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GOM Media Player

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GOM Media Player for Windows handles most of the more common video formats, including MP4, AVI, MKV, and more. It comes with a sleeker, more media center-focused design and packs plenty of codecs under the hood to play just about any media format you throw at it.

The initial installation is standard, like any other Windows product: accept a couple terms, set a destination folder, and choose to opt in or out of an offer from AVG. After installation completes, GOM will guide you through an optional setup process to optimize initial use based on sound and monitor setup.

You'll be introduced to a 4:3 ratio default window with an orange, black, and silver theme that will make you wonder if Halloween came early. Your token playback tools like Play, Stop, and Skip Forward and Back are located on the bottom left corner, and control panels for managing your media content are located on the opposite side. In the middle is a small, integrated upsell ticker that links users to any of GOM's other products or video content. Though this can easily be removed by switching to another skin, it's far less intrusive than other attempts at product promotions that we've seen in many other apps.

Right above is a timeline that's extremely narrow; this is fine for standard keyboard/mouse users but hardly ideal for touch. Right-clicking anywhere on the player will expose even more detailed options and audio/video-related tweaks like those found in other open-source players. You can add custom audio EQ effects, tweak subtitle lengths, and even take burst screenshots to capture particular moments from videos. However, some of the language was a bit confusing: GOM labels screen rotation as "flip input/output." Not a deal- breaker by any means, but not a labor-intensive fix either.

Power users are given the added option to set custom hot keys and even sync their remote iOS and Android devices like tablets and phones to control the media player over Wi-Fi. And though this feature works for the most part, buggy playback and less-than-stellar navigation do not make this prime time-ready.

But when it came to video playback, GOM was no slouch. Videos played and looked as they should, and it was easy enough to incrementally tweak your picture settings during live play.

Whether you choose this or VLC, both are solid media players, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. GOM tries to do a lot, and though some of those attempts could use some work, its core mode is rock solid: watching your favorite Global Starcraft II League (GSL) masters duke it out in this season of GSL.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 1,853 votes

    • 5 star: 993
    • 4 star: 485
    • 3 star: 109
    • 2 star: 72
    • 1 star: 194
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do NOT install!!! - I don't trust CNET anymore"

    August 27, 2013  |   By guneym

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    It plays music files. Yeah.

    Cons

    It installs all kinds of stuff without your permission, then you have pop-ups, phishing surveys, and god knows what else. Will try to clean up tonight.

    And, yes, I have a PC since 1994 and I am an advanced user.

    Summary

    CNET was supposed to test what it hosts here, right? Editor's review is 'excellent' and it is a 'download pick'. I am sure editors didn't even install it to give it a try. Trust broken.

    Not coming back.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T INSTALL! Installs AVG Bar and takes over a bwoser"

    August 17, 2013  |   By Siggy4

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    it can play video. Yeah, so does VLC and that is what you should pull down. No malware

    Cons

    AVG Bar. This is a dirty trick and a flipping pain to get off a system.

    Summary

    I do not recommend this app. NO WAY

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really amazing"

    August 9, 2013  |   By bl8ze

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    I gotta say this is totally an incredible media player ever made

    Cons

    non so far, may full screen option by two clicks will do the job

    Summary

    just download it and pray for me :)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Whats up with the AVG Toolbar?"

    August 7, 2013  |   By Imogen7Ryan

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    After reading VLC's reviews aimed mainly at CNET I thought I'd return to GOM. The thing installed the AVG Toolbar with it!!! Not funny.

    Before this milarky Gom was and maybe is a great media player.

    I did get rid of the toolbar but still, I am put right off.

    Cons

    Basically see above.

    Summary

    I don't know what's up with this download site anymore but I like many others are trusting a once trustworthy download site less and less. For me personally, this was better than the rest out there. But guys, come on.

    Updated on Aug 24, 2013

    Just to update: It's not actually cNet that is installing the AVG Toolbar, it is actually GOM itself.

    I know this for sure after declining the offers on installation and unchecking the boxes for the other stuff: Then once that was out of the way and GOM was ready for install, it was GOM, without asking, that installed the AVG Toolbar automatically.

    This was NOT on cNet's part I can assure you.

    The AVG toolbar is very simple to remove with an Uninstaller program.

    So, "Sorry cNet for my negative review of something that was not your fault"

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Latest version not working can't down load any videos."

    July 13, 2013  |   By KonchogRinchen

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    None the latest program is not working for me.

    Cons

    This Version not working for me Have been using GOM for years with no problems before now.
    I have not change any of my software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Like a virus"

    July 10, 2013  |   By henrytuttle

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    Good general player, but nothing that can't be found in a less invasive system

    Cons

    It has an add-on that virtually takes over your system and is almost impossible to take off. I always look out for this kind of invasive add-on and I missed it because of their deliberate and very unethical way of hiding the add-on.

    Summary

    DO NOT INSTALL THIS. Get one of the other players. This install AVG something or other onto all your browsers, changes your default home pages, search engines, and who knows what else. Then makes it almost impossible to change everything back.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Video Player out there!!"

    July 8, 2013  |   By ohiodozer

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    Fantastic player that takes care of all formats.

    Cons

    I'd like to see a visualization program like "Milkdrop", that MediaMonkey uses, when listening to MP3s.

    Summary

    I've been using GOM for quite some time now and use it as my main pick for video and MP3 players on my computers. You'll never go wrong by using it and it's only getting better with time!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "NO WAY TO STOP THE TOOLBAR"

    July 5, 2013  |   By henrymark02

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    IT INSTALLS THE TOOLBAR NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!

    Cons

    IT INSTALLS THE TOOLBAR NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!

    Summary

    IT INSTALLS THE TOOLBAR NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An excellent media player!"

    June 14, 2013  |   By Pauljnewjersey

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    Great interface, very user friendly.

    Cons

    The AVG toolbar is a big con.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worth downloading if you need a free player"

    June 2, 2013  |   By tolandgeorge

    Version: GOM Media Player 2.1.50.5145

    Pros

    Worth downloading if you need a free player

    Cons

    Worth downloading if you need a free player

    Summary

    Worth downloading if you need a free player

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