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Old 12-12-2011, 04:52 AM
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I copy-paste from anothe topic:

X7 pros:
*memory capacity (80, 120, 160Gb)
*tough case with a big screen
*sound quality is excellent as usual (like Cowon S9 or J3)
*excellent flash UIs can be used to replace the base one.
*battery life is huge (70-80 hours for music, didn't test videos)

X7 cons:
*doesn't support Mac computers (I mean, in 2011, seriously...)
*usb connector is flimsy (no lock system to hold the cable in place into the X7, so if you move the player while connected to your PC, you can be sure it is going to disconnect).
*base interface is made for people with very thin fingers. It MUST be replaced by user-made UIs (Leaf, Sense, Lynx...) to be usable.
*tactile screen must be calibrated every other month to stay accurate. No so bad, but it never happened on my old D2. It remains much more sensitive than with the D2 where you had to press hard.

Concerning bricking, seems to have dramatically decreased since firmware 2.07/2.08. Never bricked mine, but I wouldn't generalize.
For music copying, I organize mine by folder (Artist/Album/...) and I could load my music in 2 halves without any issue. Never tried to load everything in one go.

Conclusions: on the paper, the Cowon X7 is a very nice player, providing high capacity and excellent sound quality, and if you can leave with its technical flaws (the flimsy usb outlet, and replacing the base UI, which is very easy to do), it should make you very satisfied.

Anyway, if you're looking at recent large capacity players, it's that or an iPod Classic. I won't even mention Archos players, they 're more suited for videos than for music...
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