Argos - Sony W273 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player - White £36.99
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Argos - Sony W273 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player - White £36.99

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Found 7th Aug 2013
Normally £49.99, previously posted at £41.99, Now £36.99.

Stock is limited and only available for collection but I was just able to reserve one at my local store.

Amazon have price matched with free delivery for £36.99 but it will take a couple of days to arrive link in 1st post

Great price for all gym/pool heads out there.

Product summary:

Perfect for active lifestyles, the Sony walkman W273 4GB waterproof MP3 player resists water down to a depth of 2m. Enjoy great sound quality while you're swimming, in the gym, or working up a serious sweat on the track. When your session is complete, keep listening during your post exercise shower and get the most out of your music.

Specs

Product features:

100% waterproof for up to 2 metres (IPX8 rated) so you can enjoy your favourite tunes even while swimming. The ergonomic design features securely fitting earphones with a selection of ear bud sizes to choose from. Simply drag and drop your favourite workout music from iTunes or Windows Explorer and you're ready to go.
4GB memory.
8 hours battery life.
Stores up to 990 songs.
Built-in speaker.
USB port - USB cable supplied.
Includes headphones.
General information:

Weight 29g.
Rechargeable built-in battery.
EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 4905524919158.
- Pepz347

33 Comments

Mod & Ed

just bought by brother and brother in law their Christmas presents, thanks.

Good product great price,

Had these fora few weeks, but lost them before I got to use them for swimming.

Great for jogging for sure. The chargingis a bit of a pain, but great little unit

Just looked at the specs and I'm impressed! Will order me one thanks!

Had the previous generation, couldn't use them for swimming but you could wash them under a running tap.
they were brilliant for exercise - they do not move in your ear and sure dont fall out.

They are great, I have these ones, can wear them in the shower.

Just ordered. I'd just bought an iPod shuffle for the gym today but this looks much better due to the lack of cable.

got some old ones 270 for a tenner in japan did notthink they would be that good but been very impressed gr8 havin no cables and drag n drop nice fit with out makin your ears sore

Looks mint, may have to invest though there's none near me unfortunately.

Cheers op... just reserved last one for daughters birfday..along with the billabong bag she should be one happy bunny!

Thank you. I've been waiting for a price drop on any colour, and while none of my Argos stores have it, I ordered it from Amazon. So thanks for the heads-up about that. Very happy lady here.

If anyone found a black set of these on Brighton Beach 5 weeks ago their mine (had yellow ear tips too)

Didnt realise I lost them till I left the beach, and never got to try them in water.

Ps the black ones look really smart

I've got these in white, nice both in and out of water. Just make sure to adjust band on the back of the wire behind so it's snug and make sure you have the right sizes ear buds fitted so no water get into your ear and your set for a great experience.

there were reviewed on the gadget show not long ago. Apparently the didnt sound all that great underwater.

Original Poster

I had a chance to try them out at the pool tonight. 150 lengths later and I didn't have any issue with them at all, very impressive! I swapped in the larger ear buds and didn't have to adjust them at all during the swim.

I previously had a cheapo Chinese mp3 player for a tenner off amazon which was fine except for the constant adjustment required as they'd slip slightly in the ear, especially kicking off the turns and the fiddly trailing wires. They also were also uncomfortable as you really had to force them deep inside your ears to create a seal. In the end they died on me after 5 sessions or so.

These Sony's are a revelation though and I really can't understand the amount of bad reviews out there. Just put them in before you get in the pool and they just stay in your ears. I didn't bother with the tightening band either as the fit felt really assured. The silicone that the ear buds are made from is quite tacky and so they just grip your inner ear to the point where they will likely turn inside out when you remove them. This is a good thing as it means you don't need long, penetrating ear buds (as the original Speedo aquabeats and my cheapo Chinese player had which were painful). These are very comfortable and don't feel like they have to be forced deep in your ear, just give them a good firm push to create a seal and the tackiness of the silicone ear buds just seems to grip them in place - no discomfort at all.

I swim breaststroke but I fully submerge with each stroke and kick off the wall and these Sonys handled it without a problem. The audio quality remains stable whether in or out of the water and between strokes. If I had one negative thing to say it would be that they could set the maximum volume a little higher but this is a more general criticism of all Sony audio products. They were more than loud enough to block out all outside noises and provide clear, well balanced audio that wasn't either tinny or too bassy.

It seems all waterproof mp3 players are littered with bad reviews but in my experience having now tried several, the user is at fault if they don't fit them properly. If you don't like in ear headphones then don't buy these as you won't get on with them. However if you are used to proper, sealed in ear headphones and enjoy a swim then give these a go. They are staggeringly good for the money.

