SanDisk, the inventor and world’s largest supplier of flash storage cards, unveiled the new SanDisk Sansa slotRadio player and companion line of slotRadio music cards designed especially for the casual music consumer. The SanDisk Sansa slotRadio music player is a small, stylish, portable music device that comes bundled with a slotRadio card preloaded with 1,000 songs handpicked from the Billboard charts, and professionally arranged into a variety of genre-themed playlists. The SanDisk player comes bundled with a slotRadio mix card containing 1,000 songs. It features a variety of playlists from Billboard’s charts, including rock, contemporary, country, and others organized into themes.
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is a media player with a 1.9 inch screen, a microSD memory slot and, according to the specifications, the Sansa Fuze offers the longest battery-life ever of the entire Sansa series. According to SanDisk, the Sansa Fuze plays 24 hours non-stop music without having to recharge the battery. The microSD flash memory card slot enables enhancing the memory to a maximum of 16GB. The SanDisk Sansa music player series was launched into the market in one sudden blow, and the Sansa Fuze is already the next gem in this great line of music players. The SanDisk Sansa Fuze supposedly features an improved interface compared to its predecessor, the Sansa View, as well as an improved operating system to get this MP3 player ready to battle the third Apple iPod Nano generation.
Creative Labs Europe, founded in 1993, is famous for its Zen media players and its excellent sound Technologies. Creative keeps on surprising; again with the new Zen X-Fi, the first media player with integrated X-Fi technologies. According to Creative, listening to music on the Zen X-Fi becomes a genuine experience. Whether that is true will become clear from the test. And as if X-Fi isn’t already enough, also Wi-Fi is available on the Zen. From the moment the Zen X-Fi was placed in the market, it already won several Awards.
The LG Touch T80 was designed by the same designer that designed the Prada cell phones. Although the LG T80 looks slightly better than previous portable media players of the LG stable, the design still remains somewhat on the boring side. The front has a shiny coating with few buttons. One side contains the on/off/pause slide bar, the top side carries a 3mm head jack connection, and the large 3 inch WQVGA (400 x 240) Touch Screen TFT color LCD takes care of the remaining operation possibilities. With its dimensions of 3.87 x 2.18 x 0.5 inches the T80 closely resembles the Apple iPhone, however; the LG T80's weight is a lot less. What makes this LG so special is the DVB-T support that allows you to watch television, providing there is a signal close by.
The 4GB model of the SanDisk Sansa Clip is available in silver. Its dimensions of 55 x 34 x 17 mm (without clip) make the Sansa Clip about equal in size to the Creative Zen Stone and the Apple iPod Shuffle. The monitor of the Sansa Clip is at the top and is placed under some sort of mirror layer that covers the entire front of the MP3 player. The dual coloured OLED monitor is bright, and is easy to be viewed in virtually every light environment except direct sunlight. Its design is nicely curved and the scratchproof plastic gives it a durable feel, although the MP3 player itself feels light weighted and vulnerable.
With a mere 6mm of depth, the fourth generation Apple iPod nano is extremely flat with a streamlined, oblong design and dimensions of 90 mm x 38 mm and a weight of 36 grams. Half of the front is covered by the 2 inch liquid crystal monitor featuring a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The other half carries the click-wheel, so very familiar for the iPod. This generation iPod nanos is available in several bright colors among which blue, green, yellow, red and purple. You can choose from the 8GB version and the 16GB flash memory version. This capacity suffices for approximately 2000 music songs for the 8GB version and 4000 music songs for the 16GB version. In the box you will find: the iPod nano, headset, USB 2.0 data cable, dock adapter and a 'Quick start' guide.
Even at first sight, the SanDisk Sansa View looks sleek and neat; the device fits perfectly in my hand and has an expensive businesslike appearance. The SanDisk View is available in black. The front has a shiny coating and the back a rubber finishing touch. The thing that struck me straight away is the fact that the Sansa View has very few buttons, which looks good and functions perfectly. With dimensions of 8 mm x 4 mm x 1 mm the View is not the smallest of devices, yet in combination with its weight of approximately 80 grams, it is a solid MP3 player. The model I tested is equipped with 8GB flash memory and can hold approximately 2000 songs. There are various models available besides this one; with 16GB and 32GB. Moreover, the Sansa View features a microSD slot to enable an additional storage space of 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or even 8GB.
Bang & Olufsen, the Danish manufacturer of high end audio and video products, presents the new BeoSound 6 mp3 player at the 2008 CES in Las Vegas. BeoSound 6 achieved an Innovations Honoree award this year in the Personal Electronics category. Constructed of robust, durable, materials, BeoSound 6 delivers quality craftsmanship, clear CD sound quality due to its high performance on signal-to-noise playback, and up to 40 hours of battery life, making it the standout option among other mp3 players on the market. BeoSound 6 allows user-friendly simple operation and navigation of music files and comes complete with an exclusive leather carrying case and travel charger as well as the highly acclaimed A8 Earphones.