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At the base of the NW-E507 is a plastic cover that hides the mini-USB port. This is used for both data transfer and charging. And talking of charging, Sony claims that you can get three hours of playback time from only three minutes of charging – pretty cool if you’re on your way out and find that the battery is flat. That’s unlikely though, since the battery life is truly astonishing. I took this player out to Taiwan with me while I was attending Computex. I charged it up before I left and used it pretty much every day, as well as for hours on the plane, and it was still going by the time I got back! Sony claims 50 hours continuous playback, although that’s when playing ATRAC3 at 105kbps – but even if you knock 10 hours off that time for playing MP3s, it’s still damn impressive.
As well as looking great, the NW-E507 is also very light and small. Weighing in at only 47g and measuring 84.9 x 28.8 x 13.9mm (WxHxD), you’re hardly going to notice this baby in your pocket. Strangely, Sony doesn’t supply a neck strap in the box, despite there being a hole for that purpose on the device. It’s clear that this player should be dangling from your neck, and putting all those iPod Shuffle users to shame, so it’s worth getting hold of a lanyard and doing just that.
What you do get in the box is the player itself, a mini-USB cable, the headphones complete with very short extension cable, a carry pouch and a belt clip. The latter fits snugly around the NW-E507, but I found the clip to be less than confidence inspiring – twice I tried to attach it to my belt, and twice the player fell off while I was walking. I’m lucky that this device is so light, so it ended up dangling from the headphone cord, rather than smashing on the floor.