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This is a flash memory based portable media player, this will play audio as well as video and because it is flash memory it means that file transfer and navigation will be quick and easy unlike the slow responde that you can sometimes get on the iPod classic. The slim, thin sony erriccson-like design means that it will slide into almost any pocket and is perfect for exercise, simple large easy to understand buttons means that navigation is simple (even for those of us that may have larger than average fingers). It's batter life is amazing, it claims to play for 48 hours of music but i found I got 45 hours of continuous music playback. Not only that but its great for watching videos on the go, it even comes with a small fold out stand that tucks away neatly into the back of the device after you are done with it. It's ana amazing little thing,although the small screen does make it difficulty for long hours of watching, possible not the best of devices for watching movies on an aeroplane. The earphones that come with the player are amazing and they definitely bring ut the true potential of the player, unlike the cheap headphones you get with apple devices, these are in ear headphones are are superior to the apple ones. However one feature that is missing from the pervious generation is the noise cancelation feature and also the on the go playlists, which made this a fun little device. Instead, they have given it tiny speakers and an oversized screen. However the largest problem is that transcoding large video files can be a pain as it takes a long time.
It is not an upgrade from the previous generation of walkman but is a new device on its own. A high quality audio and video player that looks like a phone.
I have had this MP3 player for around 6 months, and am very happy with it. The screen is large and bright, and the player is extremely easy to use and navigate. The product is thin and easy to slip into a pocket or bag. On the side is a "hold" button which stops you from accidently pressing buttons when listening to music, a switch to change between headphones and speakers, and volume buttons. All are large and easy to press.
I have split this review into sections, covering the main features of the product.
Listening to music is the main reason I use the product and I am happy with how it performs. Downloading music from the computer is very easy - simply connect the device, open Windows Media Player and drag the tracks that you want into the "Sync" list. Once downloaded, music can be arranged by album, artist, genre or release year. The player has all the usual options for listening- bass, classical, voice, etc, and has different modes such as shuffle and repeat. The sound quality is very good and the supplied earphones are not bad. One downside is the fact that you cannot make playlists on the MP3 player, you have to download them, but this is a minor problem.
As with music, it is easy to download pictures to the player. You can then scroll through them, change the orientation and set them to play as a slideshow. I like this feature as it makes it easy to show photos to people without taking a large camera or printing.
The player supports videos in various formats and plays them well - I have never experienced any problems with playback and the quality is pretty good. As with pictures you can change the orientation. Due to the screen size I only ever watch short clips, under 10 minutes long, which is all I really want on an MP3 player anyway.
The voice recording is fun, easy to use and fairly good quality - I don't use it often but it is a nice feature to have.
Again, this is not a feature I use very often, but it is useful for showing music and video to friends. The volume and sound quality is better than I expected, especially for such a small MP3 player.
The battery is charged via a USB cable which is easy and convenient. The battery lasts for a long time, especially with the screen brightness reduced.
Overall, a great product I would happily reccomend.
My problem was that I really enjoy to have music at my ears anytime - around the house in particular - and we live in a Semi so I am mindful that next door may not fancy listening to my sounds at the same time as me if at all. When I go on my exercise bike I like to be motivated with some upbeat sounds as it really helps me speed up and keep a good pace going. I had therefore decided that a personal system would be a good answer to my problem however I wasn't sure which one? I like Sony as I have had an MP3 before which was really good and easy to use. So I identified my 3 basic requirements of a MP3 Player. 1. Great sound and ample volume 2. Good size screen to provide clear graphics and navigation 3. Ease of loading music on to the device - via Windows Media Player (WMP) if possible as I am proficient at that.
Well I thought the next bit of research would be an absolute doddle! How very wrong I was. I thought I had narrowed it down to Sony; and would like 16GB as 8GB soon got filled up on my last one. There are so many Sony MP3 players! I was a bit overwhelmed initially but quickly found that I was repeatedly coming back to a particular model which caught my eye in the first instance with its design - black, pretty large with a great size screen 2.4"! not too many buttons and a dial to navigate with. After reading up on this particular MP3 and searching through lots of reviews it became clear to me that this could be the one. The only thing that popped up in reviews a few times was that the volume is not high enough but I don't have the sound too high as it can become uncomfortable so I decided on the Sony NWZS 545B.
PURCHASE? AND WHAT DID I THINK OF THIS MP3?
I was incredibly excited when I spotted this model in Currys for a lot less in a promotional sale. I raced home and settled myself down to open the attractive packaging and read the enclosed set up guide - which I will say was really well laid out, concise and therefore easy to follow - when I am setting things up I don't really want to read reams of stuff I really appreciate the short and to the point information and that is what I got.
So generally off to a good start then - great price, neat packaging and a nice easy set up guide.
So out came the player next and this felt so nice in the palm of my hand - sleek and very attractive, not too heavy either. I didn't look at it for too long even though it is a lovely piece of equipment and set about plugging into the laptop to charge and 'synchronize' (the term used by the Windows Media Player WMP for loading music from the computer and onto your MP3). I choose to let the player automatically load anything new from the WMP although you can set it to manual setting so that you say what is loaded and when it is loaded - you can be in control! This is what I find an absolute joy as all you have to do is RIP (load) the music onto your computer to WMP and then when you plug in your MP3 to the computer it does everything itself! Then it tells you how much space is left on the player and you can create playlists for ease of use on the player too.
One very minor niggle is that the MP3 comes with a usb cable for charging from the computer/laptop and this is not always going to be accessible say if you are on holiday for instance - but never fear because you can purchase a charger pretty reasonably that the usb will attach to. I have seen them on Amazon for great prices and got mine from a mobile phone/MP3 store for under £5.00 so it is not a great problem. Battery life lasts ages which is great - up to 42 hours!
Because I can be a bit clumsy and could drop the player I purchased a case which fits perfectly and has holes for wherever they are needed - for example the two external speakers which play pretty well really though I don't tend to use them. I bought the case from Tuffluv and it is a non leather one and is guaranteed for ages and really well made. They do leather as well but I am vegan so particularly wanted a non leather option.
So once the player had charged, which didn't take a long time at all for a first charge! I plugged in the earphones that came with it which are pretty decent in my opinion and the sound is very impressive! Crystal clear but with this being Sony who have been in the music industry a long time (Walkman! do you remember them?) I was not surprised but at the same time very pleasantly surprised and impressed. I can hear all manner of instruments and effects that are absent from my hearing on my CD player - it's like listening to a new CD! I am in awe!
The player is so easy to use. Start by pressing any button to switch on and then you can navigate the screen with the dial and press the middle of the dial to select, there is a back button and options button from which you can customize sound and all manner of trickery. There is a good radio reception on this player and photo's too! You can access your sounds via the music library by artist or album or genre etc; or you can go to playlists option and access what you want from there more quickly. I tend to use the playlist more than the library though the library can sometimes be quicker as there is a abc section at the top of the screen and you can scroll across to the letter that you require - once again the choice is yours and you are certainly in control.
SUM IT UP!
I am so glad that I decided on this player as it is so light and incredibly slim, sleek and beautifully designed. I find it ergonomically friendly as all the buttons and features are easily reached whilst holding in one hand. The WMP makes life easy peasy with this piece of kit and the sound is so clear - crystal clear! The headphones are fab, they must be because the sound is great. It has a larger screen which I do enjoy as I can see things clearer and more easily. The player is light and easy to carry around. I love it!
At the time of writing these are for sale on Amazon at approx £107
Music heaven for me!
Thanks for reading.
This review will also appear on Ciao under my username Dawnymarie