Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Try it Tues: Sony Walkman

Quite some time ago, Sony came a knocking, I ran to the door like a 3 year old on espresso (arms flailing in the air), and answered screaming “yes yes yes” the entire way………then I listened to what they had to offer. Their offer was to take the new Sony Walkman, the new Sony Bloggie, run the Rock and Roll Los Angeles half marathon, and let everyone know what I think. My response, much like a fraternity pledge with a well worn paddle, was: “Please sir, may I have another?”

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):


Pros:
  • 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!!

Cons:
  • 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.

19 comments:

RunningLaur said...

Well written review! Basically everything that I'd want to know about it. And I don't know what you guys do to your shuffles, but I haven't sweated through one yet... girls must be daintier. Ha, right.

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Bet Sony be happy they finally got this out of you... I'd probably buy one if it wasn't for the magnets issue...

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Sounds like a good product, but that last promo shot might be a bad idea on Sony's part.

Laura said...

I have never heard of these..but the best part is that they do look like laser beams are going to shoot forth from your ears..

ShutUpandRun said...

They really shouldn't be giving these out to hookers. The FCC needs to look into that.

Nice review. If they asked I would take one.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Thanks for the review. I'm in the process of killing a Shuffle now. I've tried sandwich baggies, silicone glue, and may even try a magnet, but it is dying because I sweat like Jeff with a (hee hee hee) hooker!! I said it!

James said...

I love Sony Walkmans! I use an older S series when I run. Not as fancy as yours but it works great. The best thing I love about them is NO ITUNES! you can just drag and drop files straight from windows.

Jill said...

I saw you wearing that when I saw you running and wondered what the heck it was. I'd LOVE to get something to wear in the pool to swim laps - do you think it's water-resistant enough for that???

daniel said...

Great review!!! It was entertaining and informative as usual. Thanks Adam

After Apple replaced 2 sets of sweaty earbuds for free I recently picked up a set of Sennheiser/Adidas earbuds for my iPhone 4. I can rinse the sweat off the earbuds under the sink and I can answer calls on a run and use the iOS voice commands with the mic on the controller.

Dan

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/sennheiser-adidas-team-on-iphone-sport-headphones/

Chad said...

Your lame attempt at sales may have worked. I HATE dealing with the cord on my iPod. I haven't used it in 10 months because of that.
I think this is what I want for Christmas.

Erika said...

Great review! it looks great, but my shuffle gets it done for now...maybe when it dies!

Tales from the Back of the Pack said...

Hmm... looks cool & great review. But I'd rather just have 1 device strapped on my body: the iPhone (in case of emergency), and doubles as my MP3player and my GPS.

Jess said...

I've never sweated through a Shuffle, but I have had them short out after getting caught during runs in FL's trademark Tropical Storms.

Thanks for the review, but I think I'd be too self-conscious about the Princess Leia look to actually give 'em a try.

Zaneta said...

awesome! I've been thinking alot lately if apple made cordless headsets... maybe i'll just have to switch to sony?!

Adrienne said...

Hmmm, I'm pretty vain so if they make it cuter than a maybe but the whole magnet thing scared me because I'm dumb enough about technology that it would likely end up ruining all my stuff unintentionally. Nice review.

One Crazy Penguin said...

Hey! My last post made me think of you (think unicorns). Check it out! http://onecrazypenguin.blogspot.com/2010/10/unicorn-dragon-rhino.html

PS - I may have to try that walkman. I've definitely killed a couple of ipods with sweat and have been looking for an alternative.

Chris K said...

That "connector" piece that loops down behind the neck is a big fat no-go for me. I'd look like such a dweep at the gym.

Colorado Herbie said...

I have bluetooth headphones that go behind/over the ears like these. Love them except I wear sunglasses and it's a lot of stuff over your ears. Just something to consider.

Anonymous said...

I own this and love it!! I hate fighting with cords, and I really hate constantly worrying about recharging - my battery lasts about a week before a recharge is necessary. By the way, I got mine from Walmart.com for about $40:)