08. 26. 2009
Sony's S Series Walkman: The S is for Style
Sony's new S Series Walkman Video MP3 players have just hit stores and they're looking mighty fine. Available in 8 and 16GB, the S Series is a stylish, affordable option for the overcrowded MP3 player market. At W 1 3/4 x H 3 5/8 x D 5/16 inches and weighing in at a mere 1.6 oz, the S series is the thinnest Walkman to date, but let its slight frame fool you, this Walkman has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Want to live out those latent DJ fantasies? Now you can thanks to the high quality, built-in “Digital Linear Phase Speaker System” that lets you share your great taste in music with others. In addition to the speakers, Sony has also added their patented “Clear Audio” technology to ensure listeners get quality playback every time.
The MP3 player also comes equipped with an FM tuner with the added bonus of an FM recording feature that allows users to record songs from the radio, just like we used to do in the good old days with tape decks and cassettes. There's also a voice recording feature so you can record memos and reminders. The S Series is compatible with iTunes 8.1 so songs can be transferred using the Content Transfer feature or use can just drag and drop what they need onto the device.
It just wouldn't be a video MP3 player without the video. The S Series supports a number of video file types including AVC (H.264/AVC) Baseline Profle, MPEG-4, WMV(DRM) as well as JPEG. To keep track of all the eye candy, Sony fitted the player with a 2.0 inch LCD screen that is supposed to be ultra-responsive and has a playback of 30 frames per second, not too shabby.
One of the best features of this new addition might be the battery life. Sony claims the device can get an impressive 42 hours of music playback and 6.5 for video through the headphones. If you want to share your content with the world at large, expect approximately 17 hours of music playback and 5 hours of video through the speakers.
Set to ship in late September, the 8GB S Series is available in four eye-catching colors (black, pink, red, and violet) and can be pre-ordered at reasonable price of $109. The 16GB version only comes in red and black and is retailing for $129.