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Sony Rolly

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and design. The size and usability also get good comments. Many are critical about the battery and value for money.

sound, usability, size, design, build quality

connectivity, value for money, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony Rolly is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 33 reviews)

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Sony Rolly


Rolly integrates various Sony audio technologies as well as adding robot-related technologies for motion control. The palm-sized, oval-shaped Rolly main unit contains horizontal opposed stereo speakers, flash memory and battery. The product can be...

Not yet reviewed by editors.

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Review: Sony Rolly


A unique music player that can be a novelty but also a true hobby.

Very fun to watch in action ; In-depth choreography software, but easy to set on auto mode ; Simple setup as a Bluetooth speaker ; Customizable look

Expensive for what it does ; No headphone jack ; Programming an elaborate dance routine takes a long time ; Speakers are good for the purpose, but not audiophile-level ; Windows-only

Japanese electronics makers once had (and to some degree, still have) a reputation for eccentric but entertaining gadgets -- devices that were fascinating precisely because they didn't make business sense and did something imaginative that no other d

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Ahead of its time


"The only way this product would be interesting to a mass audience is if it was designed like a cool character or sorts. Can you imagine? Kids would love a dancing animal or robot (that could DO the Robot). The way is is now, it can't realistically...


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the rolly


"this product is amazing. its style is incredible. though the sound is somewhat distorted when it dances it is overall very clear and loud enough. the price is quite high and should be lower, but i most definetly want one."


distortion of sound

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"This device doesn't compare to anything else I've ever seen. The way it dances is so extravagantly awesome makes everyone who sees it smile. If you want a mp3 player just get yourself a walkman, but if you want the coolest conversation piece in the...

Fun, Interesting, Intuitive, Creative

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Sony Rolly


With the music, very interesting. Sony Rolly look like an egg, use of engineering plastics to create airframe. Sony Rolly airframe white, with a spray treatment, the appearance of another裹�layer formed by UV light membrane surface, so that...


Function less

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Nokia 5800 Xpress Music Mobile Phone


Its increasing affordability and the Sony Rolly dancing MP3 player is a part of that line up. This new little device combines Sony's powerful brand for audio with big advancements in robotic technology to produce a cool music player that can dance to...

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Sony Rolly review


Sony's Rolly is an MP3 player with a difference.

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Stuff magazine


Sony's Rolly is an MP3-blasting, breakdancing 'bot. But does it have the moves to justify its pricetag?

He's no ASIMO, but on the dancefloor or coffee table Rolly has real star quality

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Sony Rolly


Talk about your all-time gimmicks. A rolling MP3 player with built-in speaker that ‘dances' on your desk to the music? Sony, we thought better of you!

It's actually quite fun

For about ten minutes. It's expensive too

When robots and MP3 players collide, unfortunately they create the 'dancing' Sony Rolly. Save your cash.


Product Specifications

The Rolly sound entertainment player is truly multi-faceted. It plays music. It dances. It's an expression of your personality and how you hear your music. At its core, the Rolly sound entertainment player is a robotic device that plays back music and can be programmed to dance to any of the music uploaded to it. In addition, it is a fun device to discover. Rather than looking at a screen to play music, there are different motions that you use to change the song, raise the volume and make it dance. With its Bluetooth capability you can play music wirelessly from other devices such as your mobile phone or PC.


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


Bluetooth: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No


Display Technology:Not Applicable
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory
Type:Audio Player

Playback / Recording

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