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Sony Walkman A810 Series Review

The Verdict: The name Sony Walkman may be old, but its new features make the Walkman A810 a serious portable media player contender today.



Sony continues to revive its portable-media creds with its Walkman A810 series.
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Walkman a810 Storage Capacity and Size

Available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB flavors and four colors, its anodized aluminum shell, trimmed in chrome plastic, has a solid feel. The 8GB model measures a svelte 4 x 1.7 x 0.4 inches and weighs 1.9 ounces. There are volume buttons on the side and a hold switch on the back, and the buttons below the two-inch LCD were simple and comfortable to use.

Excellent Headphones and Battery Life

Two things set this player apart from the pack: Sony's EX series in-ear headphones and the excellent battery life (an impressive 8 hours for video and 33 hours for audio). The silicone-tipped headphones are far superior to regular earbuds, though we're not thrilled about the asymmetrical two-piece cable design.

Sony Walkman A810 Sound and Video Quality

The audio quality with the DSEE feature turned on is excellent; it restores parts of the music that are lost during compression and generally livens up the sound. There's also a custom five-band equalizer and a handful of EQ presets. The player supports MPEG-4 video, unprotected AAC, MP3, WMA, and protected WMA music files, and JPEG photos. Content looked and sounded great, though the 320 x 240-pixel screen's colors were a little drab for our taste.


Although Sony has thankfully abandoned its SonicStage software, the A810 series still works only with Windows-based software, leaving Mac users in silence once again. However, its slim profile, top-notch battery life, and AAC support make it a solid--and cheaper--alternative to the nano.

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Technical Specifications
Sony Walkman A810 Series

Display2 inches (320 x 240 pixels; 262,144 colors)
PC InterfaceUSB
Audio FormatsAAC; MP3; WMA; WMA Protected
Photo FormatsJPEG
Battery Typerechargable
Battery Life8 hours (video), 33 hours (audio)
FM RadioNo
FM RecordingNo
Voice RecordingNo
Memory TypeFlash
Memory Capacity2GB/4GB/8GB
Size4 x 1.7 x0.4 inches
Weight1.9 ounces
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