I realised that the first MP3 player I had bought with its previously reasonable 3-figure Megabyte memory was actually becoming insufficient for the amount of music I listen to. I had a few petty gripes about it too, and although I did not want to fork out lots of cash just for the sake of updating, I did not mind so much spending some Amazon vouchers I had earned, and getting this new player for under £30 was a good deal (it was actually worth about £35 at the time of buying but would be worth less by now).
Again I went with Sony, less because I was impressed with them but because they seem so familiar and safe. In hindsight I did feel this was an opportunity missed to try something different.
My previous player was a pain, most particularly because I could only use the software supplied with it to transfer music onto it. The software itself had been a nightmare to use. This time, I am very glad to say that there is no such necessity and in fact no software to download. Instead, you can simply do your music transfers through a media player like Windows Media Player (Sync tab). All you do is drag and drop the songs you want onto a list and hit transfer. I found this far quicker and easier and very rarely do I have problems, which are more related to the media player, not the device itself. The only thing that I thought was a bit of a shame is that there is still little flexibility with play-lists, which you have to create in the media player and then transfer as a list. I also think this means that if the song is already on the player as a single song or in another play-list then it can end up being duplicated and taking up more space.
Connecting device to computer or television, charging and battery power
The device has a USB connection and also charges via this connection. In fact you can plug it into a USB port on your television if you have one and it will charge while you watch telly or browse the files on your telly and play them directly from the player. I have tried playing files via my television, but I have to say that I could not find any of the copyright protected files (CD albums, mostly) when browsing, so it was useless for me. The player has a lid, which you remove to reveal the USB connection. I sometimes forget to put the lid back on, leaving this connection exposed and I often worry about losing the lid, so would have preferred something that stays attached to the player, keeping it in one piece. As the player is a little thicker (width-wise) than my old one and if there are two ports next to each other (as on my computer) you might find that you cannot plug something into the second whilst this is connected.
Charging seems to take about half an hour but I do not often notice exactly when the charge completed because I am doing other things! It only takes a matter of minutes to get a few hours of use out of this player and when not in use the charge can last for days. The player boasts 16 hours of playing time, and although I'm never sure if you get the full amount, it does seem to last a fair number of hours at a time. The only occasions I run out of power while on the go are when I have not put the device on hold properly and it has continued to play without my knowing and then I find that there is only a tiny bit of power left. It is so easy to charge, that even if it does not give you what the specs state, you might not notice.
The MP3 player has 2GB of storage, which is estimated to be 500 songs. I have quite a bit less than this on my player because some of the songs take up a lot more memory than the average MP3 file. At the time of buying, 2GB was more than sufficient for me, but I like to have a lot of variety and have also added full albums, so it is full and I would have to delete songs to fit more on. For this reason it is no longer enough for me, although it was fine for 2 years so that is not bad value for money.
My device is a very attractive blue, although there are other colours available too (I know of black, red and pink) that may hold a higher or lower price tag. At the time, however, I also bought one in red for my sister and that was the same price, and very pretty too. It is slightly bigger than my previous player but in the same stick like shape it still fits reasonably well in pockets. As above, the only thing is that for USB ports it is a bit on the thick side. There is a label at the back that randomly started to come away so the back of my player is a little unsightly, but this does not bother me as it is not very noticeable when tucked away. During playing, there are LED lights that flash on and off, and this function can be switched off if they become a nuisance, which for most people they probably will.
The display lights up in light blue and is very easy to read, though it does not fit full song details and can be slow to scroll them for you to read. I don't mind too much as I tend to recognise what a song is straight away but that might annoy some people. It can help to make sure that the song file names are succinct before transferring them onto the player.
The earphones that came with this player were far too big and uncomfortable and quickly ended up being useless and disposed of. Frankly I wish it was possible to buy these players slightly cheaper without earphones included at all as this is such a waste. The sound quality through the earphones was not great anyway and leaked so that other passengers on the bus or train could often hear my music if I turned it up load enough for me to hear it well myself. It is worth being prepared to invest in your own set of earphones. Note that the socket to plug them in is at the top of the player, which is perfect if the plug is straight but plugs with an L-shape (where the wire comes out sideways) are a little more awkward. I have an L-shaped plug on my new earphones (bought separately) and so far it has not been damaged by being squashed, fortunately. I think this might be because it is less damage-prone, but I could just have been lucky so far.
