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Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black)

B&H # SONWZW273BLK Mfr # NWZW273BLK
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Product Highlights
  • Wire-Free / Hands-Free Design
  • Waterproof Down to a Depth of 6.6' (2m)
  • Internal 4GB Memory for Hours of Music
  • Three-Minute Quick Charge Feature
  • Exclusive Sony Clear Audio Technologies
  • Unique ZAPPIN Search Feature
  • Playlist Compatible with Shuffle Mode
  • Multi-Function Playback Buttons
  • Drag-and-Drop from iTunes or IE
  • Drag-and-Drop from Windows Media Player

The black Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player offers an innovative all-in-one design for enjoying your music while working out or swimming. The cordless headphones house a 4GB MP3 player and come with three different size earbuds for optimum comfort. Plus, it's waterproof down to a depth of 6.6' (2m), so you can wear it while you swim. The one-piece design also features a unique band that rests comfortably on the back of your neck for all-day comfort.

If your forget to charge the device before a run, a 3 minute quick charge will give you up to 60 minutes of playback, while a full 1.5 hour charge will give you up to 8 hours of playback. The MP3 player is also equipped with Sony's exclusive Clear Audio Technologies, as well as the ZAPPIN search feature, which lets you navigate through your music collection by playing back main melodies.

The Walkman is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or above and Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Plus, for added convenience, the player lets you drag and drop your audio files from iTunes, Windows Media Player or Internet Explorer. Once your files are loaded onto the Walkman, you can change songs using the multi-function playback buttons, which are conveniently located right on the headphones. Other features include an Automatic Volume Limiter System and multiple play modes.

Wearable & Wire-Free
This one-piece music player's unique band rests comfortably on the back of your neck, allowing you to be wire-free, hands-free and without distraction whether you're at the gym, at the pool or outdoors working out.
Waterproof to 6.6 (2m)
The NWZ-W273 design is rated IPX8, so it's waterproof down to a depth of 6.6' (2m). It can also hold up to intense workouts. You can even wear it while swimming.
Drag, Drop & Go
With a Walkman, you are never tied to just one music service. You can drag-and-drop MP3s from iTunes, Windows Media Player or Internet Explorer (IE). Multi-format playback also lets you play WMA, AAC or L-PCM music files.
Storage Capacity
The NWZ-W273 is compact in size, but can store hours of music thanks to the internal 4GB memory (actual user memory available is approx. 3.54GB).
Playlist Compatible
Create your favorite playlists in iTunes for Windows or Windows Media Player and drag them to the Walkman. You can also use the shuffle mode to mix up the songs. There is an All Play mode as well.
Sony Clear Audio Technologies
Exclusive Sony Clear Audio Technologies include Clear Stereo and Clear Bass Audio, which provide for deeper, richer sound.
Quick Charge Battery
Use the included USB cable to get up to 60 minutes of use on just 3 minutes of charge. On a full charge, you can listen to up to 7 hours of L-PCM (1411 kbps) song files or up to 8 hours of MP3 (128 kbps) song files.
Navigate Your Song Library
Searching through your music is simple with the multi-function 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.
Music to Match Your Pace
Find the perfect music for the moment using the ZAPPIN search feature. ZAPPIN allows you to easily navigate through your song collection by playing back main melodies.
Open, Charge & Listen
Everything you need is in the box including the USB cradle, adjustable band and small, medium and large ear buds.

Other Features

The integrated EX headphones are equipped with closed, dynamic 0.5" (13.5mm) dome drivers
LED battery life indicator glows green, orange or red depending on battery status
Automatic Volume Limiter System
Type Flash Memory
Capacity 4GB
Data Storage Yes
Formats Supported Audio: MP3, WMA, AAC-LC, L-PCM
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Audio Power Output 5 mW + 5 mW
Connections USB 2.0
Battery Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Providing up to 8 Hours per Charge
Charger USB 2.0
Charging Time Full Charge: 1.5 Hours
Quick Charge: 3 Minutes
System Requirements Operating System
Windows XP (SP2), XP (SP3), Vista, Vista (SP1), Vista (SP2), 7, 7 (SP1), 8
Mac OS X v10.6 or later

Hardware
USB 2.0 Port
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight 1.02 oz / 29 g
Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black)
  • 3 x Earbud Pairs (Small/Medium/Large)
  • USB Cradle
  • Adjustment Band
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyNWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black)
     
    3.9

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (2)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (7)
    • Great sound (7)
    • Simple controls (7)
    • Sleek/compact (7)
    • Reliable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gym / working out (5)
      • Anywhere (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid listener (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (9)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

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      4.0

      Very happy with product

      By Danny

      from Alabama

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      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound
      • Lots of Storage
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

          Holds a lot of music. The only thing difficult about it was the controls, especially the power button. Good sound.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excelent

          By Lionel

          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

          About Me Casual Listener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound
          • Simple Controls
          • Sleek/Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gym / Working Out

            Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

            Excelent

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            So far, So good

            By BearDuran

            from Abilene, TX

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            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound
            • Lots of Storage
            • Reliable Performance
            • Simple Controls
            • Sleek/Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gym / Working Out

              Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

              This has worked perfectly. It was everything that Sony promised it would be. It works flawlessly with iTunes music and any other form of Mp3 file. I used to have a Zune and since Microsoft has discontinued the product line I have tried two other Mp3 players. I lift and run. I sweat like CRAZY in the gym. Every other Mp3 player has shorted out on me. This headpiece stays fast on the treadmill. I run up to 7.5 speed and it doesn't jiggle or become dislodged from my ears. Once you get the control buttons down it allows for seamless transitions from playlists to Artists. My ONLY complaint is that I would like the player to announce the Artist or Album when I am advancing folder to folder rather than just saying, "Next Folder". Other than that the design is FLAWLESS.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              1.0

              Great disappointment

              By Alejandro

              from Ushuaia, Argentina

              About Me Audiophile

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Sleek/Compact

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

                This walkman is NOT for swimming. I used it for 2 weeks on a regular base swimming crawl for 40 min each day, never get water inside, but the sound deteriorated to the 50% of the original one. If the manufacturer says:
                "The sound quality may deteriorate if water gets inside the headphone sections (A). When you use your Walkman® in the pool (do not use in ocean/saltwater), be sure to choose the size of the earbud carefully so that it fits fully into your ear and then insert the headphone sections firmly into your ears, so that there is no gap to allow water to get in."
                This means that they are not conceived for swimming. Since I read lot of online reviews that reported the same problem, I decided to use them during my garden work, in absolutely dryness. A very expensive walkman for this purpose, indeed

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                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Finally, Sony Makes These Waterproof :)

                By Bubba

                from San Francisco

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                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound
                • Long Battery Life
                • Lots of Storage
                • Reliable Performance
                • Simple Controls
                • Sleek/Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Anywhere
                  • Gym / Working Out
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

                  They fit better than headphones designed for swimming because they sit snug in your ears without moving around and letting water in your ear canal. The charge lasts a long time, and they are pretty unobtrusive.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Best player for the workout.

                  By Anonymous

                  from Huntington Beach, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Lots of Storage
                  • Reliable Performance
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Sleek/Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

                      I do not use this for swimming just to be safe but for cardio and weights. Although I have heard it works well for surface swimming if fit snugly in the ears. Everything works well and music transfer is easy. Sony still needs to work on their marketing since this is much better than every other mp3 player out there for gym and sports. Don't worry about fit since the provided ear buds fit all human ears.

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                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      1.0

                      not for swimming

                      By xan

                      from Miami, FL

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Simple Controls

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Gym / Working Out

                      Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

                      I bought this product for listening to music while swimming. Although it doesn't fit very well on your ears and it is still quite heavy for headphones, it worked for the purpose, but only for one day.
                      After my first day with it at the swimming pool it died. It doesn't turn on any more. It seems that it is still not optimize for swimming as it is stated in the specifications.
                      Appart from that it is a good concept of a wireless media player but they would have to work harder and re-test it to ensure that you can swim with it. Currently you can't.

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                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this again

                      By Michelle

                      from St. Charles, MO

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Sound
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Lots of Storage
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Sleek/Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Anywhere
                        • At Work
                        • Gym / Working Out

                        Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

                        Great sound and charges fast. I use these everyday.This is a great product I have purchased earlier models before and am always happy. Love the fact that there are no hanging wires to worry about.

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                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        exactly what I needed

                        By hughestd

                        from Boise, Idaho

                        About Me Casual Listener

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Great Sound
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Simple Controls
                        • Sleek/Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Anywhere

                          Comments about Sony NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports MP3 Player (Black):

                          I use to use an otter box strapped to my waist while swimming to listen to my music. I lost one of the ear piece covers recently, and since the headset was so old I couldn't find a replacement. I started looking at other wired headsets, but none of them looked quite right. I came across several wireless MP3 players at great prices.... but every one of them had at least a couple of reviews stating that they failed after several uses, or didn't work quite right. Then I came across the Sony series. It seemed a bit expensive and there were no reviews out yet, but I trust the sony name. I hesitated to purchase at first due to the price and I'm glad I did. About a week after I started looking at them a manufacturer instant rebate came out. This put the price in to my comfort zone, so I purchased them. When I received the unit it was easy to charge and add songs to (I use macintosh exclusively). The first time I used them in the pool the sound was INCREDIBLE! One ear flooded during a particularly hard turn that pulled the earpiece out of my ear.... which pretty much ruined the experience. It took a couple of days for the unit to dry out enough to use again. This time I made sure the earpiece was better implanted (the unit comes with several sizes) and I had NO problems at all. I am extremely pleased with the sound quality underwater and above.

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                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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