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      14.07.2013 20:10
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      Good player, still life in the old dog yet

      I am not the best person to talk to about technology. I am not an avid Tweeter, I don't own any thing begining with 'i' and my most complicated gadget is a TV remote so don't expect this reveiw to be full of technical jargon - this is simply my take on the mp3 player I own.

      Bit of background
      I was bought this mp3 player for Christmas in 2010 so it is already over two years old. I didn't pick it myself but asked for a music player I could just put a fair bit of music on to listen to when travelling, walking etc

      Appearance
      This is a slim, black player that is not the smallest on the market but it is smaller and thinner than any mobile I have seen. The front has a basic screen with all the neccesary buttons - power, play/pause, rewind/fast forward, back - with the volume and lock buttons on the right side. The bottom has the area where you plug in the charger and headphone jack.

      Accesories
      The player comes with its own in-ear headphones and USB charger. I am sure there where other accesories upon purchase but they have now been mis-placed or forgotten about. They obviously weren;t that important or neccessary for me or I would know what they were!

      The player itself
      The player is very basic. I mainly change my music on it every month or so and play everything on random as I only use as a companion while travelling or walking. It is very easy to use, simply slide the lock off and press the play button to turn the player on. You will be greeted by a screen with nine different icons, it is always highlighted onto the music button when it turns on. The other functions are:
      SensMe Channels (no idea what these are), FM Radio, Voice Recording, Photos, Videos, Settings, Podcasts and Go to song playback screen.
      Apart from music I have only used the FM radio function, which has various radio stations already programmed in and is easy to find others. I haven't used the other functions as they are not what I need the player for. I don't own a music player so I can look at photos, I have a camera and a phone for that.
      I still haven't understood how to create playlists on the player so tend to switch around the music on it every now and again. The most music I have put on the player at once is just under 200 songs and it didn't seem to barley scratch the surface of how much can be stored on it (4gb doesn't mean much to me unless someone explains that is approx. 'x' amount of songs). The screen is too small to even think about putting any kind of video on as you would barely be able to see it otherwise I would have tried playing a TV show or something through it just to give it a try.
      I charge my player by plugging it into the computer, once the battery life has died (easily over 24 hours worth of play time) I plug it into the computer to charge it but also change the music around at the same time.

      To round up (and I apologise if I have rambled or not managed to explain things about the player properly) this is a nifty little mp3 player to own if technology is not a massive part of your life. It fits into a pocket, holds enough music to get by on for some time and is simple to use for its main function. Two years down the line and the player itself is still going strong but the headphones have just lost their last legs. This isn't too much of a problem as headphones are easily replacable.

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      15.10.2012 18:53

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      Few days back i thought of buying a mp 3 player.i had never used Sony's mp 3 player so i bought this one to try. I was amazed by the sound quality,the interface of the mp 3 player,processing speed and the headphones they provide with the mp 3 player are AMAZING!i would always suggest people to buy this mp 3 player.It has all what you need in a MP 3 player.If you are a techno lover this MP 3 player is the ideal one for you.Its a very user friendly device with the latest technology.

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      11.04.2012 15:53
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      Cute little thing

      After so long using useless apple ipods and shuffles etc and many of them breaking within 6 months, I had ended my relationship with apple. For christmas I wanted something to store many songs and something easier to make playlists with for about half the price I was amazed to find this. I ordered the 8gb one and had plenty of room to fit all my songs and keep constant updates to them when new songs come out.

      The package comes with sony headphones (with earplugs) and the usb cable.

      *Look and feel*
      I have this mp3 player in pink, the colour is bright and vibrant and exactly the look I wanted from an mp3, Its very thin and sleek looking and sits in the palm of my hand. The screen displays the time, battery and the image quality is amazing. The buttons click down easily and are simple up,down,left,right, with a back and power button along with a volume bar down the side making it a hell of a lot more easy to play with than other mp3 players.

      *Functions*
      The Mp3 comes complete with a music player, FM radio, Video player, Picture viewer and a sound recording device.
      The music player allows you to sort through the artist, album, song or the genre your looking for, there is also a bookmark option where you can make playlists on the device itself.
      The radio seems to be a bit odd in my area, doesn't tell you watch channel you have reached and I just seem to reach classical music and random talking (Not so good) But I'm not really one to use this feature anywway. The video player which I use to watch downloaded television series on the move is fantastic, really great picture quality and streams beautifully, the screen is small but that can't be helped.
      The sound recording is a perfect solution for any student as well, I spend hours recording my notes to myself and listening to them over and over to get that information crammed into my head. The Mp3 also holds pod casts, which may be relevant to some revision too!

      *Sound*
      The sound quality is great with the right headphones and they seem to have supplied quite an amazing choice of headphones which makes the price seem so much of a bargain as well. The volume is as loud as anyone will ever need it in my opinion.