The sound quality, once I bought new headphones has been very good, and there are also a few special play modes, plus the Bass button so you can customise to your style. They match up to music genres like Jazz, but I'm not sure how effective they are for enhancing different genres as I can't really tell and don't listen to that much variety in terms of genre myself! The volume does not get too loud (and it shouldn't really) but has a very good range.
Lots of buttons are positioned where they could be pressed accidentally quite easily, so the 'hold' button does some in very useful. The hold button is on the edge of the player and works by sliding it across.
The play/pause button is big and round and sits on the front of the player next to the display screen. The skip buttons are above and below it and sometimes if I am skipping through songs without looking at the player I use the wrong skip button. After a while you might find this easier if you remember where the right button is relative to other buttons. The back/home button is the only other button on the front and it is much smaller. This helps you navigate through the player menus, but it can be a little fiddly and tricky if music is already playing. The volume and bass buttons are along the edge. Occasionally I have pressed them by accident when holding the player with the hold button off.
I have only used the voice recorder on this player once to test it. I can see that there might be good uses for a voice recorder but at the moment it is just one of those extra features I do not bother with and could have done without. The microphone is on the same end you connect your earphones to, although I don't think you can, and you certainly don't need to connect a mic to this. The quality of the sound recorder is very good and on playback I could hear my voice quite well without too much background noise. The 'record' button is near the volume buttons but I have never pressed it by accident.
This device has lasted me a good two years and the only reason I am now buying a new one is that the 2GB are no longer enough to fit all my songs on. In fact, I will probably continue to use it as a spare or put language learning audio files on it. I could do with learning a new language. Anyway, the point is I would certainly recommend this for anyone that has less than 500 songs to put on. Although slightly fiddly, I think all small MP3 players are bound to have minor gripes and on the whole it is easy to use, light and portable, and not bad looking either. It is really easy to add and remove songs and better without the Sony software. The earphones are a waste so be prepared to fork out for decent ones. The power is ideal and tends to last longer than expected, plus it is very easy to power up in any machine that has a USB port. I would not pay more than £20 for this model, however because is now probably out of date, and I'd pay a lot less if, as it likely you are buying second-hand.
Some people get wiser with age...I've just got a damn sight craftier. You don't move a chess piece without considering the possible repercussions several steps ahead, so I always try to foresee the likely chain of events before embarking on a certain course of action in life.
Applying this logic to shopping for presents, I don't buy anything that doesn't also suit me. Not so that I can borrow it, I hasten to add...although this has influenced me with the occasional box set or music CD that we have a mutual liking for. Rather to avoid setting myself up for a lot of grief. So when my wife wanted a MP3 player, there was no way she was going to get an iPod!
George Michael sung about being 'Once bitten, twice shy' and having tussled with iTunes when the kids were little and remembering its frustrations, I had no intention of putting myself in that position again. You see in our family, if something can't be achieved in a few clicks or button presses, I am the one to be summoned, being seen as the authority for all things remotely techie. Sometimes my services are fast tracked by even missing out that miserable token effort. So the quest was to find something my wife could merrily use self sufficiently. I have these reality slips from time to time!
Still available at around the £30 mark, the Sony NWZ-B135 could have been made to measure for us. It connects to the computer via its own inbuilt USB connector, has no software to install and fiddle with being recognised as a mass storage device that opens its own drive window and supports the straightforward drag and drop of files from your music folders. As it can play WMA files, tracks can be ripped off CDs using any version of Windows Media Player without having to do any converting. It also charges while in the USB port and within three minutes has built up ninety minutes play time. It couldn't be more straightforward to use...right? Well...yes and no really. One thing I underestimated was that my wife's lack of patience is matched by only one thing...her total apathy towards some of life's more mundane tasks. With a look of disdain, she reminded me 'that's what I keep you for'. Oh well, I tried!
