This SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 player features 8GB* of built-in storage for ample space to bring your music with you on the go. The 1.4" TFT-LCD screen enables easy navigation of your media while you're in motion.
Posted by: littlewilly01 from: Providence, RI on
While I was waiting for my 8GB Clip Sport to arrive, I was reading some of the reviews under this product and was getting a little bit anxious. Being an owner of Sansa Clip+ for MANY years, I had a very good experience with Sandisk mp3 players, that's why I was surprised about some of the people's comments where instead of reviewing the actual player they were bashing it based on comparison to other Sandisk models. Now, after receiving it and having a chance to use it - I can share with you my thoughts about it.
Clip Sport arrived in a nice compact package with a front see-through display showing the entire outline of the player and a detailed list of features. I like the presentation of products, and pay a close attention to the packaging. It's always hard to judge the size of the product from on-line pictures, so I was pleased to see how compact it was out of the box, about 60mm x 40mm x 10mm (+ clip). The included accessories were a short rigid usb to micro-usb cable (finally, I don't have to deal with mini-usb and can use a ton of my smartphone micro-usb cables!!!), a set of headphones with 3 pairs of silicone eartips, and a quick start guide. Headphones have a flat tangle-free cable, a chin slider after y-splitter (helps with cable management to keep it tight), and an angled 3.5mm gold plated headphone connector, The earbuds have a soft touch outside finish and a clear external L/R marking. They are very lightweight and have a comfortable fitment with a nice seal when a right size eartip is selected. True, these are not audiophile quality headphones, but it was still nice to include these in a package. Actually the sound is not too bad, with a signature of enhanced bass and rolled off upper mids and treble. It's really not the end of the world because you can use Clip Sport EQ presets to brighten the sound. Try Jazz preset and you will hear a pleasant improvement. Though, not an accessory, I still consider built-in clip as one, a generous wide clip to attach this mp3 player to your cloth.
Now, about a player itself. From the first look, you notice that display takes almost half of it's size now. No more squinting while looking at the song title or the song artwork which Clip Sport is capable of displaying. Yes, resolution is pixilated, but what do you expect from 1.44" LCD screen? This is not a video player or smartphone/smartwatch. Resolution is adequate enough for the functionality of this player. The control buttons located on the lower part of the player with a "floating" 4-way Play/Pause, Skip Next, Skip Prev, and Menu. A multifunction button is located in the middle, and a separate Back button in the upper left corner. On a left side you have micro-usb port and dedicated volume up/down below it; and on a right side there is headphone jack and micro-sd port. Though Clip Sports is a little bit bigger than Clip+, it still fits in a palm of your hand, very lightweight, and with a solid feel.
You power it up by holding the multi-function button down, and you turn it off the same way. One thing you do need to get use to, and perhaps it will be fixed in the future firmware updates, this multi-function button needs to be held for a split second longer to register it's selection, which on a few occasions turned off mp3 player display (also stopping the music playback). So, you need to get use to it. Navigation of the player was very intuitive, don't even need to look into instructions. Scrolling through the main menu revealed selection of Music (content of the internal memory), FM Radio (with a decent pick up of stations), Folder view of internal or external (micro-sd) memory, Card view (of micro-sd card), Sport functionality (Stopwatch and Timer), and the Settings menu. I know some people mentioned about internal and external content being in two separate lists; I personally don't see a problem with that. Do you really need to integrate 8GB of internal memory with 16GB or 32GB of your external micro-sd card? I can only see it a problem for some who use high resolution FLAC files that take a lot of room and you have a big chunk of your music library spread across internal memory and external flash card - but for basic active use, in my opinion it's not a show stopper. And perhaps future firmware updates will fix that.
Sports functionality was a great addition, but I wish while Stopwatch and Timer were running I could have been able to use left/right buttons to skip between the songs. Also, hoping this will be addressed in a future firmware updates. I know a few people mentioned in reviews that library audio books were not supported; I can't comment on that since I don't use that media. All my songs are 320kbps mp3s and FLAC, and they sound great on this little guy. I actually tested it using some of my more expensive headphones to confirm sound quality of internal D/A output. No complaints here. I was also very pleased that once connected to computer, I didn't have to search for Clip Sport in My Computer folder, because it actually showed up as a logical drive letter on my laptop (for both internal and external micro-sd). It makes it easier to copy files this way.
