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 2 out of 5 by Stuff Not the best deal.
My third Walkman MP-3 player. S-544 8gig. S-545BLK 16 gig and this one E-385. The software is, can't think of another word, Queer. Meaning, it's very quirky. It's as if the hardware can't handle a lot of input or requests for information while it's connected to a computer. The S-545 stopped working at least 1-1/2 yrs ago. Won't boot, can't access the 16gigs of music I installed on it. The 385 is in it's final stages of this process, as in the computer won't recognize the unit. Something happens to these after about 1 year, well beyond the 90day warranty. I use these and depend on them for learning music professionally. But, I can't afford to buy a new one every year, and especially since I now have 2 units that have all the music I need but can't access, can't transfer to another unit and don't play anymore. The S-544 still works, but it's days are probably just as limited. I've only had the 385 less than a year. Again beyond the 90 day warranty. If Sony really had their stuff together, they would upgrade the software to work better, and provide a micro sd slot, so at least when the unit failed the music could be transferred to another. The software is queer, because there are files/folders on the unit I know are there and work when the unit is disconnected from the computer. However, there are a few out of alphabetical order when disconnected, and combined when connected. If you load files on it, you can't load a lot of stuff at one time, or it will hang up. That's not a deal breaker, but I've spent many hours loading what I needed onto these players, and to have them fail when I need them with no way to access the music, amounts to a waste of money. Sandisk has a few good ones that have SD slots, but they don't have near the features the Sony's do. Apple products are almost as useless and over priced for this as well, but they do last longer. I will be looking for another brand that has the stuff I need. May take awhile, but otherwise, it's just another waste of time and money. A laptop would better suit this purpose, except for the size/weight. Sorry Sony, had enough of these for awhile. Use a little more common sense and improve what you have. Stop trying to be Apple. Apple products are not expandable, just like the Sony players. Sandisk might not have the features, but at least I'm not wasting the time loading and then losing the music I've spent so much time accumulating. Take a tip from Samsung. Again, they don't have a lot of the apps Apple stuff does, but they also are expandable and have the capacity for retrieving files through an SD card. Sony Doesn't, Apple doesn't.
June 16, 2015
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 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 1 out of 5 by Scott1968 Really disappointed in Sony
No manual volume control? I almost bought this as I Really wanted this unit for my mp3 player while I ride my mountain bike, no external volume controls though would be a Major problem for me.
Really surprised Sony would release something like this.
April 14, 2015
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 Tazrules Surprisingly disappointed
A few years back I purchased a Sony 8gb mp3 player and was thoroughly happy with it (still use it today). The screen graphics are amazing and are practically HD quality. Last night I purchased this 16gb player, and I'm just not happy. Upon turning the unit on, the graphics are nothing like what they are on my older player (reminds me of an cheap old RCA mp3 player I had for a few months before buying my first Sony). It also doesn't appear I can use stored pics as wallpaper on this as I could my old Sony 8gb, and upon plugging it in on the computer, it only has 14.4 gb storage. I thought this is a 16gb player...where did the other 1.6 gb go? I am very much leaning towards returning this item and now realize why people are so into iPods now.
January 7, 2015
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