Sandisk Sansa e280 and Rockbox
I've recently bought a Sandisk Sansa e280. It's an mp3 player with a fairly decent LCD screen, somewhat a scroll wheel similar to the iPod Nano's scroll wheel. It also has a nifty microSD card reader slot on the side. It has 8GB of storage, and USB 2.0 connectivity.
I did my research and bought this Sansa as soon as I found a good price for it. (It was on sale from 250 to 150 CAD. It was knocked down another 20 bucks due to the fact that I bought 150 CAD headphones with it, so it was a great deal overall.)
The original firmware is decent for being closed source. I gave it about 5 minutes use. Actually, I hardly listened to one song on the original firmware.
As soon as I got to my room, I plugged it up and installed Rockbox. I screwed up a bit because I didn't read the instructions properly, but yeah, that's me. Used it for a bit, but I accidentally broke the audio plug and returned it for an exchange. I instantaneously bricked the new one on purpose by wiping it with dd and /dev/zero. Debricked it eventually and got rockbox back on.
Fiddling with it, I got it to do many things. Even DOOM runs on it efficiently. It looks amazing.
The only thing that isn't amazing is that USB support is broken in Rockbox for the e200 series. It boots into the official firmware for USB support.
Interesting experience, indeed. All in all, the player is awesome. I'd give it a 9/10. Seriously.
If you're looking for something decent that isn't full of trademarks and restrictions, I'd recommend the Sandisk Sansa e280.
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