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SanDisk Sansa c150 2GB MP3 player

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At the short end on the screen side you’ll find the 3.5mm audio jack as well as a hole for a neck strap. At the other end is a proprietary dock connector to which you connect the bundled cable for copying files via USB. It's a shame SanDisk didn't go for a standard mini USB connector as you'll need to take the cable with you whenever you want to attach the c150 to a computer.

At the back of the c150 is a small lid that hides a AAA battery, which makes it thicker than some competing products, but it also means that you can easily fit another batter if you run out of juice.

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I was slightly disappointed with the screen from the moment I switched the c150 on. The back light is uneven – there are very bright parts in the corners – and it’s got quite large pixels which are very visible. Still, it’s easy to read and all the information you need is there. For one or another reason – I think mainly just to add another tick box on the features chart – the c150 can display pictures on its minute screen. None of the supplied pictures looked all that impressive and due to the fairly poor quality of the screen the colours didn’t look right on many of them.

The menu system is easy to navigate. The main options are music, FM radio – which may not make it onto European models; SanDisk has yet to decide – voice, photo and settings. The music menu gives you options to play all files, certain artists or albums, songs or genre’s or of course your playlists. The c150 can also play Audible files and you have to select them here. Same goes for recordings, although you have to go to the (separate) recording menu to record them.

The settings menu allows you to adjust the equalizer – there are five presets and a custom option – and reconfigure the power and display options. You set the FM radio region here too.

The review sample had a glitch with the radio that caused it to hum as soon as the LCD back light switched off, although SanDisk claims this has been fixed on retail product.

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