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Review of the Sony NWZ-E463 MP4 Player

Sony NWZ-E463 MP4 Player

Rating: ★★★★½

Design & Features

On first impressions, this model has a pleasant feel and finish and even though its overlaid in a layer of plastic, it still feels rather sturdy. At 10mm thick and weighing 58g, its compact, slim and lightweight and fits perfectly in your hand, pocket or handbag.

The screen is a little on the small side but to be expected at this end of the price scale. Frustratingly, I found myself often pressing the wrong buttons, as I found them to be quite small and closely placed together (and I have small fingers!). The back of the player has a matt metal finish which looks ok but I imagine could get scratched fairly quickly.

The buttons on the front include a home button (doubling as a back button), power on/off which doubles as the option button, pause and playback button as well as directional arrows for navigating. On the side of the player there are volume controls and a hold switch.

Storage & Support

The 4GB of internal memory isn’t huge but its enough for around 35 music albums, some photos and videos, which is pretty sufficient for general use.

Format support is fairly acceptable and includes WMA, AAC, WAV and MP3. It also supports photos and some video files and has a 240×320 pixel display, which is not bad for a 2inch screen.

Easy to Use

Navigating through albums and tracks is fast and simple, allowing you to browse by Artist or Album name, Genre or Year. Miniature icons of the album covers also appear in the albums list.

There’s no fancy apps or games like you’d find on an Apple gadget but what it does offer is plenty of audio-related features. For example, you have bookmarks, song lyrics and playlists along with SensMe, which analyses the tempo and dynamics of each track to split them into relative groups.

A couple of minor niggles for me were, issues browsing the menu system when playing music via FM radio or a podcast. Plus, if you try to go from certain menus back to the main menu, the music playback would stop.  However, the battery life was pretty impressive and with heavy use, it lasted extremely well.

Sound

The quality on the Sony NWZ-E463 was a reasonably good with a fairly warm sound and this was coupled with a great set of sound isolating bassy headphones.

Pros

  • battery life
  • Easy to navigate menu system
  • Sound Quality
  • Great sound isolating headphones

Cons

  • Small screen
  • small storage
  • buttons too small & close together

Verdict

For a fairly low budget price tag, the NWZ-E463 model offers a snazzy design with a great range of music-related features. There are some minor niggles such as too small sized buttons and menu issues, but overall, a pleasing interface along with a solid pair of sound isolating earphones.  All of these features make this music player an attractive little device all round.

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