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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R
alaScore 83

781 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 781 reviews of Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and performance. The sound and design are also mentioned favorably.

usability, design, sound, performance, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 781 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 359 user reviews of Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the battery and sound. The performance and design also get good reviews, whereas opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, design, performance, sound, battery

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - BlackSony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - SilverSony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - Black

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 user reviews of Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. People really like the portability and design. The performance and sound are also mentioned favorably.

usability, sound, performance, design, portability

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Black)Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Red)Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Silver)

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Michael Kobrin (pcmag.com)

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5

 

Sony has been struggling to keep pace with Apple's hugely successful iPod and iTunes, but it's been a losing battle. The Sony NW-HD5 20GB hard drive audio player is a solid competitor: It certainly has a leg up on its wheel-sporting white rival in the...

Small and sleek. Removable battery. Impressive battery life. Very good sound quality. Easy to navigate and browse.

Must install the software to transfer music. No native WMA support. Device requires "authorization" to be used with more than one computer. Lacks extra features like FM radio or recording. Most of the sound enhancement settings work only with ATRAC...

If you can handle Sony's strict DRM and clunky softwareand live without frills like recording or a color screenthis is a solid player.

Aug, 2005
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Expert review by: James Kim (cnet.com)

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 review: Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5

 

Audiophile's dream: Sony NW-HD5 Sony's MP3 stock has shot up mercurially since introducing native MP3 playback to its Network Walkman franchise . Its latest hard drive-based player, the supercompact Network Walkman NW-HD5, has winner written all over...

Supercompact and durable design; excellent sound quality; intuitive tactile interface; removable battery; stellar battery life.

No extra features, such as FM radio or recording; ATRAC3 is the only DRM option; must use SonicStage software for music transfer.

If you want a slick alternative to the iPod and you're into Sony's Connect music store, then the NW-HD5 is a stellar choice.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Grahm Skee (anythingbutipod.com)

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 Review

 

The Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 is the successor to the NW-HD1, NW-HD2, and NW-HD3. (Sony skipped the NW-HD4 because in Japanese the number four sounds like the word for "death".) This particular model is a 20GB, and they have yet to release the 30GB...

I love this player except for the restrictions that Sony employs with its proprietary formats and software. My opinion is that these restrictions are almost not worth it. I want the freedom to share music, with the capability to transfer music on and...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

A stylish alternative to the iPod, the Sony Walkman doesn't break new ground, but it's very light and works well.

Looks good, easy to use, good PC software, very light

No voice recording or FM tuner, must use SonicStage for file transfer

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Nathan Taylor (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Walkman NW-HD5

 

Looks good, easy to use, good PC software, very light

No voice recording or FM tuner, must use SonicStage for file transfer

A stylish alternative to the iPod, the Sony Walkman doesn't break new ground, but it's very light and works well.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Nathan Taylor (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Walkman NWHD5

 

A little more squat than the iPod, with retro square control buttons, the NWHD5 a good job of stealing the cool from the iPod. The Walkman is solid, l...

Looks good, easy to use, good PC software, very light

No voice recording or FM tuner, must use SonicStage for file transfer

A stylish alternative to the iPod, the Sony Walkman doesn't break new ground, but it's very light and works well.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Sony NW-HD5 MP3 player - EXCLUSIVE review

 

With the announcement from Sony yesterday of its new 20Gb hard drive MP3 player, Pocket-lint was given an exclusive chance to get a hands on play with the new player. So does it have what it takes to challenge the wonders of Apple and have Sony final...

size, antijog, battery life

software, lack of accessories

If you haven't been bitten by the iPod bug, this is the one to have

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony NW-HD5 Walkman

 

After holding out for years on hard disk walkmans Sony has now released its third player in less than a year. Is the NW-HD5 the one that puts Sony back on the top of the portable audio market?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: David Price (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony NW-HD5

 

Rejoice. Sony has finally relented and included MP3 playback on its Network Walkmans. This makes the NW-HD5 much more consumer-friendly, as it doesn't tie the user to Sony's proprietary Atrac format. It's also a tempting proposition because of its...

We really like the way the Sony NW-HD5 looks; we're less impressed by the performance of the software we were press-ganged into using in order to listen to music. Swings and roundabouts, perhaps, but it seems like a hard sacrifice to make for pure vanity.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: James Kim (cnet.com.au)

Sony NW-HD5

 

Sony's 20GB NW-HD5 and the iPod are both dead simple to use, but the HD5 is smaller, and its removable battery lasts much longer.

Supercompact and durable design ; Excellent sound quality ; Intuitive tactile interface ; Removable battery ; Stellar battery life

No extra features, such as FM radio or recording ; ATRAC3 is the only DRM option ; Must use SonicStage software for music transfer

Perhaps the Sony Network Walkman HD5's most intriguing attribute is its amazingly long battery life. While Sony has rated battery life up to 40 hours using 48Kbps ATRAC3plus tracks, CNET Labs was able to get a consistent 28 hours per charge playing a...

Jul, 2005

Product Specifications

Configuration

Built-In Microphone: No
Built-In Radio:No / Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
Direct Radio Recording: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Display

Display Technology:LED Display / OLED Display
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Hard Disc Drive
Type:Audio Player

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: No
WMA Playback:No / Yes

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: Yes
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