What's this? Overall score is within types, in performance order. For music players, this score is based primarily on ease of use, headphone quality, audio playback time, and damage resistance. For media players, video and picture quality is also rated and included in the overall score. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Tests were carried out by International Consumer Research and Testing, a worldwide group that includes Consumer Reports.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-W263 (4 GB) is part of the MP3 player
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, MP3 player
models like the Walkman NWZ-W263 (4 GB) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Ease of use:
Ease of use mainly covers player characteristics that aid in convenience, versatility, and portability. These primarily include navigation and scrolling features; the accessibility and readability of the controls; and the readability and breadth of the information in the display (such as music-track data and battery-life indicator); size and weight; and ease of use while walking or jogging. Some features and capabilities considered include the presence of an FM radio, built-in microphone, upgradeable firmware, equalizer, data storage, software assessment, and the player's ability to be recognized as a hard drive by the computer without the installation of additional drivers.
Headphone quality reflects judgments from a listening panel comparing the player and its supplied headphone to a test audio CD and a high-fidelity headphone. All uncompressed (audio CD or WAV) test music sources were ripped (encoded) to MP3 format (128, 192, and 256 kbps CBR rate) using a high-quality encoder.
Audio playback time (hr.):
Audio playback time (hours) reflects lab measurements of continuous playback time to the nearest hour, using a selection of music tracks encoded to MP3 format at a 128 kbps constant bit rate (CBR); fully charged rechargeable batteries; backlight at the minimum setting; with included headphone; and volume set at a reasonable level. For players that can use standard batteries such as alkaline, expect a bit longer playback time. Our measurements should not be compared with those stated by the manufacturer, which may use different testing methods and criteria.
The following models have the same ratings as Sony Walkman NWZ-W263 (4 GB).
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Sony Walkman NWZ-W262 (2 GB) come from our tests of model Sony Walkman NWZ-W263 (4 GB), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
About This Brand
Sony is the best-known consumer-electronics brand in the United States, practically inventing the portable-music product category with its Walkman tape and CD players. Sony manufactures a full line of players at all price points that often have volume limiters to protect hearing and can now sync with iTunes.
Features & Specs - Sony Walkman NWZ-W263 (4 GB)
Audio playback format The most common audio format(s) the player will recognize and be able to play.These include: Audible (AA): Audio Book. Allows audible spoken-word content playback from Web services such as Audible or iTunes, where you can download digital audiobooks, radio programs, audio magazines, and newspapers, for instance. Apple Lossless: Apple (Mac) format for an uncompressed sound file AAC: Advanced Audio Coding FLAC: Free Lossless Audio Codec MPEG: Moving Picture Experts Grou, OGG: Short for Ogg Vorbis, a free, open source music format WAV: Uncompressed Windows standard for waveform audio files WMA: Windows Media Audio
Audio playback format
MP3, WMA 128kb/s, AAC (iTunes+ file), WAV
Mac compatible All players work with a Windows PC, but that's not always the case with a Macintosh computer. Check the ratings or the manufacturers' Web site to make sure the player you're considering will work with your computer.
Color display This is typically a backlit liquid crystal display (LCD). Some displays instead use organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Virtually allAll players with a color display, except one- or two-color OLED models, can show pictures taken with your digital camera.
Video playback Some players support MPEG-4-based video formats such as DIVX, XVID, and WMV. Some players may also handle copy-protected videos.
Slideshow capability Allows pictures to be displayed in slideshow fashion, complete with fade-outs and other transitions. Some allow you to adjust how long each picture is displayed.
FM radio Adds FM-radio functionality.
Built-in microphone Useful for recording interviews, lectures, from a radio, etc. See also Voice Recording.
Volume limiter A player control designed to protect hearing by preventing the volume from exceeding a safe level, either preset by the manufacturer or programmed by the user. Some players allow the setting to be pass-code protected, such as by a parent, to prevent users from bypassing the limiter.
I am using Windows XP. Maybe it works better with a different OS. If I reboot my computer with the Walkman connected the computer stops recognizing the Walkman as a drive and the charge light won't come on and the Walkman won't play. This can be solved by resetting the Walkman by putting a paperclip in a little hole. I figured this out by chance as I was not able to find the information from Sony customer support. Now after installing some new network software, my walkman is not recognized again, but it will play and the charge light will come on. This time resetting the Walkman doesn't help. I cannot add new content to my Walkman until I find the answer. I wish I had never bought this stupid thing.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Aliso Viejo, CA
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
They do NOT stay in your ears...sorry
Easy To Set Up
Great concept, good sound, BUT since I bought them solely for jogging, they, like so many others I've tried, do not stay in my ears. I've tried all three ear bud sizes they send, and it doesn't matter, they won't stay in, at least while I jog, and that is all I care about. One would think by now SOMEONE could figure out a not-to-invasive method of keeping a simple ear bud in your ear for a half-hour jog...come on Sony, start living up to your Walkman fame and give your products more testing before you sell them. Surely you will come upon the same problems I've encountered?