Sony NWZ-W202 review

This MP3 player is a novel idea that's expertly executed. They're a restless bunch at Sony Tested at £60.00

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Our Verdict

A novel idea, expertly executed. They're a restless bunch at Sony

For

  • Unique design is brilliant for listening during exercise
  • sound is upfront and punchy

Against

  • Can sound unnatural
  • not discreet

We doubt it's many folk's ambition to look like an extra from Red Dwarf, but there's no denying an MP3 player that involves no headphone cable whatsoever is a tempting proposition.

Sony's NWZ-W202 is such a player. The headphone assembly includes 2GB of memory and all player controls (the picture shows the player on its charging cradle – 'break' the magnetic clip in the middle and you're left with two chunky headphones joined by something Sony's calling Spiral Form).

Once the player's correctly positioned, the wearer may look like they're wearing two Bluetooth headsets simultaneously, but in fact it's a wireless Walkman. Sweet.

Mercifully, it's a simple matter of drag'n'drop to load the '202 with music, but the resulting sound quality is a bit of a mixed bag.

Iggy Pop's Nightclubbing doesn't want for punch or immediacy – the overall presentation is perky and attacking – but there's a definite thickening to the lower-mid/upper-bass area that some other, price-comparable players don't produce. But then other players need metres of speaker cable, don't they?

We've saved a bit of space to talk about 'Zappin'. 'Zappin' allows you to hear little snippets of songs. The voice that tells you 'Zappin' is active is scary, but hilarious. You have been warned.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeFlash MP3 Player
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product LineWalkman
Manufacturer Part NumberNWS202FBC.CEW
Product NameSony NWZ-W202
Product ModelNW-S202F
Product FunctionsFM Tuner

Miscellaneous

Package Contents<ul><li>Sports Walkman NW-S202F 512MB MP3 Player</li><li>Rechargeable battery</li><li>Carrying pouch</li><li>Headphones</li><li>USB cable</li></ul>

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, WAV, ATRAC3plus

Battery Information

Battery Run Time18 Hour

Physical Characteristics

Width15 mm
Depth15 mm
Weight Approximate30 g
Height96.5 mm
ColourBlack
Dimensions96.5 mm (H): 15 mm (W): 15 mm (D)

Storage

Flash Memory Capacity512 MB

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year