I am very happy with my M3. It's not the perfect DAP for me, but I don't think that one exists at the moment. It is a little unusual and is not for everyone. Not everyone wants a remote, and certainly many people don't want the remote to be their only control over the unit, especially such a small remote with small controls. However, the overall quality of the unit is very high. I think that the price is about mid-range for what it is. I bought mine from NewEgg for $260
I use the damn thing every day through most of the day. My only real problem is with the cables, which can become unruly fairly easily. Overall I love this player and give it a 9 of 10 stars.
- Very small and light
- Good remote
- Frequent firmware updates
- Clear, strong sound
- Long battery life
- Plays many formats (mp3, ogg, flac, wma, wav)
- Also voice recorder, line in recording, FM tuner
- No screen on main unit
- Remote is small and interface is not intuitive
- Does not organize by ID3 tag
- Cables can become tangled
I hope that this review has been informative. Sorry for the crappy pics.
Cowon will shortly release a successor to the M3, the M5
, which has a color screen on the main unit, so those who are interested in pics on your DAP may look there. It should have a remote too, but I have not seen any pictures of that yet.