A great product with a flawed interface,
This review is from: Cowon X7 120GB Portable Media Player - White (Electronics)
I promised that once I had used this for a while I would come back to review it. With very mixed messages on Amazon regarding it I felt I might be able to help someone decide one way or the other.
One complaint I've seen listed is that the system font is difficult to read I have to say I didn't have any problems with it. For what its worth the new firmware upgrade gives you the ability to change the font. So that is a non issue now.
Another complaint was about how the player stops working when run completely flat. The user manual actually says this in the guide. If you run it totally flat (unsurprisingly) you need to let it charge up before it will establish a connection to a computer. Just running it totally flat takes a bit of effort as the battery life is immense even using the normal 'standby' mode. But I ran it totally flat and let it charge for a few minutes and then it will start up quite happily. If its totally flat you need to actually start it back up and you can then start using it again even while its charging. The kit comes with a wall charger so even if for some reason you couldn't get the computer to charge it just use the power charger.
It is let down by some rather strange interface decisions.
For instance its got bookmarks and favourites to let you skip to a particular point in a mix or get to stuff that you play a lot. Problem is to get to it you click a small black box in the top left corner of the screen. Said black box doesn't actually do anything on a music page you need to get to a listing of tracks for it to do anything. So then say you click into the list of favourites and you want to go back and go into the bookmarks section, you would think you click the icon of a half circle arrow in the top right of the screen. No if you click that you go back to the playing track and it closes the menu. As I said the black button doesn't work on the playing track screen so you need to go up a level to the listing page then the black button works. Does it sound annoying, yes yes it is ;-)
That said overall I found it easy to use and I picked it up and used it without any problem at all. Its just the odd thing here and there where your pretty sure the UI developer must have been out of the office for a few days. I really miss the list of letters down the side of the listing pages like on my old Zen X-Fi 2 with the Cowon you have to search. The search is really fast and no complaints about finding stuff with it but still not as 'easy' as just clicking the letter F and being taken to the artists beginning with that letter. You can swipe the touch screen left and right to move between tracks which is great.
I do wonder why the music screen isn't landscape as the timeline bar is one pixel high and they could have made much better use of the screen real estate. Same goes for the slide bar on the left hand side of listings, its tiny which could make it frustrating for some.
Setting up the player when you first get it was really easy, I copied the 30gb+ of data from my old player to this one with no problems at all. After starting it I found that the playlists would not work, I figured it was probably the folder paths but after playing around if no success I found this page on google. [...] That solves the problem but it does mean you have to go through each playlist and open and save it one by one. I had 40 odd playlists and despite being tedious its easily doable.
Would I buy it again? Absolutely its a great player with great sound quality. Should the developers go back to school to learn how to build a UI? yes definitely.