- Brand Name: Cowon
- Model Number: A3-60SL
- Digital Storage Capacity: 60 GB
- Color: Blue
- Supported Audio Format: MP3/ASF/WMA/FLAC/OGG/M4A/MATROSKA(MKA)/TTA/APE/M PC/WV/WAV/AC3
Cowon A3-60SL 60GB Portable Media Player (Silver)
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- 4” Wide LCD, 16 million color, res. 800x480, ultra portable
- Play all your digital entertainment: movies, TV shows, photos and music
- Record video from camcorder, TV sources; programmable PVR function for television programming
- FM tuner with record capability and voice recorder; line-in recording to MP3
- Internal rechargeable battery; compatible with Windows operating systems
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* The size. Well, it's certainly no larger than a CD player ever was, so I see no issue. If you can manage a CD player, then you can manage this with no problem at all.
* The Toggle Switch. I really wanted this not to be a problem... and it doesn't have to be... it just makes it difficult for player operation to become mindless; you have to be sure you're pushing straight down to select things. Though I'll admit that the context menu eliminates 75% of the need to ever 'press' OK. Other than that, navigation is easy and really user-friendly without being stupid.
Other things reviewers would say about this player were just silly. For example, the lack of tag-based browsing. Listen, I keep my music organized in folders and am quite used to going through 2 or 3 folders just to get to the file I want. So I can't browse by genre on the A3. Why would I want to? Heck, half the music I listen to is always put in the 'Rock' genre anyway. The on-the-fly playlist function more than makes up for this in my opinion.
The other complaint I saw was its lack of DRM-protected file support. If you really need to buy DRM-protected media, then you obviously don't know that there are many MANY ways of acquiring DRM-free files. In other words, this player is a torrent pirate's dream. Not only will it play pretty much every file you can find on the internet, but plays it beautifully without transcoding a single thing!
* VOB (DVD video) files seem to have trouble with multi-chanel audio and subtitles. An anime series I loaded on to the player would only play in japanese and not recognize the subtitle tracks at all...Read more ›
It eventually came down to being between the Archos 605 and the Cowon A3 for me. I went the the A3, and my brother went with the 605, so I've had the experience with both of these.
The A3 is a great PMP. It will play almost anything you can throw at it, and it will play it well. The screen is very crisp (although it is glossy, so there are some reflections sometimes). It shows up as an external hard drive, so you don't need any software to put anything on it, which is great, because it works with Linux, OS X, windows, and anything else out of the box. I have found the video quality to be superb. The picture is top notch for cartoons like futurama and anime. For real video, it is still good, but not perfect.
Video can be stretched depending on the ratio. The A3 will either show it as it's original size, or stretch it to take up the whole screen. It's a nice option since the screen is not exactly 16:9, and no matter what the source is, there would be black bars on some edges.
It does video out right out of the box. I don't personally own an HDTV, but my relatives do. When I went over, we all watched star wars on the HDTV. The quality was good, just like watching a DVD. Sound was alright, but it was good after I turned off the 3d sound. The 3d sound can muffle the vocals, I'm assuming because the vocals are usually center track and the 3d sound probably does something with sounds unique to each channel.
The video player is awesome.Read more ›
1. Sound quality: I owned about 6 other mp3 players - A3's audio is the best I've heard.
2. Image quality: Screen resolution is quite impressive - it is so good that 4" stills and videos feel much larger. I would strongly prefer to watch videos on this player than on most portable DVD players with 7" or 10" screen sizes.
3. File transfer: It is reasonably fast - in 10minutes I've transfered around 4 gigs of files.
4. Built-in Mike and voice recording quality: Again, I am impressed.
5. Compatibility with existing file formats: so far it played 95% of the video files that I've downloaded and 100% of audio files.
1. Proprietary USB file transfer cable. Why Cowon? A2 model worked just fine with generic one.
2. Somewhat delayed response (slower than in A2) when switching between mp3 files and pausing videos. I hope they'll fix it with the future firmware upgrades.
3. Poor zoom function in Photos - it interpolates rather than zooms.
4. You have to convert PDF files into different format to view them.
5. Mediocre interface and nearly identical to A2, many buttons remain unassigned on multiple screens - with the upgraded processor Cowon could've added some additional functionality to the device.
In all - very good PMP gadget.
The A3 is not without defects or shortcomings. It has no wifi, it cannot copy or play DRM-restricted music or videos, it will not sort music by file tags, it has a quirky toggle switch that does not always actuate the proper function, its battery life is only average, and it runs warm to hot. (For a time, many A3s contained defective batteries which would often leak and warp the device, rendering it inoperative. My understanding is that Cowon has corrected this problem.)
I, for one, am willing to accept the A3 with these shortcomings, because it excels as an exceptional music and video player. Do yourself a favor and audition the A3; you will be pleasantly surprised.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was my first tablet,, It was a good tablet... no usb slot.
it can record off of your tv....with a adapter...can not record tv
60GB - Lot of movies and anime
4" screen - private enough for watching movies and not disturbing others
Many hours of time well spent on the way home instead of... Read more
I have bought this on amazon a few years back. The player is great. The only problem I am facing is that, there is a dead pixel on my screen right from the very first day that I... Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Y. C.
Cowon A3 has all the features that I could imagine and more. I plays a dozen audio and video formats, is able to receive FM radio, has speakers, has a microphone and can record... Read morePublished on June 27, 2009 by Balachandra B K
I could write a few pages on this player, but I'll keep it short. This is a portable video player for those who don't want to waste all their time transcoding to iPod/Zune/whatever... Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by R. Soderlund
The awesome screen resolution and great colors and the ability to play almost any movie or music format. Read more
A big disappointment. I was so surprised when I received this as a gift. But after I plugged it in it was all downhill. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by Alex
There were problems inputting movies through the AV inputs. I had to reset it once to get it to work. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by E. Dickinson
I think this is the best product out on the market. It does everything. Instead of buying a downloaded movie file, I can just hook up my DVD player into my Cowon... Read more