Description: Sandisk Sansa Clip Plus 4GB Flash MP3 Player SDMX18R-004GR-A57 MP3 Players
★★★★12840 real customer reviews average rating: 3.8 stars (scroll to see all)
4 Stars By S. Rysdyk on 2009-09-18 The Clip+ does everything it needs to, and nothing it doesn't. I owned the first generation clip, and the new 8gb clip+ retains everything that was great about the first while adding all around refinements.
Pros: - Overall build quality has improved, but especially with the clip mechanism. - Files on MicroSD integrate seemlessly with the on board memory. - The volume and power buttons have more ergonomic placement on the device. - Sound quality remains great. - Audiobook files can be sped up slightly to save some "reading" time. - The interface is a little smoother and nicer to move through. - The square trackpad makes it easier to navigate without looking at the player. (good for runners)
Cons: - No cap on the MicroSD slot, so that could potentially get dirty.
If you don't need gimmicks such as touch screens and web browsers, then this player is quite possibly the best on the market for value, size, and quality. The Clip+ is definitely worth the few extra bucks over what the first gen clip is selling for now.
UPDATE: Having used the product for a while the one thing I'm disappointed with is battery life. The meter drains down to 50% at the expected pace, and then goes from 50% to 0 quite fast. I haven't timed it but i'm sure the battery life (using all default settings) is quite less than the advertised 14-15 hours.
5 Stars By GUSTRON3000 on 2009-09-09 Great upgrade to an already great budget player If all you are looking for is a great sounding, small, cheap mp3 player with a display and expandability options, then the clip + is your best choice. This is very similar to the old clip with the following major differences:
- two minor button placement changes (improvement) - UI is a bit smoother (menus scroll now) - volume normalizing/gain - micro-SD slot for up to 16 added gigs (which is huge) - a little thicker, probably due to SD support - clip is no longer removable (depending on your preference, this is a good or bad thing-guess you could just rip it off and file it down if you wanted to)
As always, it sounds great and blows away the iPod Shuffle in terms of value. So light and small--great for the gym. If you need your mp3 player to play games, surf the internet or serve double purpose as a grocery list, then this isn't for you, but if you're on a budget or just need something that plays music and does so well, this is the one.
5 Stars By P Willco on 2016-11-29 It's a great little player (with Rockbox installed), but be wary of high prices. I have two Sansa Clip+ players and a Clip Zip. I used to have a second Clip Zip, but it got fried from a bad usb port (very rare thing). They all have Rockbox installed, which I think is the best for these players, as it vastly improves the functionality, despite being a bit more complicated. But Rockbox of course is optional and may not be worth the hassle for most.
Anyway, the players are great, I've used them a few years now, but now that they are discontinued, I would not recommend purchasing at the latest prices. Even though I love these things, it's still a cheap chinese plastic player. A few years ago there were not many options for Sansa Clip-like players, but there are more options in 2016-17. If I was going to spend a hundred bucks, I would look at players by Fiio, for example. Sansa players are great because they are usually only around thirty or forty bucks, so if one gets fried, or lost, it's not a big deal.
That said, if you've used the clip+ in the past and love them, then it could be worth it. I paid almost seventy for the last one I bought, but only because I already had experience with them. I won't be buying anymore unless they bring it back.
4 Stars By Ali Julia on 2011-09-11 Review with AUDIO BOOK listening interest in particular / solution to technical issues within I use Sansa Clip MP3 player for listening to audio books, lectures and pod casts. A couple of months ago I purchased a Visual Land V-Clip Pro 4 GB MP3 Player with Speaker (Black)player that would not remember where the listening stopped when you turned on the player the next time. This meant I manually had to spin from the tracks trying to find where to continue, that was a show stopper for me.
After that experience I was doing research before buying the Sansa Clip I had trouble finding the information that is specific to audio book listening audience. I was grateful to the reviewers who answered my comment questions regarding remembering the previous location while listening to audio books.
1) Sansa clip has the most important feature for audio book listening audience. It remembers where you left when you last listened to the MP3 player. But there is more! Sansa clip a mode specifically designed for audio books. In this mode the display shows the chapter and specific tracks you are on, so it is easy to navigate or repeat portions as needed. It also has a special mode "Chapter on" which allows you to skip from chapter to chapter (rather than track to track) when you press the forward/back navigation control. Chapter mode is off by default.
