Sticks with clips: Sony announces the B170 series of players

sony b170 Sticks with clips: Sony announces the B170 series of players
Besides sporting a more edgy case design, the B170 series looks very much like the B160 series Sony released last year (which itself looked exactly like the two year old B150 series, sans the clip on the back). The three-line LCD display on the new one looks even tinier than before – or maybe that’s just because it isn’t hidden behind a ‘seamless’ glossy plastic cover as on its ancestors.

There’s nothing new or exciting as far as the B170′s specs go – it’s the exact same as all the other B-series players before it. It plays MP3 and WMA, sports the usual bass booster and ‘Zap’ (intro scan) button, and is rated at about 18 hours of playback time. A three minute quick charge should give 90 minutes of playback time, and a full recharge only takes 70 minutes. A USB plug is hidden under the B170′s cap, so one doesn’t need to bring an extra cable for file transfers or charging. I assume MTP is the transfer protocol of choice here, as with all other Sony players, but usually they can be easily changed to MSC transfer mode, if one wishes to do so.

The B170 comes in 2 and 4 GB varieties – without expansion slot, of course. Its retail price hasn’t been announced yet, but I guess it won’t cost an arm and a leg.

[Sony press release via Engadget - thanks to Peaceful1 for the tip.]


tds101 on January 30, 2012 8:28 PM

Without a micro SD card slot I’ll pass,…and this could’a been a contenda’!!!

Mike on January 30, 2012 10:48 PM

Like the look–nice and contained; for some reason, I like the stick design players–but, as said above, without a microSD card slot, a no-go–I’d rather go the SanDisk Clip player lines in that case. When will the manufacturers learn, and be consumer (wallet)-friendly . . . ?

lagoo56 on January 31, 2012 12:58 AM

I love the fact that Sony is still sticking with the stick design after all these years,but at least 8GB or 16GB of space would be nice and attractive to me.

spangldo on February 1, 2012 9:37 PM

In all honesty whether Sony is riding its laurels or not I think the gold and black player is pure class.

Martin Sägmüller on February 1, 2012 9:56 PM

Yes, and yellow LEDs sure are nicer looking than the tired old blue ones.

Mayur on March 13, 2012 9:31 PM

Sony doesn’t seem to be changing anything else except for the design of their players. I’ll pass.

mahyar on December 17, 2012 9:08 PM

in short its great……….

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