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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but does have a few flaws, 30 Dec 2011
This review is from: Sony NWZE464B.CEW Series 8GB Walkman - Black (Electronics)
I don't usually review electrical items but thought I should for this one, only to give people a heads up about a couple of issues.

Got given this for Christmas as my old MP3 player was starting to fail and on paper this one seemed ideal as a replacement. Sadly it does have a couple of issues which, although not a great deal, were a bit disappointing.

Firstly, as mentioned in another review, although it's advertised as an 8GB MP3 player the actual amount of memory which you can use to upload music is only about 6.7GB's and that's only after you format the player. In other words the actual memory falls short by 1.3GB's from that advertised. An annoyance to be sure and debatably false advertising.
Secondly the location of the power button and the ability to switch the player on by pressing any button is a bit of a design flaw in that if left in a tight pocket, such as a jeans pocket, it's likely you'll inadvertently switch it back on. You can switch on the hold function while the player is off which will prevent the player from playing music but it still means you'll likely run the battery down a bit quicker since the display will keep coming back on.
Finally, although not bad, I feel the sound quality could be better. Compared to my last player it doesn't sound quite as good.

On the plus side the battery life is excellent; I've so far played it for 8-9 hours straight without there being any drop in the battery charge display. Also the player is nice and easy to navigate and to be fair the sound quality isn't bad, even if it could be better.

It's not a bad MP3 player by any means but I felt I should do a review to give potential buyers a heads up to those issues. Hope this review helps.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2011 11:47:04 GMT
MrMoondoggie says:
Just a note on HDD space. It is as advertised it's just a computer will do the math a little different from a person would so you get different numbers when checking the space on a computer. In the case of an MP3 player you also have to make allowances for the space taken up by the software installed on it. Or did you think it just runs like magic? All the stuff that runs it and allows you to select songs and settings needs to be installed and that takes up some of the HDD space.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2011 12:42:29 GMT
Paul Stevens says:
Do I think it runs on magic? No of course I don't, don't be facetious.

1.3GB's, at least according to the player's software, is a hell of a lot of space for the software. My last MP3 player was a 4GB of which 3.7GB's was usable for uploading music.
As a consumer, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, if I were to order a 8GB MP3 player I would expect to receive 8GB's (or close to) of useable space. Otherwise it's somewhat misleading. If the software takes up so much space they should have either specified that in the product details or added extra space for that software.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 18:54:53 GMT
K. Hardy says:
I agree with Paul. 1.3 gb is an excessive amount of space used. I would have been far happier if 500mb or less has been used.

End of the day the MP3 is a storage device for music/videos. The player may well be 8gb but you get less than that by a far margin. The Mp3 players should really be supplied with a separate slot of memory for software giving maximum capacity for the users music.

After all, you wouldn't buy a 500gb hard drive and be happy to find out you can only use 400gb of it.
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