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This device has a significant flaw in the firmware - you can only have up to 1,000 files of EACH TYPE before the user interface stops working properly. So, for example, if I fill my device with just audio books, and there are more than 1,000 files, the device won't list all of the audiobooks. Despite reporting this to SanDisk, they are not making any progress in fixing it and certainly don't give any impression that they intend to.
To put this into context: I have 23 audiobooks, taking 10GB … but 1,639 files. The device won't list all of them and I haven't even filled it!
With 16GB of storage, it is WAY too easy to hit this user interface problem and it is really poor that SanDisk (a) haven't spotted it already and (b) fixed the firmware.
UPDATE 4 July 2020: In my initial review posted below, I was having nothing but trouble with my original MP3 player I purchased. I sent it back and requested a replacement. 6 months on with the replacement, it is working flawlessly - No problems whatsoever! Bluetooth works perfectly every time, the clip on the back hasn't broken and the device is easy to use.
I'm very happy with my replacement - it's changed my opinion of this device 180!
------------ Original Review 20th January 2020 ------------ As a veteran of Sandisks MP3 Players, I've previously owned the Clip Jam and Clip Sport and they were both very sturdy and very good players and lasted many, many years before being replaced. Sadly the newest generation, the Clip Sport Plus falls far short of my expectations.
Start with the plus side first: - Standard Clip Sport look-and-feel to it and colourful. - Lightweight, small and unobtrusive. - Waterproof, rugged and shockproof. Great for sports and outdoor activities. - Choice of Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack for listening with. - Easy to transfer MP3 files from PC to MP3 player. Just navigate with Explorer and you're done. No special software needed here!
Cons: - Marginally larger/ chunkier than the former Clip Sport. I recon this is due to it now being waterproof and more rugged for outdoor use. The connection ports have little covers to protect them from the elements. - Bluetooth! Bluetooth worked well the first few weeks, pairing to my earphones, car, phone flawlessly. Then suddenly it didn't want to know. Didn't want to connect. Tried resetting it, restart, updating firmware etc but to no avail. - The Clip on the back broke in the first week. My former Sandisk Sport and Jam both had clips, and both worked perfectly up until the end of their life and they were used on a very regular basis. - Buttons are harder to press. Recon this is due to the ruggedness and waterproof-ness of this new MP3 player. - Volume Restrictions. A lot of reviews complain about low volume. You can easily bypass this when you initially select your Region during setup. **DO NOT SELECT EUROPE!** Choose a different continent and you'll get full volume. The volume restriction is down to EU regulations, not SanDisk.
In summary, I'm genuinely disappointed with Sandisks latest offering of their Clip Sport Mp3 player. Initially it's a great little thing, but the BT stopped working which was the reason I bought this MP3 player in the first place, so I could play my music through my wireless earbuds.
Only after a mere 3 weeks, I've returned the MP3 player to Amazon for a replacement, and *touchwood* this new one might work better than the last one this time round. I'm willing to give Sandisk the benefit of the doubt but if this one also fails to work properly, it too will also go back for a refund and get a different brand of MP3 player all together.
So I have only had this for six weeks, possibly not even that many. I normally write quite extensive reviews on Amazon but I feel like the headlines are quite straightforward on this one. - I've not owned many mp3 players because I only upgrade when they break. This one I have found the battery life gets worse the fuller it is, something I have found with all the Sansa mp3 players I've used but not other brands. Perfectly happy to be corrected on that one if it's just a fact of life for portable music that's not on your phone. - I've had no issues with the volume. I've never put it approaching maximum in my time using it (and rarely have with any other). - The preset EQs are terrible, you're definitely going to want to use the custom one.
Two key flaws with it: - Today, while just sat in my bag on its own, in the space of an hour since I last used it, it crashed. Crashed so badly I thought it was permanently broken and was about to write to the seller demanding a refund. After a soft reset it appears to be okay. So far. My last Sansa crashed intermittently just from day-to-day use, eventually corrupted several gigs of its memory, before then just dying permanently with no reset hard enough to fix it. It took years for it to get to that point, but I'm not filled with faith. - The much larger issue for me is that there is an unlistenable amount of trash noise distortion at a low level if you use any headphones except the ones purchased with it. This isn't an issue of headphone quality either, as I tried it with my mid-range Goldrings that I use for recording and it was present there also. The ONLY headphones that don't cause this problem are the ones that came with the thing, which are not especially comfortable and have a pretty short cable, especially considering it's meant to be an mp3 player for sporty people (not me). I thought at first it was just an issue with the item I had, but a quick Google found that this is apparently a factory issue (maybe not with all of them given a brief trawl of the reviews on here doesn't raise a mention). Now please believe that I am not an audio snob; I listen to very low bit-rate mp3s to maximise the storage space, and the article I found about the mp3 player accurately described this distortion as 'obvious to anyone with ears.' At present, the headphones are still working and we're fine, but given the average lifespan of out-of-the-box earphones, I suspect I'll be needing to buy a whole new mp3 player when these buds eventually give out.
