The Samsung U3 has been on the market for a while now, but like other small players like that it’s not as easily outdated as bigger players that fight for the newest features. With the exception of adding OLED screens, players like the U3 have more or less been stagnating feature wise for the last 3 years. This means the U3 is still a very good candidate. It’s pretty well equipped with an FM radio, touch buttons, recording, and integrated USB connector. Read on to see how well it does in real life
It looks like November won’t just be about turkey and cranberry sauce this year. Crave, CNET’s gadget blog, just received word that Cowon America plans to release 4GB versions of their iAudio F2, U3, and T2 digital audio players sometime next month for an undisclosed price.
Sure, it’s not up to speed with Apple, SanDisk, and Creative’s 8GB flash DAPs, but it’s a whole lot better than the 2GB capacities that used to max out the iAudio line. And that’s something to be thankful for.
MobiBLU, the people who brought us the Cube, is now bringing us an 8GB Microdrive based portable media player. It handles MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, JPEG, TXT, and PIX video file formats. While it doesn’t handle any of the major video file formats directly, the included transcoder will convert any video (XviD, DivX, MPEG, AVI, WMV, ect…) to the PIX video format. The video plays back on a bright 1.8” color LCD screen covered by scratch resistant plastic.
Those who like features will find that the DHH-200 packs in the necessities and some extras, such as FM radio, voice recording, line-in recording, lyric support, clock, alarm, and many others. All of this comes in a small, but not too small, form factor.
The Cowon iAudio U3 is a new breed of tiny flash based PMPs. Not only does it playback video on its 260k color 160 x 128 pixel LCD screen, it handles all of the major file formats including MP3, OGG, WMA, ASF, WAV, and even FLAC.
The U3 has a nice set of features to cover almost everyone’s needs. Cowon has even managed to squeeze line-in recording onto this small wonder. Overall I am impressed with this MP3 player as far as functionality, ease of use, and build quality. However, with these qualities and features, comes a heavier price tag and limited storage.