By Richard Menta 1/18/07
Give SanDisk kudos for not resting on their laurels. They succeeded in being the number two digital portable manufacturer mostly by catering to the upscale MP3 market with feature sets and flash capacity the digitally savvier consumer clammored for - but didn't get yet - fom the iPod. SanDisk is now turning its attention to the kids market with a new model the SanDisk Sansa Shaker.
For a child's player the Sansa Shaker does remind me more of a tool to mix martinis than a kids rattle, but it does have features that should play well with the little tykes. The Shaker has two headphone jacks, as we are always encouraging our little ones to share, and if there are more than two tiny ones around a built-in speaker can entertain the crowd with Raffi singles.
SanDisk Sansa Shaker
Do you know how you change tracks? Why, you shake the device you little devil. The Shaker also comes in two colors, blue for boys and pink for girls so we can cement in those little gender attitudes right away. Kids can customize their player with an array of stickers that come with the player so they can express some individuality.
A single AAA battery will run the Sansa Shaker for 15 hours and the unit comes with a 512MB SD flash card. Like all SanDisk players, the Shaker has a flash slot to fill with the flash memory that is SanDisk's bread and butter. The SanDisk Sansa Shaker will be released to stores by the end of April for $39.99, a new price point for a SanDisk unit.
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The Wi-Fi Sansa Connect is available on Amazon