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Sony Walkman NWZ-W273 Unboxing: Water-proof Sports MP3 Player

So this is what a Walkman looks like these days, hehe.
So this is what a Walkman looks like these days, hehe.

Unboxing the Sony Walkman NWZ-W273

The Sony Walkman NWZ-W273 is the perfect companion for people who have active lifestyles but always want to get their music fix. It’s especially made though for those who are into water sports since not only is it durable and produces good sound quality but it’s also waterproof. We managed to get our hands on one and we’d like to quickly share with you guys our unboxing experience and initial impressions!

Packaging

The Sony Walkman NMZ-W273 comes in a combined blister pack of sorts with carton. Product information is listed at the back and photos of swimmers with the Walkman on at the front. You can see the Walkman due to the transparent plastic and this is actually important since most people these days don’t know anymore what a Walkman is. They just know “iPod” (I’m feeling old now, lol). Anyway, you’ll immediately see that the Sony Walkman is a complete music solution. It’s an MP3 player combined with earphones and designed to be easily worn but is something that just won’t fall off when you’re doing intense physical activities.

Pretty good packaging.
Pretty good packaging.

We removed the tapes, popped open the box, and pulled out the plastic tray with the device in it. We actually found quite a lot of peripherals and stuff inside. Here’s a photo:

Charging/data transfer tray, manuals, certificates, different sized silicone tips, and the Sony Walkman
Charging/data transfer tray, manuals, certificates, different sized silicone tips, and the Sony Walkman

The usual stuff we don’t have to explain anymore. What you’re probably thinking to yourself right now is what’s that black plastic thing? That’s actually the charging an data transfer tray. You dock Sony Walkman NWZ-W273 in it and then plug the USB to your PC or laptop to charge and transfer music files. Here’s what it looks like with the Walkman docked in.

Funky. If you put it in correctly there should be a red light there somewhere
Funky. If you put it in correctly there should be a red light there somewhere

Coolness. At least Sony became imaginative with this and just didn’t put a micro-USB port in the actual device. :D

First Impressions: Easy to wear, respectable music quality, and definitely sturdy

Is it any good?
Is it any good?

Being a semi-audiophiles ourselves the first thing we wanted to find out is if this Walkman can actually produce good sound quality. We’re happy to report that it actually does! Sony has a lot of experience in development of headphones and earphones and they used that experience in optimizing the acoustics of this Walkman. Sound signature was very neutral. The bass could definitely use some improvement though.

Full Review Coming Soon

Our good friend and Unbox Podcast special co-host Eason De Guzman currently has this and he’ll be the one to write the full review. He’s actually a fan of the Sony Walkman series so it would be good to have him share his insights on this product. Watch out for it next week!

SRP of the Sony Walkman NWZ-W273 is Php4,999 and is now available in local gadget and audio shops.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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