Sansa View, solidity first

Another portable video player, or maybe the herald of a completely new quality? We are one of the first in Poland to check out the Sansa View.

In Poland Sandisk is not associated with portable players, meanwhile, for example in the United States Sandisk is doing really well in this segment. The new player from this company – Sansa View – has just hit the Polish market. Can we expect something revolutionary?

In the box you’ll find the player, headphones (of standard, not bad quality found in sets with players), a special cable for data transfer and a CD with instructions (the drivers have to be downloaded, which is a little strange).

How does the player look like? The number of buttons has been kept to a minimum – the main method of navigation will be a dial that looks a bit like a Click Wheel with an approval option in the middle. On the right, in the corner, you’ll find a back button. On the left side of the case, we will find a slider to turn on/lock the player. On the right side we will find a microSD/microSDHC card slot. On the bottom we find a port for data exchange and a headphone input. That’s it. Let’s turn on the player.

The menu does not make a good impression – it is very ascetic and uninteresting. We have access to the standard options (Video, Music, Photos, and Settings). We navigate through them using the rotary knob – navigation is not a problem.

The View has a 2.4″ TFT display with a resolution of 320 by 240. We will quickly see that the matrix is really good, and the effective viewing angle calmly allows watching videos by two people. The player reads MPEG4, WMV and H.264 formats and (with the help of Sansa Media Converter software, which we have to download) DivX. Sansa View will allow you to play back footage at 30 frames per second.

There are no problems with converting files – they look really good on the player, the device has no problems with decoding videos. Since the View uses flash memory, videos load very quickly. We can also easily manage our video library.

We cannot have any objections to the handling of photos. View allows you to view photos in JPEG format with a resolution of up to 16 megapixels. Very good quality of flash memory makes that there is no slippage in reading subsequent photos. Something that is a common problem in other players.

Above the standard multimedia the player can offer us a very good quality voice recorder and FM radio. And that is all. So, there are no major surprises and innovations – solid, craftsmanship.

Summary

The View will allow you to listen to music for about 30 to 35 hours (depending on the conversion level) and about 4 to 7 hours of video viewing. This is a good result. The flash memory itself also performs very well. There are three versions on the market – with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB memory. Sandisk – after all, the tycoon of this market – represents the top shelf in the flash memory market, hence the practically zero problems when reading information from the disk.

How does the View perform? This is a solid, craftsmanlike player. It does not surprise with its design or features, but it is very practical and functional. It is a bit like the ThikPad notebook series from Lenovo. If you are looking for a good player, not a lifestyle device, you could hardly do better. The rest of us have to look elsewhere.

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