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Sony NWZ-W273 review: waterproof Walkman

Walkman for jogging and... swimming? Or just for everyday use.

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Introduction

Sony can pride itself on being the inventor of portable audio devices, and it's still active in this segment. The NWZ-W273 is a Walkman designed for active people, and we tested it for a period while jogging. Not to get too much ahead of ourselves, but we're quite positive about Sony's latest compact and waterproof music player. 


If you enjoy a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, having the company of music can be both pleasant and helpful in keeping your energy level up. You do need to bring the appropriate style, as different types affect us differently. There's a reason why you always hear uptempo and rhythmic music at the gym. An interesting record that's worth trying out in this context is LCD Soundsystem's 45:33. It's a single track, once available exclusively from Nike via iTunes, that's actually a bit longer than the title indicates. The CD version is even extended to a total of 70 minutes. 

Sony NWZ-W273 4GB Blue

Back to the device that plays the music, the Sony NWZ-W273. One of the main selling points of this new Walkman is that it's waterproof. According to Sony it's IPX8 certified, which is a step above the IP67 often claimed for smartphones. The number that indicates how dust proof a product is, is replaced here by an X. It doesn't mean it can't handle any dirt, it just means it's not been officially certified for it. It's safe to assume that a device that has an 8 for being waterproof in more than 1 metre of water, will likely have the highest level of dust resistance (6).

The IPX8 certification in practice means that you can go swimming with it, should you want to do that. We'll take Sony's word for it, we didn't try it out ourselves. We're not such big swimmers around here, but jogging, and jogging in pouring rain, that we can talk about. Neither sweat nor rain did anything to affect the NWZ-W273, which isn't always the case when you use normal earpods. With those the sound quality starts to deteriorate the more you sweat or the longer it rains.  


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