SanDisk Sansa e280

For $250 you can purchase a flash-based MP3 player that comes with a native 8 GB and can be upgraded to 10 GB with a micro SD card. My friends that is 2,500 songs and you won’t ever hear it skip if you are jogging or the player gets bumped. The product is the SanDisk Sansa e280.

In addition there are no moving parts and the device should last longer than hard drive based models. I haven’t had a chance to test this device out but the specs are amazing and every year, I am more and more amazed at how flash memory is taking tiny bits of share from the hard disk makers.

Another notable area where this shift is beginning is notebook computers where flash based notebooks are beginning to slowly be rolled out to compete with hard drive based laptops.

  • Rich Tehrani
    October 19, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    I just received this comment via e-mail:
    just got an e280 and a 2gb micro sd expansion card
    sadly (maybe it can be fixed via firmware upgrade) it appears the code determining when the 8gb and 2gb disks are full is comparing to “billions” not “Gigs”
    in other words, i could only load 8 billion bytes and 2 billion bytes respectively
    maybe you can get this passed back to Sansa and it can be corrected
    (gigabyte is 1024 to the third power, which is 74 million more than a gig, so 2gb card has 148 million unusable bytes and 8gb memory has 592 million unusable bytes, so thats 740 million bytes which is 705 megabytes unusable) thanks

  • Jay
    December 28, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    This is a very good player. I got it when I read the review at http://thesansa.com .
    I love the enormous featues it has!

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