I was recently sent an 8GB SanDisk sansa clip zip MP3 Player to test.
The first thing I thought when I unboxed it was, “Isn’t it small!” It measures just 55x33x11mm and weighs in at 17grams! The sansa clip zip has a 1.1 inch colour display screen, and 8GB of on board memory – enough to hold around 2000 songs. It also has a Micro SD card slot, so you can increase the storage capabilities.

The 8GB sansa clip zip has an RRP of £45, and is available in a range of colours, and it was really easy to set up.
I just connected the included USB lead to my laptop (which is a MacBook Air) and plugged in the sansa clip zip. I dragged and dropped music files from my laptop into the “music” file (which was within the “sansa clip zip” folder which popped up on my desktop as soon as I connected the MP3 Player). I left the MP3 connected for an hour, until it was showing it had 100% battery. The battery life is up to 15 hours – not amazing, but by no means a problem.

The sansa clip zip’s colour screen allows you to navigate easily through the menu. As well as an MP3 player, it features an FM radio, a Book section for Audio Books and Podcasts, a Voice Recorder (which you can use to record or play back recordings), a section to access your Micro SD memory card’s files and a stopwatch – ideal for timing your workout if you’re using your sansa clip zip while exercising.

The included earphones do the job, but they aren’t amazing. The music sounded ok through them, but I noticed an improvement when I switched to my own earphones. I have used a lot of MP3 players, and I have to say the clip on the sansa clip zip feels very secure. I have had 2 iPod shuffles, and neither clip felt as sturdy as the sansa clip zip’s does.

The sansa clip zip will play MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM, AAC, OGG, and WAV files, but not Protected AAC files. It does not allow you to view any video or photo files either, though you can store them on board if you just want to transport them.

All in all, I like the sansa clip zip. If you need a small MP3 player for use in the gym or when exercising, it is perfect. I would also recommend it for children, as it is easy to navigate and seems durable too. It doesn’t offer access to the internet like most iPods do, so you won’t have to be concerned about what your children are doing online when you’re not around. (Something a lot of friends have found themselves doing after buying their children iPod Touch’s). I’d give the MP3 player 4.5 out of 5 and the earphones 3 out of 5, so overall, I have awarded the sansa clip zip 4 out of 5.

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