Ease of Learning: 4 / 5
Ease of Use: 4 / 5
Enjoyment: 3.5 / 5
Design: 4 / 5
Value for Money: 4 / 5
In the modern world of smartphones, the mp3 player has faded into the background. Moreover, the Apple iPod is the device synonymous with the market, giving other portable players something to strive toward. SanDisk has, for some time now, offered its own take on the portable music player market. The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip, the successor to the Sansa Clip+, proves that there are some mp3 players on the market worth taking note of, while its uses may be limited to working out at the gym or going for a run.
The design of the Sansa Clip Zip is similar to that of the Sansa Clip+, with a few tweaks. The biggest addition is its full-colour 1.1” display with an easy to use GUI. The four-way navigation pad makes it easy scroll through the options available, which includes the music player, Books, FM radio, Voice (recordings), Card (this allows you to access content on your SD card), Sport (basically a stopwatch), and Settings. Although it will take a few moments to get used to the menu layout, it doesn’t take much to learn. The Clip Zip also includes volume controls, microUSB port, 3.5mm jack and an SD card port (up to 32GB). The rear features its namesake, a clip for attaching the device to your clothes while active.
The Clip Zip comes in a variety of colours; seven to be exact, including red, blue, black, orange, grey, purple and white. The device may be branded as an mp3 player, but offers audio compatibility for most formats. These include MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG and FLAC, even incorporating podcasts and audiobooks via the Voice and Books menus, respectively.
The battery life for the Sansa Clip Zip is listed as being up to 15 hours. In reality, though, continuous music play lasts between 12 and 13 hours at a normal volume, while less than advertised is still decent. The portable music player is available in 4 and 8GB internal storage, with a RRP starting at R649 (excl. VAT), making it a solid purchase given the features bundled in the tiny unit. While the market for mp3 players may be down as a whole, at less than half the starting price of an iPod Nano, the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a worthwhile purchase.
Note: There are some stores offering the Sansa Clip Zip 4GB for under R500.