19/10/2017

Sony Walkman NWZW273 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player (Black)

Sony Walkman NWZW273 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player (Black)

69e1b Sony W Series Walkman  31WQv9NXGzL. SL160  Sony Walkman NWZW273 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player (Black)

  • Cordless, one-piece wearable sports music player
  • Waterproof design for swimming, water sports & workouts
  • 3-min quick charge = up to 60-min of battery life
  • Drag & drop from iTunes or Windows Media Player
  • Compact design with 4 GB internal memory

Perfect for indoor or outdoor training, the wireless one‐piece W‐Series MP3Player’s unique spiral form design comfortably stays put and out of the way while you work out. No more tangled headphones. A moisture‐resistant seal keeps sweat out, while you enjoy true‐to‐life, deep bass sound. So you can reach your personal best.

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List Price: $ 99.99

Price: $ 99.99

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  1. M. Gerrish says:
    142 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fave Tool For The Pool (sorry), June 2, 2013
    By 
    M. Gerrish
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    We have a pool that I use to exercise (not laps so much as jogging, stretching, etc) and music always makes me spend more time on a healthy activity by making it actually enjoyable.

    I had an iRiver MP3 player with waterproof case and headphones back in the day. It was quite good until the player finally died. Then I acquired a Creative Zen MP3 player and combined it with an H2OAudio drysac and headphone set that was merely fine, but not good enough since it slapped, waggled and tangled while I was trying to move about. Kinda took the fun out of pool time, actually. The MP3 player finally corroded to bits because I forgot to remove the battery during the Not Going In season.

    This Sony Waterproof Sports player is just right. Most importantly, it stays exactly in place so you don’t have to fuss with it while you’re working out. (That’s been my experience, anyway.) It locks out extraneous sounds, so the volume doesn’t need to be pushed. And it’s comfortably unobtrusive.

    Although it arrived with additional ear caps to fit most any size ears, the ones already installed fit me right out of the box. Charged it via the small docking platform with USB connection. Easily synched my favorite playlist from Windows Media Player. Enjoyed an hour exercising (underwater, too) in the pool with music to keep me company. Again and again!

    I love this thing. One must make sure the device is completely dry before returning the player to the charging dock, that’s the only “pay attention” consideration.

    By the way, I took one star off because besides producing electronics, Sony is also a media company and I was extra-special annoyed to find that they had pre-installed several songs to the player. It’s like bloatware that didn’t show up when I opened the device in Windows Media Player, and that I didn’t find out about until I was ready to work out. Easily removed, but if that sort of thing annoys you like it does me, fair warning.

    UPDATE: May 2014 I was recently knocked out during an elective medical procedure, and as a person who believes that our subconscious hears what’s going on during surgery even while unconscious, I wore this Walkman, and had my own favorite, calming music playing while counting backwards from 10 into oblivion. I later woke up to my own music, too, instead of all the other disturbing sounds that one might endure during recovery. The doctor didn’t mind because there were no wires in their way, so … good tool!

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  2. Hawk says:
    241 of 269 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not for the serious swimmer, May 14, 2013
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    Hawk (Charleston, SC) –

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    This review is from: Sony Walkman NWZW273 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player (Black) (Electronics)
    PROS: Sold build quality, neat audio interface, no shortage of modes, easy music upload and management, straight-forward instructions

    CONS: Excruciatingly poor/non-existent audio quality in the water, awkward fitting, gets in the way of swim gear (cap/goggles), price is a tad high, especially when factoring in that it barely works in the pool.

    I was excited to read about this product’s introduction at CES 2013 and anxiously awaited for it to arrive on Amazon. Let me first say that I consider myself to be an intermediate swimmer; in the pool 3-5 times a week, working a variety of different routines and distances. I have never tried underwater headphones before, primarily because they are all either A) too expensive or B) poorly reviewed. However, the price point, 4GB’s worth of music space, and Sony branding appealed to me enough to take the plunge with this ‘Waterproof’ Walkman.

    Out of the box, these headphones seem impressively minimal — a charging ‘dock’ that connects the walkman to your computer for simple USB drag-and-drop is the only periphery aside from the headphones. You cannot connect the MP3 player to your computer in any other way, and this was OK with me.

    Dry-land sound was bearable — nothing remotely earth shattering — but I figured if the audio was even half as decently replicated while in the pool it would be worth the investment. Unfortunately, on my first push off the wall underwater the headphones lost volume completely (even at the loudest volume setting) and it sounded like Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” was being whispered into my ear by a gnat … or something. Utterly frustrating. I took the headphones off and tried to dry them off on the pool deck. Also tried drying out my ears. No dice. Over the course of my workout I tried the headphones both with and without my swimcap (the headphones will NOT fit under a cap, unless it is folded up above the ears) and still wasn’t able to get listenable audio.

