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Cowon J3

Cowon J3
alaScore 90

487 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 487 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and design. The usability and value for money are also appreciated.

sound, value for money, usability, design, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Cowon J3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 487 reviews)

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Consumer review by:

Horrible service

 

My player broke just after the warranty. Cowon charged $55 to replace an internal electronic part. A little while later the same part broke again. Cowon advised me that they discontinued that part because it was faulty and that my unit is unrepairable. I asked for a credit to buy another Cowon. They said they do not issue any credits. My player is worthless and, in my opinion, I was ripped off.

Expert review by:

Cowon J3 Touchscreen PMP

 

Cowon has a tendency to keep us guessing what they're going to come out with next. What new innovation in the PMP biz will they throw at us next? Well this is it, the iPod Touch killer to possibly beat all iPod killers, the Cowon J3. So without further...

The Cowon J3 is available in three capacities – the 4GB, 8GB and 16GB that are priced at Rs. 10,750, Rs. 12,500 and Rs. 14,500 respectively. That’s not too bad considering the features that the device offers especially when it comes to audio. For the...

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Cowon J3 Review

 

“Good news, everyone,” as Hubert J. Farnsworth would say.

Excellent build quality, excellent AMOLED screen ; Excellent user interface, snappy capacitive touchscreen ; Excellent battery life ; Great assortment of tactile buttons, easy to use on the go ; BBE sound enhancements and 5-band...

Annoying latch/cover for USB and SD slot ; Doesn't support modern video codecs/containers ; Sub-par playlist support ; Sub-par audiobook/podcast support ; Broken, buggy MTP support

Well, that should more or less cover the basics of the J3. Needless to say, it’s my favorite player at the moment. It does very much right and very little wrong. It might look like an iPod Touch or Zune HD on a cursory glance, but it doesn’t try to be...

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COWON J3

 

This MP4 player looks sleek and attractive, making it a convenient hand-held media player. It also has several amazing features that provide an excellent movie-viewing experience, including: amazing audio quality, impressive screen resolution, lengthy...

COWON MP4 players are known for their excellent audio quality

This MP4 player does not have Wi-Fi capability

This compact player provides an excellent movie viewing and music listening experience.

Consumer review by:

Greatest Player Owned Yet!!!

 

This player is really great, and it's now probably cheap enough to have a high value for price.

Decent AMOLED Screen ; Quite easy-using User Interface ; GREAT Sound Quality when BBE is turned on ; Highly Analytical (Wav,APE or FLAC are played very well) ; So Sleek and light (maybe too light) ; Sturdy build

The Sound quality may not be too pleasant if you've tried BBE. A bit muddy in the mids, and lacking moisture in the bass

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Great Sounding MP3 Player!

 

I love my new Cowon J3! When I was looking for a new mp3 player, sound quality was the most important factor to me and this player offers fantastic sound quality. The sound enhancement features really clean up the sound stage. The player offers great...

Beautiful AMOLED screen with very vibrant and crisp details ; Great sound quality ; Long battery life ; The inclusion of an SD card slot allows for extra flexibility in terms of memory expansion

A little tricky working with computer software to effectively organize music into playlists in a convenient manner ; Limited app capabilities; this player is for the most part, a pure music and video player

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The BEST player I have ever owned!!!!!!!

 

I was very impressed with this player. I was crushed when I broke the last one I owned (Creative Labs Zen). This one mended my broken heart with ease. I've never had a problem with the touch screen being accidentally activated in my pocket. Simply hit...

The screen is amazing ; Sound is very exceptional, with lots of room for personalization. Nice utilities (alarm, voice record, line-in recording, fm radio w/ record, calculator...) ; Micro sd slot ; UI is very user friendly ; G-sensor is very responsive

Built-in speaker is just loud enough for personal use...or as an alarm ; USB, line-in and AV out cables are propreitary ; No ability to create folders or playlists on the fly, but you CAN delete files ; Bluetooth does NOT support file transfer

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The BEST player I have ever owned!!!!!!!

 

I was very impressed with this player. I was crushed when I broke the last one I owned (Creative Labs Zen). This one mended my broken heart with ease. I've never had a problem with the touch screen being accidentally activated in my pocket. Simply hit...

The screen is amazing ; Sound is very exceptional, with lots of room for personalization. Nice utilities (alarm, voice record, line-in recording, fm radio w/ record, calculator...) ; Micro sd slot ; UI is very user friendly ; G-sensor is very responsive

Built-in speaker is just loud enough for personal use...or as an alarm ; USB, line-in and AV out cables are propreitary ; No ability to create folders or playlists on the fly, but you CAN delete files ; Bluetooth does NOT support file transfer

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Cowon Rocks! Nice Sound. Looks Nice.

 

I'm glad I bought this newer J3 model as I've had previous experiences with a D2 Cowon I had that finally the on/off button spring device broke (i.e. many uses). These MP3 players don't last for more than a couple few years of heavy use. Don't spend a...

Very nice sound with Shure high end ear bud headphones. Nice touch screen menu(s). Nice features like sleep mode, wake-up to music, calculator, etc... Can still activate volume control and song advance while touch screen is deactivated

Not inexpensive. Touch screen can be inadvertently activated when NOT desired (i.e. unit is in your pocket, purse) You have to use lower left button to deactivate touch screen. Could scratch easily. Paw prints from finger's oils (typical)

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Not for the Mac owner

 

Had I had the chance to check this out for longer than 5 minutes, this review might be completely different. The major flaw to this glorified shooting target is that the USB cable does not lock into place in any way, basically guaranteeing that it...

Supposedly tremendous audio-quality (I was never allowed to get far enough to load any music)

USB cable does not stay in place--a big problem when it has to be properly ejected from Mac computers

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Basic design flaws bring unavoidable, fatal consequence

 

Had I had the chance to check this out for longer than 5 minutes, this review might be completely different. The major flaw to this glorified shooting target is that the USB cable does not lock into place in any way, basically guaranteeing that it...

The screen (from my fleeting experience) seems vibrant ; Supposed to be highest audiophile-type sound available

Cannot be disconnected from mac without proper eject ; USB cable slips out almost comically easily (making the first con nearly unavoidable)

Product Specifications

Configuration

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-In Radio: Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
Direct Radio Recording: Yes
Direct TV Recording: No
Radio Function: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :microSD Card (Transflash)
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Display

Display Technology:AMOLED
Number of Display Colours:16 Mio
Touchscreen:One-Point Touch

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio/Video Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory
Type:Audio/Video Player

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: No
AVI Playback: Yes
DivX Playback: Yes
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: Yes
MPEG2 Playback: Yes
OGG Playback: Yes
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: Yes
WMV Playback: Yes

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Polymer
Replaceable Battery: No
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