Sansa Express - My best MP3 player yet
Last year, I posted a detailed history of MP3 players I have owned. If you really care, you can click here.
Long story short, I have no need for mass storage devices like iPods anymore... a gig or so will do me just fine. So last year I ended up buying a cheap no-name flash drive/MP3 player.
It was pretty much exactly what I needed... direct USB hook up, drag and drop from any computer, anywhere in the world, and inexpensive due to the lack of frills.
I bought it for $45, on ebay, including shipping. It worked great, of course, until it broke a couple months ago.
So now I got the Sansa Express.
This is the very first name brand MP3 player that has everything I want. A 1 GB flash drive, drag and drop... you can sync it with Windows Media Player if you want, but I prefer drag and drop... Direct USB hook up.
It also has a slot for a 2 GB Micro SD card... I haven't used this yet, but it's a great idea. The cards cost like $20... I might eventually even get more than one card and keep different music on different cards.
It's essentially a first generation iPod Shuffle, with a screen, without dependenceon iTunes, with expandable memory, and for about $20 less than the Shuffle cost at the time.
I got it for $60 at Best Buy, and I went ahead and got the 2 year Best Buy warranty for 8 bucks... I usually don't do the extended warranty thing but for 8 bucks this one seemed worth it.
The thing is sleek (nice looking screen) sturdy and seemingly very well made, as one would expect with a Sansa. I doubt I'll ever need to cash in my 2 year warranty anyway.
Thank you, Sansa, for finally delivering exactly what I want in an MP3 player.