Sony NWZ-X1050 review

7 Dec 2009

An expensive player, but it’s well designed and has a sumptuous 3in screen

Sony NWZ-X1050
Price when reviewed: 
170inc VAT
4

Sony’s latest player, the X Series, uses a 3in OLED screen, which gives noticeably deeper blacks and richer colours than the older LCD technology. It’s a capacitive touchscreen, which accesses a surprisingly intuitive and responsive user interface. Wisely, though, Sony has provided physical buttons for the main skip, pause and volume controls.

There’s also a switch to enable noise cancelling. Turn it on and the X Series uses audio feedback from the supplied high-quality, two-way headphones to suppress external sounds. It works astonishingly well, although of course it’s a feature you lose if you want to use your own headphones.

Sony NWZ-X1050

Still, that’s not a high priority, as sound quality with the standard pair is perfectly rich, if a little lacking in weight compared to the Creative X-Fi 2. Video performance is as good as we’d expect too, with videos appearing vibrant and smooth. If there’s a problem, it’s the high-quality 240 x 432 screen showing up the effects of heavy-handed compression.

There’s an FM radio, and even Wi-Fi – not for transferring files, but for viewing YouTube clips and browsing web pages in areas with wireless internet access. It all adds up to a very attractive package. As with the S Series, though, it’s disappointing that the X Series requires a special Sony cable, rather than standard USB, to connect to a PC – and at this price, it’s decidedly a luxury.

Details

Price ex VAT £148
Price inc VAT £170
Overall rating 4
Performance 6
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 3

Basic specifications

Media player storage type Flash memory
Capacity 16GB
Screen size 3.0in

Battery life

Audio battery life 33hrs
Video battery life 9hrs

Other features

USB charging? yes
Data connector type Proprietary
Screen size 3.0in
Resolution 432 x 240
Wired remote? no

Dimensions

Dimensions 52 x 11 x 97mm (WDH)
Weight 98.000kg

Audio codec support

MP3 support yes
WMA support yes
AAC support yes
OGG support no
FLAC support no
ATRAC support no
WAV support no
ASF support no
AIFF support no

Video codec support

DivX support yes
XviD support yes
H.264 support yes
WMV-HD support no
WMV support yes
AVI support yes
MP4 support yes