SanDisk Sansa Fuze Review


Sansa Fuze

The Sansa Fuze from SanDisk, is a cool little MP3/4 player along the same vein as the iPod Nano. We’ve recently been sent one to play with so here are our thoughts and findings (or a review so to speak).

Aesthetically the Fuze is a cute little player.The physical UI consists of a rotating front dial which also acts as the 4 navigation buttons with the center button for selection. The display crisp with a resolution of 220 x 176, large enough for watching the odd music video but you wouldn’t want to watch a feature length film on it. Sound quality was good (though as with just about any MP3 player the supplied headphones aren’t the greatest). What most impressed me about the Fuze are the extra features that you don’t find on other (note iPod) players, including:

  • Built in microphone
  • FM radio
  • microSD Slot, a really cheap way to expand the capacity
  • Easy to transfer files (drag and drop) without the need of propriety software

Though there are a few downsides:

  • Propriety USB connection, it obviously comes the cable but a standard mini USB connection would be much more convenient especially for charging
  • You bookmark videos but not audio books

The Fuze comes in 2, 4 and 8GB versions with prices starting from ~$70 at Amazon.

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Sanse Fuze size comparison

14 reviews or comments

Lav Nav is the Coolest Gadget of the Week » Coolest Gadgets Says: July 30, 2008 at 4:49 am

[…] We’ll start this weeks contest on Friday (if you are a gadget writer entries need to be in before then (details)) and the prize for a randomly drawn voter and commentator will be a Sansa Fuze MP3 player. […]

Eliott Says: July 30, 2008 at 7:52 am

I picked up a 2GB clip when they first came out, so far it has been awesome. If this is anything like it, I will definitely be picking one up.

Win a Sansa Fuze in this weeks Coolest Gadget » Coolest Gadgets Says: August 1, 2008 at 4:33 am

[…] time (I was amazed the Lav Nav won). We have a cool prize for a randomly drawn commenting voter, a 2GB Sansa Fuze, so over to you guys for […]

Last weeks coolest gadget and winner of the Sansa Fuze are… » Coolest Gadgets Says: August 5, 2008 at 7:51 am

[…] nearly forgot, this weeks randomly drawn voter who wins the Sansa Fuze MP3 Player is Jabberwock, congratulations we’ll be in touch to sort out shipping details. […]

Rapsody Says: September 18, 2008 at 5:33 am

I heard a lot of SanDisk. So I got Sansa Fuze and it came up to my expectations.

12yearoldkid Says: December 16, 2008 at 9:30 am

hey i was looking at this sansa fuze mp4 player please can someone tell me can you use bbciplayer to put cvids on this
if not
how do you ?
and can you watch …say your fave t.v progs

please comment

Thom Says: March 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

I think the Sansa Fuze is a great little MP3 player, but one aspect that is rarely mentioned is that it doesn’t handle large quantities of music very well.

I had 8Gb of music, about 1500 tracks, which was fine, but when I added an 8Gb micro sd card with a further 1500 tracks, things got annoying.

Firstly, it took forever to refresh and delete tracks, and seemed very slow responding to clicks. The bigger problem was that with so many artists and songs, sliding down a list took forever as it didn’t speed up at all. If I wanted something beginning with ‘t’ I had to search for about five minutes.

Also, the shuffle feeature only holds about 2000 tracks. Great for cardless users, but I had about 1,000 tracks I hardly ever heard, especially if the artist, track and genre began with letters anywhere after ‘r’. Very irritating. It also fails to show album artwork in any form :(

Although I loved the design, size and graphics with the Fuze, I gave in and bought an 80 Gb iPod. I wish I didn’t have to, but oh well.

Jack Says: August 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm

This is one of the best players out there. I had one and lost it (along with two 8gb cards, sob!) but I got another one and a 4gb and 16gb card. I have almost all my music on it and still have room. I have the best music (my opinion) on the drive itself, with 4gb for the Bible on MP3, and 16gb for all the rest of my music. Awesome player! I use Klipsch S4 earbuds, so it sounds great too!

Jack Says: August 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

The newest version of the Fuze does not have a problem with any size card (or maybe the newest firmware, but I got a whole new player in 2010). the previous version I had took forever to load the 8gb cards, but this one takes the same time (2 mins) for all sized cards

djinoel Says: July 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

SanDisk seems to always surprise you with updates gadgets

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