SanDisk’s Sansa Fuze may look like the iPod Nano, but this flash-based MP3 player packs in more functionality.

The SanDisk Sansa Fuze makes a great first impression. At 50x7x78mm, it fits nicely in your hand. I tested a sleek black 4GB model; at E99 (£77), it’s about £20 cheaper than the same-capacity Nano. (The Fuze also comes in 2GB and 8GB versions, priced at E79 and E129, respectively.)

The SanDisk Sansa Fuze's robust feature list includes support for subscription services such as eMusic, Napster, and Rhapsody To Go. The player also has an FM tuner with 40 presets, a voice recorder and microSD expandability.

The SanDisk Sansa Fuze performed very well in our lab tests of its audio quality, with sound comparable to that of the Nano and the iPod Touch, two of the best-performing flash players we’ve tested.

Video playback isn’t as impressive, though: the SanDisk Sansa Fuze's screen has a 220x176 resolution, and it isn’t as crisp as the Nano’s 2in, 320x240 display. You also must convert all video files to a proprietary format using SanDisk’s bundled software.

SanDisk's Sansa Fuze will be available in the UK later this month, in black only.

SanDisk Sansa Fuze 4GB: Specs

  • 4GB Flash-based MP3 player (also available in 2 and 8GB)
  • 1.9in display
  • MP3, WAV, WMA
  • Mpeg4
  • Jpeg
  • voice recording
  • radio
  • USB 2.0
  • up to 12 hours video, 1,000 songs or 2,000 images
  • claimed battery life 21 hours (audio)
  • 50x7x78mm
  • 4GB Flash-based MP3 player (also available in 2 and 8GB)
  • 1.9in display
  • MP3, WAV, WMA
  • Mpeg4
  • Jpeg
  • voice recording
  • radio
  • USB 2.0
  • up to 12 hours video, 1,000 songs or 2,000 images
  • claimed battery life 21 hours (audio)
  • 50x7x78mm

OUR VERDICT

The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is a worthy competitor to the Nano, and an even better choice if you’re looking for a player with expandable memory, an FM tuner and a lower price tag.

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