Product Type: Sony MP3 players
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You can walk, man... and still hear your favourite tracks
Sony Walkman NWZ-E444 8 GB
Member Name: blissman70
Sony Walkman NWZ-E444 8 GB
Advantages: easy to use, good sound, nice image, nice features and neat looking
Disadvantages: none really, especially if you can get it at the right price
I like to listen to music, several different genres to be honest, but I'm not one of those people that thinks that the people around me should have to put up with my music at a level that could shake a monkey out of a tree.
When I'm out and about, maybe even sat at a desk, I sometimes like to sit with earphones in listening to a bit of music which seems to help me concentrate as I go about doing what ever I'm doing, be it exercising, writing or going through some work related projects, (honest boss).
So, it's a matter of finding a decent music player that can not only store all my music but also sounds the part, plus doesn't make me look like I'm still in the prehistoric era.
I have actually used several different music players, or MP3 players, with many different results, some good, some bad and some worth crying about.
And it's one particular MP3 player that I am going to tell you about now, although to be honest it's more than an MP3 music player, as you'll soon discover.
This music player is in fact from a well known company who have spent years keeping people on the move with their music. This company is called Sony and the device is called a Walkman, (remember the old walkman tape players from the 80's and 90's?). the actual full name of this one being the Sony Walkman NWZ-E44 (BLK 8GB).
What does it look like..?
It's small, being about 90mm long by 45mm wide and a mere 10mm thick, weighing in at a lightweight 50grams.
On the front, where all the action is, there is the 2inch LCD screen, or display, giving a clear 240 x 320 resolution display.
Below this there are the controls which surround a circular cursor type, with the back/home button on the left and an on/off/option button on the right.
These button are actually in the shape of what I think is Mickey mouse's head, with the ears, but no nose, eyes or mouth.
This earphone jack is on the bottom of the unit with the mini USB port next to it. There's also a little strap slot and a tiny reset button just above it.
The earphone jack is a standard 3.5mm so you're not restricted to the set that come with this device, you can use your favourite ear buds instead. Although the ones that come with this are not that bad at all really.
The mini USB port is used for both transferring data to and from the device and also for charging the battery up. A full charge
That's what it looks like then: So what can it do..?
It is more than an MP3 player, it is a video player, an image viewer, a radio, with 30 preset FM stations and even a voice recorder with stereo sound through the ear phones.
Clear bass sound effect and a five band preset graphic equalizer, Unique, pop, jazz, heavy and custom.
It supports many formats, such as MP3, AAC, WMA, LPCM and DRM, also supporting Mpeg-4 and WMV on the video player side.
The display is 240 x 320 pixel on a 2inch LCD display.
USB uploading support which is compatible with most modern windows OS, including 7.
Built in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery takes a couple of hours or so to fully charge, giving about 30 hours of music playback, 4 hours of constant video watching and 50-60 hours of radio listening.
How do you use it then..?
Simple, and it is made easier by flicking through the straight forward instruction manual.
Anyway, the first thing you have to do it plug the USB into your PC, your PC should find the drivers automatically as it is a plug and play system.
So, once you've installed the drivers, you then go ahead and transfer your chosen songs onto the device. This is done in the usual ways, either 'send to' drag and drop' or 'copy and paste'... in this particular system I do recommend using either the 'drag and drop' or the 'copy and paste' method as once you've started uploading folders on the device the 'send to' method doesn't send the files directly to the folder you want.
So know you've got folders filled with your favourite music, videos and images, maybe even a few files of voice recording as well, it's all down to your own preference
All you do now is use the menu button and the cursor buttons to select what you want to listen to or watch or look at.
It's all as simple as that really and, like many things, the more you use it the easier it becomes to use.
Is it easy to use..?
Yes, pretty much anyway. You simply press the menu button, then, using the cursor buttons, go through the display on the screen to find what you want.
The display helps you select what you want clearly, showing several little icons, which you then use the cursor key to navigate around them as this is not a touch screen device.
Once you've chosen the icon you want, be it the movie, image or music, you then click the centre of the cursor, which act as the OK button as well as the play pause button.
This process is then repeated until you have reached what ever you wanted to find.
That's it... it's as easy to use as one of those old fashioned tape recorders that were around many years ago. (google 'tape recorders' and see).
This is a well made MP3 player which offers more than playing music.
It looks the part and really doesn't make me look too much of an idiot as I use it in public, although when I start singing I do tend to draw a bit of attention, and not in a good way either.
I particularly like the easy to understand icons that appear on the display, with the chosen icon lighting up to let me know which one is chosen. The cursor button reacts quickly, which you would expect really, especially as it is the cursor that controls the lot as this is not a touch screen unit.
The sound quality is great, although this is down to the earphones you have connected. I have stuck with the ones that came with this player as I find them to be both comfortable in my ear and they give good sound quality as well, which is what you need in a pair of ear phones.
I have fiddled about with the inbuilt graphic equaliser and find that there is a lot of sound difference on each setting, but after a bit of 'twiddling' I've stuck with the 'custom' setting and made it my very own for my special little ears. I do have to say that I did find the 'jazz' setting a little, shall we say, 'fuzzy' for my liking, but each to their own I suppose.
Then there's the video and image quality, which are not that bad really, although the video quality does let it down a little, but not enough to put you off watching something on the small screen.
It can take a bit of a beating as well. What I mean by that is that I have 'accidentally' dropped it a few times, well, quite a lot to be honest, and it's come up fighting fit, even if it has managed to acquire one or two scratches during its time.
The battery seems to last forever, especially if, like me, you just use it for listening to music, or even the radio. But even when I've used it for watching videos, (nothing naughty mind you), the battery does drain a lot quicker.
This one has a memory of 8GB, although there are different ones out there with bigger, or smaller memory capacity, but for me 8GB is ample for me.
As for the price?
This 8GB version usually sells for around £50 - £60, with the larger GB selling for nearer the £90 - £100 mark. Fortunately, if my local shops are anything to go by, there are many out there selling for around the £40.00 region, which is more the price I paid for mine.
Is it worth the price..?
I'd have to say yes, especially if you can get it for under £50.00, even though £60 is not too bad at all really.
It offers a bit of style, nice sound quality and plenty of room for not just your music albums but your videos, data and you pictures as well.
In all, if it's music you like, with a few spaces for other bits of information, then this could be right up your street.
© Blissman70 2012
Summary: Music to your ears... and maybe your wallet too
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