Convenient and ideal for sporty types, they do the key things right
secure and comfortable fit
dynamic, exciting sound
Limited controls are hard to reach
low storage for money
And here’s a curveball MP3 player entry. Combining a flexible, sporty – it’s water-resistant and washable – pair of neckband-style earphones and a 2GB MP3 player, this is a one-stop piece of mobile music kit.
Your controls are on the ears: skip track and play/pause on one; a playlist/shuffle button and volume on the other. You’ll have to memorise the placement but if you don’t mind hitting play and leaving it, then it’s not an issue.
The in-ear buds burrow in a little more than normal but they sit securely and comfortably. You’ll get eight hours of playback – not great compared to some – but recharge is quick, delivering an hour from a three-minute refuel.
The Sony NWZ-W262s sound good, too. They give music plenty of room to breathe and are capable of bass weight and treble clarity, only falling a little short in terms of absolute detail.