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Fire vs. Nook: Different Strokes For Different Folks

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The iPad 2 is pretty much the uncontested king of the tablet world, but an interesting discovery was made just a few weeks ago by DisplayMate. The company compared the iPad 2, which retails at $499, and the Nook Color and Kindle Fire which retail at $250 and $200, respectively. In a test of screen reflectiveness the Nook was found to have a less reflective screen than either of it competitors. It was half as reflective as the Kindle Fire and 28 percent less reflective than the iPad.

How else does the Nook Color stack up to the Kindle Fire? Well, the fantastic display is not the only bright spot for the Nook Color. The Nook has a 1.1 GHz Atom processor that tops out at 800 MHz so as not to destroy battery life too quickly. That adjustment seems to have worked as the Nook lasts for about eight hours of continuous use. This compares favorably with the Fire’s negligibly slower 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. The Fire can be powered up for eight hours of continuous reading or seven-and-a-half-hours of video streaming.

The Nook allows access to about 170 apps, and the Kindle’s Amazon app store blows that number out of the water with access to a few thousand. The Kindle’s app selection still gets dwarfed by the Apple Mac App Store, which can run most of its 250,000 apps on the iPad or iPad 2.

At the end of the day, the perfect tablet for you depends on what you want to use it for. If you plan on using your tablet as an e-Reader and portable movie screen, the Nook, with its fantastic screen, might be the best option for you. The lack of a dedicated streaming video service on the Nook is a bit perplexing and while the device can run Hulu Plus for a $7.99 per month subscription fee, the offerings are not as wide as Amazon Prime, which can stream more than 10,000 movies and television shows for an annual subscription fee of $79. If selection of apps and access to Amazon Prime appeals to you, go with the Fire.

Author’s Bio: Melissa is a guest writer who considers herself an expert on smartphones, tablets and how to save money with Dell coupons on computer purchases. When she’s not writing guest blogs, you can find her at the Blog Content Guild.


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Sticker Mule Review

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Have you ever wanted to get some custom stickers made for your website, business, band, or any other reason for which you might make a sticker? There are plenty of sticker companies on the internet to choose from, but a lot of these sticker companies require huge bulk orders of a thousand stickers or more. However, there is one company that lets you buy just the right amount of custom stickers, at a reasonable price, with great service. This company is Sticker Mule.

Sticker Mule, first of all, has a very good looking and easy to use website. Second, they are now the official sticker provider of Reddit. They offer free shipping on all orders, and have many different types of stickers to choose from. Your stickers can be different shapes, die cut, kiss cut, bumper stickers, sticker sheets, and even custom iPhone, iPad, iPod, Kindle, and Macbook laptop skins. For this review, I ordered some Reddit stickers, as well as a 50 pack of custom die cut stickers.

Choosing the type of sticker that I wanted was easy, due to the awesome website layout. For the custom stickers, I uploaded a PSD file, wrote a comment to let them know how I wanted it cut, and the next day I got a proof in my email showing exactly how the sticker would look if it was cut that way. I accepted the proof, and got a shipping time estimate for 13 days. After 7 days, I got an email with a UPS tracking number saying my order had shipped. It arrived on the 14th (and I had received my proof on the 1st) in a very sturdy envelope. Considering these were custom die cut stickers, in addition to the popular Reddit stickers, I think that this is a very reasonable time for order fulfillment and shipping.

I could tell right away that the stickers were printed on very high quality paper. They are not glossy, and have a very smooth matte surface. The sticker itself as well as the backing is relatively very thick, meaning you won’t accidentally bend the stickers or rip off a piece, such as the Reddit alien’s antenna. The resolution is superb, with no imperfections visible. There is no color bleed, and the colors were reproduced perfectly from the PSD I had uploaded. The cut was very clean and precise, and followed my outline exactly. I was very surprised at how heavy the stickers were due to the heavy duty paper used. According to the website, the stickers are fade and water resistant. This would take too long to test, but I have no doubts about this claim. In fact, I am going to put one of the Reddit stickers on my motorcycle helmet, which will be wet from rain periodically.

