Sony A840

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 March, 2010, 12:00am

Sony might have invented the portable music player with the cassette tape Walkman, but it has had the market stolen from under its feet by Apple and its imitators. When it comes to digital music players, Sony's name usually doesn't come up.

That's something the company is hoping to change with its latest A840 model.

The new A840 is not only one of the thinnest portable music players at just 0.28 inches, but it also features some cutting-edge technology.

Most impressive is its 2.8-inch OLED display offering a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, which gives you better colour definition and extends battery life when compared to traditional LCD displays. You can now listen to music and watch videos for 29 hours and nine hours respectively. As for audio quality, the music player features Sony's S-master amplifier for richer sounds, and supports noise-cancelling with the bundled headphones. For videos, the model supports high bit-rate playback of up to 10Mbps for AVC files.

While the music player is not backed by a service like iTunes, it lets you transfer files between it and the company's Blu-ray recorders. You can also hook it up to your PS3 and drag and drop files to and fro. It comes in 16GB and 32GB versions, and costs $1,980 and $2,380.

Pros: ultra-thin player, OLED display, file transfer from your PS3

Cons: Doesn't play games, quite expensive