Sounds Great. Sony usually doesn’t disappoint in the sound department and while the bass won’t blow you away it’s definitely a quality sound output.
Plug and Play. It’s super simple to just drag and drop your favorite songs onto the MP3 player and then you’re ready for the gym.
Must Memorize Controls. Similar to Bluetooth devices the controls are on the MP3 player which is attached to the earbud. At some point you will have to memorize the controls layout in order to use it efficiently.
Sony has come a long way with their famous Walkman…
We all know the old Sony Walkman was one of the single most popular electronic devices of all time. The question is can the new Sony Walk man compete?
Before we get into the review the technical name of this Sony Walkman is the NWZ-W262 in case you were wondering.
Okay, first things first. These are headphones, but at the same time they aren’t headphones. Say what? We’re just trying to say that they don’t fit the same way a pair of headphones would. They’re super light, but they still hold a little more weight around the ear than typical sports headphones. They fit somewhat similar to the Jaybird Freedoms if we had to make comparisons.
All the controls are found on the MP3 player, which is attached to the earbuds. So, at some point you’ll likely need to memorize where the buttons are or you’ll be forced to take the headphones out of your ears to check. It really shouldn’t be that big of deal to remember where a few buttons are located. To help counteract that a little bit the MP3 player is equipped with a program called Zappin that allows you search through songs for quick playback by simply holding down one button for about 4 seconds. Once you find a song you like just hit the button again and it will play.
We were pleasantly surprised with the sound quality, but Sony usually checks out well in this department so maybe we shouldn’t have. Typically most workout headphone manufacturers focus on producing a lot of bass, which we usually like, but you won’t get that with these headphones. Overall though the sound was crisp and clear.
One last note is Sony made sure to make the headphones sweat resistant and to some degree water resistant.
The bottom line is workout MP3 players are not for everyone, especially those who just can’t leave their iPhone at home. But if you’re interested in getting rid of external devices and combining your workout devices into one then our picks are either the Sony Walkman or the JLab GO.
The Sony Walkman MP3 Player comes in several different colors.
- Weight: 1.2 ounces
- Battery life: 8 hours
- Play modes: normal/shuffle
- Charge time: 3 minutes of charge = 60 minutes of play time
What’s in the Box
- Sony Walkman (NWZ-262) MP3 Player Headphones
- USB cable
- Owner’s manual