SanDisk Sansa Clip + MP3 Player

By Richard Menta 9/1/09

For those just looking for a basic MP3 player and not overly convinced that it has to be an iPod, SanDisk has offered an array of portables worthy a look. Their most recent is an update of the Sansa Clip called the Sansa Clip +. The + means it sports a microSD slot, which is useful not only for expanding the memory, but is compatible with with company's slotRadio™ and slotMusic™ cards. For the unititiated, these are basically flash memory albums and playlist tracks that can be purchased from $14 to $40 - that not a lot of people buy. Better to look at the Clip + as a competitor to the iPod Shuffle that offers more features for less money. The SanDisk Sansa Clip + comes with an FM tuner with 40 presets (if you can actually pull-in 40 channels on the relatively weak tuners the players usually have) and a 1" OLED screen.

Sansa Clip +

Other features offered by the Sansa Clip + are nothing new. The unit comes with a microphone for those wishing to record their thoughts and Li-ion batteries claiming a decent 15 hours of playing time per charge. The Clip + does offer FLAC and Ogg Vorbis support along with MP3, WMA, WAV. It doesn't support DRM-free AAC for those of you with extensive store-bought iTunes collections. SanDisk also claims this unit is the first Windows 7 certified MP3 player, convenient for those who purchase a PC after Windows 7's October release date.

The SanDisk Sansa Clip + is available in three colors; red, blue and black, and shipped August 31st. Prices are $39.99 for 2GB, $49.99 for 4GB, and an 8GB version will set you back $69.99.

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