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Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player

Sony NW-HD3  Network Walkman MP3 player
alaScore 82

895 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 895 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and design. The battery and usability also get good opinions.

sound, usability, battery, design, value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 895 reviews)

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD3 (20GB, Pink)


At first glance, the only physical difference from its predecessor seems to be the addition of four new color schemes. Joining the traditional silver model are black, blue, pink, and a particularly striking red. Add to that some remarkable backlight...

Supercompact and stylish, though not as much as the HD1; awesome battery life; basic operation; improved interface; natively supports MP3 files; clean, bright sound quality.

No extra features; works with only bundled SonicStage jukebox software.

Sony's 20GB HD3 may not have the HD1's looks and battery life, but its native MP3 support and flashy new colors make it a better choice overall.

Consumer review by:

"Great mp3 player for the price"


As a first time mp3 player buyer, I am very happy with the Sony nw-hd3. From the moment it came out of the package, it has worked perfectly. The battery life is superb (didn't have to charge it once on my week vacation with 32 hours riding in the car)!...

20 gig of storage for mp3s and files, stylish color, compact, trusted sony brand

No clock, no FM tuner

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I am REALLY not happy right now


I've been pretty happy with this player until today. It failed me when I needed it most. I had right around 20G of music on my pc's harddrive that I'd gathered over the years. One of the reasons for choosing this type of MP3 player was to have a backup...

Great sound and look, solid unit

Dont ever lose the files on your PC's hard drive. Sony wont let you retrieve them from your Nw-HD3


Consumer review by:

A great HDD walkman by sony


It's a great HDD walkman, very light and nice looking. The EQ's are great. But it is a little bit expensive.

very small and light and many colors to choose

Can't change the internal battery like the HD5 does

Consumer review by:

Non-Removable battery


Im considering buying this, however i am worried that after one or two years, like all lithium ion batteries, the recharges will take longer. Is this longer recharge over time true with this mp3 player too? Is the time added to the recharge...

Everything else

non removable battery

Consumer review by:

bye bye ipod!!!


i had this player since it first came out i love it! its smaller cooler and has more battery life than ipods!

beutifull small 30 hour battery

sony needs to make more accesories for their network walkmans

Consumer review by:

Great mp3 player for the price


As a first time mp3 player buyer, I am very happy with the Sony nw-hd3. From the moment it came out of the package, it has worked perfectly. The battery life is superb (didn't have to charge it once on my week vacation with 32 hours riding in the ......

20 gig of storage for mp3s and files, stylish color, compact, trusted sony brand

No clock, no FM tuner

Consumer review by:

"Lots of music in a tiny package"


I recently sold my 20gig 3rd generation iPod and purchased a NW-HD3 (in pink!) as I am a big fan of Sony products. So far, I am happy with my decision.

Battery life, size

No additional features, firewire support

Consumer review by:

This piece of kit is fantastic


Its so small! Finally plays mp3s. 30 hour battery life! Sounds great. Works as a usb2 hard drive as a mass storage device. Charges off usb - no need for the provided AC adapter unless travelling. It looks fantastic and feels like quality. The clunky sof

No remote - but I like this as the buttons on the unit can be easily remembered so you can flick through tracks with the player in your pocked. No need to show off your white earphones with a stainless steel remote! No WMA support on the device - it is su

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This is the best hard drive mp3 player out there. It has the longest battery life of any hard drive player in the market, the sound is excellent, it is super-light and super small, it fits perfect in any pocket, it is beautifully designed, and the...

Excellent sound

Software could be better

Product Specifications

The epitome of elegant design, the silver NW-HD1 model weighs less than 4 ounces making it the world's smallest portable audio device built with a 1.8-inch, 20GB hard drive. Music lovers will be able to store up to 13, 000 four-minute songs recorded at 48 kilobits per seconds (kbps) on this sexy little player that fits right in the palm of your hand. The hard-drive player lives up to the Walkman legacy for stability and endurance. It houses an internal rechargeable battery that provides up to 30 hours of continuous playback. G-Sensor shock protection offers an advantage over traditional hard drives by safeguarding the player's internal mechanisms to protect against impact and help prevent a loss of data. Sony's skip-free G-Protection technology is also incorporated to help eliminate skipping during active uses, as well as to provide quick recovery from both horizontal and vertical shock. The hard-drive device connects to a compatible computer via a USB 2.0 digital interface for high-speed music transfers. It comes bundled with SonicStage version 2.1 software, which makes it easy to import, manage and transfer music collections. With SonicStage software, playlists or track information created in the jukebox can be automatically transferred to the device. Additionally, SonicStage jukebox supports and seamlessly converts many Internet audio formats, including MP3, WMA and WAV files. Accessing music on the Network Walkman player is as easy as a click of a thumb. Sony's Jog Dial navigation lets you quickly retrieve tracks and playlists on the seven-line backlit LCD display. Four different display modes offer the flexibility to navigate through track numbers, bit rates, song titles, artist names and more.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio System

Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Functions (KB):Digital player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player


Run Time (Up To):30hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:ATRAC3 / ATRAC3plus / MP3 / WAV / WMA/ATRAC3 / ATRAC3plus / MP3 / WMA/ATRAC3plus / MP3 / WAV / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:6 bands
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Network Walkman

MD System

Type: None



Remote Control

Type: None