After spending the last 24 hours abusing Cowon's latest
It's not all gumdrops and unicorns, however. I was a bit disappointed to see that aside from a dramatic jump in format support and screen resolution, the A3 is almost indistinguishable from the
That said, if I'm being completely candid here, most of the digital video geeks I know rip their content from DVDs or pull it off their computer-based DVR systems. The kind of serious file hoarder who's putting down $399 for a 60GB portable video player isn't buying DRM-wrapped movies from CinemaNow at $15 a pop. Still, it would be nice if Cowon offered the option.
Despite all the wizardry packed into the A3, my gut tells me it's going to be a hard sell for Cowon. Archos is selling their 160GB Wi-Fi-enabled PVP, the 605 WiFi, for the same $399 price as Cowon's 60GB, non-Wi-Fi, A3. Granted, the A3 is technically superior to the Archos in many ways, but the allure of the 605's increased storage, touch-screen interface, and Wi-Fi capabilities, is hard to resist. Could there be a prizefight brewing?
I'll be working on a full review of the A3 soon, but in the meantime, take a closer look at our Cowon A3 photo gallery.