Sandisk Sansa Fuze 4GB MP3 Player - Sandisk Sansa Fuze - Testing and Comparison

Article Index
Sandisk Sansa Fuze 4GB MP3 Player
Sandisk Sansa Fuze - Specifications
Sandisk Sansa Fuze - Testing and Comparison
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Sandisk Sansa Fuze Testing and Comparison:

 

Testing:

Music Playback:   Operating the Fuze is straightforward and easy thanks to the rubber navigation wheel which doubles as a scroll wheel and a four-zone pressable button.  Navigating the cursor and controlling the volume is done by spinning the wheel while skipping and back-skipping tracks, pausing and playing tracks, and selecting menu choices is done by depressing the wheel and interior button.  Although I initially thought that this dual function would cause a lot of accidental mis-navigation I have found the opposite to be true.  The sensitivity of the wheel is just right and I have yet to play a song by mistake or blast my ears off by accidentally cranking the volume.

Sansa Scale
Sansa Fuze - Comparison
Powered On
Sansa Fuze - Powered On


In addition to the wheel and interior button, the included "home" button allows for quick navigation back to the main menu.

 

Right And Left
Sansa Fuze - Side View
Top And Bottom
Sansa Fuze - Top and Bottom View

Audio quality is good; standard and customizable EQ settings are available to those who have a particular sound in mind.

Menu 2
Sansa Fuze - Settings
Custom EQ
Sansa Fuze - EQ


In addition to playing music, this unit can play videos, display photos, play and record FM radio, and record voice notes.

Photo and Video Playback:

As with prior Sansa models; video must be converted to QuickTime via the included "Sansa Media Converter" software.  Some pictures must also be converted however most of the .JPG album art that I have loaded has shown up just fine.  I personally do not use the video and photo features very much but it is good to know that the features are there as both can come in handy in.

Menu 4
Sansa Fuze - Music
Album Art
Sansa Fuze - Cover Art


Menu 3
Sansa Fuze - Photos
Menu 6
Sansa Fuze - Videos


Other Features:

Along with the usual features (clock - audio EQ - rate songs - repeat songs - shuffle songs) is the newly added, and infinitely useful, "delete song" function which allows you to delete songs on the fly, useful for getting rid of songs that you are sick of hearing or b-side tracks that you never liked in the first place.  (Sorry Mr.Diamond but I've already heard "Sweet Caroline" ten million times)

Delete On Player
Sansa Fuze - Delete Song?
Custom EQ
Sansa Fuze - EQ


Connectivity:

Plugged In Sync
Sansa Fuze - Connected
USB Modes
Sansa Fuze - USB Modes


Using the simple drag-and-drop method, loading content is quick and easy however there are users who may need to change their Fuze's USB transfer mode from "AutoDetect" to "MSC".  Fortunately, this is easily done:

  1. Power on player
  2. Enter "Settings"
  3. Enter "System Settings"
  4. Enter "USB Mode"
  5. Change from default setting ("AutoDetect") to "MSC"
  6. Power off player and connect to PC.

 

If this change is not carried out some users may find that Windows is unable to recognize the unit.  I experienced this problem on my XP Home SP3 Acer Aspire One;  Upon doing a quick Google search I found that I was not the only one.  Although some users may have to go through some minor troubleshooting before they can actually use their new player, it is fortunate that this problem has a simple solution.

 

 

Battery Replacement:

Featuring the power/hold slider and the microSD slot and microphone respectively, the right and left sides of the player are almost as featureless as the top and back of the player, both of which feature no screw heads or access markings whatsoever.

According to Sandisk's tech help, the internal lithium polymer battery/s in the Sansa Fuze is non-replaceable. Apparently you just kinda' toss it when the battery quits holding a charge! This bothers me that an expensive high-tech device like this with 8 GB of memory has to be thrown away as a result of a dead battery. I suppose Sandisk figures that in a couple of years or so, most users are tired of it, or that its technology will be so antiquated that nobody will care. It's sad that we look at a device like this as "disposable"!