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Sony NW-E205 Bean MP3 player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Sony NW-E205 Bean MP3 player. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Comments about the design and size are generally positive. The battery and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical reviews about the reliability and durability.

sound, usability, battery, size, design

durability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony NW-E205 Bean MP3 player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony NW-E205 Bean MP3 player


alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony NW-E205 Bean MP3 player from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers really like the memory and sound. The size and battery are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the reliability and durability.

usability, battery, size, sound, memory

durability, reliability

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NW-E205B 512MB MP3 Walkman Player - BlackSony NW-E205W 512MB MP3 Walkman Player - WhiteSony NW-E205W 512MB MP3 Walkman Player - White

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (

Sony NW-E205 Bean MP3 player review


Sony's Bean, or NW-W205 to give it is proper title, is a 512Mb MP3 player that challenges other flash based models in the market, but with so many choices, what makes this one stand out from the crowd? We take a look and find out. Shaped like a large...

Long battery life, USB connector hidden inside, good sound quality

Hold button is very annoying, slightly on the large side

A good player, but the hold switch will drive you mad

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Rick Broida (

Sony Walkman Bean NW-E205 (512MB) review


Sony's half-baked Walkman Bean tries hard to be hip, but bad design elements and hissy audio make it one square audio player.

Excellent FM reception and battery life ; Retractable USB connector

Poorly designed USB cover ; Awkward controls ; Tiny screen muddles interface ; Noticeable hiss during playback ; Music-store support limited to Sony Connect ; Slow file transfers

In our tests, the Sony Bean transferred files at a disappointing 0.61MB per second. Even deleting songs from the device seemed to take forever -- nearly three minutes to remove just two dozen songs. However, the player more than redeemed itself with...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: (

Sony - NW-E205


You probably expect that a Sony MP3 player will be small, sleek and silver in colour, and perhaps it will have a Memory Stick slot tucked away somewhere. So it may come as a surprise to ...

The Sony NW-E205 combines quirky looks with good subjective audio quality and a decent 512MB capacity, but it's not all plain sailing. We're not fans of Sony's insistence on the ATRAC format and would prefer native MP3 playback. The price also makes...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: Steve (

Sony NW-E205 512MB


The product is very ergonomic and easy to use. Battery life is excellent & USB connectivity makes things simple. Software easy to install & use

Some of the buttons are very small & tricky to use. The "hold" switch is too easily knocked & fiddley to use

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: kinkajoo (

Sony Network Walkman NW-E205/P 512 MB : Jelly Bean!


I have had my Walkman Bean for over a year now and its still going strong. The software that is provided is easy to use, and because its Sony, you dont have to pay for the tracks, although u can use that option if you want to do it the legal way! The...

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: No
Built-In Radio: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Direct Radio Recording: No


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


Display Technology:OLED Display
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory
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

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: No