I wanted a small mp3 player that I could use while running, but could also record some of my lectures. Needlesly to say the iPod did not fit this category since in my experience they break very easily and they don't have a built-in microphone. So I went searching for the best deal out there. Out of all the iRiver and ithat Sansa's E200 series (e260 is the 4 gb model but there is a 2 gb and 8 gb model as well) was the only one that came close to what I wanted in an mp3 player at a reasonable price.
This little player has it all: a ton of extra features (video playback, FM radio, built-in microphone and best of all it's much cheaper than a lot of other similar players, oh and don't forget about Rockbox, a great open source firmware that if instaled can turn this mp3 player into a great, great product)
Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't the best mp3 player ever made; the navigation wheel on it takes some getting used to and the player feels a bit bulk. Also you need to convert media such as photos and video through a media converter in order to play them on it. But even so the large number of extra features, the Rockbox firmware (which I greatly recomend) and the low price make this the best mp3 player out there at this moment. If you have doubts, just buy a refurbished one for under $40 and try it out, you won't be disapointed.
Model number: SDMX4-4096Memory capacity: 4 GBMemory type: Flash memoryExternal memory: Micro SD card slotAudio file format: MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10 (PlaysForSure), WAVHours of music content: 64 hoursStill image file format: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIFVideo format: AVI, MPEG-1/MPEG-2 in MPEG, MPG, MPE/VOB (unprotected), MPEG-4 in AVI format, DAT, ASF, QuickTime MOV (QuickTime 6.5 or higher required), WMV (Windows Media Player 9 or 10.0 required)Tuner type: Digital FM tunerTuner memory: 20Display: 1.8-inch TFT color LCD displayPower supply: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, user replaceable (included), USB chargingBattery life: Up to 20 hoursConnectors: Headdphone jack, USB 2.0 portMicrophone: Built-in microphoneFM recording: SupportedVoice recording: SupportedMicrosoft PlaysFor Sure: SupportedMinimum system requirements: Windows XP SP1; Windows Media Player 10+; Intel Pentium PC or equivalent; CD-ROM drive; available USB 2.0 port for hi-speed transferDimension: 3.5 x 1.74 x 0.56 inches (WxHxD)Weight: 2.7 ouncesWarranty: 1-year limited warrantyWhat's in the Box: Sansa e260 digital audio player, travel pouch and lanyard, stereo headphones, lithium ion rechargeable battery, USB cable, quick start guide