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Sony NWZ-B173 4 GB

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      13.01.2014 22:49
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      This is at the budget end of the market, but it's not a compromise in terms of quality.

      Being a bit of a music buff, I decided a few years ago to invest in something I could use to listen whilst on my daily commute to work. I chose this model as it seemed to meet all my requirements, and I haven't been disappointed.

      The device itself is about 8cm long and 2cm wide, shaped like a slightly chunky USB stick. It has a removable end cap which covers the USB connector which is used for loading files and recharging the battery. Newer models have a useful clip to attach it to your clothing / belt. It comes in a variety of colours to suit all tastes and looks pretty stylish.

      So, what's good about this particular model?
      * I like the USB connection which allows you to drag and drop your MP3 files into the right place, whilst being able to see what you're doing on your laptop screen
      * I like the screen on the device so you can see what you're choosing easily and efficiently
      * The selection process (rotating the "wheel") is simple and seems to be robust (4 years' hard wear from the kids and it's still ok)
      * It has a big enough capacity (4G) to keep me well supplied with a wide variety of classical, jazz and rock
      * The internal battery lasts a good long time and recharges pretty quickly through the USB connection
      * The sound quality doesn't distort at higher volumes and you get a good range of volumes when listening to classical music
      * The headphones are decent quality
      * It's affordable for ordinary people like us on an ordinary income. Sorry, but we don't have the cash for anything more expensive - and don't need it!

      It has been so simple to use that we now have 3 in our family and 1 recommended elsewhere. Our 7 year old manages it perfectly. The version with a clip is great for kids listening whilst wandering around the house.

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