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Cowon O2 16 GB Video MP3 Player (Black)

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  • 16 GB capacity for about 4,000 songs
  • 18 hours of audio or 8 hours of video on a single charge
  • 4.3-inch, 16.7 million color digital TFT LCD screen with 480 x 272 pixel resolution
  • Supports MP3/2/1, WMA, ASF, AC3, FLAC, OGG, M4A, MATROSKA(MKA), TTA, APE, MPC, WV, and WAV audio formats; AVI, WMV, ASF, MP4, and more
  • 1-year limited warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameCowon
Item Weight1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions4.5 x 2.8 x 6.4 inches
Item model numberO2-16BL
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB001ISK6GG
Best Sellers Rank #186,319 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 12, 2004
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cowon
  • Model: O2-16BL

Product Description

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Cowon continues to master the personal media player with the O2. The player's sleek minimalism marries cutting-edge technology with simple, sophisticated details. The O2 is much more than an eye-catching MP3 player--it boasts support for more audio and video codecs than you can count on both hands, a brilliant 4.3-inch touchscreen, image and document viewing, voice recording, and plenty more. The O2 is a compact and versatile media player that'll keep you entertained no matter where, no matter when.

Sleek minimalism marrying cutting-edge technology with simple, sophisticated details. Click to enlarge.

Navigate with ease using the 4.3-inch touchscreen LCD. Click to enlarge.

Sample UI screens. Click to enlarge.

Also available in white and pink versions. Click to enlarge.

View a control diagram. Click to enlarge.

A quick glance at the O2 will make you want to pick it up--it's nearly all screen, with its 4.3-inch, 16.7-million color touchscreen TFT LCD. This makes for quality viewing and easy navigation. Surrounding the screen are various input/output options, the volume control, power switch, and speaker on the back.

You'll also notice a slot for SD cards, which lets you expand your 16 GB capacity on the fly. Of course what really counts is what you can pack into all that storage...

Enjoy Video in Nearly Any Popular Format or Codec
Anyone with an extensive collection of digitized audio and video knows that things are far from cut and dried. Depending on sources and preference, you might have a slew of different formats on your hard drive. With a lot of media players, you might spend hours just converting everything to the proper format for playback on your device--more waiting, less watching. Not so with the O2, which boasts native support for AVI, WMV, ASF, MP4, MATROSKA(MKV), OGM, MPG/MPEG, DAT, and MTV video formats.

And then, of course, don't forget the compression codecs. Everyone's got their favorite way to squish video down to a size that makes sense for portable players. The O2 can handle DivX 3.11/4/5/6, XviD, MPEG-4 SP/ASP, WMV 9/8/7, H.264, M-JPEG, and MPEG 1 video codecs, along with the following audio codecs for the accompanying soundtrack: MPEG1 Layer 1/2/3, WMA, AC3, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, BSAC, True Audio, WavPack, G.726, and PCM. Quite a list, but it's one that any media geek would be happy to hold in his or her hands.

Regardless of file format and codec, you'll enjoy up to 8 hours of continuous video on a single charge. Whether you're on a transatlantic flight, a subway commute, or just hanging out at some coffee shop, you have plenty of video time at your disposal.

Support for Your Digital Music Library
Just as with video, everyone has a unique approach to digitizing their music libraries. Some are happy with low-bitrate MP3s, and others insist on lossless compression formats like FLAC for a higher-quality audio experience. No matter your preference, chances are you'll be covered here as well--the O2 gives you up to 8 hours of continuous audio on one charge, and will play back MP3/2/1, WMA, ASF, AC3, FLAC, OGG, M4A, MATROSKA(MKA), TTA, APE, MPC, WV, and WAV audio files, with full support for the following audio codecs: MPEG1 Layer 1/2/3, WMA, AC3, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, BSAC, True Audio, WavPack, G.726, PCM.

Whatever you use to tag your files with artist info will show up on screen as well, with support for various meta tags, from all versions of ID3 to Vorbis comment or APE tag. LDB lyrics files also are supported for the lyrics-obsessed.

Getting the sound you like is no problem either. In addition to a 10-band graphic equalizer, the O2 features four "JetEffect" audio technologies to help you improve your sound:

  • BBE is a sound effect that refines the sound quality.
  • Mach3Bass provides deeper, tighter, and more musically accurate bass frequency.
  • MP Enhance restores and enhances the harmonics lost through compression.
  • 3D Surround provides the three-dimensional surround sound effect.

View Your Photos, Documents, and More
The O2 also happens to be a powerful photo-viewing device, and as with audio and video, it doesn't limit you to just a few formats. Share your favorite JPG, GIF, PNG, TIF, BMP, and even RAW images on the go, and personalize your device by setting your wallpaper to your favorite JPG, PNG, BMP, or TIF image.