      *Ease of use*
      The Mp3 player doesn't need downloading and supports a simple copy and paste from your computer to the device. This makes it quick and easy, everything you want on the MP3 player is easy to find and the use of the buttons makes it easy on of the best user-friendly devices out there.


      Like I said before this is a easy product to use, It holds a lot of music and some videos and photo's, It's the perfect little mp3 device at an amazing price!

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        17.10.2011 02:52

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        A great MP3 player that is more than worth the money it costs

        I have now had this MP3 Player for around 10 months. I am rather happy with it in honesty! There is a really annoying beep sound when you click a button to select something and I was glad when I managed to turn the damn noise off! Transferring songs to it was a breeze! It worked perfectly for drag and drop and plays both wav and mp3 files well. I did however find that when connected to my Mac it will refuse to eject no matter what i do although it ejects fine on Windows. This has only caused an issue with the player once though and to fix it all i had to do was plug it back in. The menu system is very intuitive and setting up the player how i wanted it was relatively simple. The button system is also brilliantly simple and I love the Mickey mouse look of it. The audio quality is brilliant and the sound very clear, the only issue I have with the audio is the fact that Sony have strictly followed EU law and imposed a spectacularly low volume cap which unfortunately cannot be hacked as of yet. Overall I would reccomend this player to music lovers everywhere who don't want to pay a premium for an iPod but still want great sound.

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        24.03.2011 21:41
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        Listen and watch with this stylish little gem

        A while back my daughter bought herself a new MP3/MP4 player, or what ever she wants to call it, and as the one she had been using was still in good working order she asked me if I wanted it, (even though I got it for her in the first place), so I took it off her hands.

        So, once I began using this I was quite impressed with it, considering that it cost a lot less than some certain players which would hit your wallet/purse almost four times as much, if not more.

        ** SPECS...

        * Red plastic casing (comes in other colours too)
        * 2 inch TFT colour display with LED backlight
        * 240 x 320 QVGA display resolution
        * Horizontal/vertical option
        * 4GB memory storage (although different size storage can be bought, such as an 8GB and a 16GB version)
        * Size is 95mm high x 44mm wide x 10.5mm deep
        * 58 grams in weight
        * Drag and drop transfer
        * Video playback
        * Photo playback

        * Music compatibility include MP3, WMA and AAC
        * WMV, AVC and MPEG4 video compatibility
        * MP3 voice recording
        * JPEG Image display
        * FM tuner with 30 preset stations

        * Built in rechargeable battery
        * Running time of up to 50 hours in music playback and a staggering 8 hours in video playback.
        * Charging time of around 3 hours

        ** Comes with
        * Headphones
        * USB cable
        * Quick start guide


        ** MY OPINION...

        This player is a rather remarkable unit indeed, offering as much as the more expensive types, which I will not mention here. It looks quite fashionable indeed, being of a size that fits nicely into any pocket without that uncomfortable feeling.

        It is as easy to use as any other player, having a simple play, pause, shuffle, repeat or just play in order. And to offer a better listening experience it lets you adjust the sound quality with simple, yet effective, equaliser.
        Plus, for more simplicity, it lets you select your songs through genre, artist, albums or even year of release.
        Whilst the video playback option lets you watch your favourite videos, be it music of movies, either horizontally or vertically, this is the same for the images that you want to see.

        The screen is a good size and is simple to understand, showing the many items inside the menu, such as the music icon, the video icon, settings and more.
        Below the screen there are the control buttons, which look like they are surrounding a little wheel. These controls are all you need to work the player and are so simple to use. There's the play/pause button, together with the next/back buttons. Then, either side of the wheel there are the option button and the Home button.
        As I said, these controls are simple to use and once you have used them you'll know exactly what does what.
        As for the battery life, well, since using it, mainly for listening to music, but also watching the odd bit of video footage, I have found that the battery life is quite remarkable, and the claim that it lasts 50 hours is a very true claim indeed.
        Although when it does need charging it does take a few hours to get a full charge, but once done, there's hours and hours of use to be had.

        The volume button, which is on the side, is easy to find so that you don't have to fumble about in the dark to turn it up or down, and there is a hold button which stops you accidentally skipping away through your favourite songs.
        It has a mini USB port to connect to your PC for easy transfer of your favourite things, this is done by installing the supplied software onto your PC, using something called the 'drag and drop' method.

        Then there's the headphone socket, which is a standard 3.5mm jack so, if you're not happy with the headphones supplied with this unit, you can use your favourite ones to listen to your favourite tunes. Personally though I found the ones that came with it were of quite good quality indeed and were quite comfortable in my ears.
        Plus, the position of the headphone socket is at the bottom of the player, which I found to be a good position as it, due to gravity, it doesn't get in the way of the screen.
        There is also something called 'Karaoke' on this player which somehow manages to take out, or lower, the words of the songs you are listening too, so you can sing along to your favourite tracks. I have tried using this once but the funny looks I got from my kids soon put me off the idea of singing out load to music that other people could not hear.

