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COWON iAudio A3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews of COWON iAudio A3. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The performance and sound also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed reviews on the reliability and battery. Many are less positive about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the COWON iAudio A3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of COWON iAudio A3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the battery and performance. The design and sound are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the price and portability.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Cowon IAudio A3 60GB Portable MediaPlayerCowon IAudio A3 60GB Portable MediaPlayerCowon A3 - Digital AV recorder - HD 30 GB - 4" - 800 x 480 - silver

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Michael Brown (

Cowon A3 Portable Multimedia Player


If you're willing to look beyond everyone's favorite fruit company when you shop for a digital media player, you'll encounter some wildly underrated alternatives. Cowon manufactures more than a few, including the nearly divine A3.

Beautiful screen, awesome format support, and plenty of storage

The navigation joystick is frustrating to use; no carry case

Now if they could just do something about that finicky joystick.

Sep, 2008

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Cowon A3 (30GB) Portable Video Player


If you can get past its bulky design and unintuitive controls, the Cowon A3 shines as a portable video player.

Supports many audio and video formats ; Big, 4-inch wide-aspect screen

Bulky design and unintuitive controls ; Limited online music support

If you're looking for a single portable device to carry both your audio and video files, the Cowon A3 probably isn't your best choice. But as a portable video player, the A3 has just about everything you could want--if you can tolerate the tiny...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Cowon A3


Given Cowon's recent stab at a PDA and portable media player rolled into onenamely, the ungainly Q5WI approached the Cowon A3, another big-screen PMP, with some skepticism. I'm happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. The A3 has fewer...

Records audio, video, voice, and radio content. Sharp photo and video display. Strong file support. Excellent EQ.

Poorly designed joystick controller. Big and bulky. Mobile TV options are not available in the U.S.

This big portable media player does plenty of neat tricks, including recording video. It also had a big, bright screen, and its navigation feels similar to that of an Archos device, but more evolved.

Mar, 2008


Expert review by: aaroncolter (

Cowon A3 60GB


The Cowon A3 has a lot going for it: broad file format support, gorgeous 4-inch widescreen LCD, and high-resolution AV recording features, all of which have been improved since its predecessor, the A2. We can overlook the A3′s lack of DRM support or...

Lots of file format compatibility; beautiful LCD display ; great audio and video quality

Joystick navigation is difficult; confusing interface; short battery life; no Bluetooth or WiFi

The A3's main rivals are the Archos 605 WiFi and the Creative Zen Vision:W, and the A3 trumps them both in most respects.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Roger Hibbert (

Review: Cowon A3


Cowon A3 8/10 Learn How We Rate Wired Recording straight from TV rocks. The sharp resolution is sweetly addictive. Piles on features, including an FM...

Recording straight from TV rocks. The sharp resolution is sweetly addictive. Piles on features, including an FM tuner, radio and voice recording, and AV out. Substantial six hours of battery life while playing video

Awkward joystick control induces endless errors. Gets hot during use, making it ideal for cold flights or lonely Arctic expeditions

Dec, 2007

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Cowon A3 - Review of the Cowon A3


Remarkable sound, a stunning display, recording capabilities, and support for a wide range of file formats make the Cowon A3 a strong PMP contender.

Gorgeous display, • Rich sound, • Compatible with wide array of A/V formats

Clumsy joystick control, • No support for DRM services, Capacity: 30GB, Display/Resolution: 4 inches (800 x 480 pixels, 16 million colors), , , , , , , The Cowon A3's still image and video compatibility lists also run pretty deep. You can view JPG,...

Expert review by: Grahm Skee (

Cowon iAudio A3 Review


The iAudio A3 is Cowon's flagship PMP with a very thorough list of supported codecs in both music and video. The 800x480 16.7 million color screen is crisp and will do justice to your video collection. There is a lot of good going on with the A3, and...

The A3 was a bit of a disappointment to me since I was really looking forward to the HD playback which failed to perform. This, along with the unorganized user interface and finicky joystick, makes me shy away from the A3. Despite my complaints, I...

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Jason Chen (

Lightning Review: Cowon A3 PMP With Incredible Audio/Video Format Support


The Gadget: Cowon's A3 portable music player, which supports about as many codecs as its bigger, beefier brother, the Q5W. The difference is the A3 can fit much easier into your pants.

Feb, 2008

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Cowon A3 30GB


The Cowon A3 30gb is a solid MP3 player for watching videos. We reviewed a similar product, the Cowon A3 60gb. Judging by their specs the two are virtually the same except for the storage capacity. To see the full review check out the Cowon A3 60gb....

In a growing field of portable video players (MP3 players that focus more on video) the Cowon A3 is among the best. With a large 4-inch LCD screen and the ability to support several different file formats, the Cowon is a great choice for an MP3 player

Expert review by: Amanda Lian (

Cowon A3 Portable Media Player -


The Cowon A3 comes in as a very capable media player with outstanding file format support, great audio quality and a display to die for. But is it the perfect PMP? Find out after the jump.

Product Specifications

The 'COWON A3' will be introduced with the Da Vinci chipset, and supports nearly all-current codecs such as the next generation H.264 codec. It can playback up to 1280x720 HD movies without first needing movies to be transcoded for it. The attractive unit provides more detailed and clear picture quality through its 16 million-color LCD that features 0.108mm hi-fine pixel pitch for the very first time in a PMP unit. HD picture quality output is possible, and users can enjoy it on a large screen by connecting it to digital TVs using its TV out jack. In addition, it supports worldwide mobile TV broadcasting such as DMB, 1SEG, and DVB-T. Users can view TV channels in high-def overseas according to its selectable options.


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:AAC / AC-3 / APE (Monkey's Audio) / Apple Lossless / ASF / FLAC / G.726 / MP3 / MPEG 1 Audio / MPEG 2 Audio / Ogg Vorbis / PCM / WAV / WMA / APE (Monkeys Audio)

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Digital AV recorder
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital audio recorder / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / FM tuner / Video capture from external source / Voice recorder
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB
TV Standards Supported:NTSC / PAL

Digital Storage

HDD Capacity:30GB/60GB/80GB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:4in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2cm
Display Type (JK):TFT
Output Type:Color


Manufacturer:Cowon Systems
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Cowon



Motion Video

Video Capture Formats:ASF
Video Playback Formats:ASF / AVI / DivX 3.11 / DivX 4.0 / DivX 5.0 / DivX 6.0 / Motion JPEG / MPEG / MPEG-1 / MPEG-4 / MPEG-4 SP / OGM (Ogg Media) / VOB / WMV / XviD

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / GIF / JPEG / PNG / RAW / TIFF