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Sony MP3 player review | Introduction

Published on: Tuesday, March 23rd 2010                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony MP3 review

S ince Sony was founded in 1946, the company has supplied a wide range of consumer electronic devices. Besides BRAVIA TVs, VAIO computers and, of course, the Sony PlayStation game console, Sony has also worked on audio from day one. The Walkman trademark has been marked on portable digital media players for a long time now. Sony offers a number of product lines within the Walkman series: the W-, A-, S, and B-series. Recently, Sony launched a new line: the X-series. The first edition of this line is the Sony Walkman NWZ-X1050. It has been equipped with Sony's latest technologies, yet at the same time, this Walkman has also inherited many features from its older siblings. The Sony MP3 player features a touchscreen, which means future media players in this series will most likely also feature a touchscreen display. Lets get started with our in-depth Sony MP3 player review.

Sony MP3 player review

 

Sony Walkman NWZ-X1050 review

Sony Walkman NWZ-X1050 review

Sony MP3 Walkman NWZ-X1050 design

The Sony MP3 Walkman X1050 has a nice, simple design that features only few buttons. A slider bar on the back to lock or unlock the Walkman, and a large menu button on the front. The reason there are only so few buttons on the Walkman, is the 3-inch OLED touchscreen display, which takes up most of the front. The sides and back of this media player feature a coating that looks like marble and feels like a fine fabric. The front is smooth and reminds of a starry sky. This makes the Sony MP3 player not only fashionable and stylish, but also practical, as the coating prevents the Walkman X1050 from sliding off a slippery surface. The dimensions of the Sony Walkman are: 52.5 x 97.4 x 10.5 mm.

Sony MP3 player test

Sony MP3 player test

Sony Walkman MP3 player specifications

The screen provides beautiful reproduction as well as a pleasant view on the menu. This menu is even slicker than the actual device's appearance, and proves especially smooth in use. The Sony X1050 is available in a 16GB capacity. This is enough for many days of listening to music without having to hear the same song twice, or in other words; enough room for 8,000 songs, according to Sony's website, and this is fairly similar to what I experienced in practice. The battery has the longest life-span for a Sony Walkman so far, and lasts for more than 30 hours of uninterrupted listening or 9 hours of watching videos. The Sony MP3 Walkman X1050 comes with earplugs, including additional rubber covers for the earplugs (small, medium and large), Windows Media Player 11, Sony Media Manager, tool file transfer software, USB cable and several manuals.

 

Sony MP3 cradle

Sony MP3 cradle

Sony Walkman ear phones

Sony Walkman ear phones

Sony MP3 manual

Sony MP3 manual

 
 
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