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SanDisk Sansa e280 media player

£112 inc VAT (8GB version)

Manufacturer: SanDisk

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

We had a look at the SanDisk Sansa e280's sibling, the Sansa e260, several months ago (click here for Sansa e260 review). The SanDisk Sansa e280, an 8GB version, is another player that, despite its obvious imitation of Apple's iPod nano, may struggle to convert Apple iPod fans.


While the SanDisk Sansa e280's buttons can be confusing, the icon-driven interface is simple to use and the music library settings are pretty standard. It's easy to manage playlists and track ratings from the SanDisk Sansa e280, although playlists are deleted at shutdown, and we appreciated having a choice of music playback options during slideshows.

Best held in the right hand, the SanDisk Sansa e280 is comfortable to use, swapping the sleekness of the iPod nano for sturdiness. It's almost twice as heavy and thick as the iPod nano, but needs no mothering. It comes with a similar pouch to the nano's, allowing the SanDisk Sansa e280 to easily slip into a pocket, while the earphones are more than acceptable.

If value is a priority, the SanDisk Sansa e280 more than delivers.

SanDisk Sansa e280 Expert Verdict »

8GB digital audio player
supports WMA, MP3, AVI, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg, MPE, VOB (unprotected), Mpeg4 in AVI format, DAT, ASF, QuickTime MOV, Jpeg, Tiff, PNG, BMP, GIF, album art, PlayForSure
1.8in (220x176) TFT display
built-in microphone
lithium-ion rechargeable (replaceable) battery, quoted life 20 hours, actual 22 hours
microSD expansion slot
package includes travel pouch, lanyard, earphones, USB cable
Sansa Media Converter
mass storage device
44x89x13mm
75g PC system requirements: Windows XP with Windows Media Player 10.0/11.0
CD-ROM drive
USB 2.0
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The SanDisk Sansa e280 does many things well and, despite some gripes, we were impressed. But if the SanDisk Sansa e280 is to compete with iPod nano it needs a few design tweaks.

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