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GOM Media Player review


Manufacturer: GOMLab

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

GOM Media Player can play back almost any audio or video file, and looks good doing so. This free player is well worth a look. Here's our GOM Media Player review.

Open-source media player VLC Media Player's ability to play back just about any file I can throw at it has made me a fan, but its geeky feel and utilitarian interface can be a turnoff.  Enter GOM Media Player (free). It's a full-featured video player that can handle almost anything, and looks good doing it. See all Software reviews.

GOM Media Player supports a wide range of audio and video formats out of the box. Supported file types include flv, mp4, mov, mpg, ts, avi, divx, asx, wmv, m4v, dat, ifo, vob, 3gp/3gp2, rm/rmvb, mkv, ogm video files and mp3, .m4a, .aac, .ogg audio files.

If GOM doesn't support your file format, you're not out of luck. The application includes a Codec Finder service that tells you which codec you need, and points you to sources for downloads and more information about the codecs. It's a nice touch that offers enough freedom for advanced users and enough hand-holding for newbies.

GOM Media Player features an attractive interface and a settings menu that provides plenty of options without overwhelming you.Another nice touch is GOM's slick design.

The edges of the video player look like polished steel, and the buttons resemble those you'd see on an actual device. You can easily load videos, create playlists, fast forward and rewind, move quickly through the video to find an exact spot, and switch to full-screen mode.

Advanced users will appreciate options like the ability to capture the screen, change the stereo mode for audio playback, and adjust subtitle size and display and all of these are laid out in a settings menu that doesn't feel overwhelming.

GOM Media Player Expert Verdict »

Microsoft Windows 2000/Windows 7/Windows 98/Windows ME/Windows Server 2003/Windows Vista/Windows XP
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

But all of this wouldn't matter if the video output didn't look good. Luckily, that wasn't the case: Video played back on GOM Media Player looked great. There's no reason to not keep using GOM as my media player of choice.

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