updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon August 27, 2007
SanDisk Sansa Clip
SanDisk on Monday kicked off the release of the Sansa Clip, one of its smallest and most capable screen-equipped players yet. Although smaller than most matchboxes, the Clip has both a four-line color OLED and an iPod-like wheel that helps users easily pick tracks in spite of the small size. Audio quality is also the best you could expect for the class, SanDisk claims. The Clip additionally blurs the lines between traditional in-pocket players and wearable models with its namesake clip fastening the player to a belt or detaching for a thinner profile in a closed space.
The new Sansa plays prerecorded Audible books, MP3, and WMA tracks as well as live FM radio with the option of recording radio stations; through the use of flash memory and the OLED, playback lasts for an estimated 15 hours. A built-in microphone also allows for voice recording. Cost is also a driving factor behind the player: the basic Clip offers 1GB of storage for $40 in a single black color, while a 2GB version at $60 adds the choice of blue, pink, and red in addition to the doubled storage. SanDisk hopes to ship both models during the fall.