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.