When I workout the last thing I want is a cord dangling down my neck, in front of my body, and connected to a smartphone.  That’s why I’m a big fan of Sony’s Sport styled MP3 player headphones.  And earlier this week the company announced an all new version that is completely waterproof.

Now if you recall, I reviewed the previous iteration of these and for the most part I liked what I experienced.  The biggest drawback, at least in my case, is the music management; these headphones can’t connect to services like Spotify or MOG, so they’ll need to be plugged into your computer and updated with music periodically.  Fortunately, this version, the NWZ-W273, includes a dock that that you can leave plugged into your computer.  From there it’s just a question of dragging and dropping files from the iTunes window to the Sony Music Player.

There is up to 4GB of storage, so you’ll be able to store about 500-1,000 songs depending on quality.  All of the controls are built directly into the headphones, which include 13.5mm drivers, and a battery that can last up to 8 hours on a 90-minutes charge.  If you’ve only got 3-minutes to spare, it will charge the NWZ-W273 and in return provide 60-minutes of playback.

It’s near impossible to guess what the quality of sound would be if the NWZ-W273s are submerged in water, but just because they can be sunk in up to 6-feet of drink I’ve gotta give Sony added props.

The Sony NWZ-W273 will go on sale this March in black, pink, blue, or white for $100.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."