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SanDiskSansa View 16GB Portable Media Player
 
4.2

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (4)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of storage (17)
  • Simple controls (16)
  • Great sound (15)
  • Sleek/compact (15)
  • Easy to set up (13)

Cons

  • Freezes up (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (14)
  • Commuting (11)
  • Gym / working out (10)
  • At work (8)
  • Anywhere (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual listener (9), Avid listener (6), Audiophile (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product for the money!

I use mine for travel. I also purchased an 8 GB micro SDHC card for movies. The integration of the expanded memory is seamless; Sandisk got it right. Overall the unit has a...Read complete review

I use mine for travel. I also purchased an 8 GB micro SDHC card for movies. The integration of the expanded memory is seamless; Sandisk got it right. Overall the unit has a rich set of feature, including a custom 5 band EQ, the sound and picture/video quality is great. The only down side is that you have to update the firmware to get the USB mode function for MSC mode ( to view it like a flash disk drive) I'll save you some aggravation: The default mode is is MTP, so you have to force it into MSC mode to perform the update by powering on the the device and simultaneously pressing the left button.
I would recommend this gadget! I really enjoy mine.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

dont buy if youre a serious mp3 listener

I use this player to listen to mp3 files and watch home videos. On the plus side, the amount of space (I got the 16gb) is great, I have a little more...Read complete review

I use this player to listen to mp3 files and watch home videos. On the plus side, the amount of space (I got the 16gb) is great, I have a little more than 500 songs on at the moment and there is still 12.1gb remaining. The player is easy to use, it's easy to transition from screen to screen. On the downside, it is very large and kind of awkward. Not recommended during exercise. The buttons make a very loud click when you press them, and the turn wheel is sticky in spots which is slightly annoying. It fastforwards and rewinds in very large increments, occasionally freezes if I hold it down too long. Which brings me to another downside: the lagging and the freezing. The player is pretty laggy in its on-screen movements and on rare occasions freezes. The biggest downside is the pathetic battery life. It runs out after maybe 3 hours of playing and I constantly have to recharge it. Overall this is a good player if you listen to music sporadically and while staying put while doing so, but I wouldnt recommend this player for those who intend to bring it around everywhere with them and like to listen to music for long periods of time.

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3.0

dont buy if youre a serious mp3 listener

By TimmyJosh

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Audiophile

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Decent sound
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good screen size for vids
  • Lots of Storage
  • Relatively sleek
  • Simple Controls

Cons

  • Freezes Up
  • Lags
  • Sticky turn wheel
  • Terrible Battery Life
  • Too large

Best Uses

  • At Work
  • Travel

Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

I use this player to listen to mp3 files and watch home videos. On the plus side, the amount of space (I got the 16gb) is great, I have a little more than 500 songs on at the moment and there is still 12.1gb remaining. The player is easy to use, it's easy to transition from screen to screen. On the downside, it is very large and kind of awkward. Not recommended during exercise. The buttons make a very loud click when you press them, and the turn wheel is sticky in spots which is slightly annoying. It fastforwards and rewinds in very large increments, occasionally freezes if I hold it down too long. Which brings me to another downside: the lagging and the freezing. The player is pretty laggy in its on-screen movements and on rare occasions freezes. The biggest downside is the pathetic battery life. It runs out after maybe 3 hours of playing and I constantly have to recharge it. Overall this is a good player if you listen to music sporadically and while staying put while doing so, but I wouldnt recommend this player for those who intend to bring it around everywhere with them and like to listen to music for long periods of time.

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3.0

Have had trouble but...

By Jill

from Nisland, SD

About Me Casual Listener

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere
      • At Work
      • Commuting
      • Gym / Working Out

      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

      Okay so I have bought this product not too long ago, and we updated the firmware, but after we had we couldn't put any music on there. We contacted the support at SanDisk, and they have been great. There has been a lot of e-mailing back and forth, having us try a lot of stuff. None of it has worked so they told us they will send us a product. I would like to rate higher because of the support crew at SanDisk, but it does not work.

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      • Personal

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      3.0

      Nice little MP3 player

      By flipfyter

      from Mountain View, CA

      About Me Casual Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Lots of Storage
      • Reliable Performance
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

      • Hard to organize MP3's

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Gym / Working Out
      • Travel

      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

      The player looks great and has a great display. Maybe I just need to get more familiar with it, but I'm not crazy about how the unit organizes the music. For example, you can sort by genre, but once you get into the genre folder, it only allows you to see the artists, so if you have a bunch of Jazz albums, if you look in Jazz, you can't have it play all the albums, it will only organize it by the artists. Haven't tried the video yet, but very excited about it.

