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      15.10.2012 15:40
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      Cool player for all ages

      This cool little mp3 player is discrete and is ideal for sports activities. You can put it in your pocket or clip it to your clothes. One of the best features is the wireless quick charge option via USB. You can also perform a full charge providing you with up to 18 hours of music. It comes with a built in microphone for voice recordings.

      Using the quick charge gives you 90 minutes playback time. Perfect for us people who forget to put there mp3 player on charge, I know I do sometimes.

      This mp3 player works across all platforms. I have a mac and dual boot PC with windows 7 and ubuntu linux. This mp3 player works with all these operating systems.

      I found it very simple to use and learn the controls without reading the manual once.

      There are some disadvantages. The USB cover too easily falls away from the player. Sound quality could be improved slightly, but its not too bad.

      You can drag and drop your music tracks from your Mac/PC to the mp3 player.

      There are some audio customisation controls such as the EQ and bass features.

      A cool little player for all ages.

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      21.07.2012 17:40
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      Really good little device for the music lovers.

      This is an amazing little device and a little walkman is a must have for the music lovers around the world. It's beauty lies in it's simplicity, light weight, small size and usefulness!

      It may not be as technologically advanced as Apple's Ipods, but somehow it is just perfect for what it's made for, - listening to music on the move. It is rather tough and will survive a fall so it's good for running and other such activities. It has a clip which allows users to attach the MP3 player to their clothes.

      When combined with good quality headphones, the sound quality from this device is just excellent and it's easy to use controls allow adjusting volume or changing tracks to be an easy thing to do.

      This MP3 player also looks great and comes in many different colours to match your personality or whatever you are wearing.

      This one comes with 2gb which allows you to store a really high number of tracks. Uploading is very easy, once you get the tracks on your computer you can easily transfer them onto your walkman/

      This is however relatively expensive when compared to other MP3 players of this kind, but hat you pay for is the amazing quality all Sony products share.

      I have been using this for quite a long while now besides my Ipod touch and I am really happy with it.

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        11.04.2012 15:31
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        amazing, but only for workouts

        I had this as a gift for christmas, after long runs and days at the gym keeping my chunky ipod in my hands and having difficulty I found this very easy to clin on and take out with me, its really easy to transfer all your songs over to the device from your computer and didn't need any downloading disks on my computer or all the hassling with cords and wires. I keep mainly dancey and up-beat songs on this however as it does not have enough space to hold all my music and always manages to loose itself in my bag when I'm on long train or bus journeys.

        If you only use mp3 players in the gym its a defo must-buy and is so worth the money, but if like me you want more space to store all your albums you may just use this for the gym etc, wither way I'd buy one.

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          08.04.2012 22:56
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          A Sony walkman that you can trust

          I love listening to music whether it is from my laptop, phone or ipod. However, one thing I always find difficult is to listen to music when I'm exercising because neither my phone nor my ipod has an attachable clip that will make it portable yet light. So, when I receive the Sony NWZB162 B walkman as a present from one of my distant relatives for as a college graduation present, I knew I found a good use for the present.


          The product I got as a present is pink and black in colour, I'm not a big fan of the colour pink but the product colour scheme is quite easy on the eye; it is blossom pink rather than hot pink, which helps a lot. The design is very easy to store in my bag and carry around. It is quite small to fit into small zip pouches as well; the dimensions are 90 x 23.3 x 15.2 cm and weighs just under 30 grams. The buttons are pretty standard so I had no problem when I used this for the first time.


          As for the functions, on top of playing the music, it also has a hold button so that it doesn't play music when I accidentally press the button, which happens a lot with me. It also has LCD display and the light flashes when the walkman is busy. To be honest, my favourite thing about this walkman is that it can easily be attached to my clothes when I'm working out so that I can listen to my favourite tracks and keep fit at the same time. Since it's so light, it doesn't interfere when I'm moving about and it weighs pretty much next to nothing. The clip that comes with the walkman is detachable so you can remove it if you're not using it much as well.


          The storage capacity is 2 GB, which is pretty big considering the size and the price of this product. I checked online and this product costs around £30.00, so it's quite reasonable. I've got a lot of music on my laptop but I only sync around 100 tracks or more depending on what I feel like listening to. It is quite easy to sync music, I use my desktop and Windows media player to sync. The speed is not the fastest, it would take about a minute to sync an album with 10-12 tracks but a minute in my opinion is pretty fast, so no complaints from me in that regard.


