Recently, Sony released it’s all new Walkman Waterproof and Dustproof NW-WS410 Series. And it comes in two variants, which is based on the storage. In case you guys didn’t know, Sony has this Sports and Active Walkman series for those who is into working out, even swimming too. And I had my eyes on this one for quite some time. As a huge fan of their older Sports Walkman, because of it’s really impressive feature in it. And they finally released in Malaysia few weeks back and guess what, I got my hands on one. So, let’s not waste any time and get right into it.
Before we open up, let’s look at what’s around the package. On the front, we have the Sony logo along side with all the interesting specs. And we see the walkman just right there under that transparent plastic. The color I got is Lime Green. It’s not just different, but also it gives that funky vibe. Very cool. One of my favorite color. The variant I got is with 4GB of Internal Capacity. Not the biggest capacity in the world, but it does get the job done. It’s waterproof up to 2M depth for 30 minutes. Not just in swimming pool. But also in salt water too. Totally awesome.
On the left side, we see the requirements. Like which OS it supports and all. And some extra information, including this one.
One more thing to note, is you can transfer from iTunes. Not sure how that works, but well It’s good to know.
Normal Eartips (White color) and a tip specially made for Swimming (Black color), A charging / sync Micro USB Cable, charging / sync dock for the Walkman and finally some paper work. That’s all.
When using it for the first time, it’s not easy to get used with the button. But in a day or two, you’ll get the hold of it. Build quality: Nicely crafted, but feels a bit fragile. As long you don’t flex until it deforms then it should be alright. The finishing of the Walkman is very smooth and the matte finish is neat. Simple and straight to the point.
Buttons are clicky and tactile. Small additions does improve a lot like there’s a textured dot on certain buttons, like the power button and the volume up button. Easy identification. One press and it works. Responsiveness on point.
On to the earpiece. It is designed in a way that it will not fall from your ear. Literally. Fits nicely. But using for more than 2 hours or so, might give some sort of discomfort (Depends according to people).
The sound quality. For a very compact sized Walkman, it gives a really good quality sound. Well, of course don’t expect any Hi-Res stuff over here. I like the fact that I don’t have to convert any of my m4a. files to mp3., which is a great thing. m4a. files gives you a better indulging experience compared to mp3. So, you still have a really good time with your music by adoring to every detail of the song. And it has minimal amount of bass. Well, it’s very minimal. But still okay.
And now on to Ambient sound function. It works like exactly what they said. Very good microphones. Catches the voice of the person talking beside you crisp and clear. Will come in handy when you want to listen to some music and to your personal trainer, while working out.
I didn’t test it during swimming, yet. Once I do it, I’ll just post a quick update on how it functions.
Link to Sony Malaysia Walkman Site: Click Here!