- Item Weight: 599 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
- Item model number: NWHD5S
- ASIN: B000934N38
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Mar 2005
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
Don't let its diminutive dimensions fool you: this sleek little player is capable of storing up to 900 CDs worth of music. That's a staggering 13,000 of your favourite tracks on tap wherever and whenever you want them. You'll always be able to find the right tune for the right moment.
It goes on and on and on
With so many tracks at your disposal, you'll need a really powerful battery to be able to listen to them all. Luckily Sony has thought of that: the NW-HD5 offers 40 hours of battery life. It leaves the competition standing and you listening to your favourite tunes as long as you want.
What's more, the battery is removable meaning you can carry a spare or pick up a new one while you're out.
Easy to use, easy to love
The NW-HD5 is extremely user-friendly. Sporting an exceptionally large and easy-to-navigate 7-line LED screen, the attention to detail in the design of the player is obvious. From its bright backlight display through to its elegant front and its adjustable screen colour, the NW-HD5 provides a superior user experience.
What's more, its technologically-advanced 'follow turn' feature means the display is synchronised to your hand movements, flipping from horizontal to vertical depending on your every move. Now there's no such thing as the wrong way up.
Just in case of accidents, this player carries extra insurance in the form of a sophisticated G-sensor. The NW-HD5's specially designed sensor kicks in when dropped, providing immediate and effective shock protection.
The NW-HD5 comes supplied with SonicStage3.1 software, making all your downloads and track transfers simple.
Available in a choice of three stylish colours: black, silver, or red.
The automatic screen orientation means that when you turn it on, the screen and the controls are the right way up whether you hold it vertically (as iPod) or horizontally (as previous Sony's). If nothing else, it's a conversation piece.
The controls are simple and second nature after ten minutes playing with them. Same people criticise the lack of the patented iPod click wheel, saying it's too hard to navigate with button when you have such a huge capacity but the simple navigation which can be broken down by artist, album, track, genre or play list means that even a large collection of music is quickly accessible.
The G-Sensor technology means that if you drop the player, the reader retracts away from the surface of the hard disk as to ensure it isn't damaged. This along with the removable battery gives the player a longevity that others in its class simply don't have.Read more ›
Size and Weight
Massive battery life (40hrs) and quick charge time (full charge in less than 3hrs)
Price (on a par with the 20Gb ipod)
larger display (7 lines)
Annoying insistence on grouping your mp3s into albums, i cant seem to get it to list all the tracks under each artists name, its really frustrating me.
Software, sonicstage IS that confusing, it DOES have a good transfer time though, 950 songs took around 5 minutes to transfer to the player. It has a rough layout and pretty horrific user interface. I will say this though, it wouldn't stop me buying this player.
Amazon delivery and service was fantastic, kept me well informed.
All-in-all, a great little player with some very minor flaws, I'm really pleased with it.
I've had my NWHD5 for a week now and am convinced it out-performs the ipod hands down. The unit itself looks much smarter when you hold it in your hand than in the pics on the net, and it's very straight forward to use. I initially had problems loading up the software but then reinstalled windows XP and now it runs nice and smoothly. I haven't encountered any problems transferring files - it all seems quite intuitive, although I think it automatically converts all files to ATRAC format unless you specify otherwise so it can take a little while to transfer tracks, although ATRAC obviously uses far less space than an mp3 or wma file.
The machine itself is very simple to use with a similar series of menus to the ipod. I've been using it every day for the past week and the battery is still full, which is a massive advantage over the ipod. The buttons all work fine on my unit although I think some people have reported cracks in theirs. Sound quality seems to be very good so far, even in ATRAC format, and there is a 6-band equaliser if you need to change the sound settings for more base etc.Read more ›