Whilst walking through a sony style shop in Germany, I remember being astounded by the fact that they were selling a Sony 2gb mp3 player for 30euros!
It was soon nestled in my suitcase, as a potential replacement for my ageing 1st generation ipod shuffle.
Aesthetically there is no comparison - whilst the shuffle had Apple's characteristic white elegance, the sony just looked so much nicer with its glossy black finish, couple with a satisfying sound when the USB cap is placed back on the player.
The fact that it can double up as a USB dongle is fantastic, and with an OLED screen, it represents fantastic value for money.
In terms of features, unlike the ipod shuffle it has its own screen, equalizer, graphics, even a sports timer, and the headphones are marginally better than the Apple provided headphones.
However, my main reason for having an mp3 player is for listening to music in the gym, and the lack of a provided neck strap, and the flimsy connection place for an optional strap, was something I didn't find particularly impressive - I soon simply replaced the USB cab, with the Shuffle's cap with built in strap.
Overall, a fantastic player, with only one slight moan on my part, and brilliant value.
I purchased the sony NW-E005 to replace an ipod nano which finally gave up the ghost after being drowned countless times.
On first impressions, whilst it may not have the ipod's looks the sony appears well built with its glossy body and liquid crystal display, it is also tiny being only just bigger than the average USB pen drive.
Transferring music onto the player is unfortunately not as simple as drag and drop, instead relying on Sony's own Sonic stage software. Whilst this is not as infuriating as Itunes, it does mean you need to use the same computer everytime to update it.
Playing wise the player is the usual sony high quality, however the headphones supplied leak noise horrendously so an noise cancelling in ear pair greatly improve both sound quality and volume. The buttons are easy to use, I can change songs with one hand when cycling so it is ideal for use whilst exercising.
Navigation is simple, songs can be sorted by album, artist or playlist and there is a shuffle function. The screen is quite small and unfortunely cannot be seen at all in bright sunlight, fortunately such an occurrance is rare in the UK!
Altogether a compact and very effective mp3 player, which although lacks the bells and whistles of other is well built and dependable.
I seem to have a huge collection of MP3 players
well I easily get bored of my older items and they end up in a drawer hidden away. I don't necessarily update the MP3 player with 'better' models but players that are a particular colour or have particular features. I chose this MP3 player because of its 2GB memory.
The MP3 player is quite small in size and it does fit quite easily in the hand which is good when running for the bus. It is quite lightweight which again suits me perfectly for use when travelling, running or in the gym.
The MP3 player is violet with a silver lid covering the USB connection. The MP3 player looks very snazzy and is very easy to use. The main buttons such as stop, forward, back, play and stop are positioned along the side of the MP3 player so I can change tracks/volume when the player is in my pocket.
The sound quality is very good. As a Sony player I wouldn't expect anything less to be quite honest. I have grown up around Sony speakers and audio equipment and know that it is a highly respected manufacturer.
EASE OF USE
The MP3 player comes with SonicStage 3.4 software which I found very difficult to use. When copying music from CD's I had to change the settings to 'unprotect' the files. Basically WMA files that are protected do not work on the player which was basically most of them, so it was not easy to include them on my player. When inserted into a USB slot most MP3 players automatically open a 'removable disk' file and the music files can be copied over through a 'drag and drop' method.
Other than that it is quite easy to use the USB jack fits nicely in the slot in my USB hub and due to the thin MP3 player it fits quite snug between other appliances such as my memory stick, mouse and card reader.
The MP3 player has a very good memory and many music files can be stored on the player. I have 157 music files on there at the moment and it's still not full. It does say however that 90 CD's can easily be compressed using ATRAC although I had many problems so gave up on most CD's.
Charging the MP3 player is very easy and it only takes a few minutes to get about 2 hours use out of it. To get a lot more I usually charge it for 2-3 hours and that gives me several days use (2-3 hours per day). The player is charged via the USB so I find that this is best done when I am working on the computer, although I can leave it charging while I am doing a virus check and this does not cause any inconvenience.
I have been quite careful with this MP3 player, but it does seem very durable. I have managed to leave it on my bedroom floor and stood on it a few times, yet it still works. The surface is not easy to scratch which is obviously a very good thing. I find that when the screen becomes scratched it makes it very hard to read the song track, particularly in the sunlight.
I managed to get this MP3 player for £24 on Ebay although it available from most online stores such as Amazon (£28.53), Play.com (£49.99) and Twenga (£38.70)
If you can work out how to use the software, or do not mind compressing every CD using the specific programme then this MP3 player is a very good purchase. I however found the software very difficult to use and had many problems with my CD's and MP3 tracks, especially those CD's recorded for me by mates.
Unfortunately it's not a case 'plug in' and then 'drag and drop' so I found it a very difficult player to get used to. If you are quite good with computers or if you have a fast computer then this player is ideal. I unfortunately cannot give it more than 3* for use despite its small and snazzy appearance.
