Pros Connection to TV or any AV-out device to record from, Plays lots of file formats even MKV and OGM, built in equalizer for music, built in microphone, stereo speakers, support for 720p HD, 60GB HDD, comes with headphones, LONG battery life, and small.
Cons Easily Breakable if dropped because of its internal HDD, MKV or OGM cannot switch Audio Stream or subtitle Stream and can easily crash if you overwork it.
Summary This device was the best thing that ever happened to me and if i had a chance to get it again i would but i hope this company make a device called an A3.
"shop around first"on by dondude
Pros good speakers, bright display
Cons a/v cable shorting out. cant seem to stop video
Summary this player is not what i expected. yes it has a small but bright display. the sound quality is really good too. however, i found some things that arent so good. you have to press the back button constantly to do almost anything. there is no dedicated menu button. the button layout itself is not as easy as it looks. i cant believe nobody has commented on this yet, but i also noticed that during video playback, there is no way to actually stop the video. you can pause it but you cant stop it. if you want to go back to the main menu while watching a video, the video keeps playing in the bacground. if you pause it during playback, the paused scene itself becomes the background wallpaper! this may not seem like much of a problem to some, but to me it was a MAJOR drawback. the only way to get out of it is to restart the player or open another program. the a/v out cable on mine kept shorting out with the slightest movement while hooked up to my tv. i will be exchanging it for an archos 604.
"Not perfect, but easily best in class including the very latest offerings from Archos"on by unne002
Pros Very feature rich, no clunky hub required for recording, price is competitive compared to the Archos machines, beuatiful interface, SUPERB sound quality, great video quality, great voice recorder...
Cons Higher storage would be nice, and compatibility with software such as Realplayer would be nice
Summary Apart from iAdudio's rubbish file management software and not the fact it doesn't have the highest storage, my new A2 is an utter joy.
I prefer the fact it requires no extra hub to record video from AV sources - very convenient. I love the interface, the sound quality is the best I've ever heard on any MP3 player, the design is stylish, the voice and FM recorders are also great.
Getting files onto the player is hardly a chore, as some reviewers suggest. Windows works seamlessly with the machine, and with a bit of clear thinking - it's easy to organise files so they are coherent.
I use a tree structure for filing, which really helps matters. I would, however, love to see improved file management software from iAudio, but as things stand, it's impossible to fault the credibility of this machine.
I love it!
Pros Stunning sound & picture. USB host. ext TV playback
Cons No MPEG 2. Text viewer word wrap. Button layout.
Summary Look and feel is just right. Firmware is up to 1.81. It plays and records just about everything it could be expected to. Quality is high. Battery life long. Audio stunning.
CNET reviewer: "PVR recordings are listed in some arcane Cowon nomenclature (Video_051216.001.asf, for example) instead of something handier, such as the time and the date of the recording."
Sorry to see that he was flummoxed by an international date format (YYMMDD), whilst making his first recording on 16 December 2005. He should get out of the US more often.
Pros Amazing Screen, Battery Life, Formats Played
Cons none encountered yet