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SanDisk Sansa View review | MP3 player functions

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

SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player

SanDisk Sansa View MP3 player

Menu of the SanDisk Sansa View

The menu of the Sansa View is similar to all SanDisk media players of the View, Clip and E-series. Operation is enabled by a navigation ring on the front, the on/off slide bar is positioned on the left, while the 3mm jack and the USB connection are placed at the bottom. The menu and the buttons of the View offer an extremely intuitive operation as a result of which you will find your way through the menu in no-time, even if you have never before held an MP3 player in your hands. The large 2.4 inch LCD monitor dominates the front. Its maximum resolution is 320 x 240 pixels with a few small reproduction errors such as blurred pixels at times. The monitor reminded me of a new TV set, not too advanced at first glance, however, everything is reproduced perfectly, and the View's monitor is beautiful, particularly in video/photo mode. The reproduction remains excellent for every viewing angle except when you look onto the screen from a height, which makes the monitor turn black. The monitor does well in all weather circumstances, although you could turn up the lighting of the monitor in bright sunshine.

SanDisk Sansa View video player

SanDisk Sansa View video player

Playing videos on the SanDisk View

Video rendering is superb on the Sansa View, as well as very realistic. The monitor shows to full advantage despite the fact that a few pixels are slightly blurred now and then. Winding forward or back in a video, however, does not feel comfortable. The Sansa View winds back in small steps of 4 seconds each, and although this is not a problem with videos up to 3 or 4 minutes, longer videos prove a nuisance to wind back or forward. It's funny to see how all the icons move gracefully to the right when the video mode is activated, since you automatically turn the MP3 player a quarter because the video is played in landscape. The following video formats are supported by the SanDisk Sansa View: AVI, WMV, WAV and MPEG4. The Sansa Media Convertor, available from the Internet (requires online SanDisk registration) is able to convert many video formats to a format that the Sansa View supports.

 

SanDisk Sansa media player

SanDisk Sansa media player

Photo viewer function

The photo viewer of the Sansa View has the same qualities as the video player. The monitor shows to full advantage, and unlike the video player there are no blurred pixels in sight. The pictures are reproduced extremely clear. If you happen to have an incredible amount of pictures on your SanDisk Sansa, thumbnail mode will save you. This reproduction mode facilitates finding the picture you need. It is ever so nice to share your pictures with others, since a slide show belongs to the possibilities too, even accompanied by appropriate music. The options for random and continuous play are available in photo mode. The Sansa View supports JPEG format.

SanDisk Sansa View music player

SanDisk Sansa View music player

FM-radio and voice recording functions

The SanDisk Sansa View features an FM radio that is easy to handle. Just pushing the button once, ensures all available stations in the area will be looked up and stored. Manual search is also possible. The sound is excellent; although when you're on the go, some noise slips through at times. You can record from the radio, store in WAV format and listen to the recordings at a later time. The radio is nice, the only thing I missed was to see what channel it was on; all you see is the frequency and no information whatsoever about the radio station. Voice recording is easy and the recording is stored in WAV format. Recordings from the radio are clear and almost equal to an MP3 song, unlike the voice recordings, when the sound quality drops drastically. The voice recording function in itself is nice, however, this is not what it's all about with MP3 players, without this function the MP3 player would have been just as excellent.

 

SanDisk Sansa View

SanDisk Sansa View

SanDisk Sansa Li-Ion battery

According to the specifications, the Li-Ion battery lasts for 35 hours of music listening and 7 hours of video watching. This would be the case if you would not do anything else but watch and listen, however, since half the time is taken up by searching, turning the media player on and off or adjusting, the battery life drops fast. So battery life depends hugely on how you use the Sansa View. Charging the Li-ion battery requires a computer and the included USB cable, and takes approximately 1.5 hours. The battery is not exchangeable.

USB connection

USB connection

Transferring files

Transferring videos, music and pictures is easy with the included USB cable. The drag ‘n drop method is easy, just drag whatever you like from the pc to the View. Synchronizing can also be used as a manner of transferring files. While testing, I used the Windows Media Player as synchronization program and it worked exactly as it should. Within seconds music is transferred and movies with a length of 30 minutes are converted and synchronized effortlessly in mere minutes.

SanDisk Sansa manual

SanDisk Sansa manual

No software needed

There is no need to install additional software to be able to use the View; all you need is a computer with Windows XP/Vista including a USB connection. When the music is transferred, the new files will be arranged neatly in the Sansa View's database. There is no additional software included with the View.

 
 
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