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As Close to the Sansa Clip+ as You Can Get Today
November 2, 2019
This is a spiffy little unit, with excellent sound quality, a solid feel, and good navigation, at a decent price.
Gosh, how I wish I had stocked up on Clip+ units when they were selling for $30. This is still the best stand-alone mp3 player ever made: lightweight, superb, and solid mechanical button navigation that seemed specifically designed for podcasts, right down to hiding empty directories.
But now their batteries are dying, and you can't buy a new one for less than $150.
AGPTEK's M13 is as close as you'll get to it: much heavier, and with twitchy navigation: look at the display the wrong way and you've skipped through the track. (Hint: always tap the power button after you've started the track, which means you've got to tap it again to get navigation back.) And you'll find yourself wasting time in empty directories. Plus, there's no clip or wrist band--just a hefty rectangle you'll have to hold onto or stuff in a pocket.
So, until Sandisk gets its act together with the newer Clip versions, which don't hold a candle to the Clip+, or better yet, simply start manufacturing it again, the AGPTEK M13 is the best you're going to do.
Update: After using this unit for a few months, I downgraded it to 3 stars: the navigation is very annoying; if you even look at the touch keys the wrong way, they fire off, it's mandatory to lock the pad when not operating the keys. There is only a single, slow, scroll feature within a file. Finally, and worst of all, the keypad becomes unstable and completely unusable in the rain. I've gone back to using my old Sandisk Clip+, which, senile as it is, is still far superior to this unit.