Thursday, March 17, 2011

SONY Walkman MP3 Player Review and GIVEAWAY

First, how awesome is it that the term “walkman” is making a comeback?  Member those bulky tape players we all used to have?  Then, came the CD players that would skip on the treadmill?  Well, those are a thing of the past, the walkman, has a new look!
 I was sent a Sony Walkman MP3 player for review a couple weeks back. I’ll be honest; I let it sit in the package for awhile because I was nervous about trying a new technology. I am NOT technically savvy—if something goes wrong on my computer/phone/printer/etc my first instinct is to turn it off and turn it back on---if that doesn’t solve the problem, I’m at a loss. Also, I’m pretty loyal to my iPod shuffle or my iPhone for music—I haven’t used any other device in years. Finally, I opened the package and got started reading the instructions for set up.




The Set Up:


To my delight, the set up was a breeze! I plugged it into my computer via USB cable and voila it popped up on my screen. I had to do a couple of installations/set up things—exactly of what, I’m not sure (member, not technically savvy). After that finished a small screen popped up that said something like “add songs.” I found my music folders (which honestly took more time than the entire walkman setup) and started dragging and dropping songs into the pop up screen. It was SUPER easy.


Comfort:


I have a hard time keeping ear buds in my ears for some reason my ears like to reject them. I changed out the medium size bud for the small and they fit nicely. I was worried about whether this device would be bouncy but it wasn’t at all, I barely noticed it. Everything stayed secure and fit nicely under my pony tail. Another nice thing was the lack of cords hanging all over the place. I always struggle with where to stuff cords.


Sound:


I have pretty cheap headphones for my iPod/iPhone. In fact, I think I bought them from a rite aid once on my way to a long run after realizing I forgot mine at home. That’s an element of the Sony I really liked, not having to worry about headphones! The sound was really clear and did a good job of blocking out the background noise. One element I did not like was the fact that I can’t take out an ear bud. Often times, especially running on the streets, I’ll only wear one ear bud. With the Sony, you need to have both ear buds in your ears to keep the Walkman in place.


Storing:


To turn the Sony off you simply connect the two ear parts together. This isn’t a big issue but I usually put my iPod in my gym bag or purse. With this device I was worried that every time I put it in my purse the ears would come disconnected and I would be out of battery when I actually wanted to use the device. I’m sure I could work out a system where this wouldn’t be an issue but I did find it mildly irritating.


Overall Impressions:


I liked the Sony Walkman MP3. The sound was good, there weren’t any cords hanging about, it’s water resistant which is a MUST for anyone living in the PacNW, it stayed in place and was easy to control. Its pluses certainly outweighed the few negatives. Do I think I’ll replace my iPod shuffle, probably not, especially when I want the option of only listening to one ear bud BUT this is going to be great for the gym---especially lifting weights since I won’t have to worry about getting the headphone cords tangled. The price is comparable to the iPod shuffle coming in at $60 retail. Overall, I will definitely be using the Sony Walkman and will love the lack of cords while I’m using it!


Giveaway!

For you lucky readers, I’m giving away TWO Sony Walkman’s. Here’s what you have to do to enter. Leave ONE comment that answers the following questions (1 entry per question answered):


1. What’s your current favorite running song?


2. What music device do you currently use?


3. All time favorite movie song? (For those of you that have been readers of this blog for awhile you know I love to throw in movie questions related to my giveaways.)


Contest will end at midnight (pacific time) on March 24th, winners announced March 25th.


For those of you that don’t win the giveaway, have no fear, there is swag for everyone. Here is a link good for the SONY Walkman at $48.99 (instead of the retail price of $60.00) !


**Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge for my review.**