        It comes in many different colour, such as black, red, pink grey and, I think, white... and it also comes in several GB sizes, this one is the 4GB, others are the 8GB and even a massive 16GB. And as the 4GB can hold plenty of songs/videos then the 16GB should never ever end up being filled.

        Sadly, one of this MP3 players downsides is that it doesn't have a button locking button, this means that the buttons can accidentally be pressed if it is in places such as your pocket.

        In all a rather good looking and not too expensive 'player' which will give hours and hours of entertainment for all you music/video lovers.
        As for the price, well, it's not too expensive considering what it actually offers you, it sells for around the £50.00 mark for the 4GB version, whilst the higher GB versions cost a little more.

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          22.03.2011 23:38
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          An 4GB MP3 player by Sony which plays music and videos

          Although I am fairly interested in technology, I do tend to be swayed by the design and appearance of a product before I have even looked at what it is capable of and its specifications. I'd had my shiny pink MP3 player for around two years and loved it dearly but when I went out running over Christmas, I lost it in the snow!! Alas, it was time to choose a new one.

          This time I was determined to be a little bit more open minded about my purchase than just choosing the prettiest pink one. The brand of my previous MP3 player was Sony and like I said, I'd had it for two years without a single problem so I went straight to their website to find a replacement.

          I couldn't believe how much things had progressed in two years and the product I chose was so much more than just an MP3 player. After some deliberation, I ended up choosing one from the E series, the E453 Walkman Video MP3 player, the NWZ-E453 model which was released last year. And of course I chose the beautiful hot pink one. The other colours available were black, red, blue and green which were all equally striking but it was no contest for me!

          My new MP3 player closely resembles a little mobile phone. It has a width of 44.1mm, a thickness of 10.4mm and a length of 95mm so it's fairly small and light. You can customise the wallpaper which I love.

          The navigational system is easy to manage, having only nine icons to choose from. You can use the directional control to move through the icons. Scrolling through your albums is simple and straightforward thanks to the drag and drop function which makes it easy to use, rearrange and organise your library.

          There is a volume button on the side so it can easily be adjusted and it features a lock system which prevents it jumping onto different songs if you knock it accidently when running or moving around.

          It has a high quality two inch LCD screen which shows the videos and any photos which you have stored on there with a sharp and clear picture. It can display them both horizontally and vertically. It also has an alarm and timer function.

          This product has an extended battery life which is supposed to last for up to 50 hours when playing music or ten hours of videos. This for me is vital as there is nothing more frustrating than the battery dying in the middle of a run or long journey. It has 4GB of memory so it can hold about a 1000 songs. The product boasts of having a smoother, purer and more superior sound quality than ever before thanks to new audio technologies.

          The MP3 player comes with a selection of fun musical features. It includes SensMe, which is a Sony creation that maps your music onto an axis grid. It analyses each of your tracks individually by focuses on the tempo and speed of the track. It plots its findings on a graph and then you can generate playlists from the grid. The horizontal axis is based on your moods and the vertical is based on the tempo of the track. So if you are running, travelling or just want to wallow in self pity, you can easily locate the right background music. I love this!

          It also has an inbuilt radio signal so you can listen to your favourite radio stations if you get fed up of your own library although you can only access FM frequency stations. It includes a programme called Lyric Sync which displays the lyrics of the songs that you are listening to so that you can have a little sing along. In combination with this feature, Sony have linked it with a Kareoke feature which lowers the singers voice to leave behind the music. This is great fun when you having a glass of wine with your friends!

          When you get your music and videos from a variety of different sources. It can be a nightmare when you are listening to one song and the next one blasts out at a much higher volume, meaning that you need to constantly adjust the sound. This MP3 player comes with a Dynamic Normaliser which balances out the levels between the songs that you listen to meaning a smoother transition and no nasty suprises for you.

          It has a built in recording device which allows you to record your voice to took notes or remember something. It works by using an internal microphone. I had this feature on my old MP3 player. I didn't use it then and I don't use it now but somebody obviously finds it useful because they keep including it in their products!

          The MP3 player costs £69.99 with free delivery from the Sony Website. You can also find it in shops that sell electrical goods such as Currys and Argos although they may not stock all the colours. The price will vary from place to place so shop around if you have the time to. The product can be connected to your computer via a USB connection so you can transfer your videos and music across easily and charge your MP3 player up simply. The package includes the headphones and USB connection wire

          All in all, with all the new features that this MP3 player contains, I no longer miss my old one. There are some features on this that I don't use and will never use but they don't interfere with the general usage of the product. I'm not sure I agree with the 50 hour battery life but it certainly does last a long time in between charges. The visual display is clear and the song quality is perfect. Not too sure about the function which makes the songs play at a similar volume. It helps but I still have to adjust the volume myself sometimes. Nevertheless, this does everything that it promises to and I wouldn't be without it now.