    If you do a google search for a review of these headphones you will in all likelihood stumble across a series of video reviews conducted by swimmers/bloggers that Sony hired to sing the device’s praises. Pay close attention to how the swimmers in the video utilize the headphones: not once do they ever actually put their face in the water! I’m convinced that is the only way that this product can be used successfully.

    If you do water aerobics, VERY light swimming, or are just looking for something to lounge in the hot tub with, I imagine that these would be right up your alley. If you are buying these for the other ‘extreme’ exercises that Sony is also attempting to market toward (sweaty cycling, running, kayaking) there are better options both in terms of sound quality and price.

    I have already boxed these up for return.

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  3. DDR says:
    88 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Uncomfortable As Shown / Great for Two Months, June 25, 2013
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    DDR (NYC) –

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    This review is from: Sony Walkman NWZW273 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player (Black) (Electronics)

    I am not a swimmer, I just wanted a compact mp3 player, and I sweat a lot, since I work all day in a basement.

    I hate wires. Especially when it’s a claustrophobic tether that’s connected from your pants pocket to your ears. I dealt with streaming music via bluetooth for a while and got sick and tired of the streaming performance, from my phone and headsets. So, in the process of shopping around, I stumbled upon this little gem. The thought of having such a compact player, without dealing with the annoyances of A2DP!

    There is only one problem with the device, and I thought it was because my head was oddly shaped, or something. But, when I tested it with a friend, and two co workers, they agreed. The wire that connects the two, is too short. When you place it in your ear, and loop it behind your head, it is uncomfortable. It’s a matter of preference, of course. I found it extremely uncomfortable, and my friend said that it was annoying, but tolerable. It stands to reason that Sony made it snug, because this is marketed towards swimmers. In fact, it comes with a rubber support to make it fit tighter, by the occipital bone, on the back of your head.

    But, the solution was simple. I just reversed it. Now the arched loop that’s supposed to go above the ear, curves outward, and it gives you all the room in the world to breathe. In fact, I find the controls are easier to press, when they’re on top, not below, so reversing it was best.

    The sound quality is very decent. I’m a perfectionist, but a realist. The sound is not SUPER CRISP. But, considering the compact design, it is outstanding! The bass response is very good, and the multiple ear bud sizes provided really seal in the sound, and let you enjoy it, in sound proof bliss.

    The battery life is fantastic. I work an 8 hour shift, and only turn it off for a 45 min break, and it’s juiced all day. I work one 10 hour shift a week, and on that day, I usually worry it’ll die on me, but somehow it doesn’t, so I applaud the battery capacity. The charger is clever, but Sony really dropped the ball by not selling it separately. Since it’s not a standard mini or micro USB, you have to worry that it will die on you after extended use, or take the charger around with you in the street, which in my opinion, defeats the purpose.

    I live in NYC. It’s raining every other day, and I’ve worn these out in heavy rain, no umbrella, and NOT ONE ISSUE! Good job, Sony. I also sweat a lot, and never any issues.

    The design is fantastic, minus the short cord. The buttons are a little solid, but I prefer solid over cheap and flimsy. They’re well shaped, and fit snuggly, whether the correct way, or upside down, like I use it. Before purchasing, I was worried about navigating the albums and playlists, so in case you’re wondering, you can. Pressing the track forward, advances to the next song. HOLDING it down advances to the next album. You’re greeted by a pleasant beep, and a voice telling you “next album”, “play”, “shuffle”, “repeat”, etc.

    Overall, if you want an mp3 player with great sound, compactibility, waterproof, sweat-proof, and long battery life, this is a good choice.

    [--EDIT--8 weeks Later--]

    I am deeply saddened, because they no longer hold the charge they used to hold. I hadn’t dropped it, crushed it, damaged the charger, or anything of the sort that might have affected the player’s quality. And it really hurts when you’re in the middle of a song and all of a sudden you hear a *BEEP*, and it shuts off.

    -The first time it happened, it died after only 2 hours.
    -The second time, I took it home, and it lasted 4 hours.
    -The third, and fourth time, also 2 hours, and then I called it quits.

    And I have to say that the worst thing about this product, that I did not think of initially, is the charger. It’s one of Sony’s trademark “custom” chargers. It’s cool at first, until you realize that it’s your only option. Do you know why all electronic devices now-a-days are using USB chargers, and not those weird custom chargers from a decade ago? Because of it’s ease and simplicity!!! Everything (except Apple products) use micro or mini USB, and it’s wonderful! These headphones DO NOT.

    Though inconvenient, if the player would die on me, and I could just give it a “quick charge”, I would be writing a different review right now! But, taking the charger around with you, defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? And I used to use it at work AND at home, so it would make no sense to leave the charger at work. So… now I only use it at home, and I’ve lowered my rating from 4 to 3 Stars.

    What I’m trying to get at is this: If you want a compact mp3 player, waterproof, don’t mind the snug fit, and don’t mind carrying the charger around with you, then look no further! But, if you want to be free of wires, and want more than 2 hours of power, I would urge…

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