SanDisk Sansa c150 2GB MP3 player
Can SanDisk swipe the iPod Shuffle's market share?
The model SanDisk sent over for review contained 2GB of memory, although a 1GB model is also available. There doesn’t seem to be a very big price difference on the UK market and the 2GB model will only set you back a couple of quid more than the 1GB model if you shop around.
Sound quality, to my ears, was very good and the c150 will happily play MP3 and WMA music. It is labelled with the Microsoft Plays for Sure logo and can play WMA DRM tracks. To do so, you need to use Windows Media Player 10 to copy the songs to the Sansa c150, but other files can simply be copied across by drag and drop.
The supplied earbuds are of average quality, and I would buy something better to get the most out of the c150. Sandisk also supplies a AAA battery to get you going, but you might want to invest in some rechargeables as the battery life isn’t amazing. You’re likely to get about 10-12 hours out of a single AAA battery, although SanDisk quotes up to 15 hours of continuous playback.
The SanDisk Sansa c150 is a pretty good, but not perfect, pocket-friendly MP3 player. At as little as £95 for the 2GB model, it's also quite affordable considering its capacity and features. It might not be the best looking player out there, but looks are a matter of taste and I don’t think it looks that bad either.
The player's sound quality is very good and it's easy to use, though the screen could be better. The c150 delivers pretty much what you’d expect from a current generation digital music player and its price makes it an attractive option. ®