The photos of all the stickers can be seen below. I tried my best to reproduce the colors, and I think the photos come close, but they are not exact. The imperfections visible in the photos are not visible when actually looking at the stickers, even if looking closely. The camera shows things that you won’t be able to see with your eyes, so try to ignore that. Apart from that, as you can see in the photos, the ink quality is amazing. I am very satisfied with my order, and if I need some more stickers I will definitely order from Sticker Mule. The prices are reasonable due to the high quality, and if you are trying to spread your brand with stickers, these will definitely do the job very well. I highly recommend Sticker Mule for all your custom sticker needs, as well as for Reddit stickers. These are awesome stickers with superb quality. Check out the photos below.

Disclaimer: I was paid for my time spent on writing this review, and was given store credit to buy the stickers with. However, I can guarantee that this did not influence the review in any way. I have reported all facts as accurately as possible and left out no negative thoughts.


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What headphones should you get if you wear glasses?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

If you have prescription eyeglasses and have ever tried wearing over the ear headphones for extended periods of time, you probably know how painful it can get after an hour or more. The headphones will put pressure on your glasses frame, which will dig into your head and create pressure points. This might prevent you from trying over the ear headphones again. However, there is a solution that doesn’t involve switching to in ear headphones.

Let’s assume the standard budget for most people for decent headphones is $50. So which headphones should you get specifically for wearing over your eyeglasses? Koss PortaPro. As you can see in the photo, they are pretty much designed for people who wear glasses. The top foam rests above your glasses frame, while the headphone part itself goes over your ear. The headphones don’t touch your glasses at all (although that might depend on the glasses).

The headphones easily adjust in size to accommodate any head size, and there is a very cool switch on each side that adjusts pressure of the upper part of the foam. There are three pressure levels, and there is a noticeable difference between each pressure. You can distribute the pressure between your head and your ear however you want. This is seriously not a gimmick, it really does make a difference.

The Koss PortaPro headphones have a retro look to them. The style might not be for everyone, but you might grow to like it. The headphones do look better in person than they do in the photos found online. The band that goes over your head has a very nice brushed metallic finish. The headphones fold up very nicely and lock up with a small hook that’s built into the bottom of the head band, right under the top foam part.

Sound quality is awesome on the Koss PortaPro as well. You can find the specs on their website, linked above. The whole sound range sounds really nice. The bass is very good for this type of headphone. Compared to the Sennheiser HD 202 headphones, the Koss PortaPro sound better in pretty much every way. The bass on the Sennheisers might have been a bit louder, but it sounds better on the PortaPros, almost as if less muffled and more clear.

Overall, the Koss PortaPro headphones are an amazing buy for their price. They can be had for around $35 online if you know where to look, such as on Amazon. For this price, if you need headphones that don’t cause pain or discomfort while wearing prescription eyeglasses, look no further. The Koss PortaPro headphones will give you great sound quality, amazing comfort, great price, and a cool retro look. I have had these headphones for about two or three years now, and they have held up great. I have yet to find a better pair of headphones, comfort wise, for wearing with glasses.


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Magicka Review

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Magicka is currently available on Steam for $9.99. This is a great game with many unique elements to it. It is not an RPG or an MMO, although it might look like one. This video is a good example of the gameplay so you can see for yourself what this game is like. Magicka is well worth the $10 and has a rather funny campaign. Some quirks include random glitches for some people, but I have only experienced three glitches during around 10 total hours of play. The game also isn’t too optimized, as it requires a rather powerful computer for its graphics, which are very good by the way, but should not stress out my computer as much as Crysis does. Overall though, Magicka is a very fun game. Check out the video:


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Osmos Review

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

The first time I ever heard of Osmos was yesterday, when it was part of Steam’s Five Day Long Sale. Originally the game cost $9.99, but the sale brought it down to $2.00 – which is 80% off. After watching a trailer and looking at the great reviews and 81/100 metascore, I decided to buy it since it was only $2. I think I am done with about 70% of the game, after about two hours of gameplay. Here is the link to Osmos on Steam. Screenshots are below, followed by the review.

Osmos comes from a small developer – Hemisphere Games. The game, however, is very good. It is difficult to describe it. Basically, you are an orb. You absorb orbs smaller than you. You get absorbed by orbs larger than you. There is antimatter, which shrinks as it absorbs. There are repulsive orbs, which are pushed away from you. There are “living” orbs, which are like you, but computer controlled – they can move around and think. When you move, you give off small orbs and that causes you to shrink. This means you have to navigate the map wisely, conserving “fuel”.

