We were expecting good things from this updated version of SanDisk’s popular Clip and the Sansa Clip+ delivers. The Sansa Clip has been one of the most popular MP3 players on the planet. It sounds great, is easy to use and is very gym friendly due to its small size and built in clip.
Now the Clip+ comes along and is a subtle yet worthy successor to the original for one simple reason, a microSD slot. The Clip already offers ridiculous value in a small player. It supports FLAC, various MP3 codecs including Vorbis, Audible Files, Rhapsody and other services and is the first Windows 7 certified MP3 player, not that we really care since dragging and dropping to this player is about as simple as it gets.
Now, with the microSD slot the Clip+ has it all. Users can purchase complete catalogs of music with slotRadio cards or load up a blank card with all their favorites. No other portable MP3 player offers so much in such a small footprint. Into ripping your CD collection in FLAC for the best possible sound? Done. Dig subscriptions services like Rhapsody? No problem. Need your Audible fix? Cool. Low on time and want to load 1000 songs Billboard charting songs instantly? Do it.
The Clip+ has a few updates that are worth mentioning. First the clip itself is a better design and could not be forcibly removed without breaking it. Secondly, the button layout is cleaner and the hold switch is no longer a switch. Simply press and hold the home button and the device locks or unlocks. The power button is a simple button as well. The updated design is also a bit lighter than the original. At first it almost feels too light. But take it jogging a few times and you quickly appreciate the weightlessness.
To appreciate the sound of the Clip+ it’s important to use decent headphones. We recommend the Philips behind the neck sports headphones as a good starting point. Even at $15 from Target these are a big improvement over what comes in the box. The Clip+ can also drive more expensive Bose and Sony phones with aplomb. MP3 files at 256 or 320kbps really show off the sound capabilities of this little wonder. Pumping FLAC files through quality cans is simply astounding on the Clip+. We’re pumping “I Got a Feeling” from the Black Eyed Peas as we're writing this review.
We got a feeling the new Clip+ from SanDisk starting at $39 is going to make a lot of people happy. It’s a feel good player with all the right features and a price to make anyone smile.
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SanDisk Clip+ Review
- Category: MP3 and Portable