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      • Personal

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      5.0

      3 Cons, but I still give it a 5

      By Peripatetic Teacher

      from Shreveport, LA

      About Me Avid Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Lots of Storage
      • Reliable Performance
      • Simple Controls
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

      • Must upgrade firmware
      • Must upgrade Manual
      • Proprietary interface

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere

      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

      I use the voice recorder to make notes and record radio programming, the radio for any of my radio listening needs, the flash memory for photos and videos, and the MP3 player for listening to music and dancing. I store specialty files and files I use only occasionally on the mini-SD card.
      Display is vivid, sound is strong and clear, and battery life is as advertised. I have no problems with the controls, though I did have to learn how to use them. I use Windows Media Player to rip and burn CD's; I use My Computer to customize my filing system and load files.
      I do not like the proprietary interface and the resulting lack of compatible accessories and docking devices on the market.
      I read many reviews before purchasing the product and upgraded the firmware before attempting any operations. It was quick and easy and resolved a discrepancy between the depiction of the controls in the Operating Manual and the actual configuration. I also downloaded a pdf operators manual which is much more helpful than the pamphlet that comes with the product.
      If I had not read the reviews and downloaded the firmware, I might have a different opinion of the product.

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      • Personal

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      4.0

      Sansa View 16GB Does Not Disappoint

      By Anonymous

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Casual Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lots of Storage
      • Simple Controls
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere
      • At Work
      • Commuting
      • Gym / Working Out
      • Travel

      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

      Since I am boycotting Apple, this seemed to be the logical product to buy. We had issues with battery life (4 - 6 hours) but a firmware update fixed that for the time being. Otherwise it is a little larger than the FUZE, but my wife loves the large capacity since she listens for 8 hours at a time.

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      • Personal

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      5.0

      Great product - expandable

      By Chuck

      from Fredericksburg VA

      About Me Avid Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Lots of Storage
      • Reliable Performance
      • Simple Controls
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anywhere
        • Commuting

        Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

        Plan to use in auto using Griffin charger/FM radio device. Significant storage and expandable ... easy to use ... easy to load files ... great price ...[...] ... very responsive.

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        • Personal

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        5.0

        I am delighted - awesome buy!!!

        By Trent

        from Peoria, IL

        About Me Audiophile

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound
        • Long Battery Life
        • Lots of Storage
        • Reliable Performance
        • Simple Controls
        • Sleek/Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anywhere
          • At Work
          • Commuting
          • Gym / Working Out
          • Travel

          Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

          I am delighted - awesome buy!!! I made this purchase as a replacement product for my daughter's View that was damaged.

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          • Personal

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          4.0

          Good value but

          By Ken the duck guy

          from Michigan

          About Me Avid Listener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Long Battery Life
          • Lots of Storage
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

          • Difficult to Set Up

          Best Uses

          • Anywhere

          Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

          I bought it to listen to music and Audible books. My older Sansa player wouldn't handle the Audible format.

          Only problem was trying to get the drivers for Vista loaded for MTP mode. After following the support faq and knowledge base items. Loaded the latest updates. Works most of the time but frequently need to change the USB mode to MSC.

          If your menu on the View doesn't doesn't have a Main Menu, select More > Settings/Options > System Settings > USB Mode go to Sansa support for directions on how to force it to connect in the MSC mode and down load the latest update.

          In spite of this problem it is a good value and I would buy another.

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          • Personal

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          5.0

          Big BANG for the buck

          By NikonFlo

          from Knoxville, TN, USA / Bavaria Germany

          About Me Audiophile

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound
          • Long Battery Life
          • Lots of Storage
          • Reliable Performance
          • Simple Controls
          • Sleek/Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anywhere
            • At Work
            • Commuting
            • Gym / Working Out
            • Travel

            Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

            Used for:
            Travel, workout, commute in the train / bus

            Great:
            good size, not too big, not too small
            Battery lasts long, at least an overseas flight
            handling is great
            does not require additional software, but allows syncing with musik libraries.
            great sound.
            crisp display
            well made
            doubles as memory stick / ext HD

            not so good:
            The little slot that takes the µ-SD card could be 1mm deeper. The SanDisk 16GB card sticks out ever so slightly. If you grabb the player in the "wrong" spot, the card can popp out. The spring that pops the card is strong, so it really does fly out. I am actually thinking about taking a file to the edge of the micro SD card. (x-rayed the card - plenty of space to the acual chip)
            - It has a proprietary cable to charge / connect to PC. A standard mini USB cable would have been nice.
            Over all, lots and lots of good music.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            I really like it.

            By Debbie

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Casual Listener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Lots of Storage
            • Sleek/Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Work
              • Gym / Working Out
              • Travel

              Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

              I didn't know anything about MP3 players and needed some help. [...] The player is really very easy to use.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              2.0

              Do not recommend product

              By Malt Mutt

              from Miami, Fl

              About Me Casual Listener

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Long Battery Life
              • Simple Controls

              Cons

              • Freezes Up
              • Insufficient Storage

              Best Uses

                Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                I purchased this mp3 player for my wife who casually listens to music. Needless to say, the players tends to freeze up. Also, the storage space listed appears to be less than it should be. There are barely 400 songs and this has eaten up 10gb? If you charge from a different computer it takes an extremely long time to synchronize. Not happy with the product.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great product for the money!

