Summary: I love Sony products however this is primarily a music device and I use it primarily for audiobooks. It will play WMA (DRM) which is hard to find in a audio player. Bookmarking is complicated. Books are downloaded into your music file and it is hard to find your book.
Summary: This was the last Sony walkman version that had speakers around. Was very helpful during recording and playback. When we purchased it, the product cost around $100, but it's no longer available new for less than $200 now, mainly because Sony has a newer (and poorer) version, and has gotten rid of this one. How I wish they bring back this one..or the speaker feature in the newer version.
Summary: Do not even consider this for audiobooks. No bookmarks nor fast forward/back feetures make this a total dud replacement for my recently departed Creative Labs Zen. Not a total money loss, as I can give it to my pre-teen for music/video playback. sigh.
Technical Faults Bring Down an Otherwise "Okay" Product
S. Oller "ph", Amazon
1 March 2011
Summary: This thing is pretty cool, but I've had several technical problems with it that make it very difficult for me to rate it higher than a 3. =( First, the good. +Looks great. The physical styling of it is very cool and the screen is beautiful as well. +Battery life is LOOOOOONNNNGGG. I think I've only ever had this thing die on me once or twice.
Nice (but not great) while it lasted, which wasn't very long
18 February 2011
Summary: I asked for this for a gift for my birthday back in June, so I've had it for 8 months or so now. A few days ago I noticed the LCD screen was flickering a little, but I wasn't prepared for the screen to go completely dead within days of that. But it did, and while the device works still more or less, it's useless without a working screen. It's as good as dead. I have been using this player only couple hours a day and not even everyday, so I wasn't using it heavily.
Summary: I ordered this september 2010 (for my bday in october)... I did much research, spec comparison and review reading before deciding upon this MP3/Video Player. And it's the best decision ever! At the time I was driving 2hours one way to work.. and working 10hr days.. listening to the mp3 player for practically all of that. . so 13-14hrs a day.. and that battery life was superb.. never died on me.. granted I charged it while driving up and back...
Summary: My only complaint is you cannot listen his audiobooks from Amazon's Audible on the Sony Walkman NWZS545BLK 16 GB Video MP3 Player (Black) . Audible books come in a proprietary .AA format that the walkman does not support, so you cannot convienently drag and drop the .AA file onto the walkman like any other MP3/WMA type format file. At present Sony does not permit or provide software to allow Audible format (.AA) to be compatible with the walkman..
Summary: I bought the Sony S545 16GB 6 months ago after my ancient Creative Zen finally died. I chose Sony because a relative had an older Sony Walkman player that has lasted forever, and he highly recommended it. PROS: The Sony does have good, actually pretty great sound. Battery life is pretty good, although I've never gotten anywhere close to the 40 hours as advertised. Maybe 15-20, which still lasts a while for me.
Summary: I bought this well over a year and a half ago, maybe even longer and it still works fine, though it has a few glitches here and there, but considering it's been through the rain, sun and everything else, I;d consider it a trooper. Glitch it had in the beginning: every now and then it will act like a scratched CD for a song, it'll only do it once in the song but it was a bit annoying.