GREAT for music - not so much for everything else
Finally, the battery life is AWESOME - longer than any other player I'm aware of. The unit has a proprietary connector which can be hard to insert. Do not force the plug into the unit - line the thing up and it slips in easily initially with a final push needed to firmly connect. It takes some force to disconnect so I'm a little concerned about the longevity of this connector but so far, no problems.
A bit expensive, Feature-poor in some respects, Low-res screen
The Cowon X9 is the latest portable MP3 and video player from the Korean audio brand. However, in some respects it feels like a step back when compared with older models. Its touchscreen is resistive, its display low-res and it doesn't have the storage to justify the bulky design. Cowon needs to get with the times, or it'll soon be game over.
Most formats didn't play too well
The Cowon X9 is available in three variants - 8GB, priced at Rs. 11,999, 16GB at Rs. 13,200 and 32GB priced at Rs. 15,500. Those prices simply do not justify the devices capabilities. With 7-inch tablets available for much less with features such as HDMI out plus full HD video palyback, the Cowon X9 with it's ridiculously high battery capacity and even it's onboard storage doesn't stand a chance.
The Theater+'s on-screen interface is attractive; however, the text and some of the icons are a bit small.
Seagate's media player performs admirably, but its lack of HDMI makes it less than ideal for serious home-theater buffs. Seagate's media player performs admirably, but its lack of HDMI makes it less than ideal for serious home-theater buffs.
Disappointing audio DAC
When Western Digital introduced its smart WD TV HD Media Player earlier this year, which is designed to mate portable hard drives with big-screen TVs, we knew it was only a matter of time before rival disk manufacturer Seagate would come up with something similar. Second-to-market products are often better than the ones that create a new niche, so expectations were suitably high around the office.
As one of the most comprehensive media players launched in India yet, the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ is a satisfying product for its niche. The array of connectivity options and multimedia file-format support hold it in good stead. As one of the most comprehensive media players launched in India yet, the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ is a satisfying product for its niche. The array of connectivity options and multimedia file-format support hold it in good stead.
a very rugged finish and a great choice for an on-the-go device.
Having used nearly every player on the market over the last few years, I cannot help but feel like my hands are tied when using the Zune. I feel limited by the single piece of software that must be used. I want choice. I want to be able to play all my media, or at least the supplied software should allow me convert it. The Zune is a really nice piece of hardware, but it lacks flexibility and choice.
Everything you wanted in an MP3 Player, and MORE!
BOTTOM LINE: Awesome sound in a beautiful well-designed package. All the bang of an IPOD at a fifth of the price. Buy this - it's a keeper.
In case anyone at SONY is listening, here is the number one DREAM feature that would make an MP3 player BEST IN CLASS, and I'd be happy to pay double for:
What I want is an MP3 player I can hold in my hand which WIRELESSLY sends the music to my stereo receiver located anywhere in my house, even a few hundred feet away or on another floor.
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