The Sony (Series W) Walkman is an over the ear (think Bluetooth headset) 2 GB MP3 player made by Sony. It is an MP3 player that is specifically made for working out. It has features that make it great for running including being water proof (for rain or sweat), having no cords (sort of), and having ear buds that actually fit so they don’t fall out while you're running.
One of these on each ear
Now, since I know what you are thinking, I’ll answer the question you all have in your head: is it better than an iPod? In short…. probably…. depending on which iPod you’re talking about. At $60, it is most similar to the iPod shuffle which it is certainly better than: All of the features of the shuffle but no cords to worry about PLUS it is waterproof. My sweat factory has already killed two shuffles and counting - I've washed the sweat off of the Sony Walkman in my pool. Like the kids say "nuff said".
I’ve been running with the Walkman for the last two or three months. I've logged 100s of miles with it pumping out podcasts and various pop hits (I like Katy Perry - leave me alone). In fact, if you look at the picture to the right, you can see that I wore it during the RnR Denver marathon this past Sunday (along with my killer skull gloves that I got at the Target Dollar Spot). It is comfortable for both shorter runs as well as marathon distances.
One "feature" that I am not too excited about, however are the magnets that help with storing the MP3 player. They are in each end so that the two ends stick together like this. Well, magnets and electronics don't play together very well, so they had to include this stupid plastic piece that protects the magnets and holds it together. Dumb. It is annoying and clunky to have to remember to put on the protective magnet condom so that the Walkman doesn't give my laptop the electronic herps.
That said, getting music onto the player is actually quite a bit easier than I thought it would be. When you plug it into your computer, a little window pops up that you can drag music into that then copies it onto the player. You can copy from a computer folder or directly from iTunes. Easy!
Of course, as much as I like it, I can't help but get the fact that wearing this thing makes me look a bit like one of the robots from the latest Terminator movie with Gatling guns on each ear. You know, this little guy:
Also this guy:
Or maybe just this guy (hide your daughters):
- Waterproof: That means that it is also Adam proof (because I sweat more than a hooker on dollar night)
- No wires: This means that when I am running without a shirt on my nip nips aren’t rubbed by any wires
- Good music transfer: You can just drag/drop from iTunes or most other music storage systems
- The ear buds stay in surprisingly well in spite of the heavier weight - and there are no additional costs to get ear buds that actually fit!!
- Magnets: Why in the world would they put data erasing magnets in an electronic device? This just seems dumb. The plastic holder that is supplied is fine, but I am still very cautious of letting the Walkman touch anything that can be totally erased with magnets (basically everything)
- No “lock” mode: (at least that I could figure out) The plastic holder case helps a ton, but there have been a few times where the music has turned on in my bag and drained the battery
Overall, I really like the Sony Walkman. In fact, I’ve completely stopped using my iPod and have switched over to the Walkman. If that isn’t a glowing recommendation I don’t know what is.
So, the Sony Walkman gets my Seal of approval!
FCC Crap: I got this for free, blah blah, didn't get paid for my review, blah blah.