SanDisk Fuze Review
- Category: MP3 and Portable
SanDisk added some nice touches to the UI of the Fuze. The buttons and main navigation wheel respond faster and the device is more fun to play with compared to older SanDisk products. Small touches like animated icons and messages on screen make the user experience better and more satisfying. For example, on earlier SanDisk devices when you insert a microSD card the device responds with a message on screen that says 'updating database'. Under the same scenario the Fuze's message is 'refreshing your media'. It's a small tweak but shows SanDisk is really starting to embrace a better user experience on its media players.
SanDisk has a media converter available for the Fuze that takes the guesswork out of converting files. The software, from Corel's Ulead division, works great but forces you to connect the device first before it will convert any files. It's confusing. We wanted to batch convert a bunch of files while we went for a run with the Fuze. Instead the Fuze had to be connected while the files were being converted. Instead of just dumping the converted files into a folder on the PC the software requires a device be connected for the destination. SanDisk should fix this so users can decide where they want the converted files to go.
Video quirks aside the Sansa Fuze is a killer little music player and it can handle just about any kind of music format including MP3,WMA, secure WMA, WAV, Audible, and Overdrive. It also displays JPEGs.
Remember the original Honda civic' It was garbage and now Honda makes some of the best cars in the world. Remember the first SanDisk MP3 players' They were just ODM units from China and about as cheap as you could get. Now SanDisk is making some of the best MP3 players anywhere at prices that are very compelling. With the microSD slot you can add a lot of extra storage and have multiple playlists to pop in and out. The Fuze is lit baby!
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