Pros: Small, great sound quality, expandable storage, rockbox compatible, durable
Cons: Menu button lost its responsiveness but only after years of usage
This little player can take a beating. I am not careful with this device and I've dropped it many times on all types of surfaces and it keeps going. I have had my player for nearly 3 years now and the menu button now requires a harder press to respond. Headphone jack will be looser with wear and tear, it should be fine if you do not change headphones much or if you don't tug on the headphone cable to pull the clip zip out of your pocket.
This player has a OLED screen, which is immediately apparent when using it at night as black does not emit light.
Sansa clips have measured well historically in the past and this is no different. It has an output impedance of less than 2 ohms which is great for low impedance headphones as it does not change the frequency response of my headphones. I pair this up with my Westone UM2 and it sounds great. You do not need to spend a lot for great sound; only if you are driving something that is likely not very portable for outdoor usage. I do not feel compelled to buy anything else until this thing is dead. I don't need a multi hundred dollar "audiophile" player to improve my UM2. My UM2 sounds just as good out of this player compared to my desktop O2+ODAC combo.
I also installed rockbox. I cannot think of a better player for the price that has rockbox compatibility let alone expandable storage (I am using a 64GB card) . Having rockbox makes this player very flexible in terms of settings. This makes the player superb and greatly improves its usability from its basic stock UI. I really like the settings to change the screen time out length as well as where the player loads to when powered on; I chose to go to database. I never changed the volume by accident in my pocket when it is not locked. My microsd card stays in just fine, never popped out by accident and I didn't tape it in or anything.
I think I wish I could do is remove the clip part as I usually just leave this player in my pockets.
They've dumbed down the new clip sport to support only 4000 files (2000 from sd and 2000 from internal) which is more reason to buy another clip zip! Also the new clip sport is not rockbox compatible!!
I will be glad to buy this player again without hesitation.