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KMPlayer 3.2 review

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Manufacturer: KMPMedia

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

KMPlayer 3.2 is a video file player that handles lots of files and has tons of options, but its interface isn't intuitive. Our KMPlayer 3.2 review explains all.

KMPlayer, with its slick interface and multimedia librarian functionality, is a nifty free program for playing back video files, but it's hard to navigate and its media decoder capability isn't universal. See all software downloads.

KMPlayer, now in version 3.2, has morphed over the years into much more than a player. It's deep into the Internet age and has links to many social sites, though perhaps not those the average UK web user is used to: Billboard Korea, VIkki, EveryonTV, and the K-Pop (Korean Pop) Hot 100 are included along with Facebook and Twitter.

KMPlayer now also functions as a multimedia librarian in the fashion of iTunes and Windows Media Player and supports 3D video. KMPlayer handled nearly every file in my video test suite, with the odd exception of an AVCHD file, which most players handle.

While the KMPlayer interface is slick, nicely rendered and attractive, it's not intuitive. There's a steep learning curve involving difficult-to-see icons, icons whose purpose can't be divined from their appearance (at least by the author), and icons whose location changes. When I clicked to play a file, it compacted the player and I could find no way back to the library. I like my controls in plain view.

The initial KMPlayer download is only 300KB, but it utilizes Softonic's install routine to install the rest of the files. Softonic will install Twitube if you don't deselect it during the installation process. You also can't proceed until telling the installation whether you want to download RegClean Pro.

Until I discovered VLC, KMPlayer was almost always installed on my system for playing back video files. But since it didn't support every codec, I switched to VLC, which plays everything.

KMPlayer 3.2 Expert Verdict »

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP
3KB
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

As capable and feature-rich as KMPlayer is, I found both the installation and the learning curve a turn-off. But if you're a K-Pop fan, or need support for 3D and WiDi, you should certainly take a look.

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