The SanDisk Sansa c150 is a small music player aimed at the budget market. With 2GB of storage, a colour screen and support for viewing photos, it offers reasonable value for money.
- Colour screen, 2GB storage
- Non-standard USB connection, screen too small, lack of customization options
Although this is a small and cheap player, SanDisk has sacrificed advanced customization options to compete at this price.
Price$ 239.00 (AUD)
Compact with a black and silver finish, the c150 is slightly larger than a USB flash drive, and this is because of the AAA battery compartment at the back. Weighing a tiny 46 grams with battery, the c150 sports a colour screen and easy to use control set, but the player itself doesn't feel solidly constructed.
The 1.21" CSTN colour screen does make a difference to this unit, especially when compared with the We quite liked the controls on the The Music options on this player allow you to adjust the basic equalizer, determine tracks to play by Album, Genre or Artist and set playlist options such as Shuffle or Repeat. Like the When tracks are playing, the only information displayed on the screen is the artist name, track name, track time and battery life. This display is rather lacking detail compared to other players and is missing information such as the encoding, format, equalizer options and other more advanced settings. We were also disappointed that apart from setting the backlight and contrast, the display can't be customized in any way.
The FM radio settings are fairly standard on the c150, with the option of saving up to 20 presets. We had no issues either picking up or saving stations. You can also record FM radio, but these recordings are of very low quality and once again, we could find any customization options to change this. Voice Recording had similar issues - files are recorded into very low quality WAV files and there was no way to change this. Given the amount of storage space available on this player, support for higher quality recordings should not have been a problem.
Using the c150, you can also view photos, although we think the screen is too small to do this practically. Although the manual states that you have to convert image files using the SanDisk Media Converter software, we were able to simply drag and drop photos and these worked without any hassles. You can also view a slideshow on the c150 and set the duration that each photo is displayed.
Where this player really fell down for us was in connectivity. Firstly, we don't think music players that require cables to connect to a PC are very convenient all, as you have to carry a cable around with you. Secondly, while the Like the Lastly, while the Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the PC World newsletter.
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