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Engadget Review

The Sansa Fuze+ is inexpensive and feature-packed, but hampered by slow performance and a finicky touchscreen that will have you wishing for some actual buttons.

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90
Rinzler
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
mbirth
I bought this player mostly because I could run RockBox (rockbox.org) on it....read more
80
sockapoke
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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90
Rinzler
08.26.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
mbirth
06.21.12
I bought this player mostly because I could run RockBox (rockbox.org) on it. RockBox gives various new features, skinnable interface, Last.fm support, Games, Apps, and much much more. The UI is very easy and you can control it without having to look at it like with the newer touch based controls. Audio quality is great and battery life is also very long. The support for OGG (and FLAC) files is welcomed, because I have one or another album encoded in it. All in all a great choice!
 
80
sockapoke
01.07.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
jeffimix
01.15.11
The Sansa Fuze is a great audio player both for audiophiles and for those who are looking for a casual player. The codec support is practically hard to beat for audio. There are some features relatively unique to this player. The Fuze features expandable storage, unlike its "i" brethren. The navigation wheel will actually spin with a very nice feel. The player also has a FM radio and a microphone for voice recording, so it's not a bad choice if you are still using a micro-cassette recorder either or NPR lover. The charging cable is USB at one end, and a proprietary connector at the other. The navigation wheel on it is complemented by both a center and external button, adding a bit of complexity to navigation compared to an "i" device. Sansa did use it to add a few features but could have done without. That said, I suspect it may have been added simply to avoid infringing copy rights. Video playbackis not at its prime here, the Fuze has a small, low resolution screen which is very glossy. I would not recommend this as a mobile video player. That said, it could not be as small as it is nor as inexpensive if it had a bigger screen. Software on the player is great. Aside from regular audio playback it also has separate areas for podcasts and audio books. Make certain to get the latest firmware update, as it includes some notable improvements like acceleration in the menu scrolling. I believe it may support alternative firmwares such as rockbox as well, but there is really no need to bother. Overall, this is a great little MP3 player. It's easy to recommend this against Apple's low end product as it is much less expensive and far more capable.
 
90
Ryudo
01.09.11
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
dazzuk
12.28.10
I only replaced this because I lost it! Only problem I had was occasional freezes and/or loss of place with Audible books. Never solved whether this was down to player or Audible, but I think it was the player. I would certainly buy another, but in the meantime my girlfriend has bought me a Sansa Clip.
 
80
ecanuriag
10.19.10
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
edora
09.14.10
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
Wotan
01.10.10
FLAC and OGG support are rare, and this little player does them perfectly. Easy to control while in your pocket -- unlike the iPods. I find I like the FUZE's scrollwheel even better than my old iPod Nano 2nd Gen, which surprised me. It also does a great job with Podcasts, which I listen to a lot of. Syncs great using MediaMonkey, which is far more capable and configurable than iTunes, unless you're into video on these tiny devices -- which I'm not. If something happened to it, I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. Many accessories are available for the FUZE. Look for them on Amazon, which is also where I bought my FUZE. I've got a fist-sized charging dock which also has a LINE OUT which I connect to my iHome iPod player. Now that my iPod Nano died after falling in a pool, I can still use the iHome when I want big sound.
 
100
zaphodbblx
10.07.09
Unlike the ipod classic the Fuze 1)works with linux 2)has GREAT battery life -more than 10 hours continious use with 1/2 the charge to spare 3)supports OGG sound quality is good,video playback is a bit sluggish and not quite in sync with soundtrack,but still quite watchable. everything (except audible.aac playback) just works right out of the box without any tom-foolery. although you need to download an aplication to convert videos to sansa fuze avi format(for some reason standard .avi won't work) in my opinion this is a much better poduct than the 6th gen ipod and at a fraction of the price

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