I really liked the last Sansa I had even when it was starting to act up, but regardless of any extra features like a clip for your belt or displaying the album art when you're playing music, it seems to me like actually being able to play music without ruining it is a pretty shocking feature to be lacking in this device.
The SanDisk Clip sport is a great little MP3 player. The 16Gb version I have allows quick and easy loading of audio files (just connect to a PC and it launches as a folder to drag files into). Audio files are archived by the meta-data rather than top title, so you may need to edit details to get them to display as the artist and album description you want. BlueTooth connectivity is effective, it's been easy to pair to a range of devices and re-connect after.
Others have complained about the volume the unit puts out, but I've found no issues connecting to headphones or BlueTooth speakers as they effectively amp things up. One slight criticism is that charge life doesn't seem to be that close to the maximum 20 hours advertised, that said, I use BlueTooth connections all the time and the 20 hours is maybe possible with wired earphones.
Overall: a recommended MP3 unit especially at the moment where manufacturers seem to expect everyone to use their phone for MP3 playback meaning that most MP3 players are cheap and nasty generic players, rather than reliable units from major companies.
This is a great little MP3 player but not without a number of niggles.
I wanted a MP3 player to go running with, that had at least 16gb storage for all my music (okay bit excessive, I have several big playlists on shuffle) and was water resistant. I really don't understand why all the fully waterproof (IPX7 or 8) MP3 players never have more than 8gb? I can understand the issue with SD card slots but is it really that hard to have 16gb or 32gb?
Anyway once set up this works great for running in the rain. It's tiny, and the sound is really great, and it has a nice big clip on the back. However it's the setting up that's a pain. You have to drag and drop music and can't sync with iTunes etc, so getting music on there is clumsy and cumbersome. And the album cover transfer is purely hit and miss. Some tracks have them but so many don't.
There's a couple of issues during use as well. I've not tried the Bluetooth so can't comment on the range. I prefer to use wired headphones but the headphone jack has a flap that gets in the way when you plug in a headphone. It's so flimsy I can't see it lasting. I understand it helps water resistance but only when you use Bluetooth. For wired headphones you've have to move the flap, which renders its purpose useless and makes it very clumsy. When you press the buttons on the side to adjust the volume the music skips for a second. Why?? I find this really annoying.
Pros: Water-resistant 16gb (largest there is really for a water-resistant player) Great sound Tiny Nice big clip
Cons: Cumbersome to get music on it Can't sync it with itunes Album art hit and miss Stupidly clumsy headphone jack flap music skips when you adjust the sound Expensive
Yeah final thought is that it is very expensive for what it is, but it's the only water-resistant MP3 player that has more than 8gb inbuilt storage.
Just not loud enough. Very disappointing. Extremely annoying to have to set "allow high volume" every single time it turns itself off. To then, even at full volume, struggle to hear music over background noise, is extremely vexing.
Tough, but a complete waste of money.
Went back to buying the cheap Chinese rubbish and that was even a worse mistake.
After writing this I had a moan to Sandisk.. It turns out that due to EU interference, volume level is set by region... So, in settings, go to factory reset (all songs downloaded will remain) press reset then change "region" to "rest of the world".. then in settings change Volume from Normal to High...
This makes me so very happy... :) Thank you Sandisk :)
I bought this for my son's 8th birthday. You'd think an 8 year old would be an easy audience to please, but no: this device is that bad. Paired with some Bluetooth headphones--headphones that work perfectly fine with any other device--playback stutters and skips constantly like a bad 90s portable CD player unless you're holding the device 3 inches away from your head. You can't hold it in your hand comfortably. You can't put it in your pocket. You can only hold it against your head, like some sort of weird brain scanner, until your elbow is numb and your mood is foul.
Complete waste of time if you need it for the Bluetooth connectivity. Don't bother.
Even when paired initially I have to repeat the process each time I want to use it. The blue tooth transmitter is weak, so when using head phones it has to be clipped near the neck line. If lower in a waist picked for example, you will suffer a regular breakup in the music. The shuffle selection seems to give the same music each time. So you only ever hear the same music! It well made and light weight but takes a bit of getting used to. Instructions are poor.
We have had an older version of the Clip Sport and found it ideal for our needs. When my wife asked for another one I decided to buy this upmarket version. It is very well made. However, it was necessary to have the volume turned right up to maximum, beyond the safe limit, to be able to hear any MP3 disk I had transferred from my PC. Even then it was not possible for my wife to hear her audio books. This is not a problem we have with our earlier Clip Sport!