Philips GoGear SA6000 review: Philips GoGear SA6000

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Philips GoGear SA6000 offers a user-friendly design, an ample screen, and dedicated volume controls. It includes desirable features such as an FM tuner and photo and video support. The player is compatible with subscription services, and it has a lot of bass.

The Bad The control pad on the GoGear SA6000 feels cheaply built, and there's no album-art support. The unit is large for a flash player, and some music comes across flat while some bass-heavy tracks are slightly distorted.

The Bottom Line The Philips GoGear SA6545 is a feature-filled MP3 player that will suit those looking for good video playback over a compact form factor.

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Philips offers a plentiful array of MP3 players, with several that look plenty compelling. However, it's taken us most of the year to get our hands on a review unit, and we're not quite sure why since the model the company finally decided to send is quite good. The GoGear SA6045, which belongs to the SA6000 series, is a feature-packed player with a nice screen and a user-friendly interface. It has its quirks, but it's still a decent option for those looking for an easy-to-use MP3 player with video playback.

As MP3 players go, the GoGear 6045 is neither cheap nor terribly compact, but it's not expensive and huge, either. The 4GB player goes for about $140 (by contrast, the 4GB Creative Zen V Plus is $110) and measures 3.6x2.1x0.5 inches. The relatively large size has at least one benefit: it allows for an ample 2.2-inch screen. To the right of the screen, you get a five-way control pad, which consists of four directional buttons surrounding a central play/pause/power key. The buttons have a bit of a cheap feel to them in that they wiggle around in the base, but overall, the player has a nice, weighty feel. Above the control pad, you'll find a menu button, and on the top edge, there's a dedicated volume rocker--we always like that.

There are a few more physical characteristics of note. The bottom side of the GoGear 6045 houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, a standard mini USB port, a reset hole, and a hold switch. The right spine features a built-in mic for voice recordings and a rather useful playlist button, which adds the currently playing track to an on-the-go playlist. The player also supports playlists transferred from WMA jukeboxes such as Rhapsody and Windows Media Player (WMP). You can play back MP3 and WMA files (including subscription tracks), and these are handily arranged in the Creative interface structure for easy navigation.

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Philips GoGear SA6015 (1GB)

Part Number: SA6015/37
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Output Power / Total 6 mW
  • Capacity 1 GB
  • Weight 0.2 lbs
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards ADPCM
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Diagonal Size 2.2" m
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player / radio