          The built-in battery life is pretty good as well and it can easily be charged via USB connection, since I use either my laptop or PC all the time, I just plug it on for about 30 minutes every other day. The battery has never died on me and if I'm taking a 3 hour journey from university to home and play the walkman all the way on the train, the battery life still stays strong when I get home.


          All in all, the product is very useful and quite nifty for music lovers on-the-go. It's very light weight and durable; it is still performing very well despite my rough handling and all the falls and bumps. I think they've chosen a good present for me, and I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a portable music player that gives the money's worth.


          Thank you for reading. :) x

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          21.03.2012 11:09

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          portable, easy to use, practical

          I've been using this particular Sony mp3 player series (occasionally changing the models) for the last four years, and there's a reason I'm in no hurry to trade it. In terms of sheer conveniance, you simply cannot beat it. With a drag and drop transfer of songs using Windows Media Player, it's ridiculously easy to use (much more so than earlier models which changing the file format), and will play all .mp3 and .wmv files. You can charge it by simply plugging it into a USB port, and the latest model takes less than 3 minutes for a full charge. Its tiny size makes it extremely practical for sticking it in your pocket or taking it with you to the gym (it even has a detachable clip to use for when you don't have pocket), and it has enough browsing options to allow you to easy find a specific song. It doesn't have fancy extras or complicated displays, but I've found it more than suitable to my needs as a player (and I have occasionally played around with the radio and voice recorder), at a fantastic price.

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          21.02.2012 14:41
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          A great player with useful extra features

          This was a gift purchase for my husband as he's never had an MP3 player to call his own! I wanted specifically to buy him a Sony model because my own mp3 is an older model Sony NWD B105 and I love both its reliability and its sound quality. I chose this Sony NWZB162 model for my husband principally because it has a clip facility, which is the one thing that I wish my own mp3 had!

          As you know, I'm not technically minded, so I'll just give you the basic blurb and then speak for how we have found this mp3.

          Product: Flash-based digital player with voice recorder function.
          Size: HWD = 2.3; 9; 1.5 cm
          Weight: 28g
          Colours: Main enclosure is black, but model is available in black, red, blue varieties.
          Memory: High speed USB with Flash memory of 2GB.
          Sound: Stereo output; bass boost to audio plus 5 band equaliser.
          Display: LCD display and illumination.
          Features: USB memory; Zap feature (to whizz you through song selection); Quick Charge; Power Illuminator; detachable clip and binaural headphones.
          Manufacturers given run time is up to 18 hours and recharge time is 70m mins.

          *** Playing preparation ***

          * The mp3 comes in a kind of boxed / plastic packaging (for rack display) which is protective, but also easy to open. Because this was a surprise anniversary / Valentine's gift for my husband to take on a trip he was making, I wanted to charge up the mp3 and add some of his music to it before giving it to him and the packaging was ideal for allowing me to do this - it was possible to carefully open the packaging and then return the mp3 to it afterwards - not all plastic packaging allows this... so I was pleased to be able to do so. As far as I'm concerned, this useful packaging really added to the value that this walkman has as a gift, because it makes it really possible to personalise this player with music or even a voice recording as a gift for someone and then to package it all back up again!

          * The initial charge and recording was easy - it only took minutes to get the player out of the packaging, slip the cap of the USB and insert it into the laptop for charging. I wasn't sure at first if anything was happening, but then noticed a blue flash intermittently on the mp3's display, which showed that it was busy.

          * Recording was easily facilitated through Windows Media Player on the laptop. I uploaded some of my hubby's CDs to the laptop, then organised these into a sync list in the media player and then just syncronised to the device - all very easy! Once finished and the mp3 was fully charged, I just repackaged and waited for the right moment to give it to him!

          *** Listening and lovin' it ***

          * The first thing my OH did when preparing to listen to the mp3 player was to fix the detachable clip to it so that he could clip the whole thing into his breast pocket - so I knew I was right to get one with a clip facility! He found it a little tricky to attach the clip to start with (possibly because of his large sausage fingers) but also perhaps because it is actually a bit fiddly. However, once secured it certainly worked well and the mp3 was safely clipped into his pocket for the duration of a train journey in which he was bending and stretching as he got things out of luggage racks and bags etc.

