Sony’s Walkman X-Series Ready to Rumble

DUBAI - Here’s something that can give the mighty Apple iPod Touch a run for its money.

By Alvin R. Cabral

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Published: Fri 24 Jul 2009, 11:37 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:30 PM

Sony Gulf recently launched the Sony Walkman X-Series, the latest addition to its Walkman line of portable media players. And it’s serious about giving competition.

One key feature of the Walkman X-Series is its 3-inch, one-touch organic light emitting diode, or OLED, screen. A significant benefit of the OLED is that it does not require a backlight and, thus, can be thinner than liquid crystal display panels. It also draws far less power from the battery, allowing 33 hours of non-stop music playback, as well as nine hours of uninterrupted video.

It is also the first media player to integrate digital noise cancelling technology, ably decreasing unwanted noise for users listening to music or viewing videos. The Walkman X-Series provides entertainment with a wide variety of media formats — from music, videos and pictures.

Offering Wi-Fi connectivity, it enables users to easily access the Internet to download media, and subscribe to podcasts via RSS with its NetFront browser. It also gives users easy access to YouTube and Slacker.

For those looking for other connectivity means, such as Bluetooth (a personal preference), no dice. The Walkman X-Series would have been even sweeter with a camera around. Maybe Sony will take these quibbles to heart and supply an even more souped-up player next time.

Available in 16GB (NWZ-X1050) and 32GB (NWZ-X1060) capacities, the device features a user-friendly interface. Simply tapping or dragging the screen allows easy navigation of the player’s menu and contents. Hardware buttons — especially the ones on top — are cleverly placed for easy in-pocket control.

The Walkman X-Series is ideal for music lovers with active lifestyles. Its portability and functionability makes it easier for users to play their favourite media, any time and anywhere. It comes with bundled software, including Media Manager, Windows Media Player 11 and Sony’s Content Transfer, allowing seamless transfer of media files from Windows Explorer, iTunes and Sony Cyber-shot cameras.

· alvin@khaleejtimes.com



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