This has to be the best workout-partner / mp3 I’ve ever used since I started working out for the past decade… end of review. Kidding aside here’s the gist of what I like and dislike about it in order:
It’s waterproof. You can use it when doing your laps in the pool, it also doubles as ear plugs as the unit acts as a water-tight seal when worn. Just don’t expect to use it for snorkeling though.
compact / no-wires design. This is a big deal for me who runs a lot. No need for straps around your arm or pockets, or running your earphones under your shirt.
good performance. The earphones deliver enough clarity and volume to get you merrily on your way. It also has decent battery life of 8 hours on a full charge and ample storage space at 4GB.
ease of use. You can either use iTunes or Sony’s proprietary music library to manage your songs or you can simply use it as a mass storage USB drive and just sort your songs by folder, which is what I personally do.
You need the cradle to charge / manage your device. Similar to the IPod Shuffle.
cradle / dock issues. The are times that the device doesn’t charge or isn’t recognized due the the pins bending over time. Though I found a DIY solution for it. See the next paragraph below.
no inter-changeable earphones. this isn’t really too bad for me, since decent earphones set you back almost the same as the price of the Walkman NWZ-W273 anyway, so it’s just like buying a new mp3 player all together. But if you’re particular about your earphones/buds then this isn’t for you.
With regards to the cradle / dock issue I mentioned above, it is basically caused by the pins on the dock that connect with the Walkman unit sinking into the dock over time. A simple way to remedy this is to put a spacer between the pins PCB to push them up. I used a folded a piece of post-it, wrapped it in electrical tape and sandwiched it in.
When you encounter that device isn’t recognized, maybe due to some USB fault, you can simply soft-reset the device and you should be good to go. This is by using a paperclip to click the reset button hole found in the left hand side ear bud.
I’ve been running consistently for roughly 8-9 years now, and I have been unemployed for the past 4 months now since I started running. I took this opportunity to go on vacations and take stock of my journey so far:.
You can’t delegate goals. In both running and finances, you can only rely on yourself to make the appropriate choices to achieve your goals. You should not expect institutions, your relatives, peers or your significant other to make them to motivate and make choices for you. At the end of the day, you will be the one to reap the consequences of your choices. Like we say in Filipino
Sila bahala, Ikaw ang kawawa
The buck stops with you. When running, regardless of distance, you can quit anytime you want. The same thing with money and employment, you can rationalize spending, quitting your job anytime. But you only have yourself to blame for it when things go south and depression sets in.
Preparation is key, pack light, you never know where life may take you. “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” is a mentality that was engrained in me at an early age. Your preparation influences your decisions and performance in actuality.
Inspiration is fleeting, motivation is lasting. Staying motivated like happiness is a choice. Life is a marathon not a sprint, so make a mental note to stay motivated in anything and everything you apply yourself to.
I have these lessons to thank for landing on my feet albeit being unemployed. Now that I have realized their importance through experience, I can better prepare for uncertainties in the future. I hope it helps you! And with that I live you with this post-appropriate song:
I’ve ran one-to-many miles to count and learned bits and pieces about myself over the years. It’s an exercise in self-exploration and awareness.
It is, to me:
Where the buck stops…
It’s an argument between myself and my excuses; A debate on the merits of quitting over the satisfaction of finishing. It is a constant reminder that anything worth achieving is never easy albeit gratifying. It screams talk is ultimately cheap, actions will have the last say and the results produced will tell the true story.
I guess what I am trying to say is: In a society flooded with senseless chatter, arguments, and sermons. I find it comforting that I can still have a meaning conversation with myself during my runs which will have a direct positive effect on my overall being and quality of life. It’s simply a matter of taking the first step and seeing it through.