Tuesday, April 10, 2007

SanDisk Sansa e260 4 GB

This 4 GB flash memory-based player has many features crammed into its beautiful black exterior. The e260 is built rugged, with a scratch-resistant alloy back. The screen, however, is quite susceptible to scratches. It is sleek, but not as much as the iPod nano.

The 1.8-inch, bright TFT LCD displays 65K colours, but has an extremely narrow viewing angle. Along with music, you can also view JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF images. Video transcoded using the bundled application can also be viewed.

The animated GUI is very well made and easy to use. The control wheel glows blue while in use, is quite ergonomic, and makes navigating the interface very easy. The buttons are a bit stiff, and you will more often than not suffer from sore fingertips.

There are two modes of USB connectivity: MTP to sync with WMP, and MSP to show up as a USB drive. A microSD slot augments storage capacity.
Battery life is long—something every traveller will like; it lasted a total of 19.5 hours with continuous MP3 playback! Another good thing is that the Li-Ion rechargeable battery is user-replaceable. The decent earphones complement the e260 well.

There are the usual frills such as FM radio, Line / voice recording, and media functions such as playlists, shuffle, and seven presets. At its price, the SanDisk Sansa e260 is a good bargain!

4 GB capacity; 1.8-inch TFT LCD; microSD slot; USB 2.0; MSP/MTP functionality; audio formats: MP3, WMA, and WMA-DRM; photo formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF; video format: proprietary

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