Cowon http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/all en-GB Cowon O2 http://www.stuff.tv/cowon-o2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cowon’s O2 is going after the Archos 5 in a big way. Can it win this toughest of PMP wars? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1231" height="923" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/97c23f7aaf664182385eaf2a18b327.jpg?1364299717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Carting around enough music, flicks and photos to keep you satisfied for the best part of a month was something media addicts could only dream of just a few years ago. But thanks to <a href="http://stuff.tv/Search/archos/" target="_blank">Archos</a>, a new PMP arrives at Stuff Towers once every 20 minutes.</p> <p>The latest, Cowon’s O2, has certainly made every effort to keep our interest piqued. With stacks of file support, a 4.3in AMOLED screen and a body that won't cause unsightly trouser bulges, it looks a strong alternative for those not down with bigger brands.</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £209.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-659677427001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="659677427001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A worthy attempt at dethroning Archos, but an infuriating interface sees it fall behind the leading pack </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/cowon-o2 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cowon-o2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/cowon-o2/review#comments Cowon iPod and MP3 O2 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 12009 at http://www.stuff.tv Cowon iAudio S9 8GB http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-s9-8gb/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The S9 looks a bit like the iPod Touch, but this player is more than just a big screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="502" height="971" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/COWONIAUDIOs98gb.jpg?1364299742" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You could be forgiven for thinking that Cowon is something of an also-ran in <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/10/pmp-portable-media-player.aspx" target="_blank">PMP</a> land. Do you, or does anyone you know, own one? But there's a cult following that claims the Koreans make the best-sounding players available – and that means its latest offering warrants our attention.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Possibly the best-sounding player available and a great buy – if you can handle the price and control quirks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/cowon-iaudio-s9-8gb </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-s9-8gb/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-s9-8gb/review#comments Cowon iAudio S9 8GB iPod and MP3 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 11579 at http://www.stuff.tv Cowon Q5W http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-q5w/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For the gadgeteer who wants a PMP that does it all, the Q5W looks enticing. But like a summer temp postie, does it deliver? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="448" height="336" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cowon-o2a_0_0.jpg?1364299972" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everything, everything, everything – ask a Cowon Q5W what it can do and its answer would likely be along the lines of the intro to Underworld's classic <em>Cowgirl</em>. It might also add that, unlike the Archos range, it packs GPS into its bulging feature suitcase.</p> <p>But we're not here to listen to the Q5W's back-patting claptrap. We've got on well with previous Cowon efforts like the A2, but they've tended to lack star quality and been a bit tricky in the control department. Does the Q5W suffer the same pitfalls? &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Archos-matching screen</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Q5W's mind-blowing feature set is undermined by its irksome user interface and tendency to crash. Shame </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/cowon-q5w </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-q5w/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-q5w/review#comments Cowon iPod and MP3 Q5W Wed, 16 Jan 2008 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 9036 at http://www.stuff.tv Cowon iAudio D2 http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-d2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cowon’s iAudio gang has been bolstered by the arrival of a tiny video powerhouse called the D2. Can it take the iRiver U10 to Chinatown? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <p>The world of portable video has much in common with the music jukebox market. Just as Apple sits haughtily above its MP3 foes, so French company Archos rightly dominates the PMP scene.</p> <p>This is no bad thing: it means us gadgeteers can ignore what the masses are pocketing, and search for a plucky underdog to back. And no dog is more overlooked than that of Cowon, maker of a charming new player called the D2.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Small wonder</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An astoundingly versatile little player and a genuine threat for the iRiver U10. Only some poor design choices and compatibility issues hold it back from pocket domination </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/cowon-iaudio-d2 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-d2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-d2/review#comments Cowon iAudio D2 iPod and MP3 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 5047 at http://www.stuff.tv Cowon iAudio A2 http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-a2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life is more than double that of its competitors and the widescreen is a joy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/41ehcRT-twL_0.jpg?1364300695" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Look here, Apple, this 4-incher is the minimum screen size for video on the go. And look here, everyone, this 30GB video bunny hops on for an impressive 10 hours. Weighs a bit, though.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Cowon’s screen excellently tracks swift-moving action, with little in the way of blur. The BBE sound option also makes the most of any flick’s tunes. It’s not shy when it comes to formats either. The A2 will hold hands with DivX, XviD, MPEG1/4 and WMV9.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £340.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gulps straight from TV and offers dazzling widescreen performance. Come on, Cowon. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/cowon-iaudio-a2 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/cowon/cowon-iaudio-a2/review#comments Cowon iAudio A2 iPod and MP3 Wed, 11 Oct 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 2320 at http://www.stuff.tv