Insignia Sport MP3 Player review: Insignia Sport MP3 Player

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 4.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Insignia Sport is very easy to use and provides good overall sound quality for the price. The rechargeable battery is easy to remove.

The Bad The buttons on the front of the Insignia Sport are too close to each other. The player lacks features like voice/FM recording and on-the-fly playlists, and photos look pretty bad.

The Bottom Line The Insignia Sport is an inexpensive MP3 player that's suitable for casual listening, but fitness buffs looking for a gym companion should be aware that the buttons can be a bit annoying to use while exercising.

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Best Buy's Insignia line of electronics includes everything from TVs to laptops to MP3 players, and the low prices reflect this "economy class" of products. Although the Insignia Sport NS-DA1G MP3 player isn't exactly a premium model, there's a lot to like about this particular player--especially at just $79 (1GB) or $99 (2GB). But while the audio quality is good overall and the craftsmanship is solid, competing players such as the SanDisk Sansa C200 series offer more for the money.

If the Insignia Sport is supposed to be for exercise nuts, the buttons are remarkably poorly designed, despite being extremely intuitive. The playback controls on the front are nearly flush with each other, making it far too easy to press the wrong one. I like the dedicated volume controls and hold switch on the sides, though, and you can conveniently adjust the orientation of the screen and controls for righties and lefties.

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Insignia Sport MP3 Player (1GB)

Part Number: NS-DA1G

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display OLED
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Run Time (Up To) 18 hour(s)
  • Capacity 1 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 1.2 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards Audible
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Diagonal Size 1.2" m
  • Type 1 year warranty
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player / radio