SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip Review

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The Sansa Clip Zip from SanDisk is an excellent exemplar of a cheap MP3 player. It's loaded with features and 4GB of storage, it's small and lightweight and the sound is lovely. This is the best player for your money for less than $60.

This updated model from SanDisk is an excellent alternative to pricier MP3 players and iPods, according to SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip reviews. An expert Sansa Clip Zip reviews at CNET extols the Clip Zip as a top value buy and gives it a 4 out of 5 rating. The reviewer likes all the extra features (e.g., FM radio and voice recorder) and support for more audio file types than the competition. Moreover, it sounds good. At Tech Hive, a Sansa Clip Zip review says the simple display interface is a snap to use but the included earbuds are uncomfortable. Minor flaws aside, the Tech Hive expert concludes that the Clip Zip is a better deal than the iPod shuffle.

Users' Sansa Clip Zip reviews also compliment the player for its high quality sound and small size. One parent who relies on the device as a listening therapy tool for her children says in a Sansa Clip Zip review at B&H that the long battery life and the clip, which she attaches to the headset to keep wires out of the way, are big pluses. Users also appreciate the expandable memory card slot, an uncommon feature in budget players; some reports at Newegg, however, say the Clip Zip is picky about which microSD cards it will accept. We also found a few rumbles in Sansa Clip Zip reviews about build quality and the bundled software.

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The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip (starting at $39, Amazon) boasts a 1.1-inch color screen that helps you navigate and displays images, such as album cover art. There's a built-in mic for voice recording, as well as an FM radio. The Clip Zip is available in 4GB and 8GB versions, both of which feature a microSDHC slot. The player's audio file support -- MP3, WMA, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and Audible file types -- is better than most budget MP3 players. Battery life on the Clip Zip extends up to 15 hours.

The Clip Zip stands out as a clear winner in the cheap MP3 players category. Other models can't match its combination of features, sound quality, and price. Its only weakness is that it's not the sturdiest player around.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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