What might be the ultimate exercise-friendly mp3 player has finally arrived. Don’t like the extra weight of your mp3 player while you’re running around? The Sony Walkman W dispenses with the extra unit completely.
The Walkman W has everything contained in the earbuds. The two earbuds are connected by a single thin band that can be worn comfortably around the head. That means no having to wear the mp3 player unit awkwardly, and no wires to get caught on something. You’re just wearing a set of earphones, and nothing else.
Those earphones also happen to be waterproof, so you can take a dip with them and be OK. That also makes them sweat-resistant for particularly intense aerobic workouts. Different-sized eartips will come with the unit, so you’ll be able to get the pair that best fits your ears.
Since everything is contained in the earphones, space for these will be at a premium – they only hold 4 GB worth of music. Still, that should be more than enough to build a solid workout playlist, and that’s all you really need out of an exercise companion of an mp3 player. Putting music onto the Walkman W will be done via drag-and-drop, though, so you’ll need to make sure all of your music is DRM-free before you load it on.
Another interesting addition is the quick-charge function – the Walkman W can go from completely dead to good to go for an hour with just a few minutes of charging, which will be pretty handy if you habitually forget to keep your devices charged up, or if you need a quick charge when you’re out and about, and don’t have time to wait around. When fully charged, the Walkman W has a battery life of about eight hours.
The Sony Walkman W will hit stores this March, and will be available in blue, pink, white, and black. The Walkman W will retail for about $100.