Thursday January 26, 2006 8:02 pm
SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player
The bandwagon - it’s that thing every manufacturer seems to jump on when it comes to product design. Original concepts and thinking take a backseat to minimal R&D costs and the ability to kick the product out the door as quickly as possible. Take the SanDisk Sansa e200 for example. It certainly isn’t an outright clone, but it doesn’t deviate too far in looks from Apple’s iPod nano. It’s got the requisitive blue glowy lights that are so popular today, and feature-wise it does have the nano beat on a number of points. Unlike the nano it comes in 2, 4 and 6GB versions, includes an FM radio (with recording), native support for WMA files, and has video playback capability (although the nano can be hacked for video). For those craving even more storage space, the e200 also includes a microSD slot which could net you an additional 1GB of storage (the largest size microSD at the time of this writing). In an apparent dig at Apple’s problems with the nano, the Sansa has the following - “Strong Liquidmetal® back casing provides excellent durability and scratch resistance”. News flash for SanDisk - it’s the FRONT of the nano scratching easily that has everyone up in arms, not the back. Barring any issues with the user interface, the Sansa e200 sounds like a great little player when it arrives at the end of March. It’s hard to argue with what’s popular, but it’s a shame a little more thought wasn’t given to the exterior to differentiate the e200 from it’s competition.
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