- Brand Name: Cowon
- Model: O2-32WH
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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 black and pink versions. Click to enlarge.
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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 32 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:
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 32 GB Video MP3 Player (White), Earphones, AC adapter, USB 2.0 Cable, Manual, Stylus/Mini Holder, CD, Quickguide
I like this product so far. i was looking to purchase an mp3 player that does not require some type of software to transfer music files from my computer to the player & this was... Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Barry
I've had mine for about 4 weeks now, and it's one of my favorite purchases. This is my first mp3 player. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by R. Bosley
I bought this mainly to watch my anime.
The only letdown of it is that it doesn't play most of the .mkv or .mp4 files that I had. Read more
The cowon o2 is a pmp done right it has a huge 32gb and a sdhc slot that can support 32gb cards. A generous amount of formats so you just drag and drop the files in instead of... Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Christopher Fleming
The O2 is the best player we have had...its easy to use and to load with video. Battery life is better than any other portable and for a kid it can change a long journey into... Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by erietroutdude
I believe the profile of the person who would enjoy this product the most is someone who loves videos and/or does a lot of traveling. Read morePublished on April 30, 2009 by S. San Martin
Well, I rated this O2 5 stars because it is exactly what I wanted and it is fullfilling my needs :
- no need to convert movies (very very very usefull !! Read more
I purchased this for my 3 year old daughter to watch her "shows" on a long flight from Florida to Hawaii. With 32GB, it held all her shows and music, plus all of mine. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Charles M. Richards