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PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER
COWON C2
VERDICT: A fantastic audio player if you can get past the dodgy design and UI.
FOR: Excellent audio quality, great battery life, easy navigation.
AGAINST: Not very compact, resistive touchscreen, small UI icons, average video
playback
he C2 isn’t exactly a slim PMP, but
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isn’t as great. The JetEffect 3.0 settings
while the design isn’t extraordinary,
come with 35 presets and 4 user presets,
the build quality is top-notch. The
but even without them, audio quality is
bundled earphones aren’t in-ear, but are
brilliant. The highs aare a bit faint, but
capable of dishing out clear sound. The
the mids and lows are great. The bass
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interface operates smoothly, but the
feels awesome with just the right level of
Dimensions (WxHxD): 78.7 x 53 x 12.8 mm; Weight: 84
g; Capacity: 4/8/16 GB; Display: 2.6 in, 320x240 pixels;
Memory expansion: microSD; Audio codec: MP3, WMA,
FLAC, OGG, APE, WAV; Video codec: MPEG layer 1/2/3
and WMV; Other functions: Photo viewer, FM radio and
text viewer
2.6-inch, 320 x 240 pixel screen isn’t too
boom. Features like bookmarks, favorites,
impressive. Navigation between menus
and A-B Loop enhance the experience.
is fluid and despite being a resistive
The video quality doesn’t quite match
touchscreen, it works well. However, the
up, but it does play AVI and WMV files
navigation buttons are really tiny and not
satisfactorily, as long as they’re short
very responsive. Also, once you dump
clips. FM plays quite clearly too. With
some more media onto the player, it takes
audio playback, the battery lasted about
a too long to update the database. The
35 hours, which is not bad at all. Priced
BUILD QUALITY
C2 supports a wide range of formats,
at Rs 6,725 for the 4 GB version, the
ERGONOMICS
including MP3, WMA, OGG, APE and
C2 offers sublime audio performance
FLAC. Since this is primarily an audio
that outweighs its minor quirks.
SPECIFICATIONS
Rs 7,000
Cowon (Lipap Systems Pvt Ltd)
9819917440
iaudio@lipap.com
CONTACT
PHONE
EMAIL
RATINGS
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE
player, video support (AVI, ASF, WMV)
OVERALL RATING
- Ashish Koshy
VALUE FOR MONEY
MP3 PLAYER
CREATIVE ZEN STYLE M300
VERDICT: A good music player as an alternative to the iPod Nano.
FOR: Expandable memory, Bluetooth.
AGAINST: Poor quality display and touch sensitive buttons.
reative’s Zen Style M300 is a
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memory of 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB, which
compact and easy to use music
is further expandable via microSD card,
player, with a display that is
and individual touch-sensitive buttons.
slightly larger than that of the iPod Nano.
While the individual touch buttons make
It is a great little player, and serves as
it easier to use than the Nano, they are
a cheaper alternative to the Nano. The
not very sensitive and using them takes
M300 is technically a portable media
a little getting used to. It also packs
player, with its 1.45-inch TFT display
in FM radio and a built-in microphone
and support for transcoded SMV video,
for voice recording. Creative claims
but the tiny screen is not of the greatest
that the M300 can provide 20 hours of
quality, so it isn’t ideal for video playback.
battery life. Also, they make navigating
As an audio player, the M300 supports
through folders a little harder than on
MP3, WMA, WAV and AAX file formats
the Nano. The player comes in four
and also works with Audible audio books.
different colors and there is also a slightly
Where the M300 has an edge over the
cheaper variant called the M100 for
BUILD QUALITY
Nano is that it comes with Bluetooth
those that do not want Bluetooth.
ERGONOMICS
support for wireless headphones, built-in
- Kushal Mamoowala
SPECIFICATIONS
Rs 3,499
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Dimensions (WxHxD): 55.2 x 44.2 x 12.6 mm;
Weight: 33 g; Capacity: 4 GB, expandable up to 32GB;
Display: 1.45 in TFT; Connectivity: USB 2.0, Bluetooth;
Other functions: FM Radio, voice recorder.
CONTACT
PHONE
EMAIL
RATINGS
FEATURES
PERFORMANCE
OVERALL RATING
VALUE FOR MONEY
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