I was offered the chance to review a Sony W-Series Walkman MP3 Player, and after being a little skeptical about them in the past, I was excited to give it a shot for myself to see what I thought! I do love running with music after all and my headphone cord has been driving me insane lately, so this would be a great option to have if it passed the test.
About the Walkman W-Series:
The Walkman W-Series is cord-free and designed to be lightweight and wearable, with a water-resistant frame that fits comfortably behind the neck.
Other specifications important to runners:
- Fast charge: ~90 minutes of battery life in a 3 minute charge (for those times you forget to charge it, but need to get out the door ASAP).
- Long battery life: ~11 hours of total battery life when fully charged
- Storage: holds 1.68 GB of music
- Price: $59.99
I am always very excited when I get a box at my door and was extra excited the day I saw it was a box full of Sony Walkmen!
I took mine out and the first thing I did was plug it into my computer to get it figured out. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to load songs onto, but once you plug it in with the USB cord, a window popped up where you can copy and paste songs from your iTunes music folder (or wherever you store music) into it. It was pretty simple to figure out and a few minutes later my Walkman was loaded up with songs!
I tried it on and the ear piece that was on it was too big for my ears. Luckily it came with 2 other sizes (one bigger and one smaller), so I switched to the smaller one and it fit perfectly. After that I was ready for a test run, literally.
I haven’t been running with music much lately but made a point to bring this out on a run last week where I would be in daylight to test it out. I figured out all the buttons (play, track forward/back, stop, volume) and all were very intuitive and easy to use once it was on my head.
I started off into my run and it settled into place pretty much immediately. After that I didn’t even notice it was there. The sound was great, it was comfortable and best of all there were no wires hanging in front of me driving me crazy!
I was definitely happy with how it worked and was excited to let Chris test it out also since he is a big music runner. He took it on his long run this weekend and really liked it also. It didn’t bother him, stayed put, he enjoyed not having cords and the volume met his very high standards.
Overall I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a MP3 music player, especially if cords make you crazy. Chris and I will be
fighting over sharing this one often.
The best part of this post is Sony gave me TWO additional Walkman W-Series to giveaway to readers!
To enter the giveaway (you don’t have to have a blog, just an email address!):
- Comment (Mandatory): leave a comment on this post telling me if you run to music and why or why not.
- Tweet (+1 extra entry): I want to win a @Sony Walkman from @runnersrambles
- Link (+1 extra entry): link this giveaway to your blog or facebook or wherever and email me telling me you did.
Just like my last giveaway you might want to like runner’s rambles on facebook, because there just might be extra chances for additional entries.
The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, March 15th at midnight California time. I will choose 2 winners randomly and announce them on Wednesday, March 16th.
***I was sent the Sony Walkman at no cost in exchange for my review. I was also sent two additional free Walkmen to giveaway.