12-01-2008 05:44 PM
If products such as these are necessary or desirous, Sandisk may want to consider an engineering change. I've been dealing with the mini stereo connector since day one, and never had one to fail. I'm taking a 'wait and see' approach. If I experience a failure, it will certainly influence by buying decision the next time I purchase a personal audio player. My attitude is if such devices are necessary for the proper operation of the product, they should be included with the product.
I still say that such devices are unneccessary, if proper care is given with the product. I take good care of my audio equipment and have many components and products that are in fine working condition that are several decades old. And let's face it...... even if I get a year or so use out of my Sansa Fuze, it was money well spent. Pretty cheap entertainment. If I need to replace it in that time-frame, so be it.
"Before I sink into the big sleep...I want to hear the scream of the Butterfly"
12-02-2008 07:33 AM
I've had My Fuze since it was first released (I think March?) and I've used it in my car almost everyday since then. Which means plugging it in when I get in my car and unplugging it when I get home, pretty much every day. And sometimes more often if I stop somewhere and don't want to leave the player out visible in the car. I've had no problems at all and don't really expect to.
I think most wear and tear problems with headphone jacks are related more to lateral stress on the jack than to plugging/unplugging.
As to the reason the jack is on the bottom, it's actually the most natural place for a pocketable player. If you put the player in your pocket upside down with the screen facing in, when you pull it out of your pocket it will be in the correct orientation in your hand. If the jack is on the top, then the player will be upside down in your hand when you pull it out. Also, if you have the player sitting on your desk, there will be a little less cord lying on the desk. If the jack was on top the cord would have to wrap around the player and will tend to spin the player around.
12-02-2008 07:52 AM
Either orientation (top or bottom) has its advantages. It's in swapping regularly between the two devices, plus the side-mounted jack of the Clip, that the differences become more significant.
I've become familiar with the inverted Fuze, and being able to pop it from the pocket and read the display is fine. Pausing the unit is where the oddities begin, as to briefly pause, I must remember whether the e200 or Fuze is in the pocket, so I press the correct side of the scroll wheel. Essentially, i guess that's one more icon in my brain's task tray.
The design of the new headphone jack seems to be fine thus far, despite the increased insertion force required over the e200 series.
12-02-2008 09:07 AM
How ergonomic and Feng Shui of you to offer us this point of view.
12-02-2008 09:56 AM
The worm got mad flow!