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Sony NWZ-B173

alaTest has collected and analyzed 759 reviews of Sony NWZ-B173. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People really like the price and portability. The size and sound also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the headphones. There are some critical opinions about the memory and reliability.

usability, sound, size, portability, price

reliability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony NWZ-B173 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony NWZ-B173

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony NWZ-B173 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the price and design. The size and sound also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and durability.

usability, sound, size, design, price

durability, reliability

65% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NWZ-B173F Flash MP3 Player (4GB) - BlackSony NWZ-B173F Flash MP3 Player (4GB) - Black

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony NWZ-B173

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 user reviews of Sony NWZ-B173 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and price. The portability and sound also get good feedback. Many are critical about the reliability.

usability, sound, portability, price, size

reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony NWZ-B173F Flash MP3 Player (4GB) - BlackSony NWZ-B173F Flash MP3 Player (4GB) - Black

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Matt Hanson (techradar.com)

Sony Walkman NWZ-B173 review

 

A slight return from the former king of portable music

Very portable ; Quick charge ; Good sound quality ; Cheap price ; Built-in USB

Not the easiest to navigate ; Zap mode is annoying

Small and discrete, but still a very good MP3 player.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Sony NWZ-B173

 

A ciggie lighter-sized MP3 player with 4GB of internal memory and just 27g of weight.

Fast charging ; Light ; Decent design

Non-expandable memory ; No radio ; Occasionally tricky nav wheel

4GB edition costs around the same - and can hack lossless files, has a radio and expandable memory. However, the Sony offers 10 hours more battery life off a charge - 18, rather than eight. Along with the player itself, the NWZ-B173 comes with a pair...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

Sony Walkman NWZ-B173

 

It's been a while since I have looked at an MP3 player rather than an iPod. It is also a nice small unit that is smaller than most of course size and weight mean the display is tiny in comparison to some units but this is from Sony.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-B173 measures 8.5x2x1.3cm and it weighs just 27grams. Perhaps the biggest thing in its favour is that you can plug the USB connection (remove the cap of the unit) into a PC it is read as a drive and then you just Drag and Drop...

May, 2012

Expert review by: Naaptol (naaptol.com)

Expert Review

 

All in all NWZ-B173F MP3 player serves as a true companion for music lovers and wins our heart with its various enthralling features and trouble free design.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Dave Oliver (wired.co.uk)

Sony Walkman B-series NWZ-B173 review

 

It's been a very long time since Walkman was the buzzword in portable audio, but Sony has refused to let it die, andkeeps polishing up elements of its range on a regular basis. This,the new B-series model, is the latest to target Apple's iPodshuffle.

Good looking, compact music player, three-minute charge time (90mins playback)

Flashing LED can be annoying, no radio

It's a well-featured player for the price, compact and easy touse. The Zappin technology seems a bit pointless, and it would havebeen nice to have an FM radio on board, but the three-minute chargeis a useful feature. If you don't want a cheap iPod,...

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: dasck27 (mouthshut.com)

Sony Walkman B Series 4GB MP3 Player NWZ B173F/R

 

SONY, they always stand a step ahead in their R&D for design the built in quality, style and look is perfect. Awesome headset if you are a person who spent ur time in gym, running, jogging etc., is perfect mp3 player. I was not looking for great music....

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: tejaswin_jain (mouthshut.com)

Sony Walkman B Series 4GB MP3 Player NWZ B173F/R

 

4GB inward memory; Coordinated USB plug; 18hr battery life; Voice recorder; Removable top The Sony NWZ extent offers a percentage of the best non-Apple MP3 players around, however its names do Sony no favors. NWZ-A865 and NWZ-S675 are about as...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: k11kapoor11 (mouthshut.com)

Sony Walkman B Series 4GB MP3 Player NWZ B173F/R

 

I bought Sony Walkman B series 4gb mp3 player 1 year back by paying around 4299 rupees at a discount. In starting I thought it will not work for more days. But when I start using it, I was so surprised using it. It has an internal storage of 4Gb and...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: bapi001 (mouthshut.com)

Sony Walkman B Series 4GB MP3 Player NWZ B173F/R

 

Amazing sound quality of SONY WALKMAN MP3 PLAYER.everybody know about the sound quality of SONY no 1.i got this gift my to birthday.i don't know the price may be above 2000/-.but sound is very sweet, air plug headphone, and slime body, black colour. I...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: chauhaneha95 (mouthshut.com)

Sony Walkman B Series 4GB MP3 Player NWZ B173F/R

 

Sony walkman is the most amazing thing I have got. There are so amazing features that you are going to love about this . It is easy to carry, even in our jeans pockets . The sound quality is the best thing about it. While listen it will seem like as if...

Sep, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No
Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer bands quantity:5
Equalizer customizable: Yes
Equalizer modes:Custom, Jazz, Pop
MP3 bit rates:32 - 320
MP3 sample rates:32 - 48
WMA bit rates:32 - 192

Camera

Built-in camera: No
Second camera: No

Design

Battery charging indication: Yes
Color of product:Black / Blue / Gold / Green / Pink / Red
Volume Control:Digital / Rotary

Display

Backlight: Yes
Display:LCD
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

Battery recharge time:1.1
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in battery: Yes
Continuous audio playback time:18
Rechargeable: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:MP3 / MP3, WMA

Headphones

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm

Other Features

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE):N
Dimensions (WxDxH):3.5 x 0.591 x 0.886
Internal memory:4
MP3 playback: Yes
Playback Time:18
Rechargeable battery: Yes
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

Headphones: Yes
Headphones included:Y
Quick start guide: Yes
User guide: Yes

Performance

Type:MP3

Ports & interfaces

Interface:USB 2.0
Line-out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A

Power

Battery recharge time:1.1
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in battery:Y
Continuous audio playback time:18
Rechargeable:Y

Radio

FM radio:No / Yes
FM recording:No / Yes
Preset stations quantity:30
Supported bands:FM / No
Supported radio bands:FM / Not supported

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording:No / Yes
Voice recording time:64.4

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Music memory capacity (songs):970
Player media type:Flash-media / HDD
Total Storage Capacity:4

System Requirements

USB required: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.591
Height:0.886 / 0.945
Weight:0.988 / 3.13
Width:1.1 / 3.5 / 3.51