YMMV, but I was actually pleased with this mp3 player. It does everything it claims to do. Has a great build quality and fantastic battery life (rated up to 25hr), it has a great sound quality, plays lossless audio formats, and comes with a set of headphones which can be tweaked with EQ (to boost back the missing highs). And I'm sure with a future firmware update all the little nitpicking will be taken care of. For critical audio listening, I have my bulky $350 X5 DAP, while for playing music while exercising or doing other extreme activities, I will use my lightweight compact $50 Clip Sport!
31 out of 32 found this review helpful.
NOT a Clip Zip nor Clip+
Posted by: FairEGodmother from: Covington, LA on
I listen to LOTS of audio books, most of them from the local library/Overdrive, I own 6 Sansa Clips in various versions. So when I saw the SanDisk Sport I had no reservations giving it a try based on the wonderful experiences I've had with their earlier Clip models. Sadly, the Sandisk Sport is not completely compatible with Overdrive. As of 02/20/14 you can only transfer mp3 files and it mixes up the order so you may go from (Disc# 1 to 4 to 2, etc..... The Sport version doesn't offer a "lock" so its easy to bump it and either advance a #Disc) or restart the current one. Most of the problems could be solved with a firmware updates so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. The earphones incl. are a great improvement over the old ones! The battery life is wonderful! I may be able to listen to War & Peace on one full charge.
Hopefully with a few firmware updates to work out the kinks the we'll have a Sports version worthy of the name Clip. Until then..... back to the just about perfect ClipZip or Clip+.
32 out of 34 found this review helpful.
So good even I can operate.
Posted by: oldlady from: Canon, OH on
I listen to mostly to audio books and this is a great device for that. The sound quality is excellent and the size is just right. I spend a lot of time out doors as long as the weather permits so SanDisk Clip goes right with me as I work in the garden or sit and relax with my dog and cat. Of course it works equally well in doors. I take it with me to Dr. appointments to listen while in the waiting room (never in exam room) or while waiting at the hospital. I listen to books from my local library or purchased from a book store, works equally well from these two sources. Love this little product! By the way the colors are great fun. I am 75 years old and find the product to be very user friendly.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
A big step backward from the clip zip.
Posted by: MrRich from: on
I have used Sansa Clip Zip players for years and they have served well for outdoor use (mostly running). Although the clip zip only lasts for about a year to 18 months, the price and features made it my go-to choice and I did not mind replacing it after a year's heavy use. It was easy to use and add music, create playlists, play recently added music, etc. and the sound was decent. When I tried to purchase another, I found that it has been discontinued.
I made the mistake of assuming that the Clip Sport was the same basic player in a more rugged case. I was mistaken. It is very different in its operation and features. The first one I bought quit after two uses (about one hour of actual use). Besides regular freezes, requiring reformatting, It had problems with battery life, and a volume control with a mind of its own which would toggle to minimum volume without being touched. Best Buy replaced the lemon and the replacement worked fine. The reason I will not recommend the Clip Sport is that it is difficult, if not impossible to organize and view your music. It took over an hour with Sandisc support for the technician to walk me through the process of creating and loading a playlist to the player using a windows pc and windows media player. It needs something called an M3U playlist. The number of steps involved is ludicrous. What formerly involved creating a playlist with Windows Media Player and dragging it to the Clip Zip, now involves creating a folder, adding songs, saving as M3U, transferring to media player and synching to the Clip Sport. Really? Adding album art is another debacle. It used to be automatic with the Clip Zip, but now the user needs to manually add album art. Fine if you have one or two albums, but wait, this is an 8 gig player. Thousands of songs, hundreds of albums and no visual identifiers unless you have countless hours to add them manually. When playing music, each time you select an artist or album, the default (first) option is "shuffle". I guess if you do not care about the order of your selections that will suffice, but it is certainly not my preference, yet I cannot avoid the shuffle feature. If I have 8 gigs of music with over a thousand songs on the player, I need an easier way to organize and select my listening choices. I am sure, by now, you sense the frustration with this player. The player is not user friendly.