Available in either blue, red or black, the player is roughly the size, shape and weight of a cigarette lighter, making it very light and compact to carry around. On one end of the device is the 3.5mm jack that headphones connect to and at the other is the USB connector, covered by a cap that just clicks into place. A small rectangular 2 x 1 cm window on the left hand side of the unit displays the contents of the player, accessible by easy to navigate menu options controlled by buttons on the right. Most of the navigation is done using just four buttons: a big circular one that quadruples as an 'On', 'Play', 'Enter' and 'Pause' button, smaller ones above and below it that tab up and down or sideways depending which part of the menu you are in and a tiny 'Back' key alongside.
The device has the same folder hierarchy as a computer, so music can remain organised the same way after transfer if you drag and drop entire folders. Music can be found by artist, album, genre or release year (if this information is tagged), play lists can be created or random shuffle play can be chosen. During play, the name of the track scrolls on the top line of the display, with the name of its folder static underneath it.
With 2GB of space, there is room for around 500 songs, which will be deceivingly ample for the needs of many, having surprisingly found that I'd only utilised three quarters of its capacity. Although I suppose there is a limit to the number of songs in the cheesy pop genre, which seems to make up most of my wife's collection!
Music stays on the player until you choose to delete it, unlike with an iPod, where there is the risk of it getting unwittingly over-written when synchronising if the contents of the music folder change. It can also be transferred back to source easily if, for example, you suffer a data loss on your computer or get a new one.
The neighbours can testify that the player can belt out a good tune, having connected it to our hi-fi too regularly for their liking. The headphones that are bundled with it are the basic sort that most will probably get along with, although my wife found that they didn't fit her ears and were uncomfortable. That, as you may remember, was another story.
I was already of the opinion that iPods were over hyped, over fussy and over priced, and this impressive little device certainly reinforced that view. Its simple, no nonsense functionality keeps maintenance to the minimum and lets you concentrate on getting pleasure from your music rather than it becoming a chore.
I purchased this device based primarily on the name. The original Sony Walkman was a design classic and I liked the idea of owning one. It is charged via a built-in USB connection, which saves on batteries and also means it does not require a separate connecting wire when charging. You simply plug it in to the computer or laptop to charge or to copy music to the device. Navigating the buttons is relatively simple and although a smooth, sleek design, the buttons are traditional as opposed to touch sensitive. Older people with stubby fingers would like this as a result. The music can be dragged and dropped onto the device or can be added via the likes of Microsoft's media player, via the 'sync' option.
There is a small LCD display on the device, allowing the user to understand what is going on with the device during navigation. The design is pleasing - it is sleek and sexy; aesthetically pleasing. With most devices, the claims in terms of storage capacity leave a lot to be desired. I believe it falls short of the 2GB claimed. Also, when I first purchased this device, it broke during the media transfer process and had to be replaced. I have had no problems with the replacement.
There is average sound leakage from the headphones, which are the type which are longer at one side than they are at the other, in order to allow them to be worn round the back of the neck. Therefore you can remove them from your ears and they don't fall to the ground. Sound quality is fine, except when being played at high volume in a motor vehicle via a jack plug (which has to be purchased separately). There is a microphone feature, which I find utterly pointless on an MP3 player. The device comes with 2 x free sample songs, which are both equally bland and easily deleted.
A really fantastically priced MP3 player, with little fuss or complexity.
As an avid music listener, this MP3 is durable and efficient. It is extremely portable and usefully for runners or those who wish to listen to music or the radio whilst doing exercise.
It is easy to add music as you simply plug into the computer to charge, from there music can be dragged onto the memory from the computer, it does not require any extra software unlike other MP3 products such as the ipod.
The music quality is great and different effects can be simply employed. The display, despite being on the small side, provides all the information needed and artists, albums and genres are listed appropriately. It even has the songs added latest for convenience. With a 2GB memory is is able to hold a fair amount of data, however, as it is cheap two can be brought if one does not hold all your music.
The battery life is long for the amount listened and if an extra plug adapter is brought the product can be easily charged from an plug outlet.
I bought my Sony Walkman from ebay and have been delighted with it. Its very simple to use which is ideal for a techno phob like me. I am very proud to say the only thing I can't do myself with this is put music on it - I still need my son to to that bit lol.
