Rated 3 out of 5 by Devilboy I was expecting a little more
I am a longtime Sony customer and this will be my third Sony walkman MP3 player and its ok for the most part. upon receiving the player I was a bit surprised, the clunky outer casing and pixel heavy display would have led me to believe that it was a knockoff had it not come strait from Sony. I haven't watched any video on it but I don't think it would be too good judging by the regular menu screens.
I have the previous model and prefer it to this one, the only reason I got the new one was because I wanted more storage.
The previous model looked sleeker and seems sturdier and the hold button was better located on the side by the volume the new process with holding down power to lock/unlock is a pain and usually is triggered when its in my pocket.
Ive only had it a few months and the battery life seems to be diminishing and I am very good about properly charging it.
recently I have been having to reset it because the whole thing freezes and wont do anything, I don't recall resetting my older one more than once or twice in 2 years.
All and all its a good unit.
May 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by driojas I liked the older version better
I liked the older version of this MP3 player better, the battery life was much longer than this one, I could manipulate the playlists a lot easier, this MP3 player does not even give me the option to change my playlists. Time and time again I would sync a playlist with 30 songs on there and the MP3 player would only have one or two songs on there. I hate how the power button and the hold button are on the same button, often times I'm having to hold down the button because I somehow put it on hold when all I wanted to do was turn it off, at least with the older MP3 version the hold button was on the side. And the volume control was on the side too instead of on the wheel.
August 21, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Mack1242 Cheaped out on the new model
I owned the NWZ-E465 four about 3 years until my toddler decided to soak it on a glass of water. It was an excellent product. I bought the new NWZE385B mp3 player. I was horribly disappointed and had to return the product. Like others have said the option button/ power button is a pain, the on-the-go bookmark option was removed which I used regularly. Sony also cheaped out on the screen size and headphones. The construction seems lighter and cheaper and from what I have been reading the battery quality is lacking. I didn't hang on to long enough to find out. You messed with a good thing Sony. Too Bad.
August 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by jfuqua11 Good BUT in comparison to the last model, horrible
I have had the NWZ-S764 and then went to the NWZ-E475 (got dammaged in a shipwreck :( ) Then I got this one, the NWZ-E385. The biggest disappointments are only 3 things but 2 of them make my life stressed. The first which I can live with is the volume up and down went from having dedicated buttons on the side to being integrated with the D-pad, okay so I can live with it. But the hold went from a dedicated switch on the side to holding down the option button. Every time I want to get in my car and go, I try to play my music but after some time the stupid thing automatically goes on hold and you have to hold the stupid options button. Every time I want to use my player this happens, in prior models it would only go into standby and you could just push the play button and be on your way, but now I just wish I had my old one still working :'( the last thing that is bad is they took off the bookmark, I have so many songs that I have never heard all of them but when I hear a good one I liked the option before that you can add it to your bookmark. Also you could create different play lists so you could listen to music that you like for the car or the boat or when your happy or sad. but now you have to take all the songs and put them in a folder on your computer and have multiple copies of each song which take up room.
December 30, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Joeseph Frustrating to use
This product peaked years ago, and then it seemed that Sony tried to find ways to manufacture it more cheaply. They eliminated dedicated volume buttons and the 'Hold' button. The lack of a hold button is really irritating because you are now required to press down the Option button for several seconds every single time you want to turn the player on or off, or even if you've just paused it. It gets old very quickly.
February 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by pj75 Horrible changes
Trying to use this mp3 player compared to the older Sony models is absolutely frustrating. The number one issue that until Sony changes this I will not buy another one , is the ridiculous hold button feature. It makes me want to throw the this player across the room. For some reason they took away the dedicated hold switch that worked well on the older models and replaced it with an auto hold feature, which means if you pause the player for over I would guess one minute it goes into hold and you have to press the button for 2 or 3 seconds to get the player back on. This is a HORRIBLE feature. The next biggest problem with this player is battery life, if you are lucky you will get maybe 8 hours of solid playback before it needs charging, that is totally unacceptable. Make this player thicker with a bigger battery or make it an option to have one with an extended battery I don't care, just give me at least 25-30+ hours of playback without recharging. The final issue with this player that makes it an poor choice is that I like to put long podcasts on this player, ones that are usually at 64 kbps. To do this from windows media player, means you will be sitting there for hours while the files have to be converted to work on this player. I never had this problem with previous Sony players the files never had to go through the conversion process. They just went straight on to the player fairly fast. I am extremely disappointed in this mp3 player.
September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JayF My Only MP3 Player
I had 4 other Brand MP3 players. My first Sony was 4 years ago. It was so much easier to use in every way. The new NWZ-E385, is just a tad smaller. It has all the features I had on my old one.
Compact in size. A must right now. I spend Hours on a lawn mower here at home. I have a sleeve I put it in, and no need to worry about a button being pressed. Yes, I do use the "HOLD" button.
The button features are like you see on many other players, very easy/simple to use.
I don't look at the screen for any visuals that the player may use. I look to see what playlist or artist I am looking for, so I cannot offer any video feed back on that. Though, the screen is crystal clear. At my age, I that!
One issue I have. It may not have any thing to do with Sony. The jack plug in. I seem like any ear bug I plug into the unit, never seems to be a "tight" fit. The connection seems lose on the three styles I have here. That is, I lose sound or it becomes spotty/crackly in one or both, ear pieces. I wonder if I need to find a set of ear buds with a larger diameter jack plug. ( the end that goes in to the Sony)
Other than that, as long as I keep it in the sleeve, and my belt holder, it seems to give me the sound I enjoy.
All in all, Sony has made me a happy man with my music on a device that is simple, and always comes through for me.
May 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by walkhard great walkman but with missing features
this is a great walkman with its sound quality but it doesn't include VPT surround or dpc speed control as previous walkman. these features are main reason I would buy a sony walkman. walkmans with vpt and dpc are available in other sony stores worldwide but not in the USA for some unknown reason.
November 18, 2013