Review: Sony Walkman NWZ-W252

I always like to review the second generation of a product to see what new improvements the company have made to the product. It’s nice to see what improvements the company made and what features stays.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-W252 is the second generation of the Sony Walkman NWZ-W202 that I’ve review last year. The form factor of the W252 is the same as the W202, which is something that I quite like personally. I like the form factor a lot. The entire MP3 player is just the headset. There isn’t any wires that get in the way. And it weighs just 43g. This form factor makes the W252 very convenient to use when working out.

One of the biggest issue with the Walkman W202 is moisture damage. There have been quite a number of reports about the W202 being damaged after being used for workout. But me and my friends didn’t experience this issue. Maybe we didn’t sweat enough. Haha. The new Sony Walkman W252 addressed this issue by making it water resistant. They even got an IPX5 water resistant rating. According to Wikipedia, IPX5 means that water projected by a nozzle against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. I guess this should be enough to protect the W252 against the sweatiest man on earth. There is even a cover on the MiniUSB port to prevent water from entering.

But even though the Sony Walkman W252 is water resistant, it is still not suitable for swimming. Maybe next generation? Haha.
Battery life for the Sony Walkman W252 is 11 hours. It takes 90 minutes to fully charge the W252. Or if you are in a hurry, a short 3 minute charge can give you 90 minutes of music playback. This feature is also found on the Sony Walkman W202 although I never found the desperate need to utilize it.

Another thing that Sony improved is the jog dial. Instead of a wheel type jog dial which spins forward or back, the W252 comes with those toggle type jog lever that has a stops on either side. When the wheel is released, it springs back to the middle position. Shifting the jog lever left or right will skip to the next/previous track. Shift and hold the jog lever left or right will navigate to the next/previous folder. This makes organizing songs in folders on your W252 more useful. But you can’t forward/backward within a song.
Like the Sony Walkman W202, the W252 also comes with the ZAPPIN feature for easy navigation and song finding. Music transfer is easy with the included Content Transfer software (found inside the W252 storage).

Oh, and the Shuffle button is now repositioned to make accessing a lot easier. Cool. Now I don’t need to take out the headset to switch to shuffle.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-W252 comes in 4 trendy colours: Black, White, Lime Green and Pink with a suggested retail prce of $129. 2GB of storage with approx 1.68GB available for users. (But you can free up more space by backing up the Content Transfer Software to your PC) Oh, did I mention that it also comes with a stylo USB stand?

As a whole, I love all the changes Sony made to the W252. I hope the next version will come with bluetooth so that I can sync with my handphone to listen to MP3 and answer calls. Please Sony, put that feature in the next version.
In short:
A great Walkman for workout
Water Resistant
Jog Lever for navigation
Unique design – Suitable for exercise
Cannot forward/backward within a song
Only available in 2GB
Many thanks to Sony for giving me the W252. Now… what should I do with my W202? Hmmm…..
Update: Many people wrote to me asking for more info about the jog dial/lever. Here a close up photo of it.

The Jog Lever on the W252 is actually quite a good improvement over the Jog Dial on the W202. If you can, head down to the store and check it out.


  1. as an addition to your already thorough review:
    – there is a 4GB version available (with the beautiful name NWZ-W253)
    – as far as I know the suggested retail price is $59 or 69 euro for the 2 GB version

  2. Nicole: Orh.
    Remco: I didn’t know there is a W253. Maybe it’s not available in Singapore. But thanks for pointing out. πŸ™‚

  3. 2 features i like to see…
    Auto volume control. Some mp3 are louder and some softer. As there isn’t any vol control, i have to turn up and down the vol constantly. Quite a hassle while jogging.
    EQ control via software. Set the bass and tremble to your preference.

  4. hmm may i know how to on this player.. im getting it soon. so i just would like to know more about it.. umm how do u on the player for W252? sorry.. im new ><

  5. Sky: All you need is to press down the jog dial to turn it on. It will turn off when you put the 2 earpiece together.
    The W252 is a pretty good MP3 player. The earpiece need some time to get used to. But once you are used to the earpiece, then it’s an excellent workout MP3 player. Or you can use it in office or on your commute like what I’m doing now. Haha.
    But note that there is no forwarding or reversing within a track. You can only next or previous track.

  6. hmm ok another thing is,can i dont charge thru the computer? like i connect the charger USB to my Iphone charger, cause my Iphone charger head can be sperated and use my home plug to charge instead of my computer.. its kinda troublesome hahas.. >< are u singaporean?

  7. the most thing that im worried about is the charging.. need keep use computer to charge.. so since i got an Iphone and the head can use to connet the USB chargerso i want to ask if can use and charge thru my house switch..

  8. Sky: Yeap. Sometimes I use my iPhone charger with a MiniUSB cable to charge. But most of the time I use my computer since I’m always at my computer. πŸ™‚

  9. I know they have a case for this especially the camo version in Singapore. The case is camo in color too. Can you post a picture of that because I cannot see it in google but I saw it in one of the Singapore electronic stores….

  10. Ben: I don’t think there is 1 leh. Didn’t see it at the launch event. I’ll check with the Sony people.
    Or maybe the person Gmasked it? πŸ™‚

  11. modeattitudeculture: I remove it the same way I remove normal thumb drives. Click on the safely remove hardware first before unplugging.

  12. Hi DK
    Thanks for your response. However, I couldnt find the icon for the thumbdrive. What should I do?

  13. modeattitudeculture: Then there might be something wrong with your PC. Alternatively, you can turn off your computer before removing the Walkman. Or take a risk and just remove it while your PC is still on.

  14. hi,
    Just bought tis Sony Walkman NWZ-W252…. At d time i bought tis at the store, i went through a complete check to see whether it has damages or watsoever but unfortunately i didn’t notice well enough until i’m at home using tis, i discover that there’s a gap or shud i say a hole that i guess wud hav chipped off during assembly, which its just beside d USB port.. its this normal where all other sets has tis small hole beside d USB port?

  15. No… it’s the inner part of the usb cover.. the cover of the usb “as shown in the pic in your link” is opened to reveal a usb hub inside where the usb cable is inserted”…. and the hole/ gap is just beside that usb. It doesn’t look normal as if its like damaged during assembly.. Pls do show the inner usb hub if hav the picture so i can get a clear idea of how d usb port really is.. thanks

  16. steven: It’s kinda hard to photograph that portion of the walkman. I think it would be better for you to bring it down to the Sony Care Centre for checking

  17. hello have problem with NWZ-W252 Sony mp3 i dont know how will i remove the shuffle play coz its just start music then jump to other music without finish the previous music its just goes to next,also i dont know how to enter and remove the music that i dont like.need help!!

  18. Sony walkman w series mp3 seems to be comatose .. any help?
    So, my sony walkman w series mp3 is not working its comatose i cant hear anything.. but if I connect it to the pc straightaway. Pc sees it, and attempts to charge the “critically low” 0% battery, as well as update the firmware.
    Three hours later, it’s still critically low, won’t power on (when not connected to the pc, it seems to be comatose), and hasn’t accepted any updates.
    Anyone else seen this? What to do?

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