This is like a puzzle game, combined with the first level of Spore. Except you have no weapons or defenses – you either eat or get eaten – and that only depends on strategy. This game has great visuals and a great atmosphere to it – considering everything is essentially an orb. The music might get repetitive, but at least it’s not generic music like you get in every other game these days. The soundtrack is nice and calming, and it perfectly complements the atmosphere of Osmos.

Osmos combines space with living organisms. There are some levels in which you orbit around a “star”, but you can still move. Some levels have other artificial intelligence. It’s a very cool concept, and it definitely makes Osmos unique. There are at least 14 main levels, and each of those has between two and four sub levels. I say “at least” because I don’t know if I have unlocked all of the levels yet, but I think I have. The levels get more difficult as you play the game, but I feel that it kind of gets tedious. For the most part, you just start off as a smaller orb, so it’s more difficult to advance – the goal of most levels is to “become huge,” which means become the biggest orb on the map. This gets boring – they should have included new types of orbs, and maybe implemented weapons and defenses like in Spore – but I guess that would make this a completely different game.

Another interesting part of the gameplay is that when you move, the orbs you expel as you shrink can be absorbed back by yourself or other orbs. This means when you are fleeing from another orb that’s about to absorb you, that orb absorbs the small orbs you give off, which makes the enemy orb bigger. So when you flee, you are giving the “enemy orb” an advantage.

This game is definitely not meant to be played in one sitting. This is for those times when you don’t feel like playing, say for example, Counter Strike, and just want some quick game to relax with. Osmos is the perfect game for that. I believe it will also have good replay value, since you won’t be able to replay a level in the same way, simply because of the number of orbs on the map that all interact with each other and with you all based on your movements.

In conclusion, I’ve said the word “orb” way too many times in this article. Also, in another conclusion, Osmos is a great game that is definitely worth $10. Getting it for $2 is a steal. Get it while it’s on sale through Steam. Without this sale, the world might have never found out about Osmos. Osmos is definitely up there with World of Goo on the list of great indie games. However, because of how unique it is, many people might not like it or will find it boring. Personally, the only thing I see wrong with Osmos is some of the later levels which just make you start off smaller, but don’t add any new content. I will rate Osmos an 8.5/10. Definitely worth buying.


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ArtsNow Custom Stickers Review

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I recently ordered a custom sticker from ArtsNow.com and here is a quick review.

For $1.99, you get a 5×3 inch “waterproof, weatherproof and fade proof” sticker “with an aggressive permanent adhesive.” I did not get a chance yet to test the ruggedness and stickiness of the sticker, but I plan to attach it to a freeride mountain bike, so it will eventually get a lot of abuse. If the sticker fails anytime soon, I will update this review. I don’t think it will though; it feels really tough.

Since this is a sticker there’s not much to review. The printing quality is bad and blurry. The blurriness is only noticed from one foot away or closer however. My home inkjet printer can make a much higher quality print. The colors are off from the original image I submitted, but that might be because I forgot to optimize it for printing when making it in Photoshop. I also was expecting it to be shiny, but it’s matte.

In conclusion, it’s cheap, but the quality is low. Shipping is straight from China, so it takes at least a week. The quality is alright for the price – most other custom sticker sites I found only let you buy in bulk. Look at the pictures below and judge for yourself. I did my best to optimize my point-and-shoot camera to show the true quality and color. The first picture is the original custom image I submitted, and the rest are of the actual sticker.

Oh and by the way, their custom mousepads also come out a bit blurry, but they’re a great value for the money.


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Acer Aspire One Review

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I just bought an Acer Aspire One. I got this netbook on eBay, brand new, for $314 after Microsoft Bing Cashback. This was the cheapest netbook I could find that had a full size keyboard, which was the main selling point for me. I tried typing on netbooks with smaller keyboards before, and it was really hard.

The Acer Aspire One has an 11.6 inch screen running a resolution of 1366 x 768. That is a lot of resolution for such a small screen. My 19″ monitor runs 1440 x 900, which is just a bit higher. I got the Aspire One model with the 6 cell battery, 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive.

