The Good The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is an audio Swiss Army Knife that plays most audio formats, works with audiobook and subscription music services, can be used as a voice recorder, and tunes in to FM radio--all for under $50.
The Bad You get what you pay for in terms of construction quality.
The Bottom Line SanDisk's tongue-twister of an MP3 player is a stupefying value and its practical clip-on design is perfect for the gym.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip
The MP3 player isn't dead, though. There is still one habitat left for these technological buffaloes: the gym. Yes, as cool as your smartphone may be, there's no app that is going to prevent it from smelling like an old sock if you keep it in your gym bag. You need something light, small, useful, and cheap enough that you won't cry uncontrollably if it gets trampled on. Luckily, SanDisk has you covered.
SanDisk's Sansa Clip players have long topped CNET's lists of affordable and gym-worthy MP3 players. The latest spin on the Clip formula is called the Clip Zip. Like 2009's Sansa Clip+, the Clip Zip has a starting price of $49 for 4GB or $69 for an 8GB model. This time around, though, SanDisk is offering the device in seven different colors (red, blue, black, orange, white, gray, and purple) and has upgraded to a larger, full-color screen.
Don't let the new name or extra colors fool you, the Clip Zip's design isn't a far cry from the Sansa Clip+, or even the original Sansa Clip. There's a four-way navigation pad on the front with a separate back button floating above it. On the sides you'll find a volume rocker switch, Micro-USB port, headphone jack, and a microSDHC card slot that can support up to 32GB of additional memory.
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