2) Sansa is sized 1 1/4"W x 2"H x 5/8"D. The screen is 1"W x 1/4"H. Despite the small screen the font is bold and crisp (see attached photo of the screen display) and I can read it even with my presbyopic eyes without the glasses. This was a nice surprise since I could not do it with the previous two MP3 players I owned.
3) The navigation controls are extremely well designed, they are intuitive and easy to use. In combination with the easy to read screen this MP3 player is a pleasure to use. Much better than the iIriver and Visual Land, the two previous MP3 players I have had.
4) The volume control is on the side, and it is very easy to control the volume without looking at the MP3 while you walk. I like the control on the side better than the control integrated into the joystick as was the case with my other units.
5) Quick start Guide that comes in the package is of very limited use, however the full manual available on the Sandisk web site very good. I recommend saving a copy of the manual on your local hard disk. This is based on experience with my first MP3 player, which I had for years and when I needed a manual years down the road to sole a problem I could no longer find it on the manufacturer's web site.
I DID NOT LIKE:
1) USB cable that came with the unit is 7 inches long (including plugs on both ends). It did not work conveniently on my work space, and I had to use a regular length USB cable purchased separately.
2) Sansa stops after each chapter. I have to manually jump to the next chapter to continue. This happens both with chapter mode on and off. Screen navigation is easy, but I would have preferred no stops. Not a show stopper... but if someone knows how to change this options, please post a comment with a solution. I would appreciate it!
3) The blister pack was very hard to open, I had to make 4 cuts to get all the pieces out. I don't recall anything that has been that hard to open in several years. Be careful, it is easy to cut yourself!
4) This MP3 player has built-in rechargeable battery and it is not replaceable. To battery is recharged by plugging in MP3 player into the USB port. This means you have to plan ahead and recharge the player when not in use. I prefer the players that have removable batteries for convenience and longevity.
I also want to share one, somewhat embarrassing, tip based on my experience. When I got the player, I could not figure out how to get past the first screen - an animation showing the earphones and the word Music. Turns out it has a very tightly affixed plastic cover over the screen, and the animation was really the changing screen lightening portions of the sticker from below.
Overall, a terrific MP3 player and I am very pleased with it.
As I was considering this Clip+ MP3 player, the next version of this MP3 player Sansa Clip Zip just became available. After reading its manual on-line I was concerned about the lack of references to audio books and decided to purchase the older version of the product. At the time I made the purchase Clip Zip had no reviews, and now there are reviews that mentions a problem with audio book support.
Sansa Clip+ plays the MP3 files in the order of the MP3 tags. If the tags are not in the right order it will play audiobooks out of sequence. If the order of the tags is not correct for some reason ordering tags is pretty easy. There are a number of free utilities that allow you to rename tracks automatically so you don't need to do it manually. I used utilities on both for Windows and Linux. My favorite is Linux "Easy tag" it does ordering for you with a single click for all selected files. I find Windows utilities by Googling for them, and I found Linux utilities by searching the Linux distribution. Search for "ordering MP3 tags".
I ran into several technical issues. Forums are full of users experiencing similar issues so I wanted to post my solutions here.
1) There are a number of known issues with the firmware shipping with Clip, most notably freezing of the unit on one of the screens. I was able to unfreeze it by doing a reset (holding down the down button for 20 seconds). The recommended solution to the freezing problem is to upgrade firmware. However, the firmware upgrade application reported that it could not detect a Clip device attached to my system (it was). Turned out what it was missing is Windows Media Player version 10 or higher.
2) I lost 1.6 gigs out of 4 gig Clip in the fist month of use. I was able to reclaim lost space by reformatting the Clip. This can be accomplished by doing format from the device MENU / SETTINGS / FORMAT. I read the forums and noted that some people tried formatting using Windows and ran into issues. When you format you will loose all content stored on the Clip. To preserve the content you can copy it back to the PC, format, and then copy it back to the Clip. I copy files my just dragging them to/from folders.
3) Several times my Clip turn off in the middle of playing and became unresponsive. I could not turn it on by pressing the on button or by recharging it. I thought it was completely dead. However, this was a crash not a death of the unit. I found that the solution to this problem is to "reboot" the unit, which is accomplished by pushing on the button on side (normally it controls volume) and power button at the same time and holding them down for about a minute. When you release the button, Sansa will reboot and start again.
