|Submited By: A. Oliver on 07/09/2010|
The iPod shuffle I had been using for a couple years had run out of room for new music, having only 1GB. It had cost $50. Reading about this Clip+, which was available on Amazon for $40, I was very excited and bought it, thinking it was a steal. And it totally was.
I got it in the mail yesterday, and so far, I absolutely love it. Compared to the iPod shuffle, which is only a little more expensive than it and has literally no features besides playing your music in order or shuffled, the Sansa Clip+ is a great deal, and an excellent choice for an MP3 player! I find its design sleek and attractive, and I like its small size (though you might not if you have bad far-sided vision). Once you get the hang of it, it s a snap to navigate, and the features this little gadget has are very impressive: sound equalizers (including custom ones), a 5-star rating system for songs, voice recording, and FM radio! I love that you have the choice of songs you want to listen to besides "play all"--songs from a certain artist or album, your top-rated songs, or songs from a specific genre. Having the micro SD card slot is awesome, so you can add up to 16GB of extra space for music by buying and inserting a card, which is relatively affordable. Using Windows Media Player, uploading music onto your Clip+ is reasonable and quick. Sound quality for the music is great, better than the Shuffle in my opinion. Being able to easily clip it to your clothes, belt loop, etc. is a useful feature. All you need to do to recharge the Clip+ s battery is plug it into your computer with a USB cord. It is fast at recharging; I just plugged it into the computer 15 minutes ago and the battery is already halfway recovered.
The downsides to the Clip+ are all minor. If you re a hardcore music junkie, you might find issues with its shorter battery life. I had used it for maybe 6 hours and the battery died on me. For me this isn t an issue, because on an ordinary day I wouldn t be listening to music on this for more than 2 hours. There is also its sound quality. The bass could definitely be a lot stronger, but unless you re paying attention to it, it s not noticeable and the sound quality is still great besides this one little flaw. The last issue that I ve had with it is that there are no covers for the USB and micro SD card outlets.
Overall, this device is a fantastic buy and I d recommend it to anyone, perhaps except for very musically picky music junkies who would be listening to it for most of their day. It wins hands-down next to the iPod shuffle, and just by itself is an solid MP3 player. So glad I bought it!