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Sony NWZ-E463 review

Andrew Williams



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  • NWZ-E463 4 GB MP4 Player with FM tuner - pink


Our Score:



  • Funky look
  • Decent bundled earphones
  • Packed with oddball extra features


  • Non-expandable memory
  • Proprietary connector

Key Features

  • MP3/WMA/WAV support
  • 2in 240x320 pixel screen
  • SensMe mood filtering
  • 4GB internal memory
  • 50-hour battery life
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Price: £67.00

Now that Steve Jobs has stepped down as Apple CEO, it's the perfect opportunity for other brands to try and douse those powerful iPod flames. Sony's latest entry to the dwindling decicated MP3 player market is the NWZ-E463, a 4GB solid state player that retails for around £70.

Rather than driving the price of this player to an aggressive all-new low, Sony attempts to catch our attention with an array of colourful finishes. Our review model was decked out in a rather fetching lime green pixellated pattern, but pink, light blue, red and black versions are also available - each with its own pattern.Sony NWZ-E463 5

This finish is overlaid with a layer of transparent plastic, giving a pleasant impression of depth to the front of the NWZ-E463. The front nav and playback buttons are also daubed with the same basic colour seen in the main body - in this case lime green. Not so good on a bath or porcelain throne, but perfect for a cheery little MP3 player.

It's a good-looking device if you want a player a bit more conspicuously fun than something like the Cowon J3. The back of the player isn't quite as snazzy, though. It's plastic and finished to look like anodised metal, but scratches fairly easily. If it was made of real metal, the NWZ-E463 would have the high-end feel of an iPod Classic or iPod Touch - but as is it's left languishing in the mid-range field. It doesn't feel like a million dollars. More like £70, which is fair enough.

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There are a pair of slight disappointments to its design, though. Continuing Sony's love of proprietary elements, the NWZ-E463 uses a proprietary data transfer socket rather than a standard micro or mini USB, and there's no memory card slot. You're stuck with the 4GB of internal memory, which is enough for around 35 albums at decent 192kbps quality.

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Aside from the front buttons, there are three on-body controls to this player. The left edge houses the standard up and down volume buttons, while below this is the hold switch - which comes in handy once you dump the player into your pocket. 10mm thick and weighing just 58g, it takes up significantly less space than a phone, and is small enough to carry comfortably in-hand while out running. It's not quite the perfect gym bunny's player though - you may be better off with a Sony B series or on-ear W series player if sport's your thang.Sony NWZ-E463

Format support is reasonable, including WMA, AAC and WAV on top of MP3, but without lossless FLAC or APE compatibility it can't claim to be a real audiophile player. The NWZ-E463 does support photos and some video files, but thanks to the tiny screen both are of fairly limited use. That said, pixel density is pretty high at 200dpi - it's a 240x320 pixel display, which is not bad for 2in.


September 13, 2011, 11:10 pm

Why do Sony even bother with a 4GB device in this day and age? I guess they must still sell them or they'd drop it, but perhaps more to the point why do they send the 4GB model to a review site? The 8GB model is only £10 more on Sony's own website and as such represents much greater value. I'm sure a 16GB will be on the way, too.


September 19, 2011, 11:47 pm

I've bought the 8GB version (E464) a bit less than a month ago and I'm very satisfied.

It's very light, but feels well built (no squeaks or gaps), feels good in hand, browsing is convenient.

I only have several niggles: it seems hard to understand when it's been switched off, because when you switch it off, slide hold to on position and press any button, it comes alive - as if it was in idle all along. Strange. That, and it sometimes has issues with some mp3 files and refuses to play them - don't know whether that is due to some album art or something else - haven't figured that out yet.

But for people who want their music in a separate easy to use device - go for it.

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