The O2's text viewer lets you view pretty much any text file, and you can add support for all kinds of standard docs, whether it's PDF files or various Microsoft Office formats (DOC, PPT, XLS). And since the product supports true-type fonts, you can adjust the font size, character spacing, color, and properties to your preference.

Microphone In, AV Out
Use the built-in microphone to take voice memos, record lectures or meetings, sing melodies, or whatever tickles your voice-recording fancy.

The composite output (cable sold separately) lets you enjoy your O2 content on most TVs, whether NTSC or PAL video.

What's in the Box
Cowon O2 16 GB Video MP3 Player (Black), Earphones, AC adapter, USB 2.0 Cable, Manual, Stylus/Mini Holder, CD, Quickguide

Product Description

4.3-Inch Wide LCD, 16 million color, res. 480x272, ultra portable; Play all your digital entertainment: movies, TV shows, photos and music; Touch sensitive interface; Voice recorder with internal microphone, built-in stereo speakers, and TV-out supporting composite connections; Maximum 8 hours of video playback and maximum 18 hours of audio playback.

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No need to copy the files into the player itself.
John Robinson
The touch screen is 4.3 inches and has very good brightness even outdoors surprisingly.
another runner
I have larger fingers and find touch screens to be a pain.
Nathan Beauchamp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Beauchamp TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2008
I've always been a fan of Cowon. I think they typically make great mp3 and video players, and their D2 is my favorite mp3 player of all time. When the O2 was announced, I knew I would be buying one. Overall I'm satisfied with the O2, but there are a few rather glaring problems with the player that cannot be ignored.

Cowon has always been better at making hardware than writing firmware to support it, and this trend continues with the O2. Things that should be there aren't, and things that should work better don't. There is a lot to love about the O2 anyway, but it just feels like Cowon keeps just missing. I'm still waiting for that perfect PMP that I know they're more than capable of producing. I'm hoping that as the firmware matures for the O2 that they fix some of the problems and make this a good PMP into a great one.

Before addressing what makes this player good but frustratingly imperfect, here are a few technical details from my experience using the O2:

File upload speed: internal memory, using provided USB cable plugged directly into the computer (no hub) is about 6.5 - 7.4mb/second. I tried large batches of files (3-4gb) and small batches (200mb - 500mb) and they all uploaded at approximately the same speed. Single large files like movies upload slight faster, in the 7.5-8mb/second.

Firmware updates have been made much easier than in previous Cowon players. No more Copy file, reboot device, copy in 2nd file, reboot device, etc... The firmware can be updated with a single collection of files uploaded to the main directory. Reboot the O2, the system loads the new firmware and you're done. Updating from 1.9A (preloaded when received from Amazon) to 1.4b took about 20 seconds tops. This is a great improvement from the D2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Robinson on November 17, 2009
I have edited this review to increase the stars from 4 to 5. Why? Because continued familiarity with this device allows me to overlook its not-so-sexy interface and appreciate more fully its excellent file-playing abilities and go-everywhere portability. It plays all my stuff and fits perfectly into my front shirt pocket. It is my TV and Movies everywhere video player.

In short: it just works. Really.

Just wanted to mention it because I didn't see it in the other reviews: this PMP will play your videos, etc right from the SD or SDHC card. No need to copy the files into the player itself. There is no end to the memory you can take with this thing. Wonderful.

It was the lack of this facility that made the otherwise-excellent Creative Zen Vision W so limiting.

Good job Cowon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By another runner on November 5, 2009
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I researched PMPs in the price range up to $250 hoping to stay less than $150 but the more I looked and compared the more I realized I would need to spend a little bit more to get what I wanted which was:

1. Feature movies on decent screen
2. Music playlists
3. Non-proprietary connections
4. Expandable
5. Good battery life
6. Small

Models considered:

PSP-3000, Samsung P9, Cowon S9, iPod Touch, ZuneHD, Creative and Sandisk models and off brand Chinese.

The touch screen is 4.3 inches and has very good brightness even outdoors surprisingly. The reflectiveness is a bit of a problem at times, though, and I don't yet have an anti-glare protector. The firmware updates provide a few extra features and more stability.

I've had this now about a month and am very happy with my purchase. There were a few tense moments that, if not for internet sites with other user tips, might have caused me to return this. Example: the usb battery charging feature requires that you place the unit in locked position or else it activates and actually drains the battery.

The user manual is a big problem and needs to be improved. Advice: go to the anythingbutipod site or just do a search on cowon o2 and you'll get plenty of undocumented support.

I'm getting about 5-6 hours of video and I don't listen to enough music to know how much battery life there is but it is the best in it's class for this large of a screen.

It is a very sturdy unit - I've already dropped it on a stone floor without a hiccup - it's a bit heavy so be sure to get a good case. The wrist strap/stylus thingy is cute but not practical. Use your fingernail for precision.
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By Cowon Fan on January 18, 2011
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Its a good unit. I give it overall 3.5-4 stars just unhappy with the touch screen. Had a older version and it had the toggle, loved that one.
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