My 5G iPod vs. SanDisk Sansa Fuze: Part II

tjgym.jpgMy audio saga continues… Day #3: While I tote my MP3 player around New York City during my commutes to both work and play, my audio experience with the Fuze wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t incorporate it into my workout routine. Studies have shown that listening to your favorite tunes while working out actually boosts your energy and productivity, so I can’t settle for the blaring techno and hip hop my local gym provides its patrons. I mean, I like a good beat as much as the next guy, but the third chorus in the techno version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” isn’t going to coax those extra reps from my aching trapezoid muscles. Sorry. Before I head to the gym I create a kick-ass gym mix (titled “Kick-Ass Gym Mix”), featuring the likes of Three Days Grace, Sugarcult, Digitalism, Bowling for Soup, Fort Minor, and other favorites of mine. I don’t have an armband or anything for my borrowed Fuze, but it’s so small it fits snugly in my fist as I jog to the gym. Unfortunately, once I get there I realize the lack of an armband or belt clip is going to keep me from showing off the Fuze to fellow gym-goers. It’s okay. I spend plenty of time in between grunt-laden sets pretending to adjust my playlist and settings, so I’m sure everyone around me gets a good eyeful of the Fuze at one time or another. I don’t, however, get any comments or awed stares. Hmm, maybe people think it’s a nano. On the way home I switch over to the FM radio for some classic rock to cool down to. Is the Fuze jog worthy? Check. Gym worthy? Double-check. Day#4: I’ve established that the FM radio feature on the Fuze is useless on the subway, and about halfway to work today I get bored with shuffling through my music library, so I decide to listen to a Destroy All Podcasts DX podcast instead. I’ve never really been into podcasts in the past, but I enjoyed this one. When I get back above ground I remember that my apartment has been without milk for at least six days, so I decide to record a reminder for myself on the Fuze to pick up said milk on the way home. The built-in mic is very responsive, and when I play my message back it sounds crisp and clear. I hope I remember to listen to my message again when I get off work…

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  1. Alec Says:

    hey man awesome review so far. Many humorours parts made me laugh, like the name of the gym go list. Hilarious! Anyway, when is Part 3 coming out? I just got my Fuze yesterday, and I’m somewhat pleased. I just think it should be louder, and more scratch resistant. Other than that, its a pretty good mp3 player. Enjoy it man

  2. Cliff Says:

    Nice.
    Just a heads up! I got a few 4gb sansa fuze players that i’ve bought used that were listed “as is”. In the description it would typically say that it either “freezes” or “doesn’t power on”. Well… they all power on and the ones that freeze have bad songs in them that cause it to freeze up. When I get to one of those songs the best thing to do is patiently wait for the player to skip to the next song. If you push buttons it will lock up and you will have to wait till the battery goes dead before you can plug it in and turn it on. Yeah when that happens it will go blank and you wont be able to do nothing. You can tell its on by the clicks in the headphones when you plug it in to the jack. So thats probably why the people list it as “doesn’t power on”. And by the time they ship it out and I receive it the battery will have already drained and the player is fine.

    I’m still buying them sansa fuzes. Replacing screens, faceplates, and batteries. Haven’t come across a bad board yet. Good piece of hardware and maybe a couple bugs in the software. Its touchy. Carefull what you put on it I say.

    Like you said it does record nicely. Wish it had the button on the side like the sansa e250/260. It also plays videos really nice right?. No complaints there.

    But yeah they are a great player. My friends love them. Need any help with it let me know could even send you a replacement one. lol yeah I got a few.

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