Rated 1 out of 5 by chicheeil Why Zappin?
I was very excited when I bought this player because I thought it would be perfect for the gym. No wires from the headphones/earbuds to get in the way. However, it would n't come on initially. When it finally did, it was in the zappin mode and it took a couple of minutes before I was able to turn it off. Finally, with the zappin off, the sound was pretty good. I was impressed. But later, at the gym, when I tried to turn the music on, it wouldn't come on right away. When it did, the zappin mode was on again. It took almost five minutes to get the zappin off. Sorry, but what is with this feature? Who listens to a song for only 4-15 seconds? I took it back to the store after only two days. Your other mp3 player is so easy, turn it on, music plays, Sony should remember, Keep It Simple!
November 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark1234 Good sound, Easy to use buttons, long battery-life
I noticed right away when I open the box and read little notes, Sony has put extra effort into helping ensure the very best experience for using the mp3-player- headphones in water. There are actually 4 sizes earbuds for use out of water plus 4 sizes earbuds for use in water all included. I bought the player for running and going to the gym. Even though my ear-canal is an unusual size, I found a good-fit using earbuds right out of the box that I could wear comfortly for extended times and stayed in my ears as I move my head all over. The sound is good, leaning to less bass, but very understandable for a small, light-weight device. There are audio-cues for nearly every button you press. So for instance, I had the player on my ears. I felt the buttons and thought I pressed "volume up". A voice prompt said " shuffle". So, I knew I was one button too far forward. There are also little "nibs" on some buttons to distinguish them from the others. For running and gym, the volume range is very good- from be quiet to really loud. There is a auto volume limit also you can enable or disable. The battery-life indicator indicates four different levels which is really convenient for guessing how much battery-time I still have before recharge. I just look at at myself in the mirror to see the battery-life indicator on the device. It just takes a little bit of knowledge of how to transfer files on a computer, and you can easily set up the music inside the player: moving music from folder to folder, deleting songs, adding songs. The device can play songs in several different orders: in order by folder, shuffle between all folders, playlists, or "you pick" after hearing a few seconds of each song. You can jump forward and backward by song, folder, or playlist. I am very happy I chose this Sony NWZ-W273, 4Gb player.
October 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by cg0721 Very good
I have used a pair for almost a year. It is tricky to get them to fit properly because once you start swimming if they are not properly placed and get water inside you are done for the session. You have to dry them etc.. What I discovered and has worked for me is to use the goggles so the strips on the them somehow overlay the mp3 cable and get them in place. Since I did this, I have use them without trouble for months. I had to replace a pair (using the 1 year warranty because it was not charging). A plus is that if you can fit them properly you won't have water on you ear (Swimmer's ear). I use Mac. With the new Yosemite version transferring music does't work as well as it was under Maverick.
October 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Diego Great purchase
I like this product. I have had it for about 1 year and I can now say that I am happy with it. I do cycling, running, gym, and swimming. It works great for all sports. I have a MAC computer and one thing that I do find annoying is that in order to clear songs from it, I have to actually reformat the walkman since it doesn't let me delete songs individually. Adding them is a breeze but I like to keep interested so I try to change music often. Another reason why I did not give it five stars is that when swimming, it sometimes falls off. Quality during swimming can be touch and go at times if you get even a little water in your ear. Now, this is not to say that this is not a worth buy because it is.
August 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JeanTerrible additional features
Got it for my birthday. Very comfortable and easy to use but as to me needs more features like FM tuner and blutooth to use it with tablet or phone.
July 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by bikerchic Almost perfect
I love not having a headphone wire get caught on everything and it's easy to use. I'm not seeing 10 hours battery life but no biggie. I have had it not recognized by my PC but I just reset it and it works fine. Fortunately I don't lose everything when I've done that. The one improvement that would be helpful is making the strap a little longer. I have a lot of really long hair and when I have it restrained the headband on the player is to tight causing it to pull my ears or come out of my ears.
December 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jules333 Sony Walkman
I was so excited when I purchased these to use for swimming, as swimming can get quite boring. Todate, they have not worked for me at all. The minute I hit the water, they lose sound. Once they get wet, they are finished. So disappointed, and out $129 bucks.
September 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by icarmona Dies after a couple of months
I bought one of these for my fiacé a few months ago. She were very exited because she could run and listed to her favorite music. But, suddenly, the player stop working and there's no chance to make it work again. Now she is very disapponted about the quality of the brand that even she doesn't trust to buy anything with the Sony brand printed on it.
A total waste of money upon a used to be trusted brand.
September 22, 2014