The Good The Sony NWZ-B100F's fitness-friendly design, high-fidelity sound quality, built-in USB plug, and FM tuner make it an ideal MP3 player for active people.
The Bad The Sony NWZ-B100F can't handle photos, videos, line-input recording or Audible audiobooks. Also, the three-line display is difficult to read, battery life is only average, and the cap for the USB plug is easy to lose.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for an affordable, utilitarian MP3 player to take on the road or to the gym, the Sony NWZ-B100F is a solid solution with awesome audio quality.
There will always be a place in the world for a small, affordable, durable, intuitive MP3 player with great sound quality--witness Sony's gym-worthy NWZ-B100F series. Available in 1GB ($59) and 2GB ($79) capacities, the NWZ-B100F is an ideal choice for anyone looking for an ultracompact player with excellent sound.
The Sony NWZ-B100F series looks like a high-tech cigarette lighter. Its minimal 3.5-inch by 1-inch by 0.5-inch form fits comfortably in a closed fist, perfect for a morning jog. In fact, the NWZ-B100F has all the markings of a device designed with an athletic user in mind. Each of the device's eight buttons is physically distinguished from one another by shape, size, or texture, letting you operate the NWZ-B100F without looking at it. The player's oversize hold switch lets even the most distracted user easily disable the player's controls, and a metal-reinforced loophole directly beside the hold switch accepts a lanyard (sold separately).