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Sony Walkman NWZW273 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Cordless, one-piece wearable sports music player
- Waterproof design for swimming, water sports & workouts
- 3-min quick charge = up to 60-min of battery life
- Drag & drop from iTunes or Windows Media Player
- Compact design with 4 GB internal memory
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Sony Waterproof Sports MP3 Player
Music for the Way You Move
Workout, run and swim with the wire-free, one-piece music player you can wear with total freedom. The waterproof design keeps moisture out while you hear true-to-life sound with deep bass. Power up on a 3-minute quick charge for up to 60 minutes of play back and enjoy drag and drop ease with iTunes or Windows Media Player. It’s that free and easy.
Music to Match Your Pace
Find the perfect music for the moment using the ZAPPIN search feature, allowing you to easily navigate through your song collection by playing back main melodies.
Create your favorite playlists in iTunes for Windows or Windows Media Player and drag them to the Walkman player. Use shuffle mode to mix it up.
What's In the Box
- Earbuds (Size S/M/L)
- USB Cradle
- Adjustment band
- Quick Start Guide
- Notes on Water Resistant Specifications
Wearable and Wire-free
This one-piece music player’s unique design is lightweight, ideal for sports and active lifestyles. It allows you to be wire-free, hands-free, and without distraction whether you’re working out at the gym, playing outdoors or even swimming.
Waterproof to 2M
The NWZ-W273 series design is waterproof up to 2 meters depth. That means you can swim with it. To ensure a good fit before swimming see enclosed details. Do not use in salt water as it has corrosive effects.
Ready in 3 Minutes
You’ll love the Quick Charge Battery. Use the included USB dock, to get up to 60 minutes of use on just 3 minutes of charge. With an impressive total battery life of up to 8 hours on a full charge, the NWZW273 is ready when you are.
With a Sports Fitness Walkman MP3 player, you are never tied to just one music service. Create your favorite playlists in iTunes or Windows Media Player and drag them to the NWZW273 player. Use shuffle mode to mix it up. Multi-format playback also lets you play MP3, WMA, AAC, or L-PCM music files; now that's freedom.
Find Your Favorite Songs on the Run
The NWZW273 is compact in size but can store hours of music thanks to the internal 4GB memory. Searching through your music is simple with the multifunction playback buttons. A quick tap changes songs and a tap and hold changes folders while in all play mode. In playlist mode a quick tap changes songs and a tap and hold changes the playlist.
Let the Music Keep You Focused
Whether training and want to stay pumped up during your work out or concentrating on your core, listening to the NWZW273 with Clear Audio Technologies will deliver rich sound you’ve come to expect from Sony.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can the W Series Sports Walkman stay submerged?
The W Series Sports Walkman can stay continuously submerged at a depth of up to 2m (6.6 feet).
Will the W Series Sports Walkman work in salt water?
No, the W Series Sports Walkman is fully functional in freshwater, but is not recommended for salt water usage.
How much music does this hold?
Approximately 900 songs (128kbps). 1 song = approximately 4 minutes.
What does the product include?
Everything you need is in the box including USB dock, S/M/L/LL ear-buds and adjustment band included.
1. Actual battery life may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions. Battery capacity decreases over time and use.
2. 1 GB equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions.
3. Waterproof certified to the IPX8 standards, submersible up to 2 meters. Salt water is corrosive, do not use in salt water conditions.
Perfect for indoor or outdoor training, the wireless one‐piece W‐Series MP3Player's unique spiral form design comfortably stays put and out of the way while you work out. No more tangled headphones. A moisture‐resistant seal keeps sweat out, while you enjoy true‐to‐life, deep bass sound. So you can reach your personal best.
Top customer reviews
I had an iRiver MP3 player with waterproof case and headphones back in the day. It was quite good until the player finally died. Then I acquired a Creative Zen MP3 player and combined it with an H2OAudio drysac and headphone set that was merely fine, but not good enough since it slapped, waggled and tangled while I was trying to move about. Kinda took the fun out of pool time, actually. The MP3 player finally corroded to bits because I forgot to remove the battery during the Not Going In season.
This Sony Waterproof Sports player is just right. Most importantly, it stays exactly in place so you don't have to fuss with it while you're working out. (That's been my experience, anyway.) It locks out extraneous sounds, so the volume doesn't need to be pushed. And it's comfortably unobtrusive.
