When I run, I like to listen to songs that get me pumped up. I can be dead tired, but if I hear one of my power songs, it makes getting through a tough run that much easier.
I generally use my iPod Shuffle for exercise, but was interested enough to try Sony’s new portable MP3 player NWZ-W252 because it’s wireless, lightweight….. and well because Sony gave me one to try out (what’s better than that).
It’s wireless. I can’t underscore how nice it is not to have to fiddle with wires. It’s just easier. No more running the wires under your shirt or untangling sweaty ear buds.
It’s lightweight. Wearing the NWZ-W252 is very easy. After a while I didn’t even notice I had them on.
Loading music was easy. I was able to easily transfer playlists and songs straight from my iTunes library. With 2GB of maximum capacity, the new Walkman W Series can hold approximately 470 songs (4 minute length at 128 kbps).
Quick Charge Function. If you ever forget to charge your walkman (I do this often), the NWZ-W252 has a nifty quick charge function which gives you about 90 minutes of use on only a 3 minute charge. That’s pretty bad@$$ if you ask me. Full battery life will get you about 11 hours of use.
Navigating songs was a breeze. The controls which are located on the ear piece were intuitive and easy-to-use. Scrolling through my playlist was easy and there is even a way to scan your music in short spurts to find just the right song to get you through your workout.
Sound quality was impressive. The ear pieces are shaped in a way that really eliminates ambient noises well. The quality audio is noticeable. They are definitely a step up from standard ear buds that tend to allow more noise leak.
Too cool for school. You know we’re not fans of the bluetooth headset. With the NWZ-W252, it gets rid of the wires, but the tradeoff is that it adds not one, but two bluetooth looking earpieces to your head.
One-size doesn’t fit all. Because the head piece is meant to be one-size-fits-all, there was some jingle bojangle action when I was running. I felt the ear pieces bounce around a little at first while I ran. After getting it to sit right though, I was able to make it fit comfortably and it was fine.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-W252 is a solid MP3 player for people who like to run or exercise to music. It does more than get the job done and offers impressive sound quality. It’s ideal if you’re a fitness enthusiast who is looking for a noticeable upgrade in audio experience and where going wireless is a must.
The Sony W Series Walkman, model NWZ-W252, is available for about $60 at www.sonystyle.com.