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            23.02.2011 16:29
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            Good solid product with only minor negatives, well worth the money.

            After many confused hours of investigation into what type of MP3 to get with limited funds and (lets face it) limited technical knowledge or understanding I stumbled across a couple of reviews on the Sony NWZ-E453 model. So, duly purchased off our desert friends for Christmas I was pleasantly suprised and v excited over my purchase. Now I need to remind you that I am not a technical spec person - and my review will reflect that!! The Sony NWZ is a sleek, lightweight and, most importantly, easy to use MP3 player that makes me feel like I am slightly in touch with modern technology but havent pushed myself to the point of not understanding. I slips neatly into pockets, waist bands, sports bras (its a girl thing) but could do with a lock function to stop track jumping if the controls are made contact with. I choose the black colour version but there are several other colour options available including hot pink and grey. The softwear required to be downloaded onto your pc to enable use and file movement was very easy and quick to install, you are then ready to start downloading files. Again, downloading of mp3 files (I-tunes etc) is very easy and reasonably quick including easy to use click and drag function.
            There are all the normal options of play, loop, shuffle etc with also a much loved karaoke facility that allows you to sing along! You are provided with the standard USB link and headphones, all of which do the job more than adequately and provide you with a good quality and level of music when in use. The battery has a really good length of staying power up to 45 hours and there is a good size memory even in the 4GB model, more than enough for the average tune lover.
            One slight down side is the lack of docking stations or portable speakers made by Sony for their Sony MP3 player- you can use a jack lead to adapt to all basic docks but there are only a handful of actual Sony ones, of which start at about £40 if you shop around.
            If all you want is a easy to use MP3 player to listen to your tunes on without too many frills then this is an ideal purchase compared to some of its more expensive peers.

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              22.12.2010 00:25
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              Well-made device that has superb sound quality, boasts many features, and has a reasonable price.

              The Sony NWZ-E453B series consists of a 4 gigabyte, 8 gigabyte and 16 gigabyte version of the player. It leans towards younger teens, however, it has superb sound quality and is easy to use. In my test, the battery life lasted approximately about 45 hours for music playback, and about 9 hours for video playback. From what I have checked, there are also different colors available, including: black, red, pink, and green. One peculiar feature of this portable mp3 player is "karaoke" mode, which basically cuts out the vocals of a song, letting you sing-a-long instead.

              The device is very light and fits nicely into a pocket, or even tight jeans. It has a sporty look, with a nice finish that shines. The player itself feels very sturdy, definitely not made of cheap material. However, I felt the buttons were a little too flimsy. I sometimes felt that I had pressed too hard or they would fall out. The volume button is on the side of the player, and it has a nice range (meaning it can get very high or very low). There's also a convenient hold button, which let stopped me from accidentally skipping to the next track (usually when I keep it in my bag or pocket).

              The player sports a mini-usb port at the bottom, which is a very commonly used method of transporting data from a device to a computer. The headphone jack (normal headphone jack ; 3.5 mm.) is near the bottom of the device as well, and does not get in the way of the screen when the device is being used. The headphones included are comfortable, and relatively long.

              Transferring music is a breeze, and this device is bundled with its own software, allowing the device to import tracks from iTunes, or Windows Media Player 11. As a more important alternative, you can drag and drop mp3, aac, or wma files directly onto the device (like a common mass storage device). I felt this was important as it really simplifies the data transfer process.

              The device has two peculiar features, karaoke mode, and Sensme. Karaoke mode is used to lower the original vocals, allowing the user to sing-a-long to a certain song. If there is a song lyric file, the device will display the lyrics on the screen, as the file plays. Pitch can be adjusted for any user, allowing the song to fit the user. Sensme is a feature that the device can use to pick songs for the user. I personally didn't use this feature very much, but it basically chooses songs and fits them to a certain theme. These themes include energetic, upbeat, morning, extreme, and relax. The device analyzes the song tone to determine which theme fits the best. This feature is optional.

              The Sony NWZ-E453B contains common features such as shuffle, song looping, and a variety of song modes, such as club, live, and arena. Equaliser options include Jazz, Pop, and Heavy. The Sony NWZ-E453B also has FM Radio, an important feature for some users, and other features such as an alarm clock.

              Video playback is fast and slick. The Sony NWZ-E453B sports wmv, avc, and mpeg4 playback, and can auto-convert media files (with the bundled software).

              All in all, the Sony NWZ-E453B is a device that certainly gives you your money's worth. It's a device that any owner would be proud to own and use. It contains a variety of features, and sports a slick interface and look. Definitely a buy for any user who is looking for a less costly device that serves to play music well.

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