Finding all the solutions to all problems took many hours. I have not received response from support yet. Some people in forums reported waiting for many weeks. Forums, FAQs and perseverance were helpful in finding the solutions. I am down grading the rating to 4 stars.
Ali Julia review
Updated 6/3/2013 to answer a question I received regarding warranty period: You can find warranty periods for all Sansa products on their web site. Under Support, then Warranty, and then Warranty Period link.
5 Stars By Lady Carpenter on 2013-01-21 Well Made MP3 Player I ordered this from 2DayDeliver almost a year ago & am very pleased. I've run it over 12 hours, (accidentally), before charging, but don't like to let it go that long. I've never had a single issue with it. It's been dropped several times, & still works wonderfully. Very easy to use. There's so much built into this itty bitty thing. It has a radio with presets, and also a voice recorder, which is very simple to use & picks up from a surprisingly far distance. I'd recommend different headphones.I have several earbuds, but always go back to my Panasonic RPHJE120V earbuds, really great sounding & here on 2DayDeliver for $6.85 right now. Bottom line - I couldn't be happier with it. Panasonic RPHJE120V In-Ear Headphone, Violet
5 Stars By janalv on 2014-11-25 I researched a lot of MP3 players and decided on this one since it had so many good reviews. I opened it up and tested it ... I purchased this as a Christmas gift. I researched a lot of MP3 players and decided on this one since it had so many good reviews. I opened it up and tested it out to make sure it worked when I received it. It was defective or so I thought. I could not get sound out of the earbuds. I even tried a different set of earbuds and same thing. I only got sound sporadically. I thought the earbud jack was loose. I contacted 2DayDeliver and they immediately shipped me a replacement. When the replacement came it was the same way, so I figured it must be something I was doing wrong. I looked at the reviews closer to see if anyone else had had the same problem. I discovered that there was. I found a link to SanDisk's web page with pictures showing that I was not pushing the plug into the jack fully. I thought it was in all the way, but it was not. The metal prong should be all the way into to player and not showing. You have to push hard but it will go all the way in and when it does you will hear a click. No problems with the sound if it is inserted all the way in as it should be. The player is small but it has a clip on the back to clip on you. I liked the fact that it is expandable with a micro sd card slot.
4 Stars By Jordan on 2016-07-15 Great little MP3 player! I bought this little guy for my husband to take on deployment with him, because he wanted something that was small (check) could clip onto his shirt (check) had a screen (check) This really is a great little MP3 player. Its nice that it accepts MicroSDs, so even if you fill up a 32gb (the highest size that it takes), you can load more music onto subsequent cards and insert them as you wish. A little bit of a hassle, but moreso to actually keep up with those tiny buggers. As this already has 12k+ reviews, I wont go into excruciating detail...it works great, the battery life isn't bad at all, and it has a very simple interface that isn't overly flashy. If you want an iPhone, get an iPhone. If you want something that just plays music, is lightweight, and doesn't get in the way, get this.
5 Stars By compsolve on 2011-02-10 Notes on Clip+ not turning on/responding The sound quality is very good, and as evidenced on the web that people use $500 earbuds with this player.
It's an excellent product despite some issues:
This player sometimes does experience "sudden death" (not turning on/responding) when absolutely nothing appears to revive it.
Previously, I bought a clip+ from BB. In less than a week, it just stopped playing and turned itself off in the middle of a song. There was nothing that I could do to turn it back on. After reading many similar experiences on the web and thinking it was defective, I returned it back to BB.
I knew the battery was fully charged, and the wma file had been played successfully on the clip+ several times before. So it's not a corrupted song file that caused the player to "crash." Even so, it should "reboot" when the device was reset.
All signs pointed to the battery that might have been internally dislodged although it's new and has never been dropped or abused.
However after seeing some clip+ disassembled pictures on the Internet, it seems that a new clip+ that hasn't been abused, the chance of "real" hardware failure is probably remote. The abundance of refurbished clip+ for sale on the web supports this thought. The death of clip+ was thus mostly likely due to quirky firmware issues.
