actually extremely impressed with how well the player held up during the video playback. Although the video playback does bring down the battery it is a great feature that I took advantage of and really enjoyed. I was also surprised with the 1.8” screen the video would hold up as well as it did.

The player does have recording features for both voice and FM Radio recording, and although I am not big on FM Recording I did give both a good run through. After going through the FM Recording I found that the recording is done in 32kbps WAV format which doesn’t provide the highest quality sound but it does work well enough for the intentions of being able to remember a song that you heard on the radio. The voice recording records in the same format and unfortunately you get a lot of extra noise using this function and unfortunately ends up making the recording just a nice feature and not as useful as it could have been.

The battery life is actually quite good for the player but like mentioned before with video you’re going to find a major drop off which is pretty standard. Sandisk has made the battery replaceable which is just a fantastic feature although you need a screwdriver to get the battery off so you can’t just do it on the fly. However the ability to replace the battery easily is a great one. Sandisk has said the playback is twenty hours and although I haven’t sat down and timed the player it did seem to have good battery life through my testing.

Overall

Sandisk has had players in the past but none have had as much success as Sandisk has had with the e270. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this player, but when I got out of the testing I have to say this is an extremely well versatile player that has great audio and video playback. For the price you are getting one of the most versatile impressive players on the market today.

Originally Posted on Kunzo.com

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