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Sandisk Sansa E280 - 8Gb MP3 & Video Player - £82.76 delivered @ Amazon !

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Description : Enjoy skipless music playback, photo slideshows, and videos with the sleek, easily-pocketable SanDisk Sansa e280 flash memory digital audio player with 8GB of storage. It features MP3 and WMA playback and is also compatible with secure PlaysForSure WMA files downloaded from online music stores and subscription services (like MTV's Urge, Napster, and Rhapsody). It also includes a voice recorder (via built-in microphone) and a brightly coloured 1.8-inch color TFT LCD screen.
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#1
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[LIST]
[*]Sleek design includes a with advanced features and an user friendly interface
[*]Enjoy superior sound playback as well as voice recording
[*]Runs on a replaceable and rechargeable Lithium ion battery for up to 20 hours of battery life
[*]Weighs just 7.2 ounces
[*]Flash-based player supports subscription music stores and provides everything you need for music, photo, and video clip playback[/LIST]
#2
Surprisingly these are only £80.84 from Dell (inc. delivery)... or possibly cheaper if you have a discount code.

Edit: For that reason alone I voted it 'Cold'... but the temperature increased... strange!
#3
Montala
Surprisingly these are only £80.84 from Dell (inc. delivery)... or possibly cheaper if you have a discount code.

Edit: For that reason alone I voted it 'Cold'... but the temperature increased... strange!

some other people prob voted hot in the time it took for you to vote cold!
#4
Got this player a month or so ago, and I must say I can't recommend it. Once it's full with songs and playlists it takes around 25 seconds to startup. Volume is also very low with the uk firmware, so you have to reflash with the american firmware. The slow startup time is also a lot worse if you use a SD card as well.

Firmware updates from Sandisk are very slow, their customer service advisers are a bit too defensive and not willing to discuss firmware or bugs etc.

Good price, but I bought it for £100 and I wouldn't buy it again given the choice.
#5
sell yours for a fiver pete and ill be a happy bunny? :)
#6
If you get this I recommend replacing the firmware with Rockbox, it improves performance and unlocks a lot of useful features - check out [url]www.rockbox.org[/url]
#7
I bought one of these a bit more than a month ago, upgrading out of my Creative 1GB MuVo of 3 years.

I'm sad to say that the MuVo handled file management better and didn't need software for management, or need a proprietary connector. So I'm a bit spoiled by it I guess and suffering a bit of buyer's remorse. It's a little slower starting but that's not a big deal. I'm more irked that it doesn't arrange music by folder.

The good things I can say about the E280:

1. Battery life if quite good.
2. The display is nice, and video once converted and transferred shows well.
3. Nice design.
4. Plenty of storage.
5. Nice clean sound.

I'm tempted to get the American firmware to see if I can activate the radio and get a higher default volume though.
#8
grimble
If you get this I recommend replacing the firmware with Rockbox, it improves performance and unlocks a lot of useful features - check out [url]www.rockbox.org[/url]


Battery life is a lot shorter with Rockbox, and the UI is pretty dreadful, even with their skins. Also IIRC the whole USB function doesn't work with the sansas and rockbox, you can kinda dual-boot with the Sandisk firmware, but I didn't want the aggro. Some of the features are impressive, if a little unpolished.

As for Radio, the majority of UK sansa's are missing the chip. I have the option in my menu now after switching to US firmware, but it just doesn't pick up any stations. Worth a go, but it's doubtful it'll work

And no, not selling for £5 :p
#9
robovski
I'm more irked that it doesn't arrange music by folder.


Best trick I've found is to download a playlist creator from the e200 forums at anythingbutipod.com and then you can automatically create playlists for each folder. Takes about 30s to load a big (800mb) directory playlist, but I couldn't find a better way of doing it.
#10
OMG, I had one of those about a year ago and it sounded worse than an ipod and that's saying something.
#11
PeteBest
Best trick I've found is to download a playlist creator from the e200 forums at anythingbutipod.com and then you can automatically create playlists for each folder. Takes about 30s to load a big (800mb) directory playlist, but I couldn't find a better way of doing it.


This may end up being very helpful - I have several folders which are collections that just don't stay collections on the Sansa (instead becomming a long list of Various in artist or a very long list of albums each with 1 song...).

