SanDisk Sansa Express 1Gb MP3 Player WAS £19.99 - NOW £9.99 @ AMAZON (expandable) - HotUKDeals
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Another item on my shopping list and this seems to be the best "cheap MP3" player about

I know its only 1Gb, but it can be expanded with a Micro SD card

Plus the reviews on Amazon suggest it has an FM radio too - just needs a firmware update

* MicroSD slot to expand your capacity and provide portability of music
* Direct USB connector -- no cable needed
* Built in microphone for voice recording
* Four-line, bright OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screen
* Supports MP3, WMA, protected WMA, WAV, and Audible files

Rechargeable battery
1 year warranty
Dimensions (hxwxd) (cm) 2.6x7.8x1.6
Weight 28g

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#1
Good price so voted hot, but really cant recommend it due to the firmware being hard work.
#2
PS I don't think this one has the FM radio.
#3
Pretty good review here:

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/digitalmusic/0,39029994,49291856-1,00.htm


MrB123
PS I don't think this one has the FM radio


One reviewer on Amazon says:

"Although this player is not advertised as having a radio, I updated the firmware to the latest US version and suddenly a fully functional radio appeared in the menu! Sandisk probably don't want you to know, but they obviously simply disable the radio chip on the cheaper models. Instructions for update here:
http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=express&thread.id=1143
"

Only going by what they said - ordered mine - will check it out when I've got it :thumbsup:
#4
Hmm so tempted! but very dodgy reviews.. are there any alternatives? I've been looking for a pen drive like mp3 device with expandable memory for ages! its such a useful tool! if anyone does have any heads up on this please let me know thanks! (I know 7dayshop did one for normal SD cards but that looked very dated and memory card sticks out :( not good)

Edit:
Amazon Reviewer"I bought this as a 1GB pendrive / MicroSD-USB adaptor with MP3 as a bonus so was a little dissapointed that it can't handle SDHC - restricting you to 2GB microSDs. Probably why its being discounted."

Just a heads up for people who'd expect every feature for next to nothing :)
#5
I have one of these. Am really pleased with it. I updated the firmware from the sansa website and now it has a FM radio (no radio with the firmware it shipped with). The sound quality is fine and you can extend the memory with micro SD cards. The firmware has a couple of quirks, but it's been fine for me. I read somewhere that the new firmware allows the player to use SDHC cards up to 4gb. I could be wrong though - so please do your own research. I haven't tried mine with a card yet. The FM radio on mine is the best portable radio I've ever come across - seriously! I purchased mine from Asda instore a month ago for £9.99.

I think it's a good buy for £10
#6
My mate has one of these and he loves it
#7
Just ordered one too, will let ppl know how it goes..
#8
I have 1 of these. Pros: cheap, good capacity & drag & drop MP3's Cons: really difficult to use - just try getting it to play anything!!!!
#9
I have one, very good overall. It takes a while to load the 2gig SD card I put in it when you turn it on but appart from that its all good. Can't really go wrong for this price (I paid £13).
#10
Catman99
I have 1 of these. Pros: cheap, good capacity & drag & drop MP3's Cons: really difficult to use - just try getting it to play anything!!!!


If that's the case you can always return.

I think it's a good find, small, light, and expandable (you can have back up cards for type of music etc):thumbsup:
#11
Catman99
Cons: really difficult to use - just try getting it to play anything!!!!


Sorry, but that's just rediculous

Either ur pressing the wrong buttons or u have a faulty player

There's positive reviews on CNET - 7.5 / 10

on CIAO - 5/5 for ease of use

and on WHICH - a BEST BUY
#12
Damn just ordered another one. :)
#13
nicojo
Sorry, but that's just rediculous

Either ur pressing the wrong buttons or u have a faulty player

There's positive reviews on CNET - 7.5 / 10

on CIAO - 5/5 for ease of use

and on WHICH - a BEST BUY



Are you callin me a lier :w00t:

I'm a techie & I call it as I see it. The Sansa has many things going for it - you don't need to install any ****** software on your PC, It plugs straight into a PC w/o needing a separate proprietary small-USB cable etc. However its own software is abysmal - maybe other reviewers will disagree if all they have tried previously is the Ipud - but I also have a Sony NWS203 with a twist collar - twist 1 way to change album, move collar then you can twist to change track - so simple it can be used blindfold even in a pocket. The Sansa plays an album, finishes then you have to go thru the whole long-winded rigmarole again provided you can find some shade to see the screen
#14
u mean the software on the mp3? I wouldnt be expecting much software ergonomics on a £10 mp3 player.. just so long as it plays and its consistant (ie no crashing while transfering/playing music..)

Agree with Ipods.. I hate them, stupid itunes.. stupid quicktime.. stupid macs.. grr... but they are very pretty though.
#15
Catman99
Are you callin me a lier :w00t:

I'm a techie & I call it as I see it. The Sansa has many things going for it - you don't need to install any ****** software on your PC, It plugs straight into a PC w/o needing a separate proprietary small-USB cable etc. However its own software is abysmal - maybe other reviewers will disagree if all they have tried previously is the Ipud - but I also have a Sony NWS203 with a twist collar - twist 1 way to change album, move collar then you can twist to change track - so simple it can be used blindfold even in a pocket. The Sansa plays an album, finishes then you have to go thru the whole long-winded rigmarole again provided you can find some shade to see the screen


I wouldn't ever own an ipod.

I think the software on the Sansa Express is fine for a small player. There are a couple of quirks - not running from one album to the next and clicking to go from 'now playing' screen to file system is a bit random as to where it'll put you in the file system, but I think it's fine apart from that.

And I've just been reading that with the new firmware and a format of the SDHC card, it'll take up to 4gb - or even 8gb with some cards. A 9gb player at this size is great!
#16
Just a little update, recieved and it works fine, the loud/normal volume is a bit dodgy but i think thats more of software than hardware. I got the 1.1.12E2 version of the update by following that link, and that does not give you radio. maybe the older 1.1.05 does. Im not personally bothered about radio, so it still works fine.

one thing to note: power settings - switch them off! unless you want ur player to switch off automatically after 5/10mins.

EQ on it is um.. lil dodgy but i think thats due to the loud/normal setting on the volume.

Other than that: its perfect :)
#17
Thx for the update Inquisitor

I have received mine too, but its a pressie for a 9yr old, so I hope he will be happy wiv it

nicojo :)

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