Cowon A2 30 GB Review

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This is the first member written review from the CG Forums, thanks proxops-pete.

Cowon A2 30 GB Review

So I finally got one! It was about $380 from Newegg.com.

Upon opening it, the player is safely packaged (very well, I might add) inside a case…

Cowon A2 30 GB Review

All extras were there… incl. leather case and strap. The tech specs are found here

What was the first thing I did, you ask?! Well, Cowon is well-known for frequently updating firmwares for their devices! :D So I did just that! I upgraded to the latest version 1.61C, another painless thing to do. You unzip it to the top level of the directory. Reboot holding down lever and power button. Wait and voila!

What was important to me is > 20 GB storage, both audio AND video playback. So the fact that this player comes with 4″ 480×272 res. 16.7 million color LCD was very nice! :) It also has the ability to be a photo viewer (also being able to be a USB HOST to download pics and such!), an FM tuner, and (currently useless) DMB TV broadcasting… Another nice feature is the voice recording capability with the mic built-in. While its performance of S/N isn’t great (noticeable noise), it was fun to play with my kids and record them singing songs. It’s convenient and sure even my onboard sound recording is better than this but kids are more willing to sing around this cutey!;)

You can also record from the radio, video in (VCR and TV and whatnot), audio in (like a CD player) … When you hook it up to Win XP OS, it sees it as a portable HDD and you just simply drag and drop your songs and videos. Since this gem supports all 3 popular video compressions (WMV, DivX 3/4/5, and XviD), I can now bring my kids’ home made videos and favorite TV shows with me!

You can also record from the radio, video in (VCR and TV and whatnot), audio in (like a CD player) … When you hook it up to Win XP OS, it sees it as a portable HDD and you just simply drag and drop your songs and videos. Since this gem supports all 3 popular video compressions (WMV, DivX 3/4/5, and XviD), I can now bring my kids’ home made videos and favorite TV shows with me!

While video and images look sharp and crisp, I do miss one thing from my long gone Creative Zen 20 GB player… ability to play mp3s by genre, and track numbers. Anyone know how to??

Also, it’s nice to know that this thing can view text files. Eh… Another nice add-on is the speakers! No, it’s not loud, but for light video watching (in relatively quiet environment), it works and works well! My kids loved being able to instantly hear back their recorded sessions!!

The controls take a bit getting used to but it works and is fine. It’s very well made and a great all-around multimedia device! If it could take pics (even at 1.3 MP), it would be totally awesome! But oh well…

Pros: Capable of lots of things (radio, image, video & audio playback AND record, text viewer. Very crisp video display. Firmware updates.

Cons: Unable to play mp3 by genres or track numbers (ID3 tags).

Verdict: 9/10

Thanks to proxops-pete for writing the first gadget review on our new forums.

One review or comment

neobeat Says: November 28, 2006 at 6:11 pm

Muy buena la traduccion del articulo, parece que les ayudo un poquito su amigo tarzan… ya muchos linuxeros habran pegado el grito al cielo a ver q “win XP” lo tradujo como “triunfo XP” xDDDDD. Sin embargo, siempre es bueno leer cosas tan carentes de sentido para reirse un poco…

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