          * Optimum sound quality is facilitated well through the combination of the quality earphones which come with the player and the sound quality of the player itself. Throughout the eclectic mix of my OH's music: from Jacques Brel to Louis Prima to The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, he did not feel short-changed in terms of listening through the ear buds supplied rather than through speakers at home. Volume control is easily facilitated through a little button on the top and once he had located this and used it a couple of times, he did not need to unclip it from his jacket to adjust the volume as needed.

          * My husband was also impressed with the Zappin' facility. This is basically a search function which zaps through your music, playing just a snippet of each. You can let it stop where it likes to 'surprise' you with a track it stops at, or you can stop it yourself on a track you want to listen to. I also had a play with this and found that the downside is that the machine 'speaks' when it is doing its zap thing, which we both actually found a little annoying but not in a desperate kind of way - the zapping itself is a nice feature to have, but it just would feel nicer to whizz through the music without the commentary.

          * Battery life was good - the mp3 was used for at least 2 hours a day across a five day period and has not yet needed a recharge. We haven't had the chance to try out the manufacturers (up to) 18 hour stated battery life, but with his use of it so far, my husband reckons he's getting pretty close to it.

          *** Anything else? ***

          * The blue LCD display is pretty good - there's a kind of chaser-light which whizzes around the circular part at the front of the walkman, so that you can see when it is busy.

          * There is a useful hold button which helps to avoid the buttons being accidentally pressed and this works well when using the mp3. However, I would also recommend setting the 'hold' button after you have switched the mp3 off, if you are continuing to have it in your pocket or bag, because until we hit upon this as a solution, we found that the walkman kept being accidentally turned on when in pocket / bag. It's a small issue but in terms of battery life it could turn out to be significant if you are away from home and cannot charge up the mp3 often - you could easily waste battery life with an accidental turn-on! You just have to remember to re-set the 'hold' before turning the walkman back on yourself.

          * This Walkman's reasonably priced for a 2GB and this does allow quite a few songs to be stored. However, it's surprising how quickly it fills up, so if you do like a whole range of music, you might find the capacity of this mp3 a bit on the small side for you, particularly if you want to leave memory free for voice recordings as well.

          So, in all a very good item which we are both pleased with - me for its gift value and ease of use in preparing it in a personalised way, whilst my husband's very happy with sound quality, portability and functionality.

          I'm just deducting one star for the combination of minor details that make this ever so slightly less than the perfect player - the faff with the clip; the ease with which the player can be accidentally turned on; the annoying 'zap' announcer! However, none of this affects the sound quality of this walkman, which is of course the main reason you'd buy it, so to that end I would totally recommend it as a good value, high performing mp3 walkman.

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          15.02.2012 11:26
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          Sony's small mp3 player

          Much as I love the two iPods I own, I like to have an element of control over what I listen to in the gym and hate having to wear armbands to use them. I have previously owned a Sansa Clip and an Archos player for use when I go to the gym. Although I do like the Archos player I found it a little limiting because it doesn't have a screen and decided to upgrade recently, with the other caveat being the player have a clip.

          I must admit I had decided I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so this limited the choice somewhat, but eventually I decided to buy a Sony Walkman NWZ-B162 2GB player. It had a screen and more importantly was fairly cost effective at just £24.99 in Argos.

          ~~The Player~~

          The Sony Walkman I chose is available in black or black with either red or blue. I chose the blue and I have to say I like the metallic look this has.

          Aesthetically the Walkman is very small, measuring 90 x 23.3 x 15.2 cm, and weighing just 27 grams. Back in 1981 I got one of the very first Sony Walkman products - which at the time seemed incredibly small and portable but was actually rather huge. Comparing this to the Walkman I owned 30 years ago one cannot help but gaze in awe at just how small it is.

          In the box you get three things - the player, the clip and a set of headphones. There's no software disc and no lead to connect the player to the computer.

          There's a wheel control on the front of the player and while this isn't anything like as good as the scroll wheel found on iPods, it's fairly functional and you use this to skip backwards and forwards and the play/pause button is to be found here too. The wheel illuminates when a song is being played.
          The volume control and bass switch can be found at the top of the player, with a lock button to be found on the bottom. The screen - which is tiny - can be used to navigate your music and to keep an eye on battery life and change settings on the player.

