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>> I'm Donald Bell, Senior Editor for digital audio and MP3 and today we're taking a first look at the Sony NWZ-B100 F Series. The NWZ-B100 F is one of Sony's least expensive new MP3 players that don't use 8-track or sonic stage, the software that we always complain about with Sony's MP3 players. You can use this with Windows Media Player, Rhapsody subscription services; we've even been able to plug this into our Max and use these as a dragon drop MP3 player. It uses a built-in USB stick so that you can plug this directly into any computer without having to carry around the cable, it's really small, really lightweight, and it's really well built for athletic use. It grips in the hand really well and also all of the controls, they each have their own shape and texture so that without even looking at the MP3 player, you can get a pretty good sense just happily what buttons you're pressing. There's also a FM radio with 30 presets and a voice recorder. There's a dedicated record switch on here so that you can get into recording mode pretty quickly. Recordings were okay, not probably room recordings but voice recordings were all right. There's also the ability to record FM radio, FM radio recordings are also made right through an MP3 file. There's also an auto preset function on the B100 F that will populate all your presets with any of the stations you can find in the area. The only drawback we found to that is that it's pretty sensitive so even though there's 30 presets, it populated all 30 of them with some staticky stations before it even got into the 100 range of the FM dial. So the NWZ-B100 F series sells at 1 gigabyte for 59 dollars or 2 gigabytes for 79 dollars which is a good price, sound quality also with most Sony MP3 players including the sound quality is excellent. There's also a five-band graphic equalizer that you can customize to get exactly the sound you want. I'm Donald Bell and this has been a first look at the Sony NWZ-B100 F Series.
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