Here is a review after a few days of using this netbook. First off, it looks amazing. Acer designed this Aspire One really well. The cover is glossy on both sides, and the keyboard is matte. The keyboard looks great, and it looks like the keys are oversized. Come to think of it, it looks quite a lot like Apple’s new keyboards. As for the screen, as far as I know there is no matte option, but I could be wrong. I couldn’t find one. Still, when the brightness is turned up, you do not notice the reflections mostly, and it ends up looking better because of the richer colors made possible by the glossy finish. However, if it’s sunny and you’re sitting near a window, the glare is horrible. The cover is a fingerprint and dust magnet. It looks good, but if you want to keep it looking nice, you will have to clean it with a cloth every couple of days.

Going into functionality now, let’s start with the trackpad. This trackpad is a multi-gesture trackpad, letting you go back and forward between web pages, and… zooming? I turned the zoom gesture off, because I never zoom, and it got in the way of page navigation using two fingers. I don’t see any other useful features of the trackpad, although you can spend half an hour in the software setting up different things related to the touchpad, so that’s a big plus. You can customize every little thing on this trackpad. A downside, however, is the physical button – it’s too loud when you click it. As for the keyboard, there is not much to say – it’s a full sized keyboard that looks better than any laptop keyboard I’ve ever seen. It also feels great to type on, and I’m actually writing this review using the laptop.

The hardware in the Aspire One is slow, and that’s that. However, you cannot have a dual core that runs 10 hours on a single battery. It just has to be slow to last long. It lags just a tiny bit when playing high quality YouTube videos. It lags when dragging an empty Notepad window around the screen. The Intel GMA 500 graphics chip is weak, and the Intel Atom Z520 is slow. Having said that, you must know what you’re buying, and netbooks aren’t for gaming. It runs applications like Firefox and Microsoft Word 2007 just fine, taking a few seconds to start each one. This is a good trade of performance for battery life in my opinion. The 6 cell battery is rated for 8 hours of life, but the Windows XP power meter shows 10 hours remaining with the screen brightness on 3/10, WiFi turned on, and browsing the web. If you are going to be using this netbook for school, you most likely won’t need to bring the charger with you. And to finish off the hardware section of this review, the WiFi is great – it catches my router’s signal at a place where no other laptop, cellphone, or desktop with wifi adapter can get a signal. The Aspire One is also very quiet, and I don’t think it even runs the fan when it’s not plugged in. Weighing around 3 pounds, I can actually keep it on my lap without having to worry about getting burns on my legs – it’s the coolest-running laptop I’ve ever used. And I almost forgot about the webcam – I will never use it, but the quality is decent (but still worse than my cell phone).

Now, normally when reviewing a computer I wouldn’t even mention software, as it is installed separately and has nothing to do with the hardware itself. However, since this netbook doesn’t have an optical drive and it would be too much work to make a bootable USB drive, I didn’t reinstall Windows on it. I decided to get rid of the crapware manually. It took five hours. The amount of crap software that was bundled with this computer was astonishing. There were about 30 game trials, a bunch of Acer software, a trial of Office, Microsoft Works, DVD software, messengers, and the list can go on. Now really, they installed PowerDVD when this laptop doesn’t even have a DVD drive. It was incredible slow when I first booted it up. After five hours I managed to remove everything, and I am certain it now runs twice as fast without 15 programs running in the background. I really hope Acer got paid large amounts of money to install this much CRAP on this computer. And it’s a shame because 99% of people will never experience the full speed of their computer because they don’t know about the software that’s running in the background, and that they don’t need any of it. This preinstalled crapware is by far the worst part about the Acer Aspire One.

Now here are a few of the things I did to optimize the computer, make it a lot faster, and then a summary. I changed the Windows style to Classic. I removed all the crapware that came with the computer and ran CCleaner and msconfig to optimize startup. I replaced McAfee with AVG Free, and Adobe Reader with Foxit Reader. The only Acer software I kept was Launch Manager, which makes all the media keys work properly.

In conclusion, the Acer Aspire One A0751h looks great, is slow, lasts 8+ hours as advertised, has great WiFi reception, and comes with a lot of crapware. Buy this netbook if you do not need it for gaming or watching movies. This is the perfect note-taking laptop for school. At the $380 MSRP it’s a good deal; at the $314 price I got it for, it’s a steal. I highly recommend this netbook if you need long battery life, light weight, low heat, etc. Do not expect speed or performance though, as that is the opposite of what this computer is designed for. If you have any questions about the Acer Aspire One 11.6″ feel free to ask in the comments below.

