At around £25, the Sony walkman is good value for money, comparing well to the cost of other big brands. The item does exactly what it claims to, it has by far enough memory for me, although if you have very large amounts of music you may want to consider purchasing something with a greater memory. The mix function is useful, and because it is much smaller than other products it is very handy to keep in your pocket. The battery lasts a good few hours, and the walkman recharges by plugging into your laptop or PC (something to consider if you don't have easy access to one, but handy for most people).
There are a number of downsides to the Sony walkman though, which explain the price difference between it and something like an ipod. It is much harder to navigate your way to the songs that you want if you don't have a proper screen, and the computer programme that comes with it isn't that great, it is not as simple to use as itunes, but does have the advantage of being compatable with the music players that come with standard PCs. I found on my laptop it was quite slow to load songs onto the MP3 player, but once you've done that it works very well as an extremely portable music player.
I bought this mp3 player well over a year ago, as a cheap and cheerful alternative to the iPod I'd broken days before going on holiday. It's only got 512mb of storage on there, but what the hell i thought... It's cheap and I dont need much.
Upon getting home, with the plan of 'chucking some tunes on it then leaving' I discovered that I had to go through a painstaking process of installing Sony's software (SonicStage) which then has to convert mp3's to it's own format before it will let you put them on your player. This wouldnt be a problem, if it didnt take the best part of 30 seconds per song.
Once all the music was on there however (and it did store a reasonable amount, I'll admit) it was fine. Music quality was passable (if nothing special), style is nice, it has a load of basic features. My main gripe with it is that it took me about 6 months before i happened across where the playlists are stored. It's not obvious by any means.
In hindsight, I wish i'd shelled out for an iPod, but for a cheap throwaway player, it's lastest me a good long time.
Upon first glance, it is hard to deny the workmanship of Sony that is reflected in the NW E002. The player is USB memory styled, which explains why it looks like a USB flash drive. The player can be used to store files and data to transfer from one computer to another if needed. The size and weight of the player is compact, only weighing 23g, it might be possible to just forget that you are carrying it.
When using the supplied headphones, the sound quality is quite good with a good level of bass and accurate treble. Since they are in ear styled headphones, the interruption of background noise is less noticeable, the length of the cable is also quite long, which allows you to store the player in a bag when travelling if required. In addition, there is a volume limiter that you can access via the menu, which is a good feature o protect your ears or younger users.
Like any other Sony player, you must use the supplied software to transfer files. Which means it does not support drag and drop, which would be much more convenient and fast. The player supports all audio files in the WAV, WMA, AAC, gapless files, Atrac3 and MP3 file format.
The ergonomic placing of the buttons and controls makes it easy to control the player with a single hand if needed. The menu structure is simple and clear to understand, which makes the player very user friendly. A good and well prepared set of quick start guides re provided, which makes it simple to set up the player initially and to yourself familiarize with it.
Due to the small size of the display screen, it is only capable of displaying basic track information in the form of text. It does not support photos nor videos. Apart from the usual features, it lacks additional functions such as radio capabilities, however, it does boost an alarm and clock. Not carry pouches are provided with the player.
Being a USB player, you do not require any additional cables to transfer files and songs, which is quite handy and convenient. Its file transfer speed is also quite good, on average taking about 4.6 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files.
Its battery stamina is quite good also, providing up to 25 and a half hours of continuous audio playback. Charging i performed via the USB and its take about half an hour to fully charge. It is also possible to charge the player for about 5 minutes which could provide about 2 hours of continuous audio playback.
The construction of the player is sturdy, meaning it is capable of withstanding the occasional drop or knock.
I bought this MP3 because it was the cheapest one with a name that I'd actually heard of. Whilst it is an okay player, I suspect that it is no better than one of those ones nobody has ever heard of before.
The best thing about it is the internal batter that charges itself via the USB. Three minutes charge gives three hours playback, and you get about 24 hours use from the full battery.
There are two major downsides; firstly you have to use and install Sony's proprietary software, soundstage, and convert everything to the proprietary format before you can upload it. This is so time consuming and laborious that I have only bothered changing the music on it once or twice. The player will convert any other format, but it all has to be processed by soundstage first. On the plus side the compression means you can fit more songs on. It is a 512mb player and holds around 150 songs.
The other problem is the sound-limiting software. It simply doesn't play loud enough and there is no software hack for it.
Other than that it's a pretty mediocre player. The sound quality is average, the features are average; there is a graphic equaliser, randomiser and playlist function, and date and time. You can also change how long the LCD stays lit for. The on-screen menus are pretty annoying; you have to go through a sequence of ten button presses, for instance, to get to your playlists.
Don't bother with this. Either buy a decent player or a no-name one that you can treat as disposable.