Getting rid of headphone cables while doing any sort of strenuous activity is a great idea. Adding in rain and sweat resistance to the package and Sony’s latest W-Series Walkman, the NWZ-W260, could be a winner.Sony claims its latest headset will be able to operate while you are out running in the rain without a problem, or in the gym as you work up a sweat. Sony even goes so far as to suggest you can wear the headset in your post-workout shower. Which sounds great, until you read the caveats. Sony’s Sports Walkman should not come in contact with "continuous water...shampoo, conditioner, face wash and soap" and of course should not be used with "high-pressure showers." So just to clarify, you can’t wear it in your post workout shower then.
The headphones themselves are 25 percent lighter than the previous model and come in glossy black or white. The 13.5mm earphones come with silicon buds in three different sizes. A quick three minute charge gives you one hour of listening while a full charge will give you eight hours of playback – surely enough for even the slowest marathon runner. The supplied Content Transfer software means it’s a drag-and-drop affair for transferring music to the Walkman and bundled Zappin technology lets you browse quickly through all your music, previewing a bit of each track without searching through menus or playlists.
The all-in-one headphones will be available at the end of this month but pricing is yet to be announced.