This walkman comes in various colours including pink, black and red. Mine is pink to stop my four boys using it. It is small and long (like most mp3's) and the headphones fit in the end. The headphones that come with it are not very good, they tend to fall out of your ear and if they do stay in they make your ear hurt. I bought different ones to go with it.
It has a 3 line colour LCD screen which clearly displays music and the artists name.
Quick Charge function - plug it in for 3 minutes and get 90 minutes playback. Full charge gives you up to 16 hours listening time.
Audio equaliser - 4 presets and 2 custom settings(this means nothing to me but apparently it brings out the best sound mix for your music.)
Easily drag and drop content directly from Windows Media® Player or Windows Explorer (I would say its not that easy as I cant do it but my son can so maybe its just me being thick!)
Power Illuminator this is a red LED which flashes with the rhythm of the music although in daylight it can hardly be seen so a bit pointless really)
Plays popular audio file formats and also
Plays popular mp3 and WMA audio file formats.
It plugs directly into the a USB port for charging which is good as I always loose wires.
I think it holds up to 1000 songs on the 2G one but I have only got about 150 on mine at any one time.
The music can be played fairly without sounding tinny. Overall I am very pleased with it although I think if you like gadgets this may not be for you as it is quite basic.
As I said I bought it from ebay, it was new and I paid £29.99 but I think it is £49.99 from regular shops.
What I wanted, was a small, reliable Mp3 player with a couple of gigs memory that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg.
After a week of searching on the web, I decided on this delightful little Sony mp3 player as it certainly appeared to tick all of my boxes and being the proud owner of several Sony products, I certainly felt that this would be a good quality piece of kit.
I wasn't disappointed.
The player is sleek and in my opinion reasonably stylish. It's no Ipod but then again, that's reflected in the price!
At 2gb it holds a reasonable quantity of tuneage (approx 500 tracks at 128kbps). It can handle WMA or Mp3 files which is nice.
Transferring tracks onto the player is oh so simple as it just plugs into your USB on the PC and you can drag and drop to your hearts content. The transfer speed is a little slow but this is a minor issue. I just drag a selection of songs over to the appropriate drive and go and make a cup of tea, nibble a biscuit and ta-daa! Job done.
It also charges up from your USB. 3 minutes charging will give you 90 minutes playback. Not bad really, as it's relatively dinky at three and a half inches long and half an inch wide. It sits hidden in my top pocket at work and I often forget it's there!
The Lcd screen is small and it displays the artist and the song title, which is all I really need to know. It's also backlit and gives off a warm glow for those dark winter evenings.
It has a hold function, so you don't have to worry about knocking buttons when it's rattling about in your pocket. I certainly use this when I switch the player off, as it can be easy to turn it on accidentally and drain the battery if you don't.
The volume level bar goes from 1 to 30 and reaches a good volume. There is also a bass boost that makes the sound a little meatier.
Every function is easy to navigate and you only need four buttons. Play/Select, Skip Forward/Up, Skip Back/Down and the back button. No fuss and bother.
It has a mic record facility if you're fond of the sound of your own voice or just want to keep a record of the fantastic ideas that spring into your mind during the average day.
The headphones are pretty standard and fit for purpose. You can always buy a better pair, but I've stuck with the ones that came with the player and they are fine for me.
Most important to a clumsy oaf like me is that it is very robust and try as I might by sitting on it, dropping it and treading on it (none of these things on purpose, I might add!) yet so far I have failed to destroy it.
I paid £29.99 for mine and I have to say that it's worth every penny.
One day I might feel I'm ready for something a little more expensive but for now, I'm more than content with this.
Thanks for reading.
I initially bought this mp3 player as a quick replacement for the one that I used before. The reason I chose this one was because it was a good price and I already trusted Sony.
I don't go a day without listening to my mp3 player and it comes everywhere with me. Ideally I would like something with a larger memory but I am happy with this mp3 player at the moment.
The style is very nice and it is simple to use. You can just drag and drop your music files in to it which is a lot less hassle than I used to have to go through with my mp3 player (either ripping a CD or importing the files in the particular programme) which was quite time consuming.
