Philips SA9345

The Good Sound quality; design; weight; intuitive navigation and controls; FM radio.

The Bad Price; short list of codec support; low-res screen for a video player.

The Bottom Line Certainly an attractive player and it pumps good-sounding audio. There just aren't enough features. It doesn't feel like any great lengths have been gone to in order to provide a rich enough experience to justify its price

Editors' Rating
6.5 Overall

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Review

Philips SA9345

Philips' SA9345 is a new member of the Streamium family of audio products from the Netherlands-based company. It emerges into an incredibly competitive market dominated by Apple's iPod. With prices hovering around the £129 mark, the same as a brand new video iPod nano, we're hoping for a solid competitor.

Design
While the face of the lightweight SA9345 is finished in a glossy black, the rest of the silver-trimmed body has a stylish brushed charcoal look. The player's touch-sensitive controls live underneath the player's screen and glow with an attractive blue when touched -- certain functions light up only when they can be used within a given menu.

The downside to the glossy allure of the SA9345 is that it'll memorise your fingerprints in new and exciting detail. This is an issue most touch-sensitive or touchscreen handhelds suffer from and Philips' new model is no exception.

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