SanDisk’s latest update for the Sansa Fuze fixes a bunch of bugs and adds further improvements and features. One of the more notable features is the addition of File/Folder browsing, something many Fuze fans have been campaigning for since its release. Additionally they have added a normalization feature called “Replay Gain” which basically keeps the sound normalized (same volume) throughout the song or album.
Finally, the biggest update is the addition of slotRadio support. Below are a few screenshots of the implementation and a quick overview.
Here is a teardown of SanDisk’s latest. The disassembly was straight forward being that the housing was held together by plastic clips on each side. Once inside, the removal of the LCD is just a matter of releasing it from a set of clips.
This may not be something you want to do for fun since it may not go back together as tight as it once was. So I would urge you to only use this guide as a repair reference if you are going to take the Fuze apart. Otherwise please enjoy this journey into the depths of the Sansa Fuze’s internals.
There was a gap that needed to be filled in the Sansa product line in between the Clip and the View. This gap was filled by the Fuze with a bigger screen, more capacity, and a memory slot compared to the Clip; but it wasn’t quite the flagship as the View with a lower resolution screen, smaller size, smaller capacities, and weaker video playback abilities.
Falling nicely in between the two the Fuze is a welcome member to the family with many improvements all around- even outperforming the View in some respects. If you would like the full scoop, read on, and I will break it all down for you.
An observant forum member snooped around the new Sansa updater a few weeks ago, and realized a device named “Fuze” was mentioned in the about section.Today he googled around and came across a Sansa Fuze accessory bundle which makes the possibility of a Fuze in the works so much more believable.
From the looks of it, the Fuze might fill the gap in SanDisk’s new product line between the Sansa Clip and the Sansa View. Size wise the Fuze looks to be something along the lines of the 3rd gen iPod Nano, and the design resemblance is also very noticeable. If this is a Nano competitor, I’m guessing we can expect up to 8-16GB memory, video playback and SanDisk’s usual included radio.
No official word yet from SanDisk