Sony B-Series Walkmans review: Sony B-Series Walkmans

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Sony B-Series Walkman offers an ultracompact design, an FM tuner and voice recorder, and a handy quick charge feature. It's inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors, and sounds good. Works with both Windows and Mac.

The Bad The Sony B-Series Walkman's rated battery life is unimpressive and the display is tiny.

The Bottom Line The entry-level Sony B-Series Walkman is a solid choice for the gym thanks to its ultracompact design, quick charge function, and integrated FM tuner--but beware the eye strain.

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Features come and go in the rapidly evolving MP3 player space. One that has enjoyed fluctuating popularity is the built-in USB interface, which allows a device to connect directly to a computer without a cable. This "plug-and-play" capability is currently out of fashion, but Sony is trying to keep the dream alive with the B-Series Walkman. The entry-level offering is aimed at active users and is priced competitively at $44.99 for the 1GB model and $59.99 for the 2GB. Battery life isn't as impressive as other Sony Walkmans and the screen is tiny, but the B-Series hits the mark with an array of features suitable for on-the-go use.

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Sony NWZ-B135F Walkman (2GB, black)

Part Number: NWZ-B135FBLK Released: Sep 15, 2008
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep 15, 2008
  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Run Time (Up To) 16 hour(s)
  • Capacity 2 GB
  • Color black
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player / radio