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Pros: Asus, various "durability" features. Worked UEFI w/ Linux out of the box, no fiddling whatsoever. Had problems with other brands' UEFI being garbage.
Cons: I wish ASUS made a Micro ATX FM2+ with firewire onboard... mostly just because I needed it for this project but it makes sense! A/V stuff is often firewire, and the micro form factor gets used in these types of applications (had to buy a PCIe firewire to drive the audio interface).
Other Thoughts: I have stuck with asus for some time. Last time, I strayed and was let down by a brand most consider reputable, so back I come.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: COWON S9 3.3" 16GB MP3 / MP4 Player
Pros: The screen is phenomenal. The capacitive glass interface (same as that oh so elegant benchmark) is wonderful. Although it is a tad clunky at first (this is my first touchscreen device...), it quickly becomes easy. The trick is not to try to double click; select, then click again and it'll work swimmingly.
The sound quality is through the roof! There are a bunch of settings, I've yet to try them all, but gosh darn, just the headphone option sounds great.
Watching videos on the screen is a treat. It may be somewhat small, but the brightness, clarity and other benefits to the OLED easily make up for it.
Many reviews on the internet bashed the s9 for being too light and feeling "cheap". I think these people need to shut their mouths... Since when is a portable device being light a bad thing? It seems pretty solid to me, and the glass screen should help in the LCD crackage category.
Cons: There's a 32gb version coming soon.
Newegg dropped the price $20 the day I got it... oh well
Other Thoughts: The primary issues identified with the reviews I read were the light weight (again, seriously?). The build quality seems very good and it seems very well constructed. Things fit tightly where they should. I read one guy complain that he thought the play/pause button was a stylus and almost ripped it off. I don't think the user being an idiot counts as a flaw.
The only other substantial criticism seemed to orbit around the UI. I installed the newest firmware immediately upon getting the thing (after listening to a song and watching a video), and I don't find ANY flaws. In fact, I prefer this UI to the "oh so elegant benchmark". I don't like how goofy that thing is, this is more all-business. It may take 15 mins to navigate through and figure all the functions out, but a 15 min investment makes the thing completely intuitive. The scrolling could be better... but it's by no means a major flaw, just a minor nit, and it may very well get fixed in some future firmware release.