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Sony W Series Walkman gets its jog on

No tangled cables, no need for pockets, just throw them on and get sporty. Sporting ability not included

Why aren’t all music players built into headphones? Okay, don’t answer that. The Sony Walkman NWZ-W260 is light, water-resistant for the sweatier gent, and even washable for the even sweatier fellow who wants to take a shower with music still blaring. There’s also drag-and-drop music transfer and iTunes or PS3 syncing. The built-in Zappin software lets you build a playlist as you pound the pavement and, unless you’re a marathon runner, it’ll keep running longer than you can – a three-minute charge will last an hour. The fully charged cell goes for eight hours, plenty for even the most masochistic workout. Due at the end of July with a price to be announced.

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Esat has been a gadget fan ever since his tiny four-year-old brain was captivated by a sound-activated dancing sunflower. From there it was a natural progression to a Sega Mega Drive, a brief obsession with hedgehogs, and a love for all things tech. After 7 years as a writer and deputy editor for Stuff, Esat ventured out into the corporate world, spending three years as Editor of Microsoft's European News Centre. Now a freelance writer, his appetite for shiny gadgets has no bounds. Oh, and like all good human beings, he's very fond of cats.

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