Sony W-Series Walkman (2GB review: Sony W-Series Walkman (2GB

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Sony W-Series Walkman offers an innovative, ultracompact design that incorporates an MP3 player into a pair of earbuds. It's easy to use and Sony includes a unique feature for browsing songs.

The Bad The Sony W-Series Walkman does not have a screen and will not be comfortable for all users.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a sweat-resistant, all-in-one solution for rocking out at the gym, the Sony W-Series Walkman will provide just that.

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There's more than one way to make a wireless MP3 player, and building it right into a set of water-resistant headphones is an excellent way to do that and ensure that it's ready to hit the gym right out of the box. This is the route Sony took with its original W-Series Walkman back in 2009, and the company is continuing the tradition with the latest iteration of the device. The fitness-friendly player still features an ample 2GB of internal memory, and Sony has knocked $10 off the MSRP, bringing the W-Series down to an even more affordable $59.99. If you're sick of irritating headphone wires during your workouts, this all-in-one device is a fantastic way to nip that problem in the bud--provided you can get a good fit.

We have to give Sony credit for the W-Series Walkman's design, which is now available in a single all-black model. The two rectangular audio modules have been rounded off slightly, which gives the design an updated look. These pieces measure roughly 2 inches long by 0.8 inch wide and 0.4 inch deep and attach to one another via a flexible, twisting neckband. The W-Series continues to be the most compact all-in-one MP3 player/headphone we've ever seen, and at 1.3 ounces, it's impressively lightweight, as well.

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Where to Buy

Sony W-Series Walkman (2GB, black)

Part Number: NWZ-W252

MSRP: $59.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Run Time (Up To) 11 hour(s)
  • Capacity 1.68 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 1.5 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards protected WMA (DRM)
  • Installed Size 1.68 GB
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player
About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.