Sony W-Series review: Sony W-Series

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • 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 The Sony W-Series Walkman is a great option for active users who want an all-in-one music device to use while working out.

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There's more than one way to make a wireless MP3 player, and building it directly into a set of headphones may seem like the easy way out, but it gets the job done. Plus, there are none of those audio-fidelity issues you might run into with technologies such as RF and Bluetooth, which is probably why Sony elected to take this route with its new W-Series Walkman. This 2GB MP3 player is built into a set of impressively small earbud-style headphones and sports a palatable price tag of just $69.

We've got to give props to Sony for the design of the W-Series Walkman, which is available in a choice of two colors (black or pink). Two rectangular audio modules--measuring roughly 2-inches long by 0.8-inch wide and 0.4-inch deep--attach to one another via a flexible, twisting neckband. It's the smallest all-in-one MP3 player/headphone we've ever seen, and it's impressively lightweight, as well (1.3 ounces). Of course, with any such device made specifically for active pursuits, a secure fit is a chief concern. Luckily, the W-Series Walkman is up for the task: we tested the player walking, jogging, and doing jumping jacks and found it quite capable of staying in place during all of these activities. Still, comfort is somewhat of a concern--the fact that the earbuds are integrated will no doubt cause issues for some, despite Sony's inclusion of three sizes of silicone eartips.

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Sony NWZ-W202 W-Series Walkman (2GB, pink)

Part Number: NWZW202PNK Released: Mar 30, 2009
MSRP: $69.95 Low Price: $39.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Mar 30, 2009
  • Color pink
  • Weight 1.3 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC
    MP3
    WMA
    protected WMA (DRM)
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player
  • Run Time (Up To) 12 hour(s)
  • Capacity 2 GB