Thanks!
#12
I think the iTunes/iPod combo is a much better choice.
#13
Sweet, I bought this from amazon 2 weeks ago at 100 quid - time to take advantage of their price guarantee ( http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39268 ) :-D
#14
Battery life is a lot shorter with Rockbox

I think that is out-dated information. From what I remember, about a month ago Rockbox implemented a proper way to power down the PortalPlayer chip, meaning that battery life on PortalPlayer devices (Sansa, some iPods) now surpasses the original firmware in many instances. Speaking from experience, I find the battery life fine on my Sansa (using Rockbox) and definately not "a lot shorter".

and the UI is pretty dreadful

In Rockbox the menus are fast, clean, functional, with a customisable font/size/colour, customisable icons, and customisable background picture. And the WPS screen (While Playing Screen) is more or less 100% customisable - you can have it looking exactly like the original firmware if you really want. Or have it looking much better if you have the time to make your own Custom WPS, or download someone else's pre-made WPS. Even if the UI was worse, I'd still prefer Rockbox over the original firmware because of the improved sound features (ReplayGain, Crossfeed, Crossfade, FLAC, etc).

USB function doesn't work with the sansas and rockbox

It doesnt work yet. This doesnt cause much of a problem though because Rockbox's dual-booting function is automatic - stick in the USB cable (when unit is powered off) and the original firmware auto-boots for USB connection.
#15
davohotuk
I think the iTunes/iPod combo is a much better choice.

iTunes is a truly awful piece of software IMO. Dreadful.

iPods themselves are great, but battery life is always lower than their direct rivals and Apple will not put a radio on them, which some of us consider an essential in a portable media player.....
#16
robovski

I'm tempted to get the American firmware to see if I can activate the radio and get a higher default volume though.


US firmware wont give you the Radio option if you have a European player. The European player was manufactured without the components for the radio to save Sandisk some money. The option is there in the US firmware but you cant tune any stations.

I have the 6 gig model and have been more than happy with it.
#17
Bingo83
US firmware wont give you the Radio option if you have a European player. The European player was manufactured without the components for the radio to save Sandisk some money. The option is there in the US firmware but you cant tune any stations.

I have the 6 gig model and have been more than happy with it.


It apparently depends on when it was made. I've not done it on mine yet, and I'm not fully confident that mine is the 'right' one for the radio to work, but I would like the default volume to be a bit higher so I might try anyway.
#18
LJ50
iTunes is a truly awful piece of software IMO. Dreadful.

iPods themselves are great, but battery life is always lower than their direct rivals and Apple will not put a radio on them, which some of us consider an essential in a portable media player.....


Nano 2 and 3g is 24hours versus this Sansa's quoted 20 hours.

Very good price for the Sanny though.
#19
I am surprised at some of the feedback on the sansa here. I have had one of these for a few months, and am very happy with it. The battery life is excellent, and I have found all the GUI very easy to use.

Would definitely recommend one of these to anyone

JW
#20
I don't think anyone's criticising the Sansa's very respectable battery life jayed, earlier versions of Rockbox perhaps.
#21
jayedubya
I am surprised at some of the feedback on the sansa here. I have had one of these for a few months, and am very happy with it. The battery life is excellent, and I have found all the GUI very easy to use.

Would definitely recommend one of these to anyone

JW


Thanks for the feedback :)

Most of the reviews are in paise of Sansa player.
#22
Nookster
I don't think anyone's criticising the Sansa's very respectable battery life jayed, earlier versions of Rockbox perhaps.


What is Rockbox ... excuse my ignorance? Is this something I should be looking at for my Sansa??

Thanks for the advice

JW
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jayedubya
What is Rockbox ... excuse my ignorance? Is this something I should be looking at for my Sansa??

Thanks for the advice

JW


It's alternate firmware (that is, the software that the player uses to run the files and provide menues ect...) that you can use on the Sansa instead of the original firmware.
#24
Be aware that a new version is coming soon:
http://www.dapreview.net/comment.php?comment.news.4095

Bigger onboard space (16GB vs 8GB of e200 model)..
Bigger, higher resolution screen (320x240 aka VCD quality)..
Micro SDHC support (e200 supports that with Rockbox installed so big wow..)
bigger, heavier.. etc etc, read on
#25
RowanDDR
Be aware that a new version is coming soon:
http://www.dapreview.net/comment.php?comment.news.4095



Looks like the new one will be very expensive though. In the link you've provided, it says the 8gb one will be $149.99 & the 16GB one will be $199.99. No doubt this will translate as £149.99 & £199.99.
#26
Bump!
As price has gone down slightly to £79.99

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