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5.4 out of 10 based on 75 reviews

Cowon iAudio X5

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  • User Score (61)
    9.0 9.0 from 61 reviewers
  • Expert Score (7)
    8.5 8.5 from 7 reviewers
  • Design (8)
    5.0 5.0 from 8 reviewers
  • Value for money (11)
    5.5 5.5 from 11 reviewers
  • Features (2)
    5.8 5.8 from 2 reviewers
  • Ease of use (5)
    5.9 5.9 from 5 reviewers
  • Performance (10)
    5.5 5.5 from 10 reviewers
  • Sound quality (25)
    6.2 6.2 from 25 reviewers
  • Picture quality (2)
    5.2 5.2 from 2 reviewers
  • Display (10)
    4.5 4.5 from 10 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (12)
    4.8 4.8 from 12 reviewers
  • Appearance (3)
    6.4 6.4 from 3 reviewers
  • Portability (2)
    6.2 6.2 from 2 reviewers
  • Build quality (2)
    5.2 5.2 from 2 reviewers
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Experts:
9-10
(3)
7-8
(1)
5-6
(1)
3-4
(0)
1-2
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Users:
9-10
(38)
7-8
(19)
5-6
(2)
3-4
(2)
1-2
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  • WikiFreak Description

The Cowon iAudio X5 is yet another in the line of small size video players. It offers a 260,000-color LCD screen with customizable wallpaper options. It also offers FM radio, line-in and voice recording options, as well as photo viewing capability directly from a digital camera. Overall the unit delivers excellent sound quality, as do all Cowan products, and its palm-size dimensions make it very portable. Reviewers indicated a sound quality that truly rivals the Apple iPod, along with a feature set that …

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The Cowon iAudio X5 is yet another in the line of small size video players. It offers a 260,000-color LCD screen with customizable wallpaper options. It also offers FM radio, line-in and voice recording options, as well as photo viewing capability directly from a digital camera. Overall the unit delivers excellent sound quality, as do all Cowan products, and its palm-size dimensions make it very portable. Reviewers indicated a sound quality that truly rivals the Apple iPod, along with a feature set that transcends the Apple product.

However, reviewers categorize the iAudio X5 as a work in progress, a unit that looks good on paper but fails to deliver when it comes to actual performance. A problem is that the unit features so many options that it becomes cumbersome. Concerns abound, including an inability to deliver music browsing capabilities. With the iAudio X5 you cannot browse by artist, or by album, or by genre. If this is key to you, then this not your unit. The Cowon iAudio X5 does not allow for music as background when looking at pictures nor does it offer slide shows options. There are no autoscanning FM preset options for the FM tuner. On the video side, many files need to be converted to play on the iAudio X5. Other issues abound including the need to use a plug in adapter to attach to AC for battery charging, or line-in and USB cables. There is no online music store support and joystick navigation is considered tedious. All in all, the iAudio X5 is considered a great audio player that is actually overwhelming to the non-techie user. Both the photo and video features are merely poorly implemented extras. Yet if you are the technical type who loves exploring tons of options and settings you just may want to try the unit on for size.

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