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SanDisk Sansa Express review | Features

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

SanDisk Sansa Express Menu

SanDisk Sansa Express Menu

SanDisk Sansa Express Musique player

The menu of the SanDisk Sansa Express is well-structured. Even without going through the user guide the MP3 player can easily be understood and operated. The menu is divided into four categories: Music, Radio, Voice and Settings. The 'Settings' menu offers more than 20 different languages to choose from. Furthermore various settings can be adjusted through this menu such as brightness of the monitor, the equalizer, sleep mode, FM settings, volume, format, additional system information and a reset function. The 'Voice' menu lets you record sounds by means of the built-in microphone. The 'Radio' menu offers access to the radio. The SanDisk Sansa Express features an auto-scan to detect radio stations, but it also offers a manual mode. No less than 20 preset stations can be set through the sub menu button, or removed again using the same menu. When you are listening to a song on the radio, you can record it through the SanDisk Express, and consequently play it as often as you like. The 'Music' menu gives you the choice to play the songs in sequence or to play a song by genre, album or artist. All radio and voice recordings can be listened to via the 'Music' menu as well.

SanDisk Sansa Express Monitor

SanDisk Sansa Express Monitor

SanDisk Sansa Express OLED Monitor

The four-line bright OLED screen of the SanDisk Sansa Express MP3 player is displaying two colours; orange for the battery indicator and green for all the other items. The operating system on the SanDisk Express MP3 player has been developed by SanDisk itself. In case a firmware update comes available, it can simply be upgraded on the SanDisk web site. It is a pity that the Sansa Express OLED monitor does not offer photo support, but looking at the price it is understandable. Some animated icons appear in the main menus and they also appear when turning the Sansa Express MP3 player on or off.

The SanDisk Sansa Express is an ultra-convenient device and the manual does not have to be read in most cases. Managing music is easy once the Sansa Express is connected to the computer through the USB connection. The fast USB 2.0 interface lets you transfer and manage your music swiftly and fast.


SanDisk Express Memory

T he SanDisk Sansa Express has an internal memory of 1GB, which will hold 250 MP3 songs and can be expanded with a microSD memory card. The Sansa Express is also available as a 2GB version. The SanDisk Sansa MP3 player can be recharged by connecting it through its USB connection to a computer. The USB connection is nicely hidden behind a neatly fitted cover that is well-attached to the Sansa Express. You will not lose it easily. And let's be fair…. other MP3 player manufacturers can learn from SanDisk on this field and improve their covers. According to SanDisk the lithium-polymer battery will last a maximum of 15 hours and that is my exact experience when testing the battery's stamina.

SanDisk Sansa Express review

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