Sandisk Sansa e140
- Lightweight, SD card slot, stopwatch and FM radio
- Bulky and cheap-looking, tacky controls, poor sound quality, poor supplied headphones, no playlist support
This lightweight unit has a couple of good features, but is plagued by multiple problems, including a poorly implemented scroll wheel, surprisingly poor sound quality and lack of playlist support.
Price$ 329.00 (AUD)
The SanDisk Sansa e140 is a lightweight 1GB flash-based MP3 player that contains a fine set of features, including an SD memory expansion slot, but it has poor sound quality and tacky controls.
The best feature of the e140 is the Secure Digital slot, which allows the user to add up to 2GB of extra memory. Most flash players have fixed, non-expandable memory.
Measuring 70 x 51 x 13mm, the e140 is bulky compared to other flash units on the market. It doesn't cup well in your hand and feels large in your pocket when sitting down. In particular, the bottom half of the unit is much wider than the top to accommodate the SD Card slot. In spite of its size, the unit weighs only 40g (with the battery), which is extremely light.
The e140 is let down by poor controls and we found the layout somewhat confusing. On the front of the unit is a large five-way pad for play control. At first glance, the pad looks like it is touch sensitive, but it turns out it requires a firm press to activate. The menu button is located on the right-hand side of the unit. We feel that the menu button in particular should have been located on the front of the unit, for easier access. The e140 has a scroll wheel on the top right-hand corner, but it feels cheap and is not smooth at all, which is a nuisance as the wheel controls the volume on the device.
The e140 software is simple but effective, although it requires using the poor scroll wheel to navigate through the menus. The lack of playlist support is a problem, as is the fact that you can't listen to an album in order unless you edit the track names to add numbers. The bright blue display is simple and clear to read, and the backlight and contrast can be adjusted in the settings menu.
The biggest drawback of the e140 is its sound. In our tests the audio quality was very poor and it lacked a decent bass. The supplied headphones were also some of the worst we've come across. We tested a set of higher quality headphones with the unit, but the sound quality was only marginally improved. The e140 includes a selection of equalisation options including WOW, Focus, TruBass and SRS 3D, but these did not make much of a difference.
The e140 supports MP3 and protected WMA files. It uses USB system for file transfers. The device appears as a removable drive when connected to a PC, and you can just drag and drop files onto it. It took us about one minute to transfer 30 songs onto the unit.
A stopwatch function and an FM radio tuner with 20 presets and auto-scanning capabilities are included. The radio quality was fairly good and the auto-scanning feature worked well.
The e140 runs on a single AAA battery, which lasted about 13 hours during our testing (SanDisk claims a battery life of 16 hours of MP3 playback). Overall, the Sansa e140 is a lightweight unit with a couple of good features, but it is hampered by poor sound quality and other significant design flaws, including the poor scroll wheel and a lack of support for playlists.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple TV will serve as hub for remotely controlling HomeKit devices
- Sony Smart B-Trainer headset gives runners vocal advice
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
- Apple shows off iPod touch, nano updates
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTBrand Marketing Manager - Premium Entertainment BrandNSW
- FTExecutive Sales ManagerACT
- FTLife/400 Developers / Programmers - Permanent - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Finance ConsultantNSW
- FTLevel 2 Service DeskNSW
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Finance ConsultantNSW
- TPSenior Project ManagerVIC
- CCSystems EngineerQLD
- FTBI Tech Lead l Informatica ETL , Microstrategy, Big Data TechnologiesNSW
- FTProduction control - batch schedulingNSW
- CCTechnical Project ManagerNSW
- CCIT Support AnalystVIC
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperVIC
- CCNetwork Systems Engineer l Application Support l Linux l Port MacquarieNSW
- CCService Desk Consultant-Baseline Clearance RequiredNSW
- TPSolution ArchitectVIC
- CCSenior Developer - Appian/PegaVIC
- FTSenior Learning Specialist - Global OrganisationQLD
- FTChange AnalystVIC
- TPIT Procurement OfficerQLD
- TPSenior Network EngineerNSW
- CCMicrosoft Devops Engineers - contract - SydneyNSW
- FTTSM SpecialistNSW
- CCIT Risk Specialist (Assurance) - TelcoVIC
- CCSenior IT Domain Specialist - Integration - CloudVIC