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SanDisk Sansa View review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, November 3rd 2008                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

SanDisk Sansa review

S anDisk was founded in 1988 by a gentleman named Eli Harari. SanDisk is the inventor of flash memory cards, and is today's largest supplier of flash memory products in the world. With in-house developed technologies, large amounts of files can be stored on USB sticks, mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders and, the most recent addition, even on digital audio / video players. The Sansa View series is already the next generation of portable media players by SanDisk.

SanDisk Sansa View review

 

SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player

SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player

Design of the SanDisk Sansa View

Even at first sight, the SanDisk Sansa View looks sleek and neat; the device fits perfectly in my hand and has an expensive businesslike appearance. The SanDisk View is available in black. The front has a shiny coating and the back a rubber finishing touch. The thing that struck me straight away is the fact that the Sansa View has very few buttons, which looks good and functions perfectly. With dimensions of 8 mm x 4 mm x 1 mm the View is not the smallest of devices, yet in combination with its weight of approximately 80 grams, it is a solid MP3 player. The model I tested is equipped with 8GB flash memory and can hold approximately 2000 songs. There are various models available besides this one; with 16GB and 32GB. Moreover, the Sansa View features a microSD slot to enable an additional storage space of 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or even 8GB. The package as a whole includes the SanDisk Sansa View, a USB cable, ear set, 'Quick start guide' and a CD with the manual in PDF file format.

SanDisk Sansa View test

SanDisk Sansa View test

SanDisk View music quality

The earplugs found in the box are light, and even though they are rather big, they do fit perfectly in your ear. The music the View produces with this headset is excellent, although the sound is inferior to that of the SanDisk Sansa Clip, for example. Now and then the sound hears and feels somewhat empty, like its soul is missing, or in other words; it's not a beautiful full sound at times. This is also the case when you connect a different set of earplugs to the Sansa View or when you use an external speaker. The sound is excellent, however, it lacks the possibility to pleasantly surprise you. The equalizer of the media player features a number of preset options and in addition, a manual equalizer. While testing the View, I discovered that the equalizer worked best when left alone, since it takes a heck of a lot of effort to improve the sound of a song. The best results are even achieved when deactivating the equalizer. Supported music formats are: MP3, WMA, ASF, AAC, WAV and support for Audible - Audiobooks.

 

SanDisk Sansa View supports microSD memory cards

SanDisk Sansa View review

 
 
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