Although it arrived with additional ear caps to fit most any size ears, the ones already installed fit me right out of the box. Charged it via the small docking platform with USB connection. Easily synched my favorite playlist from Windows Media Player. Enjoyed an hour exercising (underwater, too) in the pool with music to keep me company. Again and again!
I love this thing. One must make sure the device is completely dry before returning the player to the charging dock, that's the only "pay attention" consideration.
By the way, I took one star off because besides producing electronics, Sony is also a media company and I was extra-special annoyed to find that they had pre-installed several songs to the player. It's like bloatware that didn't show up when I opened the device in Windows Media Player, and that I didn't find out about until I was ready to work out. Easily removed, but if that sort of thing annoys you like it does me, fair warning.
UPDATE: May 2014 I was recently knocked out during an elective medical procedure, and as a person who believes that our subconscious hears what's going on during surgery even while unconscious, I wore this Walkman, and had my own favorite, calming music playing while counting backwards from 10 into oblivion. I later woke up to my own music, too, instead of all the other disturbing sounds that one might endure during recovery. The doctor didn't mind because there were no wires in their way, so ... good tool!
The issues I faced were many and varied, as I checked out pouches for my Galaxy phone and a wireless headset. My thinking was that I already had a "music player" built into my phone, so maybe I should take advantage of it:
> Ear buds fall out of my ears, thus the need for a wireless headset.
> Wireless headphones are expensive, and not 100% waterproof.
> I find wires and shoulder pouches to be annoying.
> The waterproof pouches I perused are especially cumbersome.
> Is it worth the risk to destroy my phone due to water damage?
> Do I even need a phone on my runs, or should I consider this to be "me" time? (Yes!)
My research concluded with the decision NOT to risk losing my phone to a leaky or defective "waterproof" pouch, and semi-waterproof headphones to an Oregon gale. And all this was very expensive any way I looked at it.
The solution: Sony's NWZW273 Waterproof Walkman. This product exceeds all of my expectations--and there was even a bonus.
Finding the right fit among the four choices of ear buds was easy. I have a fat head (size 8+ hat size) and, contrary to some reviews, I have no problem with the Walkman fitting perfectly and comfortably. Note that I do not have a massive neck, though, and I believe that is where the fitting problem comes into play for some. The reason is, the band actually fits around the back of your neck, and not your actual head. So, consider neck size to be an issue if you've got a big one.
Dragging and dropping songs and/or folders is simple, and it beats the hassle of iTunes in the Windows world. I much prefer the simplicity of DAD in lieu of synchronizing with iTunes. Just a personal preference.
The sound is better than I expected for these mini-headphones. There is no EQ control, but that seems unimportant, as the bass response is decent, and treble is fine, considering the form factor.
As mentioned, the Walkman headphones are very comfortable. I'm out for at least an hour on each run, and I feel no ear fatigue after four days of wearing them.
The added bonus? These are smaller than the picture makes them look. I hadn't considered that my warming skull cap--quite necessary in the cold and wet--might not fit over my ears with the Walkman in place. No worries! The product fits easily under the hat, which still covers my ears. And yet, the controls are still accessible, as they face downward on the device. I couldn't have asked for a more sterling silver lining.
The Sony Waterproof Walkman Sports MP3 Player is a solid winner.
REVIEW UPDATE 2/8/15:
I've had my Sony waterproof Walkman MP3 headphones for almost a year and have had zero issues with the product. I use my Walkman roughly every other day for runs from 3 to 15 miles in Oregon's famous, ever-changing weather: Sun, rain, snow and heavy winds. I also swam with the product in lake Tahoe in July and August of summer 2014. I'm almost tempted to buy the newest version just to see if the sound has been improved, but, hey, these sound great, so what's the purpose?
If I have one complaint, it's minor: there is no fast forward or rewind during a song. For those of you listening to books, imagine not being able to back-track a minute or two in a chapter. maybe Sony has this worked out in the newer product...?
REVIEW UPDATE 5/5/16:
My Sony Waterproof Walkman still works great after over two years of regular use. About six months ago, it didn't appear to be charging properly, and I also needed to hit the reset button a few times (this does not cause you to lose any of your recordings). Turns out, after so many washings and uses in Portland's inclement weather, the four charging electrodes were dirty. I simply cleaned them with a cotton swab and alcohol, and the problem was solved.
As mentioned earlier, my ONLY complaint is not having a fast forward or rewind option. You can skip forward and back past songs, but you can't rewind or fast forward passages within a song.