*edit* There are also some very useful software features too. If you put albums into individual folders then all you need to do is hold the 'track forward' button on the headphones to jump to the next folder with a nice female audio voice to tell you what you've done. Very useful if you have full albums or audio books and don't want to feel you have to clear the device every time you want a change in fear that the device will shuffle everything. Just line all your playlists up into folders and its easy to jump between them.
Edited by: "tdotuk" 9th Aug 2013

A general comment on using mp3 players in the pool. Sounds a good idea, especially for those swimming many lengths when boredom sets in, but don't we have enough to contented with ? You have to make sure your stoke is clean and efficient, that's concentrating on arm, hand, leg and feet positions. Then you look to maintain a good body position in the water and getting into a good rhythm. If you use a pool with other swimmers ( most of us ), you have to be ready to take evasive action for a sudden surge of water just as you are about to breathe in. Overtaking may mean adjustments to your stroke and position in the water. General awareness of other swimmers at all times is a neccessity, there is always some idiot who doesn't observe pool etiquette, swimming towards you, across your path, jumping in, suddenly stopping, standing up, or slowing down. People swim at different speeds, and this varies throughout your swim, as you get tired eventually, or you should do. Even fast swimmers will therefore get overtaken at some point, and being overtaken affects what you do. Will you have to quicken your stroke or slow down if you are approaching a slower swimmer yourself ? You've then got a regular turn at each end of the pool, and you have to be able to hear if the emergency siren goes, or another swimmer speaks to you. Don't forget you have lengths to ****, if you take your swimming seriously. MP3 players for swimming, Good idea in theory, but isn't it too much of a distraction ? I've never tried a pair though. Having said all that, I can see having a regular beat could help your rhythm. Do semi professional/professional swimmers use them ?
Edited by: "swimmlee" 9th Aug 2013

Swimmlee. I understand your points but for people like me who aren't great swimmers this MP3 player is fine. I can swim for a good 45 minutes but my stroke and breathing are far from perfect, it's about exercise for me rather than being quick. Having something to listen to while swimming takes some of the boredom associated with endless lengths of front crawl away.

No stock near me, but bought from Amazon, Thank you for posting :-)

Heed20, I think these mp3 players are better for serious swimmers, who would have perfected their stroke. They don't have to think about the stroke then, and can just concentrate on increasing the speed or distance. A fast beat/rhythm would help that. You see all manner of strokes and positions in the water, but you cannot see you own. For casual and recreational swimmers, having the correct stroke is not so much about trying to swim as fast as you can, but to make it easier to swim through the water. If it's easier, you won't tire as quickly and so be able to swim further, and it will be less stressful which is better for your health. If you've got a poor stroke, most of your energy will be wasted. We all get into bad habits, and these habits then seem the natural way of doing things. So you have to concentrate on them more to get out of the habit. Runners or those in the gym lifting weights etc. have much less to concentrate on, so it's easier to listen to something.

Very interested in these. However, I use MP£ player primarily for podcasts and long spoken audio. With the folders and voice guidance, it seems likely I will be able to keep organised and find my files.
However, becasue they are long audio files, I will need to scan forward / backward (even better, 'study modes') in the files to listen again to anything I miss or get back to the point in the audio I am. Not found it mentioned in any reviews. For those with these, will this be possible?
Thanks!

My player arrived from Amazon while I was working away. Used it on 2 separate runs today and it's very good. It doesn't move about once fitted and the controls are surprisingly easy to use when wearing it. Some of the controls have a slight pimple on them so that you can feel which button is which. I'll probably never use it underwater but I do like running in the rain so this is now replacing my iPod shuffle as my running music player.

Heed20

My player arrived from Amazon while I was working away. Used it on 2 … My player arrived from Amazon while I was working away. Used it on 2 separate runs today and it's very good. It doesn't move about once fitted and the controls are surprisingly easy to use when wearing it. Some of the controls have a slight pimple on them so that you can feel which button is which. I'll probably never use it underwater but I do like running in the rain so this is now replacing my iPod shuffle as my running music player.



Do you wear glasses or sunglasses when running? Still undecided whether to buy or not, as my only concern is how do they fit over glasses?
Edited by: "toughCookie" 16th Aug 2013

twgbnd

Very interested in these. However, I use MP£ player primarily for … Very interested in these. However, I use MP£ player primarily for podcasts and long spoken audio. With the folders and voice guidance, it seems likely I will be able to keep organised and find my files. However, becasue they are long audio files, I will need to scan forward / backward (even better, 'study modes') in the files to listen again to anything I miss or get back to the point in the audio I am. Not found it mentioned in any reviews. For those with these, will this be possible? Thanks!



No, you can't. You can only skip files and folders as a whole.

toughCookie

Do you wear glasses or sunglasses when running? Still undecided whether … Do you wear glasses or sunglasses when running? Still undecided whether to buy or not, as my only concern is how do they fit over glasses?



I wear mine with glasses and they don't interfere in the least.

I wore glasses today when I was running and there was no bother between them and the MP3 player. Mine were Oakley style sports glasses.

Thanks Kimmzi and Heed20 for the feedback, just my luck oos in argos and Amazon have increased the price.

toughCookie

Thanks Kimmzi and Heed20 for the feedback, just my luck oos in argos and … Thanks Kimmzi and Heed20 for the feedback, just my luck oos in argos and Amazon have increased the price.



Back in VERY limited stock at this price. Check your local stores, Slough, St Albans, Romford, etc have some at least, at tike of typing.

DonkeyKonk

Back in VERY limited stock at this price. Check your local stores, … Back in VERY limited stock at this price. Check your local stores, Slough, St Albans, Romford, etc have some at least, at tike of typing.



Thanks for the heads up, unfortunately still no stock near me... :-(

toughCookie

Thanks for the heads up, unfortunately still no stock near me... :-(



Oh well

Some in Consett and Hartlepool in the north east. Still a bit too far for me.

And managed to reserve one closer to home today in a store that hasn't had them since the deal was posted, so keep checking.

Wonderful, hubby was just showing me on argos and I knew I could rely on my trusty hotukers to help me out with locating them cheaper. Ordered from amazon and can't wait to test them out Don't forget when ordering from Amazon to change the postage to free
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