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Cowon V5 HD Review

Anything but iPod
26 May 2010
  • Conclusion: Ones step forward, two steps back. I’m very disappointed by the Cowon V5 as a whole. One would think Cowon would have used the last year or two to rethink their PMP plans and improve on the botched O2. Yet the V5 has just a better screen, working 720p playback, and better battery life – but most of the usability shortcomings of the O2 are still here, and a few new, aggravating flaws have been added.
  • Pros: Plays most popular video codecs/containers up to 720p resolution, Good 800×480 screen, Good audio quality, Great battery life for a PMP, HDMI and analog video-out, Good build quality
  • Cons: Terrible firmware, very bad usability, Tacky, gut-wrenchingly childish interface design, Lack of basic features compared to other Cowon players, feels like a rush-job, Not enough tactile hardware buttons for comfortable use, Often sluggish operation, sub-par touch screen response, No EQ or BBE sound enhancements in video mode, Doesn’t resume playback, always starts on the main screen, Almost useless audio player, AAC/M4A audio support crippled on purpose, SD card not ...
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Hi-Fi i Muzyka
13 June 2010