SanDisk Sansa Connect 4GB USB 2.0 MP4/MP3 w/2.2" LCD

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MP3 players come in all shapes and sizes, and when you’re buying one you’ve got many great choices from several companies. Believe it or not MP3 players have been around for a long time, not just since Apple introduced the iPod as many people out there might think. Geeks.com has supplied me with one of their portable MP3 players for review, they carry several brands at lower prices than other sites out there, making them a great choice for shopping online. I’ve personally bought many, many, many things from them over the years and have never had a problem.

Today for review I’ve got the Sandisk Sansa Connect 4gb Mp3 player from Geeks.com, it’s a ‘white’ box’ so there’s not original, fancy packaging, but the product inside is in new condition. The Sansa Connect is a small MP3 player that’s easy to use, and it’s inexpensive as well, coming in at under $40. The main reason that it’s priced so low is not only because it’s an older product but because it’s limited in functionality. What I mean by this is that normally the Sansa Connect comes with Wi-Fi built into it, the one I have for review today does not, the Wi-Fi enabled ones do cost a bit more. There is a little secret though that I can share with you, you can easily enable Wi-Fi functionality with just a firmware upgrade so you get a full functioning Sansa Connect for about $20 less than one that comes with it already enabled. So read on to learn more about this great little MP3 Player from Sandisk…

As I mentioned this is a whit box product, so I didn’t include a picture of a white box..

Included with the Sansa Connect is a power supply, USB cable, earbuds, earbud extension, carrying pouch and literature.

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The Sansa Connect is small but it does have a nice large screen and it feels well made.

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On the bottom is the sync port, while the left side has a volume button, the top has the power button and a sliding lock, and the right side has the microSD slot. A nice included feature is that there’s a speaker built-in so you don’t always have to use the earbuds like most players.

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On the front, below the screen is where you’ll find two buttons and the navigation dial with a center button. It’s not touch enabled like the iPod is, but it just spins.

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Specifications:

SanDisk Sansa Connect 4GB USB 2.0 MP4/MP3 w/2.2″ LCD (Black)

Maximize your listening pleasure with this portable SanDisk Sansa Connect SDMX8-N-4096K MP3 Player!

The Sansa Connect features a 4 GB capacity that can store up to 1000 MP3 songs or 675 secure WMA songs. It also comes with a bright 2.2-inch color TFT screen and allows you to view photos and videos! Need more storage space No problem! Add more with its microSD expansion card slot!

This Sansa Connect features Thumbwheel controls for easy navigation to your music, videos and photos. With the built-in speaker, you can enjoy your music without using the headphones! 

Features/Specifications:
General Features:
-Shiny Black design
-4 GB capacity
-2.2-inch color TFT screen
-USB 2.0
-Plays MP3, AAC, WMA and secure WMA music files
-Plays videos and Photos
-Store up to 100 MP3 songs (64 hours of music) or 675 secure WMA songs (45 hours of music)
-microSD expansion card slot
-Thumbwheel controls
-Built-in speakers
-Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery

Controls:
-Power/charging light
-Hold switch
-Home menu
-Left button
-Right button
-Volume up
-Volume down
-Select

Unit Dimensions:
-3.5 x 2 x 0.5-inches (H x W x D,approximate)


When you first turn on the Sansa Connect you’re greeted with the Sandisk logo and then a loading screen where each symbol fills in, loading does take quite a while, much longer than other players I’ve got on hand.

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The interface is colorful and the graphics are nice actually. The navigation menu is on the bottom and you scroll through them to select where you want to go. The basics are Music Library, Settings and Pictures and Videos.

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Once you update the firmware though another option appears for Internet Radio:

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Connecting to the internet is easily, the Sansa connected to my Wi-Fi with no problems and it will save your information so you don’t have to enter you key every time you use it.

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Under music you’ll find the basic stuff, Artists, Genres, Playlists, Songs, Albums and A Shuffle All option as well. It does not automatically add album covers though, so you’re stuck with the default graphics until you manually add them.

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Under Pictures and Videos you’ll find Photo Library, Flickr Photos and Video Library. .

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Under settings you’ll find options for Audio, Display, Info, Music, WiFi and a Reset Option.

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I did run into a problem though while transferring files to the Sansa Connect, and that was under Windows Vista X64, it kept dropping the connection on me for some reason, the files would just stop and the player would disappear from My Computer. It worked fine though under Windows Xp, everything transferred with no problems.

The Built-in speaker is a nice touch, I wish many other players would include them, it’s nice to be able to listen to music without having to use the headphones all of the time. The sound quality of the speaker is surprisingly good for how small it is and it can be loud.

Using the Sansa Connect is easy, navigation is easy and apart from the Vista problem, getting your files on the player is easy as well. It might not have a touch sensitive pad, but it’s actually nicer than the touch enabled type of navigation because it works every time, and doesn’t misinterpret your movements like a touch enabled pad can do at times.


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Conclusion:

The Sansa Connect is nice little inexpensive MP3 player that can be further enhanced with just a firmware upgrade. This version does not come with Wi-Fi enabled but just updating the firmware fixes that, and makes it much more usable and enables more features.

The Sansa Connect is easy to use, has a good battery life and the included speaker is a nice touch.

9

Pros:
+Easy to use
+Firmware upgradeable
+Built-in speaker
+Seems well made
+Small and portable
+Decent sound
+Storage is expandable with microsSD card
+Can easily enable wireless functionality

Cons:
-Small storage
-Problem transferring files while using Vista

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10
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  • Deb

    Howdy!
    I just bought one of these little guys and did the firmware update from the Sandisk website–but no wireless…doesn’t seem to make sense that you can do it and I can’t…it’s model Sansa PMP Hardware: sdmx8n-4096k-ea70, OS: 1.2.0.58335. I don’t nknow what other info you might need to determine the issue. Recommendations would be appreciated.
    Deb

  • Paul

    I am looking for guidance. Which should I choose the Sansa Fuse or a Sansa Connect?

