Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - NIDHI SIN­GAL

The key to success in the tech space is in­no­va­tion. But the NWZ B172F makes us won­der what's new in this por­ta­ble mu­sic player. Slightly big­ger in di­men­sions, the de­sign looks sim­i­lar to the ones launched in 2009.

A small dis­play and a cir­cu­lar rocker (which moves a bit and comes back to the po­si­tion) dom­i­nate the front. The rest of the con­trols can be found at the top or the bot­tom with a clip at the back. A cap on the ex­treme right hides the USB.

Most PMPs have mu­sic player and FM ra­dio on­board and the case is no dif­fer­ent with this Sony. Pre­set op­tions au­to­mat­i­cally lists the FM chan­nels while they can also be se­lected us­ing the man­ual set­ting.

Thank­fully, Sony has main­tained its brand name by adding qual­ity mu­sic output. There wasn't any dis­tor­tion while playing the FM but it's dif­fi­cult to wear the earplug at full vol­ume. The PMP also dou­bles as a dic­ta­phone that can be used to record even FM ra­dio. There is also Zap­pin fea­ture that comes across as an easy way to search a song. Press­ing the Zap key once starts playing the next track for a few sec­onds. When you have found the song you want, just press the Zap key again to select the track. But this isn't a new fea­ture as it has been present on ear­lier Walk­man players as well.

There is no mi­croUSB port for charg­ing as the USB can be plugged to the PC to charge. When plugged in, the player can­not be used. A sin­gle charge lasts close to 16 hours of mu­sic.


Great sound but no glam­our.


3-line dis­play, 2GB memory, 5+5mW output, mp3, wma; USB; 28 gm.



Price: 2,990


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