I bought an e260 off eBay for ninety bucks new a while back to replace my old player (MobiBlu DAH-1500i, the Cube) since the battery was only getting 1-2 hours of playback on a charge.
I love the friggin thing. It has real buttons and a mechanical scrollwheel, which is fantastic for people (like me) who hate hate hate touchpads. The screen is proportionately huge, and everything's pretty sharp and the colors look good. Plays video well. If you're wondering, (and I know a few of you are, this is Woot after all) anime gets squashed down too small to read subtitles.
Sound quality is on par with the Creative Zen Micro I'd eBayed before getting the Sansa (which had a touchpad and was laggy as holy hell - something to think about when comparing this thing to a 30GB Zune, flash is a lot more responsive!) and the microSD expansion slot is great - I've already got a 2GB card in my phone, and if I ever get tired of swapping it out between devices a second one will set me back what, $15, $20?
Negatives: the buttons are pretty tiny and are arranged around the scroll wheel in such a way as to make them as ergonomically giraffe-like and carpal tunnel-inducing as possible. It's a well-designed player, but why the hell didn't they make the buttons bigger? There's certainly enough room for it.
Also, the center button (inside the scroll wheel) feels REALLY cheap, like it's held on with a plastic clip molded into its back side or something. You can wiggle it around and I'm kind of afraid that I'd smash it if I pressed it too hard. This is the only part of the player that isn't rock-solid, and it's kind of a disappointment. They could have popped in a rubber gasket or something so it didn't feel so much like it was rattling around in the casing.
Other than that, it's all I could want from an MP3 player. The charging/sync cord is sweet (though proprietary) - it actually locks into the player and you can't accidentally (or deliberately) yank it out unless you depress the two little tabs on the plug. Just a little heads-up for anyone who might otherwise spend a couple minutes trying to yank it (like me... that was followed by a lot of "oh s***, did I break anything?" once I figured it out).
geomit wrote:I don't like that the only way to recharge the device is through USB.
You can buy wall-to-USB adaptors for like three bucks on eBay, FYI.
Oh, and the 20-hour battery is removeable/replaceable. SanDisk sells them direct for twenty bucks.
clarkbhm wrote:Anybody know whether this will keep its position in an mp3 file when it's turned off? I like to use mine for listening to audio books, but I don't want to lose my place when I turn it off (like the stupid RCA lyra series)
No bookmarking capability, sorry. It does turn on to whatever file you were listening to when you turned it off though, so maybe you could make each chapter a separate MP3 or something?
Sorry for the essay, but hey...