It plays wma files so you can get more song files on the player than if you were using mp3 files. The screen is also relatively easy to read (though take in account the size of the player if you have poorer eyesight).
It is easy to charge up using the USB connecter which is protected. The battery holds a lot of charge and despite the constant use of my player after over a year and a halfs worth of use. I still don't have to charge it very often.
I have very few negative comments to make about this player. I have on occasion accidently switched the player back on when taking it out my pocket meaning when I go back to listen to music there is no/ very little battery left. This isn't often but it is annoying when it does happen. My USB connecter now also requires to be held a certain way in the USB slot; though this is new.
Otherwise, I definitely recomment this mp3 player: small, stylish, good sound, wma supportive, good battery life, easy to use.
This little mp3 is very user friendly. Unlike the ipods you have no need to install itunes on to your laptop or pc, you simply plug the mp3 player using its built in usb port and drag and drop your music files from your library. The mp3 player also charges whilst connected to the laptop or pc. When you are dragging and dropping the files your media player will keep you up to date as to how much available space is left. This particular version holds alot of songs and i have rarely had to delete files to make room for newer ones. The mp3 player is very small and light with a very easy to use menu system. there are only a few buttons to choose from, play/pause, back, volume, bass and hold. the bass button is quite funky as if you have the bass on a red light illuminates around the play button but then if you turn it off you get a while light display on the LED screen. There are a variety of colours to choose from, i myself have pink. I would definatly buy another one if anything happened to my current one.
Having owned various cheap MP3s that broke after a small amount of usage, i decided to invest in a better quality one in the hope that it would last. I have had this MP3 for over a year and so far it has been perfect - i haven't had any issues and it is so easy to use! Transferring music onto has been simple and i've found the in-built microphone to be of reasonable quality too.
Unfortunately it lacks a radio, which i do miss, and the 'shuffle' setting is not very random and so i find the same songs do get played in the same order every so often. Also, as it can only be charged using a USB port, it can be a little impractical, but i have found the battery to last a decent length of time. The earphones that come with it are better than others that i have had, but obviously not amazing either.
Overall, i am really satisfied with this product and it has lasted well as it does get a lot of use. I would say that it is of good value and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent MP3 without too many extra features.
the sony walkman comes with some great fetures like, Equalizer Controls, FM Stereo Tuner, Radio Recorder, Voice Recorder. the sound is amazing and the controls are simple to use. It Stores up to 1000 tracks brilliant!! has Up to 16 hours playback. its Rechargeable via USB port and it looks really cool. Good alternative to the ipod and its loads cheaper. I would definitely reccomend I got one them bought one for my girlfriend as well. We never speak on holiday as we are always listening to it. Good value and a good price. It has a 3in line LCD screen size and unlike many other portable music players it is Compatible with MP3 and WVA so you dont have to convert your windows files to MP3 you can just pop them all onto the sony walkman. If you your thinking of an MP3 Player get this one. Its definitely one of the best I have listened to and im a gadget geek!! Hope this review helped.
This is an excellent mp3 player for the price. It's easy to use menus make it user-friendly for anyone from child age through teens, the technophobe to the techno-confident user. The USB style makes connection to your laptop easy and if you're running Windows Vista then Windows Media Player kicks in to make transferring files as easy as one, two, three.
At 2GB the player holds a good amount of albums and sorts them by artist, song title or album. The display is brught and easy to read. Battery life is excellent, at least 18-20 hours playback. Slim design makes it so easy to fit into any pocket or handbag. The sound quality from the included headphones is fantastic as you would expect from Sony. I think it is worth the RRP for the quality of sound alone. Definitely one of the better mp3 players we have owned and we loved it so much three of us in our house own one.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-B135 2 GB is a superb little lightweight, no-frills mp3 player that doubles as a data storage device and flash-disk.
It is not necessary to install any software whatsoever in conjunction with it, and its digital display and few buttons is easy to get your head around. Overall its a very useful and user-friendly device. Its sleek, sexy and available in black and silver. It has an easy to understand "Hold" function, which is much akin to the iPod, and is part of the small procedure of turning the mp3 player off.
It plays any audio file you'd care to mention, including the less popular but vastly superior .flac files. The volume control is as expected, a 1-30 bar which can be reach rather loud heights.
