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Sony NWZ-W202 W-Series WalkmanThe Sony W-Series Walkman is a great option for active users who want an all-in-one music device to use while working out.
[ Music ] >> Jasmine France: The last thing you won't be working out is to deal with a bunch of clutter, which is why an mp3 player integrated into a pair of headphones is perfect for active pursuits. I'm Jasmine France, and I'm here with the Sony W Series Walkman, and this is by far the smallest mp3 player/headphone combo that I have seen. It's an mp3 player integrated just into these two ear modules. So we have basically ear buds with an mp3 player built right in. Now, as you could probably imagine, and as you can see, there is no screen on this. Of course, you don't really need a screen because it's attached to your head, so how would you look at it anyway. There are just a few basic controls on here. Music automatically plays in an alpha-numeric order, but there is a shuffle switch so you can choose to shuffle the music. That's on the back here. And then underneath, you have a toggle as well as a volume control. The volume buttons are really easy to activate. They're raised so that you don't have to look at them, and the toggle will allow you to skip or go backwards through tracks. It'll also allow you to play pause. Now, you can automatically turn the player on by separating that your pieces are not hitting the toggle. To turn the player off, you connect to your pieces like so. There is a little magnet in there that make them connect, and it automatically powers down. Now, to transfer music, you just use a standard mini USB here built into the bottom, and Sony includes this handy docking and charging station which allow you to transfer music to the player. It does support mp3, wma, including subscription content as well as m-protected AAC files. It's just an audio-only player. You don't get an FM tuner. You don't get any extras really except for Sony built in an unique piece of technology called Zapping. Now, what Zapping does is it allows you to kind of navigate through songs by hearing a snippet of the chorus of each song. So it'll kind of go through, and you can either listen to a four-second or ten-second bits of each song, and then once you find the one you want to listen to, you just hit the button again, and it'll start up from the beginning, and you can start listening to music. Now, this player comes in black or pink color options. It comes with 2 gigabytes of internal memory, and it sells for $70, which is really is quite a good deal when you consider you have everything just all built into one. Now, as I mentioned, it is really ideal for active pursuits. I took this jogging, to jumping jacks, walking extensively, and it stayed on my head. Of course, comfort is going to be an issue for some people because the ear buds are built in. So if, if these aren't going to fit you, then you pretty much are out of luck there. Audio quality is, is good. It's clear. You're not going to get a ton of bass unless you get a really good steal with the ear, but I mean, if you're looking for something just for the gym, maybe the audio quality isn't a big concern for you, and like I said, it's a great deal. I'm Jasmine France, and this has been the Sony W Series Walkman. [ Music ]