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Photos: Sony NWZ-B100F

The NWZ-B100F is one of Sony's first budget MP3 players to cast off the frustrating ATRAC file format restrictions. It also happens to be a great, utilitarian MP3 player for taking to the gym or out on a morning jog.

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From a distance, the Sony NWZ-B100F looks identical to a cigarette lighter. Although it won't start any fires, the NWZ-B100F offers a great music player, FM tuner, and voice recorder, at an affordable price.
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One of the most frustrating aspects of traveling with an MP3 player is bringing along that tangled mess of a USB cable. The B100F makes life a little simpler by including a USB plug in its design. The textured hold switch and lanyard loophole can be seen on the left side of the photo.
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Fitness fanatics will appreciate how good the NWZ-B100F fits in the hand. While the screen is small, all of the controls are easy to differentiate purely by feel.
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The NWZ-B100F doesn't try and do everything, but it does a few things really well. With a player this small, a voice recorder, music player, FM tuner, and settings control is all you're likely to want.
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The top edge of the NWZ-B100F is dappled with buttons for recording, volume, and power. Each button has a distinct texture, making it intuitive to control without needing to glance at the player.
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A solid 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the opposite end of the USB plug. A small hole adjacent to the jack conceals the microphone used for voice recording. The textured hold switch can be seen here on the left side.
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The silver band that divides the NWZ-B100F's USB cap from the rest of the player also serves as a rocker switch for skipping back and forth between tracks, or scrolling through file lists.
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By default, the NWZ-B100F sounds out a soft chime through the headphones when the Music Library icon is selected in the main menu. This auditory cue lends itself to the NWZ-B100F's overall goal of allowing users to easily operate the MP3 player without looking at the screen.

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