The voice-recording system is reasonable, if a little bit unnecessary. The device cannot be used as a computer microphone (at least not with a ridiculous amount of technical tweaking) and as a result, is only really useful for recording 'notes to self,' a highly outdated practice.
Some problems that I did have with it though, is that certain sets of earphones did begin to become sticky and unresponsive after prolonged use, and also, like many other flash media devices of this kind, its easy to lose the little cap that covers the USB port. In spite of this its still incredibly durable and reliable, with a very, very long battery life and simple insta-recharge system with PCs that is really not to sniffed at.
Its not really worth the RRP, which is around £30. I would recommend it if you can get it cheap or second hand, but its not worth paying more than £20 for, despite how durable and sleek it may be.
After I returned my awful Creative Zen Mozaic I decided I would try a more reliable make such as sony and so purchased this Sony 2gb Walkman, here are the pros and cons....
- It is a small light mp3 player
- The battery length is good at 18 hours, but I feel it lasts longer for me, also it only takes 3 minuits of charging for 90 minuits playback!
- easy to download files
- cool red light which flashes in synch to the beat of a song
- Easy button ability to skip tracks and to navigate menu
- Cheap, only £30
- Despite the fact it says 2gb, it only had 1.6, I feel the company should be more specific about the size.
- It takes a while to click down artists or songs, the mp3 should allow a feature to hold down a button to navigate down a list faster.
Overall it is a decent mp3 player, the sound quality is good and the battery is great. The mp3 player looks good too, its quite stylish I have it in red! Only downside is the slow navigation down a playlist, but it's a small tweak sony could easily sort out. It's cheap and easy to use so it is worth a buy, I am very happy with my purchase.
If any one requires a tiny MP3 player, can try this one out. At 89.5x25x15 mm weighing 29 grams probably the tiniest MP3 player doing round in consumer market. The new Sony NWZ-B135 is a USB MP3 Player has class written all over it.
NWZ-B135, has a very aesthetic design, portable fits snugly into your pocket. The USB can be hooked in directly to the PC which is hidden under a flap. The play/pause, forward and back functions of manageable size are right there in the front beside the screen. The screen displays name of the tracks and artist. It is also provided with a time counter and battery indicator. The screen glows red with the music.
FEATURESNow before the discussing the features of this cute little MP3 player lets take a quick look at its technical specifications which varies from country to country. But this spec is widely complied with.
Cool "Power Illuminator" red LED flashes with the rhythm of the music
Plays popular mp3 and WMA audio file formats
Easily drag and drop content directly from Windows Media® Player or Windows Explorer
2GB memory stores up to 500 of your favourite tracks (128kbps)
Audio equaliser (4 presets and 2 custom settings) brings out the best sound mix for your music
Quick Charge function - plug it in for 3 minutes and get 90 minutes playback. Full charge gives you up to 16 hours listening time
3 line colour LCD screen clearly displays music and artist name
I am sure you like the easy and convenient drag and drop system which has excellent compatibility with Windows Media Player and Window Explorer. Adding music to the USB couldn't be easier. With a storage of 2 GB it can safely swallow 500 tracks effortlessly. The repeat and shuffle mode works perfectly for all songs, artist, genre, etc. The quick charge function makes it a complete MP3 player.
The 5 band audio equalizer is just great. Naturally it provides excellent performance throughout the audio spectrum giving reasonable low, mid range and high frequency response. I must say the bass is very good. The audio is never too shrill or subdued, it is loud but soothing never really disturbing. The Power Illuminator was not really necessary but sometime you do require visual excitement. The Quick Charge is very useful. Not 90 minutes but you will get a cool 1 hour plus playback. The battery is excellent and charges real fast in 1 hr 10 minutes giving a comfortable 12 hrs plus playback time (not 16 hours, it is difficult to get). NWZ-B135 is very easy to use. Just remember, in case you forget to put your player on charge the "Quick Charge" option is there for you. Just plug it in for 3 minutes.
This beauty should get high rating, since the price is reasonable at £35 must make most happy if not everybody. I would go for the Black any day.
(This review was first published at ciao.co.uk under the same user name)