Product Type: Sony MP3 players
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Sony Walkman NW-A3000 20 GB
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Sony Walkman NW-A3000 20 GB
Date: 17/07/11, updated on 11/09/11 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Looks great, sound quality
Disadvantages: Only buy if you're nocturnal, the worst software in history!
I bought this product back in November 2005 and had stop using it within a year although this was mostly down to the software rather than the actual unit.
Firstly though, to start with the aesthetic side of things. The unit looked fantastic and very original. You can barely tell that there is a screen there until you turn it on and the display comes up and looks about as good as anything with a one colour display can look. However, if the sun is out then it's impossible to see. The screen is simply not bright enough to counter it and the have to walk around with the screen right up to your eyes and your spare hand cutting off as much light as you can. Therefore, the product makes people look like right muppets!
Despite this, the main job of an MP3 player, certainly at this time before the multimedia players were so prevalent is simply to play music and on this aspect I can have no complaints. The sounds is excellent on all genres of music.
In terms of usability the unit has a couple of nice features such a time machine shuffle(plays all songs from a certain year) but this relies on all the song data being upto date and this is where the my complaints would begin. The software is called Connect and is truly awful. Every single aspect of it from importing CDs to finding song data to transferring the songs onto the device is shockingly slow, laborious and fault ridden. I have literally never found a piece of software to be so frustrating. After having a look online I found there was an alternative download only program called Sonic Stage which was marginally better then the one originally provided but still a bit of a shocker. The software is so bad that it's detracts disproportionally from the product.
Connection to the PC is made by a bespoke cable and not a generic USB/Mini USB cable which is something that also annoys me!
I assume that this product has been off the market for a while now but only purchase this 2nd hand if you have an hour every time you want to import a CD!
*This review is my own work although I may post it elsewhere on the internet.
Summary: Just buy something else
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