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Met all my needs
Posted by: RoseGirl from: on
I was looking to replace my Ipod Touch (3rd gen) because it was doing weird things on playback, so went looking to see what options were available. The package says it will play music, FM radio, audiobooks, function as a stopwatch, has a micro SD slot, has AAC for DRM-free ITunes compatibility and has a 25 hour battery life.
I wanted something that would easily download music using drag and drop, something with an FM radio (in case of a hurricane and internet not available), and something with an SD slot. Since this one was cheaper than the Samsung model, I went with it. The more I use it, the more I like it.
I find the battery life very good. Also, it was super easy to load my music on. A bonus I wasn't expecting is that when I plugged it in to the USB of my vehicle, it displays the song titles, artists, etc. just as my Ipod did. Also when I go on bicycle rides or walking, the clip feature allows me to easily attach it to my shirt and listen to music or an FM station if I have pants without pockets.
I am very satisfied with this product.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Avoid at all costs
Posted by: gainesvillegirl from: Florida on
I loved my previous Sandisk MP3 player before it was dropped in my morning tea (opps!). I expected to love the sport but I am ready to throw it out the window. I mostly listen to books but the sport will not load the chapters in order so you start the listening to chapter 8, then 2, then 5. It also in the middle of a song or chapter it just randomly skips to another song or chapter for no reason. The company "is aware" of the problem but has not solution.
16 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BREN from: on
I REALLY LIKE MY MP3 PLAYER. I LIKE THE FACT THAT I CAN PUT 2,000 songs ON MY PLAYER AND LISTEN TO IT ALL NIGHT. I THINK THAT IS GREAT.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Aries from: on
This is a very easy to use MP3 player. User interface is very simple. I bought this to get me through until I get a phone with more memory. However I like it so much that I'll keep it even past that point. The clip it comes with is nice. Very light and easy to forget you have it on. The buttons work nicely and how you would expect (up is up, down is down, and so on). I never use the timer. The radio works pretty well for what it is, I tested the radio out in the middle of nowhere and got all my stations in and a couple were only a little fuzzy. In town radio should work fine. Accessing the SD card is simple although many file types, it seems, are not supported. Pictures, for instance, cannot be viewed in jpg. Most documents cannot be opened. The audible books is a nice touch, though I haven't tested that. Internal/External memory cannot be merged, so the two music sources remain separate from each other and you manually switch back and forth. Deleting songs directly from the player as you listen is a nice touch. Select song, song starts playing, hit down, then select delete, then select yes. Slight delay while deleting, as expected, then automatically takes you to the next song.The music will stop if you try multitasking on it. Using timer, or trying to view folder files on the card and so on. No cover for the SD card slot. This has got the shuffle feature which is great. You copy and paste music from your computer to the player. Big bonus there. Charging takes a couple hours, but I can get a couple off one charge easy. I didn't try the earbuds that came with it, I used my Skull Candies, and the sound quality of the music is amazing for this little thing. It uses a universal charging cable, another huge bonus. One less cable to keep around since it works with my phone's cable. You can customize and shut off features you dont want to use. I shut off the timer and folder because I never use them. So as I scroll through my options, I only see Settings, Music, Radio, and Books. Those can be turned back on at anytime in Settings, under Customize and pushing the Right button to toggle on or off. To avoid any issues with having to switch back and forth between internal/external memory (if you only have a few gigs of music like me) just spend the extra few bucks and get the 8gb. I managed to catch a sale and saved $13. All in all, with the very minor issues, that are really more a minor annoyance, this is a good player for anyone who's looking to save a few bucks and doesn't mind not being to multitask or view pictures and documents, and I would buy it again.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great MP3 Player
Posted by: Anita from: Elmore, AL on
I loved this MP3 player. I have never had one before and I cannot get over the number of songs I was able to load onto it. I love all the options available and the fact that is so tiny you can clip it to your pocket or your shirt collar.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: RIC1 from: on
superior FM reception compared to my other carry / work portable radios the SanDisk's size , weight & battery life is incredible. I used I-Tunes as my music download source. A little tricky at first but follow the instructions for (windows) and after a couple of tries it went really well . Have only had it a week but so far it is great . P.S. when radio is on watch out for that pause (mute ) button when clipping on the player.