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The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is a new gem in the SanDisk Sansa series of multimedia players. Compared to some of its predecessors, the SansaDisk Sansa Fuze MP3 player has better interface, it runs a better operating system, so it is also in battle with the third generation of Apple iPod Nano. The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is an attractive MP3 player, and its audience would be people looking for a low-priced MP3 Player, with excellent features.
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Design & User InterfaceRating
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is a very nicely designed player, with a soft-touch rubberized rear and glossy front. The rubbery profile makes it look solid, beautiful and comfortable to operate. It is available in several bright colors, such as red, pink and blue, for the style conscious. The dimensions of the player are 7.9 x 4.8 x 7.6 cm and it weighs 56 grams. The user interface of the SanDisk Sansa Fuze is somewhat similar to the other series of SanDisk Sansa MP3 players. It is light weighted, has lustrous design, and feels great in hand.
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze has a 1.9 inch wide screen, with 640 x 320 resolution. The display is bright and clear, and it supports sixty five thousand colors. Like many other non-reflective screens, the SanDisk Sansa Fuze’s screen is also a bit difficult to read outdoors in direct sunlight.
There is a circular wheel on the player that helps the users to navigate between menus. The rotation of the wheel is quite smooth, and you can also control volume with it. On the top-right side of the wheel is the Home button. It allows you to toggle between whatever screen you are on, and the main menu.
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Features & PerformanceRating
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze supports a variety of audio file formats, including MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Override, and Audible. The SanDisk Sansa Fuze misses the multiple playlist feature, but there is a “go list”, which allows you create at least one playlist on the player. The player doesn’t offer the sparkling audio quality, so if you are looking for highest sound quality player, then the Sansa Fuze is not it. The sound of the player sometimes become unclear, and tunes distorted, yet despite of all this, the overall sound quality isn’t that bad either.
The player has a radio. It has forty presets, and it works very well. The reception is as good as radio reception gets, and it can also record the music being played on the FM radio when you press two specific buttons. You can store the recorded FM audio files in the radio section for quick future access. The voice recorder feature is also in it, and it’s quite handy if you want to record your conversation with someone, a classroom lecture, etc
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze player can also play video files. But if you’re looking for good video support, look in some other player. The player offer supports for WMV and MPEG-4 files, and also provides a free video converter tool (available for download on SanDisk website) which works very well and is easy to use. Besides video, you can also open image files on the player. There isn’t a limit set on the resolution or file size for photos but you can sometimes have problems viewing very large size images. You get the “unsupported file” message if the image can not be displayed.
The player has its own built-in memory but you can also add an additional 32GB of memory. The card automatically fully integrates with the main memory, and gives you quick access to all your multimedia files.
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The battery of the SanDisk Sansa Fuze is quite impressive. It delivers video playback time up of 5.5 hours, and audio playback time of 24 hours.