Cowon A3 Durham NC
TopTenReviews Editor's Review:
Cowon A3 60gb
In a growing field of portable video players (MP3 players that focus more on video) the Cowon A3 is among the best. With a large 4-inch LCD screen and the ability to support several different file formats, the Cowon is a great choice for an MP3 player.
• 4-inch LCD screen
• FM radio
• Audio and video recording
The Cowon sets itself apart from the pack of MP3 players out there by distinguishing itself as a video player more than anything else. The 4-inch LCD screen makes it a perfect size for viewing videos. The A3 also supports a number of popular video formats and then some. Just about any video file format you’ve heard of it can support. It can even handle files encoded in HD resolution. That’s pretty good.
Along with above-average audio quality, the Cowon A3 also has the ability to record audio. You can record audio using the Cowon A3 straight into a WMA or FLAC file format. The Cowon comes with a built-in monophonic mic.
The A3 also has some extra features like the FM radio and a text viewer that, although nothing great in themselves, add to the overall attractive package of the Cowon A3. Experts found that the FM radio provided above-average reception and has a fairly large number of station presets so you can program in all your favorite stops on the radio.
The Cowon has a battery life of 10 hours for audio and 7 hours for video. For a gadget that markets itself as a video player, it certainly doesn’t give you too much time for watching the video, but it’s definitely better than other models which usually offer only 4 hours of video.
Summary of Reviews from Across the Internet
For the most part experts liked the Cowon A3. They liked the number of files supported by Cowon, although noticeably absent from the list of supported is DRM files. Experts also were frustrated with the joystick control. It takes almost expert skills to control the joystick to get it where you need it to go, and takes a lot of getting used to.
Users also like that the Cowon A3 supports so many different file formats. However, they also said the MP3 player is missing some features. They also had a hard time with the joystick navigation and the media player on the whole makes it hard to navigate through music files that have been put on the media player.
Despite some of its drawbacks, the Cowon A3 is a solid video player with excellent audio qualities. If you’re more in the market for an MP3 player to watch videos on the go, then the Cowon is a good choice because it supports a wide range of video formats. It’s large 4-inch LCD screen also makes it good to watch videos.
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