The NWZ-E454 came out in November last year and people waiting for a solid PMP must have kept their hopes high. Looking at the A845 or the W252, my expectations for this was pretty high, but I feel there’s something holding it back from being a great device.
Neat and tidy
The display screen is a 2-inch QVGA LCD Display and accommodates 262k colors at a 240 x 320 pixel resolution and is an absolute smudge magnet. The button layout is quite similar to that of the A845, i.e. a four-way rounded keypad with a play/pause button in the middle. Just a little at the top-left of the keypad is the back/home button while on the right is a option/power button. On the right side of the player there’s a hold switch and volume controls at the top. Finally below the player, you’ll find the 3.5 mm audio jack and Sony’s proprietary WM port.
Coming to the formats that the E454 supports, it’s almost a crime that there’s no FLAC support or even AVI support for audio and video files respectively. While it does support MP3, WMA, AAC-LC for audio, video formats are AVC (H.264/AVC), MPEG-4, Windows Media Video 9 and AAC-LC. The player has 5 EQ presets and 2 custom presets and there are other sound enhancement settings like Dynamic Equalizer, Virtualphones Technology and others.
The ports and buttons sit pretty
Nicely built and finished well
Still pictures could have looked better
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