SanDisk Sansa Connect 4GB USB 2.0 MP4/MP3 w/2.2" LCD
26 July 2009
Conclusion: The Sansa Connect is nice little inexpensive MP3 player that can be further enhanced with just a firmware upgrade. This version does not come with Wi-Fi enabled but just updating the firmware fixes that, and makes it much more usable and enables more features. The Sansa Connect is easy to use, has a good battery life and the included speaker is a nice touch.
Pros: Easy to use, Firmware upgradeable, Built-in speaker, Seems well made, Small and portable, Decent sound, Storage is expandable with microsSD card, Can easily enable wireless functionality
Cons: Small storage, Problem transferring files while using Vista
Summary: Although the Sansa Connect sounds very good, we do wish SanDisk hadn’t limited the player to just MP3, WMA, and secure WMA audio formats at maximum bitrates of 320Kb/s VBR. We find ourselves increasingly enamored with the pristine quality of losslessly encoded music (FLAC, WMA lossless, etc.), which it doesn’t support at all. We do understand the file-size drawbacks: The Tower of Power tune “What Is Hip?
Pros: Wireless networking, Internet radio, great user interface.
Cons: Limited codec support, no support for lossless formats
Excerpt: SanDisk made some waves earlier this year when it released the Sansa Connect WiFi enabled MP3 player. It’s one of the first MP3 players with real functional WiFi connectivity that enables users to stream and/or download music from a predominant service (Yahoo!) without having to dock or sync with a computer. DigitalTrends gave the Sansa Connect a thorough test and has concluded that it’s a great player for an ever-increasing, albeit specific demographic.
Conclusion: Keep in mind that when considering this device for your next purchase that it is not a standard MP3 player, and it may not be for everyone. It is a DAP that offers new features that are not common to what we are all used to. It has a feature set that puts it in a category somewhere between a standard MP3 player and satellite radio. The device itself has a few issues such as weak battery life, no custom EQ, no on-the-go playlists, and a sometimes lagging GUI.
Pros: Access to a ridiculous amount of music, Automatic firmware updates, Charges, transfers, plays/streams simultaneously, Good wireless range, Choice of music software/service
Cons: No custom EQ, No on-the-go playlists, Cannot browse entire Yahoo! Music library directly from the device, Weak battery life, Not all albums can be downloaded, Clean/Edited versions of songs, Cannot be signed in to your Yahoo! ID on your computer while signed into the Connect, Many features don’t work with music you put on the player yourself
Summary: Is the wireless worth it? At $150 for a 4GB player, the Sansa Connect isn't cheap. But with a MicroSD slot included for expansion, and the ability to pull down songs from any location that has an open access point, the device's lack of storage isn't a big deal. As the first truly useful wireless MP3 player, the Connect is sure to become a popular gadget.
Pros: Downloads songs over Wi-Fi, nice colour screen
Excerpt: Questo nuovo lettore della SanDisk presenta un design moderno, dai bordi bombati e realizzato in materiale nero lucido. Si tratta di un dispositivo molto compatto, che misura 50,2 millimetri di larghezza, 91 millimetri di altezza e 16 millimetri di spessore. Il display è grande, di tipo TFT e da 2,2 pollici.