Cowon’s A3 60GB Portable MultiMedia Player is versatile and powerful with a 4″ TFT screen. This screen has x resolution and is powered by TI’s new. Cowon’s A3 PMP seems to have it all, a gorgeous display, broad file format, AV recording and more. Cowon A3 (60GB) review. First impressions of this multimedia player are underwhelming. The A3 seems a dated, plastic, lumpen figure, and it.

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Cowon A3 review

The Good Price; image quality; sound quality; amazing video and audio codec support; support for Coowon VOB files; direct video and audio hard disk recording and encoding. The Bad Mini joystick is unbearable; HD video is nowhere near as nice to use as Cowon claims; no kickstand.

The Bottom Line Certainly the most capable handheld video player we’ve seen to date. With its unrivalled screen and codec support, its direct recording capabilities and its ability to playback DVD video files without transcoding, Cowon’s A3 is a well-priced behemoth for portable video lovers, despite the advertised Cowob video support being so disappointing. Visit manufacturer site for details.

The A3, while very similar to the Q5W, is a very different player and costs a very different price: But what’s interesting is that its core functionality is very similar to its more expensive sibling.

We just had to explore to see if this South Korean behemoth was worth the hype and the money. Design A mm 4-inch screen with an xpixel resolution takes up the majority of the A3’s glossy face.


What Hi-Fi?

To its right sit four buttons and a tiny navigational joystick. Excluding the ‘back’ button, the functions of each of these buttons change depending on what mode the player is being used in — on-screen displays always tell you what does what.

While this is a great way to keep things simple, it doesn’t quite make up for the tiny joystick being a real fiddly pain in the neck — not to mention the thumb — to use; it’s really tricky and imprecise.

The system itself is rugged, chunky and very well-built, if a little less attractive than the Q5W. USB ports, composite and component inputs and outputs sit behind a small flap on the left-hand side, below a 3.

Like the Q5W, there’s no kickstand to prop the player up for hands-free movie watching. The mind seriously boggles at this oversight. Features With support for H. And yes, you saw VOB format in that list, meaning you can drag files of almost any ordinary DVD onto the player’s hard disk, and it’ll play — no DVD ripping and no transcoding needed.

This in itself is an amazing feature, but you can also record video from any video source over composite cable directly to the A3’s memory.

Cowon A3 (60GB) review | What Hi-Fi?

The same is true for audio. Images up to 15 megapixels in resolution are also supported, with zoom controls should you need them. You’ve also got a band equaliser to play with, adjustable playback speed, support for multiple cown tracks and even subtitles. Every cable you’ll need is in the box, including component and composite video leads.


Cowon A3 review

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With its unrivalled screen and codec support, its direct recording capabilities and its ability to playback DVD video files without transcoding, Cowon’s A3 is a well-priced q3 for portable video lovers, despite the advertised HD video support being so disappointing Visit manufacturer site for details.

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