          The clip slots on at the back quite easily and once correctly in place it is firmly attached. I like how you can choose whether to use the clip or not but my preference is always to have it so I can easily attach it when I am in the gym. Yes, it makes the player look a little bulkier but that's a small price to pay in my opinion.

          ~~My Thoughts~~

          What I love about this Walkman is the fact it doesn't need an extra piece of wire to connect it to the computer. Instead, you just pull off the cover at the right hand side of the player and you are met with a USB connector which you use to connect the player to your computer.

          The player is compatible with most common operating systems and my computer, which runs on Windows 7, recognised it immediately.

          To add music you need to use Windows Media Player, which detected all my music files when I set it up. I chose the songs I wanted to add by highlighting and then hitting "sync". It takes about 15 minutes to add 300 songs which is the amount I went for. The player has a capacity of 2 GB which is about 400 songs and I have currently got 455 MB free space on the player. Transferring one song this way is very quick - it takes about 10 seconds or so, so it's easy to add new tracks later on which suits me as I can be fickle and like to add new songs fairly regularly.

          The battery charges via the USB plug too and it has to be said that the speed with which the battery charges was one of the things that really sold this player to me. The player needs just three minutes of charge time to give 90 minutes playing time and a full charge - which will result in a maximum of 18 hours play time - takes just 70 minutes. I've owned the player for several months now and generally just charge it up once a week and that's plenty for me.

          The player has no on/off switch - instead you use the wheel to get things started. The wheel initially gives you three options , and from here you can choose whether you want to use the voice recorder feature, access the music library or check the settings on the player. The settings are pretty simple and here you can set the date and time and choose from other options including language, LED light brightness and the screen contrast. You can also choose whether to play songs in order or opt for the shuttle setting here.

          I like the shuffle setting on my gym MP3 player so this is stuck on shuffle permanently. A really good feature however means you don't have to rely solely on the screen to find out what song is coming next. Instead you can use the Zap feature which will play an excerpt of the song coming up next and if it's what you want to hear you merely hit the Zap button a second time and the whole song will play in its entirety. If you don't want to hear it you can just wait for the next song to come along. I really like the Zap feature and it really adds to the functionality of the player.

          The screen is very small but it will tell you what song is playing, let you know if you have the bass on or off and also features a battery icon to let you know how much battery power you have left.

          The sound quality is decent enough but as is so typical with these small MP3 players, a bit puny. The headphones which are supplied are really awful and not worth bothering with but using my JVC Marshmallows the sound is a little better but still a bit on the quiet side. The volume settings run from 0 to 30 but even at 30 it doesn't always filter out the music playing outside in the gym. This is the one thing I miss about using my old iPod Photo in the gym but then again my ears probably prefer these smaller players.

          There's a bass on and off switch and certainly I find the volume to be a bit stronger with the bass on but more importantly the sound quality improves too. General sound quality is decent enough - and it could be argued that it's perhaps better not to have a player which cuts out all outside sound, especially one such as this which is designed for people to use not just in the gym but out running or cycling.

          The battery life is good on here. I have never yet run the battery right down and while I would argue that the 18 hour battery life mentioned by Sony is optimistic you can still get over 10 hours' worth of play from one charge.

          The player is designed to save power so if you are using the MP3 player purely to listen to music on shuffle the screen will go dark with only a flashing LED blue light around the wheel to tell you the power is on.

          The controls are easy to use, with the wheel being used to skip forwards or backwards and also to scroll through the settings. I found it a bit strange when I first used it thanks to my experience with Apple's scroll wheel but like so many Sony products it is designed to be easy to operate and it only took me about 10 minutes to work out how all the features worked.

          The player switches itself off after remaining idle for 15 seconds, which is another nice power saving device. You can lock all the functions on the player too using the "hold" button and I find this very useful when I am in the gym and just want to listen to whatever comes on as it stops the player from switching itself off or skipping a track in error.

          ~~Conclusion~~

          Overall I have been very impressed with this MP3 player from Sony. The sound quality whilst not brilliant isn't awful either and is perfect for people on the go thanks to the clip and the way you can use both the screen and the Zap feature to find the track you want to listen to.

          The quick charge time for the battery is perhaps its strongest point however and I really like how I can top up the power in less than 5 minutes to give me enough playing time for a gym session.

          When I factor in the low price, the fact it looks good and the ease of use I have to say this is a four star product, with only one star knocked off due to the fact the volume isn't as loud as I would have liked.

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