SanDisk slotRadio Player Review: An Insider's Take

Many of the folks who write for funkyfresh work in the technology industry. Occasionally we like to give you an insider’s look at the development of new and innovative products.

SanDisk just launched its new slotRadio player that comes preloaded with 1000 songs in multiple genres of music. This thing is an unbelievable value. We know this because we actually worked on the product. So full disclosure, this is not meant to be a third party review. However, this product is so cool and so much fun to use we wanted to give you the straight dope because we’ve seen some inaccurate information circulating about slotRadio. This truly is a product you have to experience to appreciate.  Look for promotional deals.

We found this deal on SlickDeals.  Not sure how long it's going to last.  But check it out and save yourself $30 on the slotRadio bundle.

Let’s start with the music. Every slotRadio card comes with 1000 pre-loaded songs in playlists ready to go right out of the box. Imagine 40 cassettes stacked on top one another or 50 CDs all packed into a microSD card that’s paper thin about the size of your pinky finger. It’s truly like science fiction. Pop the card in the player and you’re playing music in about 5 seconds. There is no setup, computers, subscriptions, fees…none of that.

So is the music any good? Yes, it’s actually incredible. Anyone who buys a slotRadio player or card will simply be blown away by the quality of the music. SanDisk worked with Billboard to identify the top selling artists of the last 50 years and worked with music experts to design the playlists on the slotRadio cards. Funkyfresh worked extensively on many of the slotRadio playlists and we can assure you SanDisk is committed to making slotRadio cards that music freaks and the masses will both enjoy.

The sound quality of the slotRadio player is very good, especially with headphones that showcase just how good the sound is. We’ve been using our Sony MDR-7500s and are very impressed with what this little die cast aluminum wonder can dish out.

The way SanDisk locks the music to the card allows the cards to be played in any compatible slotRadio player. The music is not locked to the device. This means friends and family can freely share cards without the need to synchronize devices or use computers in any way. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a music service that requires synchronizing your music player once a month with the service you’ll certainly appreciate how freeing this can be.

My niece recently formatted her MP3 player by accident, erasing about 2 gigs worth of music I loaded for her. My sister and her husband love music but just can’t be bothered with downloading and transferring music. I can’t wait to get my niece a slotRadio player because I no longer have to be her personal curator of music and tech support guy. I’m sure a lot of music geeks will appreciate this. And if they still want to make mixes or whatever they can do that on a blank microSD card and just mail that out. No need to have the device in order to load it.

By they way, if you already have a Sansa Fuze from Sandisk you can upgrade the firmware to play slotRadio cards. You don't need to buy the slotRadio player. Plus, the Fuze will display the album art of every track. Pretty cool. Sandisk has been talking of replicating the slotRadio experience on cell phones too.  Here's the link to the support page to download the updater.

So how do they do it? Well, SanDisk is probably the only company that could pull it off. The company has a ridiculous number of patents related to Flash memory technology, some 1500 plus in the US alone, and has packed quite a bit of that IP into slotRadio. The beauty is all of this technology is completely transparent to the end user. Just turn it on and go. There are no menus, no scroll wheels and no superfluous features with slotRadio. There are dedicated buttons for changing channels, skipping songs, adjusting the volume and switching between FM radio and the slotRadio card. Yes, slotRadio has a built in tuner with RDS. It couldn’t be easier. It's all about music made simple.  It's fun and it works.

Visit SanDisk for more information about slotRadio.


Asha Mevlana's Tiny Amplified…

Jan 15, 2019 House Stuff
Default Image
Cool house and a beautiful soul

Secret Lab Throne Gaming…

Dec 26, 2018 Computers and Stuff
throne purple
Secret Lab makes a variety of gaming chairs. These are essentially very nice office style…

Genelec 8030C 5” active…

Oct 23, 2018 Production
The Genelec 8030C 5” active monitors are a very good choice for transparent and accurate…

RAVPower RP-PC029 6-Port…

Oct 22, 2018 Computers and Stuff
The RAVPower RP-PC029 6-Port Desktop Charger is sturdy and well made. It can charge any…

Startech DisplayPort to DVI…

Oct 19, 2018 Computers and Stuff
startech DVI 512
You've got a new video card and an older monitor and now your monitor isn't working at…

Canon TS9120 Inkjet Printer…

Oct 18, 2018 Computers and Stuff
TS9120 RED 1 xl
Finally a decent inkjet printer that has all the capabilities you need in smart compact…

Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND…

Jul 23, 2018 Computers and Stuff
The Crucial MX500 is a 2.5 inch SSD designed to be installed inside a notebook computer.…

G-Drive Mobile SSD R-Series…

Jul 23, 2018 Computers and Stuff
gdrive ssd r series
The G-Drive SSD R-Series includes a USB-C port and is USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3…

Nvidia Quadro P4000 Review

Jul 21, 2018 Production
p4000 ff
We like the single slot GPU because it allows us to use all the available PCIe slots in…

Moog Subsequent 37

Apr 17, 2018 Production
Default Image
great demo of this amazing synth

Lynx E22 Versus RME Audio…

Sep 06, 2017 Production
When it comes to audio cards that go inside your workstation the options are getting more…

Amazing A-Frame in LA

Nov 06, 2016 House Stuff
Default Image
yes, at one time, this was a kit you could buy from Sears.

