But first, here is a picture of the Fuze:
^ from: gizmodo.com - the SanDisk Sansa Fuze in red.
So I was in need of a better MP3 player. I chose to stay with SanDisk because I was happy with the Sansa lineup. I wanted to step up to a more handy MP3 player that was capable of artist art and videos. So I wanted to get a SanDisk Sansa Fuze rather than the Sansa View because the Fuze was just right for me. I wanted a 4 gigabyte Fuze since it was just right for me and the music space on my PC. For Christmas, I got my Fuze in red. I know I said that Black or Blue was one of the colors I wanted for it, but also thought red was a nice color for it. My Fuze has a scratched-up screen, but still plays fine and looks great. I've now had this MP3 player for going on a year and a half. I could have went with an iPod Nano, but I chose SanDisk, and I chose the Sansa Fuze.
Sound quality is amazing. Out the box, you get (at least for my ears) some great-fitting earbud headphones with lovely sound. There are certain EQ features you can set for the sound needs you are looking for.
The visuals are vivid and lovely. Not plain in any way to me. Firmware updates have offered beautiful introduction and exit animations to the Sansa Fuze.
I could never understand the iPod wheel for the life of me. Thankfully, the thumbwheel for the Fuze is handy and solid. Navigation with the thumbwheel is outstanding. My only complaint- I wished I could use the Sansa Fuze's thumbwheel to scroll through radio stations without having to just use the Rewind and Fast Forward buttons. Speaking of the radio...
Only FM radio is offered. You still get a great list of stations to use. The Fuze can even auto-detect available channels. You can add channels as favorites or get rid of any preset channels you don't like.
I do not have any Audiobooks, so I cannot comment here.
You can record material onto the Sansa Fuze. FM Radio can be recorded, or you could even use it to record little messages. All audio is saved in WAV files. Specifications are: 384 kbps, 16 bit audio samples, mono sound, 24 kHz, and PCM wave format.
slotRadio. (requires slotRadio and a recent firmware update)
If you have a Fuze, you must have a recent firmware update to be able to use slotRadio. slotRadio features a microSD card filled with music. Some stores offer 1GB slotRadio cards (like at Walmart or Best Buy). I haven't a slotRadio card, so I can't comment.
You are able to play videos with the Fuze. You need to download a program to convert videos for use with the Fuze. It does come with a demo video for NonStop Riot Live.
* fairly simple to upload MP3s (either drag-and-drop or through recent Windows Media Player)
* great sound
* handy for a lot of uses other than playing music
* feels just right and not too heavy
* fairly good battery life from its rechargable battery.
* video conversion software needed, and the software gives a Buffer Overflow error (at least from my experience)
* I would have liked this have a clip to it without needing to buy an external one
For the money, if you want a great and useful MP3 player, you'd be hard-pressed not to go with a SanDisk Sansa Fuze. SanDisk is a quality brand, so expect quality when you get a Sansa Fuze. It may be one of the best MP3 players not from Apple and not with "iPod" in its name.
Since you were kind enough to read my blog entry on the Sansa Fuze, why don't I treat you to a chance to get your own Sansa Fuze? Here is the Sansa Fuze in three different memory capacities. Thank you for reading! (Read "An Important Amazon Note" for more information on all Amazon items)
There are more colors available for the SanDisk Sansa Fuze. To find more Sansa Fuze, click on the image below to visit my secondary blog, with more on the Sansa Fuze from Amazon:
(2 gigabyte capacity)
(4 gigabyte capacity)
(8 gigabyte capacity)
SanDisk Sansa Fuze accesories can be found here in this widget. Please feel free to use it to take your Fuze experience further (including many more Sansa Fuze models in other colors):
Take care, everyone!