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SanDisk Sansa Express review | Introduction

Published on: Wednesday, November 21st 2007                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

S hortly after having sent us the Sansa C250 and Sansa Shaker, SanDisk, inventor and the world's leading supplier of flash memory cards, sent us the SanDisk Sansa Express for reviewing. The Sansa Express is a USB format MP3 player supporting, among other things, WMA, WAV and MP3 format. The SanDisk Sansa Express is packed in a small box holding Sansa earplugs, a software CD with user guides in more than 30 languages, an MP3 lanyard to carry the Express around your neck, a booklet for free Audiobook download, stickers, a short USB cable and of course the Sansa Express MP3 player itself. The Sansa Express has a built-in USB connection, so the USB cable only has to be used in case there is not enough room to insert the Sansa Express. Furthermore the SanDisk Sansa Express features a dual-colour OLED monitor, weighs a mere 30 grams and is very compact with its dimensions of 79 x 25 x 17mm.

SanDisk Sansa Express review


SanDisk Sansa Express Buttons

SanDisk Sansa Express Buttons

SanDisk Sansa MP3 player

Before being able to enjoy everything the Sansa Express has to offer, it has to be turned on through the on/off button on top of the MP3 player. Next to the on/off button a slide is positioned to lock the buttons or in other words: to put them on hold. The navigation buttons on the front of the Sansa Express USB format MP3 player will illuminate with a blue light when the player is activated. They will remain blue for approximately 10 seconds when the buttons are used. These buttons let you operate every function on the MP3 player except for the volume. The volume buttons, two of them, are positioned at the bottom edge of the MP3 player. They serve to turn the volume louder or less loud. The microSD card slot, the built-in microphone and the connection for the headset are found on the side of the SanDisk Sansa Express.

SanDisk Sansa Express Sound quality

SanDisk Sansa Express Sound quality

SanDisk Sansa Headset

The SanDisk Express MP3 player's sound is of acceptable quality. Using the Equalizer lets you fine-tune the sound to your personal preference which may change the acceptable quality to good quality. The volume range can be adjusted through the menu; high and normal modes are available. Even in normal mode the sound is loud enough and I therefore find the volume range excellent. The delivered Sansa earplugs are, just as the ones delivered with other Sansa MP3 players, of fine quality and they do have a perfect ear-fit. Additionally the Sansa Express MP3 player is capable of more than just playing music, it also lets you listen to the FM radio and record the songs. It also offers voice recording through the built-in microphone. The voice recording function offers extremely clear recordings.

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