The Sony NW-E005 is a portable MP3 player with USB connector. It comes in a variety of colours, blue, silver, violet, black, and lime green and a range of additional accessories can be purchased separately such as arm bands and cases. It uses internal flash memory starting from 512mb upto the maximum of a 2Gb model retailing at around the £90 mark. The player itself is no bigger then the current range of USB memory sticks on the market today measuring just over 79mm in length and 25g in weight. It features a one line OLED display, headphone jack and 3 user controls. The player comes with Sonys own brand of software called Sonic Stage and bundled Sony Headphones.
The unique thing about the NW-E005 is it ability to provide 3 hours playback from just 3 minutes of charge via a computers USB port, or so Sony claim. This could prove an excellent feature for those of you who may want to use an MP3 player daily but do not always have accessibility to a charger or tend to forget that your battery is low proving useless for the next days use.
Unfortunately the player cannot be used as a plug and play flash memory drive and comes with Sonic Stage 3.4 to upload music to the device. The software is fairly user friendly but is prone to crashing on various occasions especially when transferring music. The interface on the player is well designed considering the one line display. It works like a tree system for example Album Name>Track Name. This in all fairness is probably the best Sony could achieve with such a small screen and was a wise move considering its main contender, the
iPod Shuffle which is screen-less.
The 2Gb model is able to hold upto 32 hours of MP3 audio encoded at 128kbits although using Sony's proprietary ATRAC3 encoding format this can be significantly more. Sadly you cant expect an FM tuner on the NW-E005 and usual features on larger HDD music players such as a calendar is regrettably just not feasible on such a small device.
Overall the NW-E005 is a sure contender in the low end flash memory MP3 market and looks to give current iPod shuffle owners something to think about. With its range of cute colours and remarkable battery life, Sony have got this one right.
I bought this mp3 player about a year ago after dciding to upgrade by 512mb version and have found it overall just as good with the added memory . It has an easy to understand user intiface which has scroll through menus. It allow you to find a specific song with the search function whilst on play-through mode. The equliser is great allowing you to set your own specific sound, instead of just preset ones which it supplus as well. My faviourate feature is the HUGE batterly life which means before school/work it dosen't matter if you accidentaly left it playing overnight.
Now the bad points: It is only really usable with sonicstage the sony software, which unlike the player does not have an easy user intiface. It does get some getting used to before ytou can use it with ease, but becomes livable after a while. It cannot fast forward fast enough for me who likes to listern to podcasts 1 hour+ which is a real shame.
One last good point. I LOVE THE DESIGN it looks great and it is small light and stylish. The sound quality is also FANTASTIC, unbeatable in my opinion
I had a bad experience with a cheap own-brand player that had problems connecting to my PC, had no online support, and used a Duracell AAA every two hours.
By comparison, the Sony is amazing. The internal battery seems to run endlessly. Just by regularly adding files using the superb SonicStage system, the battery is charged without thinking about it. Listening to audio books is ideal. The player will resume mid-track, exactly like the old tape Walkman. Switch off, and pick it up again just where you left off. My cheap player always reverted to the start of the track.
What I like:
Battery life charge on any PC with USB
Compact, but easy to control
Excellent online support
Great sound quality, even with highly compressed files
More than enough volume
Host of functions contolling play modes, timers, searches etc.
Hooks up to the aux. input of my stereo amp (lead required) with excellent results
Nowhere to store the USB cap when connected to PC. I would hate to lose it
The display, which will light up a dark room, becomes totally invisible outside in bright sunshine
This is an excellent MP 3 player, and I think that it is a much needed, serious compteitor to Apple's Ipod.
It looks stylish, and comes in different colours (black, blue and pink!).
The screen is pretty small, only offering one line of information at a time, but looks quite funky, as it has a bright blue text LED display. Unlike the Ipod you cant see more than one song at a time, meaning you have to shuffle a lot to see what is coming next. But it really isnt a problem once you get used to it.
This small MP3 is great as it is very simple to use, and no need for wires ( I used to always lose and get my Ipod wires tangled!) It has a USB port at one end - Simply plug it straight into your computer's USB port and you can tranfer tunes and charge the device at the same time.
The NWE005 offers 2GB of storage - which is roughly equivalent to 90 CD's worth of songs. This is more than enough for me, but for some it certainly wouldnt be enough space.
The Lithium Ion battery lasts for 30 hours! I wasnt sure if it was true when I read it on the box, but it is! What is more, you can plug it in for 5 minutes to get 3 hour charge!
You can load on songs on via Sonic Stage which is Sony's version as Itunes. If you look at reveiw sites, it does get some bad press, but I have found it very easy to use, and hasnt crashed at all. I think the earlier versions had bugs, which now seem to have been resolved.
Sonic stage also incorporates its 'Connect store' where, like Itunes, you can purchase songs to download (legally!)
The sound quality from the device is excellent, and it is very easy to use, with only a few buttons. Im no techy expert, and didnt even have to look at the instructions!
All in all, this is a fantastic product, which certainly gives the Ipod a run for its money. Its direct USB technology and long battery life certainly wins over the Ipod's offering.
The downside is that the screen is a bit small and limited, and the memory size may put some off.
You can buy it for a very reasonable price - I got mine for £89 at John Lewis!