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Sony NWZ-B173

alaTest has collected and analyzed 549 reviews of Sony NWZ-B173. 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 design and price. The performance and sound are also mentioned favorably, but the memory and reliability get critical views.

usability, sound, performance, price, design

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.

Review analysis

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 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 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the price and design are overall positive. The size and sound are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the reliability and durability.

usability, sound, size, design, price

durability, reliability

63% 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) - GoldSony NWZ-B173F Flash MP3 Player (4GB) - Vivid Pink

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony NWZ-B173

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 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. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and price. The size and sound also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, sound, size, price, portability

reliability

92% 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) - Lime GreenSony Walkman NWZ-B173F 4GB Portable MP3 Player FM Radio + MDR-XB200 Headphones (Blue NWZ-B173FHK)

Aug, 2015

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
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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: Cal Audio (productreview.com.au)

mixed quality

 

A proper display and a clock function are basic features I expected on this MP3 radio/player from a brand like Sony. The wheel function is unusual and takes time to get used to. Which way is forward? On the upside, you can record audio and radio...

Recording capability and battery

Poor display and no clock function

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Hardyn (ciao.co.uk)

Average mp3 player

 

This mp3 player is fairly good for the money I've paid for it, £24.49 and I don't think I could have expected more for that money, but the player is really nothing special, the sound quality is poor, although it does have the extra bass button that...

Samlle, easy to handle and quick charge

Sound quality Average to Low

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Shouvik Pal (flipkart.com)

Sony MP3 Player < Apple iPod Shuffle

 

If memory is not a problem for you, then you should definitely go with Apple iPod Shuffle. And for more details about iPod, read my review on iPod Shuffle's page, with a original song sample, that could be help you to change your decision.

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: Rajan (flipkart.com)

Double the performance with Twinwoofers

 

Hey guys, I personally own the following players: iPod Shuffle Cowon IAudio e2 Sony NWZ B173F All the above players have almost average sound quality with the stock earphones they provide. If you want higher performance, and high definition sound, you...

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: PARTHASARATHI... (flipkart.com)

Average MP3 player.

 

My rating, 1) Sound quality : 7/10 ( Considering price, otherwise 5/10. Do not expect IPOD or BOSE.) 2) Build quality : 3/10. (Cheap poor plastic feeling. Loose head cover. SONY should go for anodized aluminium body. If we are willing to pay INR. 3800/...

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: avishek82 (mouthshut.com)

The Sound of Music+++

 

The Sound of Music+++

Excellent music quality

Needs regular recharging

The Sony Walkman MP3 player is an amazing invention in the world of music. If you are an avid Apple fan, you will surely go for the iPod. But if you want to broaden your horizons and try something new, Sony Walkman would be ideal. I have been using the...

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Display

Display Technology:LED Display / Monochrome STN Display / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:Monochrome
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory
Type:Audio Player
Video Playback: No

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: No
AVI Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
MPEG4 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: No
WMA Playback: Yes
WMV Playback: No

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: No
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