After taking a look at the nook and Sony Reader Daily Edition, I thought now was a good time to switch gears and get back to reviewing your everyday MP3 player, the kind of device that you can use for download audiobooks and music. I wanted to find a device that any person on the street could pick up and figure out how to use. The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is exactly what I was looking for; it’s affordable, durable, and offers some fun features too.

OverDrive WMA and MP3 Audiobooks, as well as OverDrive Music, transfer easily to the Fuze using OverDrive’s desktop software. Once transferred, you can expect good sound quality in the playback. The device also boasts a 24-hour battery lifespan on one charge. That’s a lot of continuous listening.

As you know, I’m a big advocate for simplicity in a device, and the Fuze’s icon-driven main menu is easy enough to figure out using the clickable scroll wheel. The sub-menus are not the prettiest but they get the job done while offering the ability to delete content right from the player. To me, that’s a huge plus.

If you are looking for a player that offers other features, you’ll find those too on the Fuze. The player will support photos although the screen isn’t the best for that purpose. I like the FM/AM radio which is always a nice option if you finish your audiobook but still need something to listen to. Another fun, although unnecessary, feature is a built in microphone for making recordings.

My final thoughts:

Pros:
Easy to use interface
Great sound quality
Long battery life
Additional storage with mini SD card slot

Cons:
Doesn’t support bookmarking
Utilizes a proprietary USB cable

Bottom line:
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is a fun little MP3 player that is easy to use and offers plenty of storage space. It will give you a real bang for your buck!

8 GB is $89.99
4 GB is $69.99

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