Funky young SanDisk shakes to the beat

We can stare at product porn centrefolds of £70,000 KEF speakers all day long, but every now and then a gadget pops along that screams 'fun', whi

We can stare at product porn centrefolds of £70,000 KEF speakers all day long, but every now and then a gadget pops along that screams 'fun', while demanding barely any wallet outlay at all.SanDisk's Shaker MP3 player is just such a device – with the best control method we've ever seen. Don't like the current track? Then give it a shake. It'll skip straight to the next one. Two shakes and it'll skip two tracks. Genius!The 'lid' features a built-in speaker and there are two headphone jacks for easy sharing with friends. The two white bands offer yet more innovative controls. Twist the bottom one right or left to skip forwards or back a track, without shaking, or give the top one a spin to control the volume.Tunes are stored on SD with a 512MB card bundled in the box – good for around 125 MP3s. A single AAA battery keeps the Shaker juiced-up for 15 hours.The pepper pot player is supposedly aimed at 'tweens'; that annoying group with less money than teens but significantly more pester power. Do yourself a favour, though, and ignore the age label because this one's far too good to waste on kids.

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SanDisk Sansa ShakerPrice: £TBA ($40 in US)On sale: 2007 (April in US)Contact: SanDiskRelated stories:Wi-Fi Sansa leads a new Sandisk MP3some