Try the following steps if the clip+ does not response, the first two from Sandisk clip+ manual/forums:
1. Press and hold the on/off button for 20 sec to reset,
2. Press and hold the Select (center) button while connecting the device to the PC forcing it into MSC mode. Leave it connected for approximately 2 to 3 hours to "charge,"
3. If neither step 1 or 2 works, disconnect clip+ from charging device and let it "discharge" for 2 to 3 days or more to simulate a "true" on/off or "cold" reset/reboot.
To minimize the firmware related problems, steps below may help:
1. Put clip+ in MSC mode (Settings | System Settings | USB Mode | MSC).
2. Use built-in memory only for original Sandisk stock files (a 2G clip will suffice), and store music files only on the external card. A 4G or 8G Class 4 microSDHC is quite inexpensive (faster card is not needed).
That's internal storage used only for "boot" and the external only for "data." Although the Sansa firmware supposedly runs entirely from flash memory and unlike Rockbox that resides on your drive.
During troubleshoot, the external card can be removed so the firmware can be up in a simpler environment (as in Windows/browser "safe" mode). However, the microSDHC card may be "locked" and cannot be removed if clip+ is not power on (a sophisticated design feature).
3. If the device will not be used for a long time, the battery should be fully charged. Otherwise charge (<35%) the device as needed. During charging, the computer cannot be suddenly put in sleep mode. Lithium polymer battery charges 70% in 1/3 of total charge time.
Power indicator icon sometimes can be deceiving, perhaps due to arithmetic rounding. Use (Settings | System Settings | Info | Power).
4. Proper tagging is both useful and file integrity. mp3tag is excellent.
5. Press Home button "twice" returns back to the display where the Music was playing/left off (as in Power Saver timed out).
Hope that helps with clip+ not turning on/responding problem.
5 Stars By Dean Family on 2015-08-19 Works Like A Charm for Music in the Car -- Why'd they Stop Making This??? Hey, great little music player! Why did they stop making it??? Probably because so many people are using their smartphone or i-Whatever to play music. Not us! We want a dedicated music player to take into our vehicles, and this is it. We have 2 x vehicles made before mini-stereo-jacks were standard in most car radios, so we had no way to plug-and-play our MP3 tracks in our vehicles. We have CD players in both, but that gets old -- having to haul them around. Plus, the songs don't shuffle. SO we bought a couple of FM tuners that the SanDisk Clip plugs into, and that solved the problem. I put a velcro dot on the back and attached it in a convenient spot on each dashboard.
So far, I've dumped about 2,000 songs in this tiny device, and it's working great! I just got the SanDisk Ultra 32 gig Ultra card, and I can't imagine that I'll ever run out of playlists or songs.
Too bad they stopped making this!
Having fun with it -- recommended!
3 Stars By MomNMore on 2013-05-24 My third one I know it seems weird to only give this three stars when it's my third Sansa, but the only reason I keep buying them is because they work best and easiest with Overdrive Media Console as compared to other MP3 players. In the Sansa you can pick up where you left off as soon as you turn the player on which seems to be an issue with other players and the thing has tremendous sound with a pretty decent little equalizer. The price is right and it is immediately recognized on any computer into which you plug it...no set up, no nothing. On the downside, they are hinky and frequently become temperamental for no apparent reason and under varying conditions, so it's impossible to pinpoint a specific action that the Sansa finds annoying, but when it does get annoyed it freezes, or loses files, or renames them with numbers, or places them in odd locations. Sometimes a file will show on the player, but not on the MicroSD; sometimes you'll get random "renew your subscription" messages when you have deactivated your subscription to Rhapsody; sometimes you just don't know what will happen. The biggest issue of all is the failure of the AUX port where you plug in either your headphones or the AUX cable for use in the car or with speakers...the port's connection becomes loose and then you get mono- instead of stereo.
Sansa actually downgraded features from the original Clip...the clip is no longer replaceable so once it's broken, it stays broken. The old one used to have a slide-in replacement piece so if it broke you could get a part and fix it, and frankly, since the Clip part is the most salient and useful feature, once it's broken, it's much less convenient to use this player unless you stick it in your pocket or buy an armband.
I now have three. The first was only 2GB, so I needed a new one. The second one has the MicroSD slot, but has the random renaming issue (it matters whether you use MSC or MTP as your USB mode ) and the clip broke and the AUX port is loose and crackles, the third one is exactly like the second one, but I'll be more careful with the clip this time.