                By JRoz

                from Wetumpka, AL

                About Me Casual Listener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Lots of Storage
                • Reliable Performance
                • Simple Controls
                • Sleek/Compact

                Cons

                • FW update needed for MSC

                Best Uses

                • At Work
                • Travel

                Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                I use mine for travel. I also purchased an 8 GB micro SDHC card for movies. The integration of the expanded memory is seamless; Sandisk got it right. Overall the unit has a rich set of feature, including a custom 5 band EQ, the sound and picture/video quality is great. The only down side is that you have to update the firmware to get the USB mode function for MSC mode ( to view it like a flash disk drive) I'll save you some aggravation: The default mode is is MTP, so you have to force it into MSC mode to perform the update by powering on the the device and simultaneously pressing the left button.
                I would recommend this gadget! I really enjoy mine.

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                • Personal

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                2.0

                [...] View is useless!

                By apiemom

                from Texas

                About Me Avid Listener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lots of Storage
                • Simple Controls
                • Sleek/Compact

                Cons

                • Difficult to Set Up
                • Does not work with Vista
                • TERRIBLE TECH SUPPORT

                Best Uses

                  Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                  Have had it for 2 weeks and can't get it to sync properly with anything. First it wouldn't show up on the computer, downloaded firmware update and still had problems. It's supposed to be Vista compatible but if you are using Vista you can't use Rhapsody with which the View is bundled. I have worked on this for 2 weeks and still can't find a music manager that will work with the View. Have tried Winamp, WMP, Rhapsody, Media Jukebox, none work. I cannot get a playlist onto the View with any of them. I have had too many conversations with tech support to list all of the useless fixes they gave me here. I'm giving it 2 stars because if it would sync up it would be a great little player. I like that it has a microSD slot and video capabilities. I like the look of it, it has simple controls and I like that it isn't an iPod. BUT if you are running Vista DO NOT buy the View!!!

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                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Portable Media Player

                  By Chris N.

                  from Indianapolis, IN

                  About Me Avid Listener

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lots of Storage
                  • Sleek/Compact

                  Cons

                  • Confusing Controls

                  Best Uses

                  • At Work
                  • Commuting
                  • Gym / Working Out
                  • Travel

                  Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                  This thing is great. Synching the player is effortless and fast. It can handle all types of audio formats, and the photo viewer is a nice bonus.

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                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Just what I was looking for!

                  By bdrexel

                  from West Chester, PA

                  About Me Casual Listener

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lots of Storage
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Sleek/Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting
                    • Gym / Working Out
                    • Travel

                    Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                    Very easy to use and transfer music to. I haven't watched movies yet, but the display is super clear.

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                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Lives Up to Its Name

                    By Jag

                    from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                    About Me Casual Listener

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lots of Storage
                    • Simple Controls
                    • Sleek/Compact

                    Cons

                    • Freezes Up

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Activities
                    • Commuting
                    • Gym / Working Out

                    Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                    only a cupple of things i don't like about it... the licking wheel sound. the wheel looks likes it is made of cheep materials and could break easy and the player will allow you to upload material that is not stable and when it try to play it, it ill crash or freeze for about a minute before telling you it cant play it.... should not take that long. everything else is fine.

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                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Great MP3 Player!

                    By VCA

                    from Santa Fe, NM

                    About Me Avid Listener

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lots of Storage
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Sleek/Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting
                      • Travel

                      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                      I haven't tried to use the Sansa View 16GB for video applications but it is great for MP3/Audo. Easy Sync with MediaPlayer 10, huge capacity and now you can add an 8GB micro sdhc card for about $55 to give you 50% more capacity.If you're in it for the music and don't care for Ipods, this should be on your very short list.

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      How Simple!

                      By FS

                      from Calgary AB

                      About Me Casual Listener

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lots of Storage
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Sleek/Compact

                      Cons

                      • None so far

                      Best Uses

                      • Relaxing at home
                      • Travel

                      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                      Very pleased so far. Dead simple to load music and pictures. Screen is large enough to actually be able to see things on it!! More storage capacity than I'll ever use.

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      easy to understand

                      By Melissa, an avid Sansa spokesperson

                      from Bristol, CT

                      About Me Audiophile

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lots of Storage
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Sleek/Compact

                      Cons

                      • Freezes Up

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting
                      • Gym / Working Out
                      • Travel

                      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                      I absolutley LOVE this product... now that I have one, I dont know how I ever lived without one for sooo long! Its so easy to download songs using the Rhapsody software & for [$]a month, I have access to MILLIONS of songs. Most of which are free to transfer. You cant go wrong.

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Better than an IPOD

                      By Tony

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable to Operate
                      • Durable
                      • Great Features
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Poor Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Special Events
                      • Sports
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about SanDisk Sansa View 16GB Portable Media Player:

                      I've used this product for tunes, video, to record ameeting and to listen to an audio book. It is very versatile and easy to use.

                      • How long have you owned it:
                      • One-to-three months

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