    My computer has vista Home Premium and Windows Media Player 11.

    My intended use is to play MP3 music and audio books that are in MP3 format. I like the idea of expandable memory using a micro SD card. I an not interested in photos or videos.

    I am seeking ease of use with a screen that that easy to navigate.

    Thanks for any advice that can be given.

  • Crystal

    where do i find this firmware update? I have the same white box sansa connect that is mentioned above. i dont have the internet radio option available. I cant seem to find the firmware update info.

  • Kristofer

    Paul: I’m not sure what to tell you, I’ve only got experience with the Connect, and it’s not a bad little device really, especially if you get the cheaper non-wifi version and then just update the firmware to enable it.

    Crystal: The firmware is right on the Sansa website, that’s where I got it. You actually use the Sansa Recovery Tool to update the firmware http://mp3support.sandisk.com/tools/DeviceRecoverySetup.exe

    Then follow the instructions in this thread – note that on the 2nd page of the thread, there are instructions specific to Vista:

    http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=connect&thread.id=2515

  • paul

    Kristofer,

    Thanks for the input.
    I just purchased from Woot.com a Refurbished SanDisc Sanza 4 GB for $32.99 plus $5 S&H. From my research and consulting with others I have formed the opinion that both good MP3 players and good values .Purchasing either of these players would not be a mistake. Btw, your readers may want to know that GearXS.com has the SanDisk Sansa Connect NEW in plain box for $34.98 S&H inc.WARRANTY: Standard 30 Days Return/Exchange .

  • praveen

    i have a problem in my player…what to do.the player was fine 1 hour befor but now it wont work.i have charged but also it wont turn on.then i connected to my pc,it doesnot reconige.what to do now.is there any solution oreles is there any store where i can make my player in nepal.

  • DJ1997

    Common problem with Sansas… they do freeze from time to time. With the lock button UNLOCKED, Hold the power button for 10-20 seconds. If this doesn’t work, you may have to do factory reset. See this link: http://www.sansacommunity.com/article/11050/Sansa-Connect-Recovery-Tool-Procedures/
    It is my experience that a bum mp3 file will corrupt the whole player. Once that file is deleted, all will be well. I have never figured out why some mp3 files will do this as I use the same program to rip them all… HTH

  • Radhika

    I have the same mp3 player which was shown above,iam trying to load video songs but iam not sure which format video songs i have to copy.Please let me know which format video songs can i load into this device.

  • AweStun

    I wish there was a firmware upgrade that could alow you to sync or at least browse the unit over a wireless network, If it would I could just leave it in my car and drag songs to it whenever I wanted to add new music to it.

  • Duude

    I bought this product yesterday. Unfortunately, there isn’t any literature at all. Anyone have a link to a manual? Sandisk doesn’t carry one online anymore.

  • Igor

    Duude, here is the manual:
    http://mp3support.sandisk.com/downloads/um/connect-userguide-en.pdf

  • TAZ

    My Sansa has some problem ..
    If I connect to computer it show nothing but sansa just power on .
    Even I install sansa media converter (include with product) software show no player connect.I just can use only radio station.In music folder there is no music file.
    When I tough recoding button it show low power even i charge long time.
    Could you kindly reply me about my sansa problem

  • Tina

    I just bought one of these and thought they came with FM capability. However, I have trouble finding information on how to access this. I did download the instruction manual, but unless I’m blind, I can’t find any infomration on this. Does anyone have any information on the FM capability and how to access it?

  • J. C

    Just wondering how can I purchase a usb connector for my sansa 2.0 sandisk mp3 player?

  • http://twitter.com/jazminderr Jaz

    Hey there
    I bought my sansa connect for £24.99 on ebay (shop: trusted_goods) and its exactly as you said on the review
    however following kristofer’s comment on updating the firmware – the second link completely confused me and had me waster 2 days trying to figure it out.

    The second link is actually needed only if you have problems actually using the recovery software on vista. I only realised a page or two beyond the thread that my sansa connect wasnt recognised by the DeviceRecovery program because it wasnt in recovery mode. Dont follow the instruction specific to vista UNLESS you have already tried what is shown below :)

    To put it in recovery mode follow instuctions on this pdf link: http://mp3support.sandisk.com/tools/connect-recovery-instructions.pdf

    Then use: http://mp3support.sandisk.com/tools/DeviceRecoverySetup.exe to update the firmware etc. Itll take a while.
    And also remember that any files on the player will be comletely removed.
    Which is why I have to put everything back on again – worth it for free internet radio tho :)
    Still wish that I could connect to other stuff other than yahoo :(

    xx Jaz

  • Fran

    My sansa sandisk played very well and just recently the ‘wheel’ won’t turn or only turns when it wants to…………I get stuck on ‘shuffle all’ songs and can’t get to my other links.

    How can I fix the ‘wheel’?

  • bulu

    recovery needed

  • michael

    i have this blue mp4 and i had pluged it into my xbox360 and i configured it then i went to turn it on and it said (please free 90mb) but i pluged it in the computer and it said theres nothing in the folder.

  • Maulaes

    I got a Sansa PMP and wonder if it is possible to get such features?
    Even accessing the site from SanDisk, I can not find the model of my phone to update my firmeware.
    Could someone help me?
    Thanks!

  • Sacolt45

    My dad got one 1 yr. and had the worst luck and cant get it to concect with wireless linksys wirless-G 2.4ghz from the laptop computer thats connected to the internet and its just keeps saying cant connect to internet like internet explore does when u have no internet on the computer.

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