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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 705 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. Reviewers really like the battery and performance. The design and sound are also appreciated.

usability, sound, design, 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.

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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 290 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 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the performance and design. The battery and sound are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, sound, battery, design, performance

90% 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 - Black

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 221 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. Reviews about the durability and design are generally positive. The performance and sound are also appreciated.

usability, sound, performance, design, durability

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 (Black)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Mike Kobrin (pcmag.com)

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5

 

If you can handle Sony's strict DRM and clunky software—and live without frills like recording or a color screen—this is a solid player.

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...

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Aug, 2005

Expert review by: James Kim (cnet.com)

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 review

 

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: 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: 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 (techadvisor.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

Expert review by: (lordpercy.com)

Sony NW-HD5

 

Yet another in the Network walkman range, Sony's new NW-HD5 is even smaller then their HD3 and it supports native MP3 too. With a new interface and a bigger battery it looks like some serious Ipod competition.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by: The Register & Trusted Reviews (smarthouse.com.au)

Sony NW-HD5 A Worthy Ipod Competitor

 

Sony is mounting a major assault on the MP3 market in an effort to topple the crown of Apple and the now famous iPod.

What the HD5 doesn't have is extra features such as an FM tuner or a microphone, which will probably put off those who want their MP3 player to offer kitchen sink functionality. SonicStage may put off even more people. The look and the interface of the...

Jan, 2005

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No
Equalizer: Yes

Design

Battery full indication: Yes
Battery low indication: Yes
Color of product:Black / Red / Silver

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:1.5

Energy Management

Battery performance:880
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:40

File formats

Audio formats supported:mp3, wav

Other Features

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):3.52 x 0.571 x 2.2 / 3.52 x 2.2 x 0.571
File type:ATRAC, MP3 / MP3, WMA, WAV, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus / Word, Powerpoint, ATRAC, Mp3, Jpeg, Mpeg
Media types supported:MP3/ATRAC3/ATRAC3plus/WMA/WAV
Power Requirements:AC-Adaptor / USB
USB cable:USB
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:SonicStage 3.1\n / SonicStage version 2.0\nSonicStage version 3.1 / \nSonicStage version 3.1
Pouch: Yes

Power

Battery Capacity:880
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:40

Radio

FM radio: No

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: No
Voice recording: No

Storage

Player media type:Flash-media / HDD
Total Storage Capacity:20

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.571
Height:2.2
Weight:4.59 / 4.76
Width:3.52