My love of Sony hardware design

August 16, 2018

Sony design

I've not owned many Sony products but I've always admired their design. Here are some of my favourites.

MiniDisc

Memorex minidisc Sony MZ-N707 MD Walkman

I've always wanted a MiniDisc Walkman ever since I saw my cousin with one. Obsolete is an understatement for this technology but still cool.

Sony Xperia phone

Xperia XZ

I owned the Xperia Z5 but this model isn't far from it in terms of design. Simple and sleek, just how I like it.

Walkman

Sony Walkman Sony Walkman Family

I only had the CD Walkman with "shock protection" but the original can't be beaten. It's an iconic design and still works wonders if you can find a working model on eBay. Play your cassettes with ease and stay wired for sound.

Playstation

PlayStation 2 controller PSone console

I never got to own the PSone but I did have the original PlayStation and the PS2. The official controller is a work of ergonomic art and the PSone is wonderful and compact, in its soft grey shell.

Sony ⍺

Sony Alpha

The Sony Alpha, or ⍺, looks incredible. I own a Canon but I wouldn't say no to one of these.

Sony Cyber-shot

SONY Cyber-shot

Another example of sleek and simple design, the Cybershot was a high quality point-and-click camera with its state-of-the-art Carl Ziess lens. If you saw a digital photo from the 00s, it was probably taken with a Cybershot.

Xperia Tablet

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

This isn't the Zperia tablet I own but the range is great. It's not my #1 tablet range (that accolade belongs to the Google Nexus tablet family) but it comes in at a close second with Sony's trademark polished look.

Memory Stick Pro Duo

Memory Stick Pro Duo

Not quite as obsolete as the MiniDisc but not far off. I don't know why I like this periphery so much but the typography is great. That's about it.