Sansa c200 series

The Sansa c200 series is a range of portable media players developed by SanDisk. The line consists of two models: the c240, 1GB, the c250, 2GB. Both models are equipped with a micro SD card slot, a 1.4-inch LCD screen, a built-in microphone and an FM radio. The c200 series drives are available in four colors: black, red, pink and blue.

The Sansa c200 series can play MP3, WMA and WAV audio files and play audio file labels to display song information such as albums, artists, titles and album art. The c200 series players automatically sort music files in a library by tag users who can browse their music by artist, album, track, genre, or year. Version 2 of the c200 firmware also supports Audible .AA format. The player also allows users to mix music playlists and create their own. C200 series drives support viewing image files in JPEG or bitmap format, and allow users to organize photos into albums and display photo slideshows. The c200 series has a built-in microphone in one end of the drive; users can make voice recordings that record WAV files in the RECORD directory of the player. An FM radio is built into the c200, the player uses the headphones as a radio antenna, so the reception varies. Recordings can be made from the FM radio and are recorded in the RECORD directory of the player. The c200 series includes the SanDisk micro SD card slot. A micro SD card with a maximum capacity of 2 GB can be inserted into this slot on the c200 to increase the player’s music storage limit. The battery is easily replaceable and requires no tools, which allows users to keep an extra battery and exchange them on the go.

The graphical user interface (GUI) preinstalled on the Sansa c200 series drives is quite intuitive. All elements of the player are organized into menus that scroll up and down. The c200 GUI is almost identical to the Sansa e200 series and uses many of the same icons. The c200’s control layout consists of a keyboard on the right side of the player, a volume rocker on the top and a record and hold button on the bottom. The keyboard’s up and down buttons allow the user to scroll through menus as expected, the square button in the center of the keyboard is used to select menu items and the left button returns to the previous menu.

The C200 series drives feature a long rectangular port at one end that connects to a proprietary jack on special USB 2.0 cables and power adapters. When the player is connected to a computer, it automatically switches to USB mode. The Sansa c200 has two modes USB, MTP and MSC. In Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) mode, music and photos can only be transferred to c200 series players via a media management program such as Windows Media Player or Winamp. When the files are transferred to the player in MTP mode, they are automatically organized by the media management software. The USB Mass Storage Device Class (MSC) mode allows users to better control the media on the c200 by allowing files to be managed on the drive through a file manager such as Windows Explorer or Finder. MSC mode allows users to sort and label files on the drive as they see fit.

The display may be a problem on the c240 and the c250. The 132 x 80 pixel resolution of the 1.4-inch screen is sub-optimal for viewing photos and watching videos. The frame rate is also incredibly low, making it very difficult to play the games delivered with the c200 Rockbox version. The built-in voice recorder can only record in mono. The reception of the built-in FM radio can sometimes be cut off due to use as a headset as the antenna. Like the Sansa e200, the contact of the left channel of the headphone jack tends to disconnect from the main board, but it can be repaired with solder and hot glue. Some low power USB chargers can not charge the c200 battery.

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