“ Cowon iAUDIO X5L - Digital player / radio - HDD 20 GB - WMA, Ogg, MP3 - video playback „
Being averse to the I-Pod and to Creative's range, plus not a fan of the huge price of the Zune, I needed some alternative to feel my strict criteria in MP3 players. My criteria was the following: a) great sound (above average as I know there are some shoddy sounding players out there), b) over 20GB, c) no limitations in sharing music both via a computer and directly from device to device, d) the option of drag and drop technology when transferring files, e) a very strong battery life, e) ability to play many formats of music, including WMA, f) radio ability. I can honestly say that this player fufils all these criteria and, even several years after it was released, is possibly the only player on the market that does.
I do love this player and believe that the sound is better than any other model I have tried. Also I cannot fault the 30 hour plus battery life. However, there are a couple of things that have slowly got on my nerves after having the player two years now:
20 GB is still not quite big enough for my liking and it is the old hard-drive technology which means there is a slowish start up time. Also the 'dongle' that is needed to attach to the player in order to charge and transfer is a pain, as it is necessary to carry around and is easily lost. Also I believe there is a video function, yet I have never been able to get this to work and if it's as slow as the photo function I would not bother anyhow.
Still I feel these pitfalls take nothing away from the quality it holds as a music player and due to it's high quality and positive features, I am stuck trying to find a player larger than 20GB to replace this with.
iAUDIO is an original multi-media player brand from Cowon Systems. It is a super-compact, portable digital audio device that supports playback of various multi-media audio files including MP3 files and Mpeg4 video, features FM radio listening/recording, recording through a built-in microphone or line-in input terminals, and text and image viewer OTG (USB host feature).
iAUDIO X5 Series, with its super-compact slim design is not only convenient to carry, but also stylish with a high-quality aluminum external finish. iAUDIO comes equipped with a color TFT-LCD, which allows you to check the general operation status of the device at one glance.