PRODUCT REVIEW: Philips GoGear SA4020 (2GB)

The Philips GoGear SA4020 doesn't deliver the most enviable list of features for flash-based MP3 players in its price category, but it does boast a solid, well-designed build that's easy on the eyes and pleasant to hold.

EDITORS' RATING: 5.0, average

THE GOOD: The Philips GoGear SA4010 (1GB) and SA4020 (2GB) are stylish, budget MP3 players that fit comfortably in your fist and support Windows Media Player Plays for Sure and WMA DRM10 subscription content.

THE BAD: The GoGear's monochrome screen is hard to read, and the player lacks competitive features such as FM tuner/recorder, line-in recording, custom EQ, and voice recording-quality settings.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Though the Philips GoGear SA4010 and SA4020 cost $10 to $20 less than their competition, they sacrifice valuable functionality. For those with razor-sharp budgets, this Philips GoGear SA4000 series delivers decent design and basic functions, but consider paying a little more for a much more robust player.