Sunday, October 09, 2005

 

SanDisk Sansa e140 Review

Today we’ll take a look at the SanDisk Sansa e140 with 1 GB of Flashmemory, this can be boosted to 2 GB with SD memory cards. On the next photo, you see how the mp3-player will be delivered.
















Sansa e140 mp3-player, carrying case with armband, stereo in-ear headphones, AAA alkaline battery, USB 2.0 travel cable, quick start guide, CD with valuable software and user manual.

De SanDisk Sansa e140 has this features:
- Supports MP3, WMA , secure WMA and Audible audio file formats
- Stores over 240 songs of MP3; 480 songs of WMA music
- Digital FM tuner with 20 preset stations
- Easy navigation: song sorted by title, artist, album, genre and more
- SRS WOW technology included for superior sound playback
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for fast and easy transfer of files
- Up to 17 hours continuous playback using one AAA battery

Minimal system requirements:
- Windows 2000, XP (Windows Media Player 9 or10)
- Intel Pentium PC or equivalent
- CD-ROM drive
- USB 2.0 port required for Hi-Speed transfer




















For the Sansa e140 you don’t need to install special software. You plug in with the USB cable and you can drag ’n drop your music on it. Standard you can store 1 GB of music (about 240 mp3’s). Slide in the battery, plug in the stereo headphones and you are ready to listen.

This in-ear headphones feel a bit strange in the beginning, you have to get used tot hem, because of their format. They filter out the background noise, because they deliver the sound directly in your ear canal. You can, if you prefer, use other ear phones off course. The sound quality is good.



When listening to your mp3, you see on your display this:



Above you see the name of the artist, the songtitle and the name of the album. It also displays a counter and completely at the bottom you see the total number of songs on your player and the current position. When used, the player lights up blue, which is cool to see!



When clicking right on ‘menu’ you come into the menu, they are easy to use. You can scroll through the menu with the rotary wheel, which you can find in the right corner of the Sansa. In the menu, the mp3’s are sorted by title, artist, album, genre and year.
Further you can also change your settings like language, date and time,…It’s a pity that Sansa e140 makes no use of a playlist. In the information menu you can find out how much available memory you still have, how many is used and how many songs there are on your player. When you go to ‘Modes’, you find the FM radio tuner, an other feature of the Sansa e140. The FM radio is from an excellent quality. You turn the wheel and you see the FM tuner moving on the display. Once you have chosen a radio frequency, you can store it, you can store up to 20 preset stations. When you want to change the volume, you turn again on the wheel. This is also the same when playing mp3’s. Personally I find the rotary wheel not so handy, it’s rather stiff.


Another feature of the Sansa is the stopwatch, which works just by using the play/pause and repeat button.

On top of the player is the audio-output next to the USB port. The opening under the menu-button is used to put in an extra SD memory card, you can add up to 2 GB on your player.

With 1 AAA battery you can, according to SanDisk, listen up to 17 hours. The player lays good in the hand and weights not so much.

With the Sansa e140 you get delivered: extra eardops (3 formats), carrying case with armband, USB 2.0 travel cable, stereo earphones and a CD-ROM with a few software programs.
When you do the Sansa around your arm, with the delivered armband and the carrying case, you can for example use the lock button to lock the controls. So you can also listen to your favourite songs or radio during sport, work or cleaning.
On the included CD-ROM you find SanDisk’s user Manual, with description and features about the Sansa e100 Series. With Rhapsody (Real’s online music service) you can easily import CD’s and burn them or transfer them to your Sansa. Audible.com and Audiofeast are programs to listen to the radio. Audiofeast gives a 60 day free trial.



Conclusion:

The SanDisk Sansa e140 is easy to use, but you have to get used to the rotary Wheel, which is not so handy because it’s rather stiff. The quality of the FM radio is very good, just like the quality of the sound, but personally I don’t prefer in-ear headphones.
The player can be found for as low as $ 100 in retail stores.

The Good:

 Plays mp3 and wma
 Easy to use menu
 1GB flash memory, or more with SD memory cards
 Very small and light
 The screen is easy to read, also in dark
 A summary of the available memory, songs,… is available on the player
 The included accessories

Negative:

 Rotary Wheel is rough
 In ear headphones (personal opinion)
 No playlists’ are possible


Score: 7/10
Date: 9 October 2005
Reviewer: Sneakytje
Link: SanDisk.com
Comments:
This is a review? It's more like an overview...
 
i have the 512mb version. By click wheel, he doesnt mean the apple click wheel. There is no Apple-like interface. Thre is a scroll wheel at the top right corner so all you left hand/ambidextrous people won't like this at all. In fact, I'm right handed and I dont like it at all.

There's new firmware that adds a semi playlist implentation but it's stupid.

The next generation of this model doesnt even HAVE an SD slot. It also doesnt change the fact that it's missing a decent scroller.
 
It tries to be too clever for its own good - all the play modes and you can't play by folder ffs. Its much slower to fwd between songs than my old (broken) MuVo too, and it can't skip albums/folders like the Muvo. Did I mention it can't play by folder.
 
Hi, I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I am trying to get my zen mp3 players site up and running. At the moment I am concentrating on the Zen Touch and Zen Sleek. Sadly, the Zen micro does not appear to still be available from Creative.

I've certainly got some way to go before that site meets the standards of your blog.
 
Can YA HELP ME OUT !!! PLZZZZZZZZ
Im Jay Krishna From India. And
My Brother Gifted m d player SanDisk Sansa e140 d day ahve got it,it was all fine d very next day it aint no longer workin!thut d battery doesnt last long ? Got a New battery evn then..got no sign of swtichin ON ...:( is der anyone who can solve me d problem !!!
 
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