Sony NWZ-X1050 review

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Sony’s latest player, the X Series, uses a 3in OLED screen, which gives noticeably deeper blacks and richer colours than the older LCD technology. It’s a capacitive touchscreen, which accesses a surprisingly intuitive and responsive user interface. Wisely, though, Sony has provided physical buttons for the main skip, pause and volume controls.

Sony NWZ-X1050 review

There’s also a switch to enable noise cancelling. Turn it on and the X Series uses audio feedback from the supplied high-quality, two-way headphones to suppress external sounds. It works astonishingly well, although of course it’s a feature you lose if you want to use your own headphones.

Sony NWZ-X1050

Still, that’s not a high priority, as sound quality with the standard pair is perfectly rich, if a little lacking in weight compared to the Creative X-Fi 2. Video performance is as good as we’d expect too, with videos appearing vibrant and smooth. If there’s a problem, it’s the high-quality 240 x 432 screen showing up the effects of heavy-handed compression.

There’s an FM radio, and even Wi-Fi – not for transferring files, but for viewing YouTube clips and browsing web pages in areas with wireless internet access. It all adds up to a very attractive package. As with the S Series, though, it’s disappointing that the X Series requires a special Sony cable, rather than standard USB, to connect to a PC – and at this price, it’s decidedly a luxury.

Basic specifications

Media player storage typeFlash memory
Screen size3.0in

Battery life

Audio battery life33hrs
Video battery life9hrs

Other features

USB charging?yes
Data connector typeProprietary
Screen size3.0in
Resolution432 x 240
Wired remote?no


Dimensions52 x 11 x 97mm (WDH)

Audio codec support

MP3 supportyes
WMA supportyes
AAC supportyes
OGG supportno
FLAC supportno
ATRAC supportno
WAV supportno
ASF supportno
AIFF supportno

Video codec support

DivX supportyes
XviD supportyes
H.264 supportyes
WMV-HD supportno
WMV supportyes
AVI supportyes
MP4 supportyes

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