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: 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: 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.
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