Looks – 10/10 (looks great, shiny, great keyboard, screen, etc)
Quality – 10/10 (everything is solid, the WiFi switch wobbles, but that’s minor)
Performance – 3/10 (however, this is what enables long battery life)
Battery Life – 10/10 (Windows XP says 10 hours, but I can get it to 11 if I need to)
Software – 2/10 (the crapware is horrible, like a disease of the operating system)


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Codemasters FUEL Review

Friday, July 17th, 2009

image from fuel-game.com

“Surface specific handling” is named as one of the main features in the Vehicles section of FUEL’s official web site. Well I sure hope so, as every game I can remember from the past ten years has had surface specific handling. Ever driven off the track in any racing game? Slows you down, right? That’s surface specific handling.

Let’s get straight to the review. If you don’t know what FUEL is supposed to be, check the link above. FUEL is one of those games that sounds like a great concept but the final product is the opposite of what it should have been. A game where you can roam thousands of miles of land on quads, dirt bikes, race cars, buggies, trucks, etc. So where does it fail? Everywhere.

I’ll start with the vehicles. Some of them look like they’ve been built from trash picked up in a post- apocalyptic dumpster. That’s fine, but what theme are they going for here? What’s with all the broken, rusted cars on the sides of the roads? How do they fit in? This certainly isn’t the worst part of the game, but it just doesn’t make much sense.

Next part is the gameplay. It feels like a Wii port. The gameplay is way past arcade style; it’s like arcade dumbed down for five year olds. You can make 180 degree u-turns going 110mph on a dirt bike. Every time you even touch the left or right arrow keys to turn, the screen violently turns and the vehicle you’re using makes a sharp swerve, almost as if trying to turn off the trail. Going downhill, you’ll accelerate from 80 to 90 miles an hour in one second, and then it suddenly stops accelerating and you can’t go one mile faster, even though you’re going down a 70 degree cliff. Grand Theft Auto (the first one. yes, the one that was two-dimensional.) has more realistic handling and gameplay.

How can it get worse? The sounds. Engine noises sound nothing like engines. Every time a vehicle reaches redline, it makes this dumb clicking noise which sounds nothing like a rev limiter or an engine that’s reached max RPM. It sounds like a clock ticking, but about fifty times faster. And that’s another thing, nothing actually stops at redline. All vehicles rev past redline, almost to the end of the gauge, then shift up, then the arrow shoots back to a bit past redline and it continues. It only switches gears when it’s way past redline. And there is no manual option, so you’re stuck with this. The in-game music is also horrible. You don’t expect much good music from games, but this is some of the most boring generic music I’ve heard. I’d rather listen to static from an old analog TV.

And then there is the actual racing part. You’re one minute behind the first one or two computer controlled riders, and then 500 feet before the finish line you always somehow blow past them. This happens in every race. The AI players accelerate too fast for the vehicle they’re using and you can’t catch up no matter the shortcuts you take, and then when you’re getting closer to the finish line you easily pass them. The AI is also pretty dumb, trying to climb hills on sharp turns and getting stuck, running into trees and obstacles, etc.

Bugs. At least I think they are. So far I’ve managed to go through a guard rail and through a building. I’ve also went through some trees, jumped off of others, bounced off of some, and crashed into the rest. Most crashes automatically respawn you, so the damage you get is pretty much pointless. I’ve also crashed while landing a jump onto flat land with both wheels level – as soon as I touched the ground, it respawned me. I’ve also been respawned once for no reason at all – I was going straight on a paved road and all of a sudden I get respawned. And no I’m not pressing the respawn key accidentally because I remapped all the keys. The stock key configuration was completely idiotic. Space was gas, Ctrl was brake, Zero on the number pad was handbrake, and turning was with the arrow keys. And on the menu, you have to press T and Y to switch between the menu items and you can’t remap those keys. That’s completely stupid.

Graphics are usually important to me in a game. The graphics in FUEL are good yet bad at the same time. Sitting ten feet back from your computer screen the game looks great. However, if you take a look at normal viewing distance, the textures are blurry, antialiasing just makes everything look blurry, a lot of edges aren’t antialiased at all, the vehicle tires don’t look like they make any contact with the ground, and I could go on about more minor things. To top it off, the game won’t even let you change the settings, so I don’t even know if I’m running at full settings or not. There are only four choices apart from the resolution, antialiasing, and filtering, and they are normal maps, dirt maps, occlusion, and shadow maps.

