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Sony W-Series Walkman (second generation)The W-Series Walkman is Sony’s solution for active users who want an all-in-one music device to use while working out.
[ music ] ^M00:00:03 >> In today's market stand alone MP3 players are being swiftly replaced by all-in-one devices that integrate music playback into cell phones. So it's more important than ever to specialize if you want to stay in the game. Sony is doing just that with its Second Generation W-Series Walkman. Like it's predecessor, this device features an ultra compact design that incorporates an MP3 player right into a set of headphones. On the inside of each earpiece you'll find an angled ear bud with swappable silicone tips to help you achieve a secure fit. The ear pieces are connected to one another by a flexible rubber neckband that is designed to put a slight inward pressure to keep the unit in place. The MP3 player functionality is visible along the bottom edge of the device. There's a jog dial for playback and navigation, tactile volume buttons, a mini USB port for charging and syncing, and a key that switches between shuffle and folder navigation modes. Unsurprisingly the W-Series has no screen, but Sony has included its Zappin technology, which lets you audibly navigate tracks by hearing a snippet of the chorus for each song. Quick charge is another noteworthy feature that lets you get 90 minutes of battery life from a quick 3 minute charge. In addition, the device is water resistant, meaning it can withstand sweat and even be run under the tap for cleaning. At $60 for 2-gigabytes, the W3's Walkman is quite the deal for fitness fanatics. I'm Jasmine France for CNET. ^M00:01:14 [ music ] ^E00:01:18