Conclusion: Although not quite perfect – due to fiddly controls and a shoddy pair of supplied headphones – the Cowon iAudio E2 is an excellent sounding mp3 player that for me, edges it over the iPod Shuffle – it has far superior audio quality and all at a superior price, too. Recommended for those without shovels for hands.
Conclusion: Sleeker than the Shuffle, with better sound, more support and a cheaper price. Move aside, Apple!
Pros: On first impressions, the Cowon stands a very good chance of stealing some of the iPod Shuffle's thunder. The design is certainly eye-catching, with a handy loop at the top for attaching to a keyring and unusual tiny, triangular packaging. It also comes in five colours, should the standard black not suit you. There's eight listening modes – just make sure you hit the Menu button at least once to switch to BBE, Cowon’s boosted sound quality that brings out otherwise lo...
Cons: The headphones are the standard cheap, plasticky versions, so add in the cost of a decent pair. It’s a shame because sound quality is actually rich and detailed once you’ve slapped in a quality pair. The on-side controls are not quite as easy to use as the Shuffle’s controls on the headphone cord, as we had to keep checking what we were doing.
Conclusion: To get right to the point, the Cowon iAudio E2 is easily the best screen less MP3 player sold today. The build quality is top notch and while design is always subjective its unique modern design will definitely turn some heads. One of the things that impressed me the most was that Cowon managed to squeeze BBE onto this tiny player along with file support that has never been seen on this type of player.
Excerpt: In the realm of the unique, outlandish, ridiculous, chic or even off-beat technology designs, Cowon’s iAudio E2 can be categorized as any one of the above. It’s just a matter of your own preference and taste. But nevertheless faceless Mp3 players i.e. those without displays, are quite popular.
Excerpt: Cowon seems to have taken its design cue from those fobs used to open fancy dan keyless cars. The iAudio E2 is light, and both pocket- and keyring-friendly, and the size and finish make for an object that feels good in your hand. There’s no screen, so control comes via four buttons, two on each side, and voice prompts.
Pros: Stylishly minimal, the keyring loop is useful, voice prompts are a nice touch
Cons: Sound lacks detail and authority, even with better earphones, fiddly button placement
Excerpt: A couple of years ago we saw the beginnings of a brief but significant splurge of screenless MP3 players, most notably highlighted by the iPod shuffle . With a focus on portability and convenience, these are designed to be small and light enough to carry while exercising or on the move without having to dig out and lug around a more capable but more cumbersome player.
Pros: Solid, attractive design, decent audio quality, reasonably priced, good format support