In conclusion. The vehicles look fun and there’s a big selection, but a lot of them are just weird and don’t make sense in the setting and theme. Gameplay sucks big time and it feels like this was designed for little kids to play on their Wiis. The sounds are terrible and boring. Racing makes the AI do stupid things, and the AI is stupid in general. The game is full of bugs and stupid things you can’t control but should be able to, like auto-respawn, manual or auto transmission, etc. Graphics look bad except when you’re racing, which makes them the best part of the game. And that’s not saying much because they still look worse than GRID or DIRT, Codemasters’s previous two racing games. I also didn’t mention anywhere that the open world is pointless. There’s nothing to do that’s actually fun, and 97% of the land is the same. You can’t do any tricks when getting air (yet the game automatically does tricks for you for some reason).

My grade: 3/10. If you’re looking for something fun, go play Twisted Metal. If you’re looking for a racing game, play NFS, GRID, DIRT, etc. If you want to roam about offroad and do stunts on ATVs, dirt bikes, cars, trucks, and the rest, go play GTA. FUEL is a waste of time, and I will be uninstalling it shortly. The concept sounds great but the game fails at everything it tries to do.


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Google Chrome has a long way to go

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Google Chrome was released only a few days ago and it has already gained more than 1% market share. But all this means is that people downloaded it to try it out, not to make it their new browser. This also shows why Chrome took away from Firefox’s market share and not Internet Explorer’s – because only tech-savvy users downloaded it, since Chrome is just a beta, and we all know IE users aren’t as tech-savvy (no offense if you’re using IE because of personal preference).

So the point here is that Chrome was downloaded and used so much in such a short time because people wanted to try it out. It doesn’t mean it’s better than Firefox or any other browser. It’s a beta with almost no features.

Chrome has a very high potential to become a superior browser. It is fast and very lightweight. But this might be because of its lack of features. It doesn’t even have middle click scrolling yet. Chrome is no where near ready for full time use. And by the time it gets features and addons, and goes out of beta, Firefox will probably be on version 4.

Final review – Chrome has lots of potential, but it’s not ready to be your everyday browser. It has gained significant market share because mostly Firefox users wanted to give it a try, since it’s from Google, so it has to be good. I will be trying Chrome again in a few months, after it gets patched and updated more. I don’t expect it to go out of beta for at least two years.

And for most people disliking the blue theme, this is how it looks in Vista:


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Sandisk Sansa e250 Review

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The Sandisk Sansa e250 is a budget MP3 player that can be had for under $30 if you know where to look. I got one from Woot.com for $34.99 shipped. I have had this MP3 player for almost eight months.

The build quality of the Sandisk Sansa e250 is good. It has a nice, sleek front cover that doesn’t scratch easily, and a matte dark silver back. Four screws are visible on the back. The scroll wheel on the front has a bright blue backlight. It looks like it’s lit in four places, and it’s not a perfectly even glow. This scroll wheel also wobbles a lot, and is the worst part of the build quality section. Everything else is solid. There is also a voice recorded and a slot for a micro SD card if you want to expand the memory. The stock headphones are terrible and belong in your trash can right away. They are worse than airline headphones.

On the software side, the e250 has a radio, and of course an MP3 player. The MP3 player displays the filenames of the songs, not the embedded artist and song name information like an iPod does. The software is also very buggy. It does not want to turn on a lot of the time, and sometimes it doesn’t turn off. When charging, it often doesn’t charge at all and flashes a low battery warning. Also when charging, the backlight on the screen stays on, which can be annoying if you want to leave it to charge overnight. And if you turn off your computer while charging, the backlight will stay on even though it’s not charging anymore – depleting the whole battery.

The software is terrible, and it makes the whole MP3 player terrible. Of course you can load up some custom firmware and software on it, but this review is for the stock MP3 player since most people won’t be changing software. The interface of the stock software is ugly, buggy, and overall crap. If it wasn’t for the software and the wobbly scroll wheel, I would say this little 2GB Sandisk Sansa e250 is a better buy than my iPod Nano 4GB was. Overall I rate the Sandisk Sansa e250 6.5/10. And this is because of the ultra low price. If you put custom software and firmware on it, along with some decent headphones, it would be 9.5/10. Read reviews, compare cheapest prices of Sandisk, Creative, Archos, Philips and Latest MP4 Players at MP4playerreviews.co.uk.


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