- Brand Name: Cowon
- Model Number: A3-80SL
- Digital Storage Capacity: 80.0 GB
- Color: Silver
- Display Size: 4 inches
Cowon A3-80SL 80GB 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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Top Customer Reviews
If you are looking for a great product check out Cowon they are worth it. 1.6 milion color screen with HD like picture you won't want to put it down.
I typically use this device while commuting to work (about a 1 hour commute, another hour to get home). Although I haven't done so yet, I would also use this while traveling to a job site.
I work as a senior software engineer for a company that does a lot of work with broadcast media, to give a little background to help you decide if I'm a moron who just can't figure out how to work with any device (let alone this one), or just someone who finds this thing challenging to use.
First, the pros:
The Cowon A3 provides a marvelous sound. I could hear nuances in the music that I missed before when I plugged this into my car's stereo. I believe the device's several pre-defined equalization settings also help tweak the sound without having to be a genius at equalization, while still granting the flexibility to equalize to your exacting specifications if desired. I doubt many players could beat this one for the sound.
I also love that this unit works with ogg vorbis files right out of the box. I don't have to install RockBox or some other 3rd party tool to enable ogg vorbis, my preferred audio encoding.
I enjoyed being able to add lyrics to my songs if I wanted, and have those lyrics play back within the device.
The video screen is very large for this kind of device, providing ample room to watch videos you could store in the thing. I created my own little animation and put it in the device, allowing me to show it to friends without having to create a DvD or force someone to download the animation or whatever.Read more ›
First, let's tackle all the main concerns with this product.
#1) Joystick! Yeah, if you've ever used a joystick like the one on those SE phones or on the Archos model, you'll know what it feels like. You won't see me complaining about these not because they're perfect - far from it - but because my hands are about half the size of a normal person my age (and I am above 13). For chubby hands you might get frustrated, but for me, I'm fine with it.
#2) ID3 tag browsing support. There are two types of people, those who use ID3 tag sorting and those who use folders cause they're a neat freak. I lean towards the latter so I'm not as affected as the frustrated majority of the other half.
Design and Build
Some people say it looks ugly, some people say it looks beautiful. What's not contested however is it's weight and bulk. This thing is half a pound heavy and is big and bulky. Design-wise, I'll leave it to you to decide. I'm not complaining.
Best display ever. AMOLED screens aren't really feasible yet but this would be the next best. The resolution is awesome, the colors equally awesome, and the brightness is great. All in all, if you're looking at this the display would probably be a buying factor.
The interface is actually relatively simple to use, though some steps here and there may be counter-intuitive. Volume is controlled by the up and down joystick instead of a dedicated volume rocker which would help tremendously if you were reading a doc or looking at photos. Also, going back and forth to the music or video is slightly odd. However, none of these are really frustratingly annoying. Just... odd... and kind of annoying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The optional TV receiver was not available, video is fantastic, wish it was touchscreen.
I use it everyday. Best player I have seen
This little device would now be considered obsolete with newer smartphones performing the features I considered a great way to pass the time. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Wong Kuan Suan
I own or owned several media players and the Cowon A3 is by far the best. Decided to buy it after extensive Internet research where most reviews pointed to this device as the top... Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by M. Rossi
The best PMP player I've ever had. You can record Videos with great resolution and watch a lot movie types. It is compatible with Divx AVI and many more. Read morePublished on June 27, 2009 by Bill Big Book Buyer
First, let me say that this is a wonderous piece of technology, you cannot beat the included feature set for the price. Read morePublished on March 12, 2009 by D. Rice
I have owned 2 Cowon A3 80 gig models and unfortunately had to send both back.
The awesome screen resolution and great colors and the ability to play... Read more
I have had the Cowon A3 for almost a month and it has been a great device. It plays every codec you can think of. I use it primarily for video and the quality has been good. Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by Clifford P. Lusk
I waited the 7 days for this item like a little kid waiting for Christmas. I was addicted to the Archos 604 for the last two years. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by J. Brockelbank