Edius 8.22 Review - Powerful…

Sep 13, 2016 Production
Edius 8.22 from Grass Valley is the latest update that adds LUT and tracking support.…

NVIDIA Quadro K4200 Review

Jan 09, 2015 Production
We've been doing an extended review of the Quadro K4200 and it's been rock solid. It's…

JBL EON206P Portable PA Review

Jan 08, 2015 Production
The JBL EON206P portable PA system surprised us with how much sonic punch it packs into a…

Panasonic AJ-PX270…

Jan 06, 2015 Production
Default Image
The PX270 is an amazing HD camera for ENG, corporate and documentary work. Over the years…

Boris FX BCC 9 Review 2014

Nov 26, 2014 Production
If you buy only 1 VFX package for your NLE this year we highly recommend Boris Continuum…

HP Z230 Workstation Review

Jul 15, 2014 Computers and Stuff
The HP Z230 is a single CPU workstation that looks similar to other workstations in the Z…

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote…

Jul 05, 2014 Electronics
The Logitech Harmony 650 Universal remote is super easy to program and works great but is…

Sony Vegas Pro 13 Review

Jun 24, 2014 Production
Sony Vegas Pro 13 feels a lot like Vegas Pro 12 with some minor updates to the UI. It…

Samsung 1TB 840 EVO SSD Review

Jun 11, 2014 Computers and Stuff
Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD is one of the best values in a high performance SSD. We used it…

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q…

Jun 09, 2014 Production
The Odyssey7Q combines a high quality 7.7 OLED monitor with an SSD based recorder to…

Pixelan DissolveMaster Review

Feb 13, 2014 Production
Default Image
Pixelan Software’s DissolveMaster provides endless options for creating compelling…

iZotope RX3 Advanced Review

Oct 23, 2013 Production
Izotope RX3 Advanced is an elegantly designed suite of audio restoration tools with a…

Grass Valley Edius Pro 7…

Sep 20, 2013 Production
The good news is Edius 7 should benefit from a more open platform going forward. The bad…

Check it

Skyler Stonestreet - It Kinda…

Mar 18, 2019 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image

Feel It Still - Portugal The…

Jan 05, 2019 Worth a Listen
Default Image
Postmodern Jukebox with another good cover track to kick off 2019. They always have such…

Apple Color Flood ad

Jan 05, 2019 Fun and Entertaining Videos
Default Image
this is a good one.

Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey -…

Jan 04, 2019 Worth a Listen
Default Image
Crazy to think that at one time Zedd had a hard time getting singers to collaborate with…

Bob Seger - Ramblin' Gamblin…

Jan 02, 2019 Worth a Listen
Default Image
All you need for the new year

Sleigh Bells - "And Saints"

Dec 27, 2018 Worth a Listen
Default Image

Best Christmas Ever

Dec 24, 2018 Fun and Entertaining Videos
Default Image
so good

Backstreet Boys - Chances

Nov 10, 2018 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image
back again..

TELYKast ft. Rachel Raquel -…

Nov 09, 2018 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image

A Frightening Tale

Oct 15, 2018 Fun and Entertaining Videos
Default Image
scarry indeed

Winchester Mystery House POV…

Oct 05, 2018 Fun and Entertaining Videos
Default Image
very cool

Rad Beats is Always Droppin'…

Sep 30, 2018 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image
Rad Beats always bringing the mad audio visualizer

Childish Gambino - Feels Like…

Sep 04, 2018 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image

Rad Beats is Always Droppin'…

Aug 27, 2018 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image

Coffe Mugs Made from Recycled…

Aug 05, 2018 Art and Design
Default Image
They're are pretty cool looking too.

Key & Peele - Substitute…

Aug 05, 2018 Fun and Entertaining Videos
Default Image
Yes! Thank you Key & Peele.

Kacey Musgraves Are you Sure…

May 18, 2018 Worth a Listen
Default Image
she's soon to become a household name

Echosmith - Goodbye

Jul 16, 2017 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image

Pepsi Ad SNL

Apr 10, 2017 Fun and Entertaining Videos
Default Image
When pursuing creative work, stick to your gut but also get a second opinion from a…

The Chainsmokers - Closer…

Nov 16, 2016 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image
prefer this version now. And look who can sing.

The Fall Colors of New…

Sep 22, 2016 Art and Design
Default Image
Another reason to love the fall.

Interpretive Drawing of White…

Sep 12, 2016 Worth a Listen
Default Image
please more of this.

The Cars - It's All I Can Do

Sep 07, 2016 Worth a Listen
Default Image
A timeless track. You're welcome.

Flume - Never Be Like You…

Jun 09, 2016 Fresh Cut Fridays
Default Image
We can hear Prince's influence in this track

Drinking Scotch with Nick

Dec 12, 2015 Fun and Entertaining Videos
Default Image