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KMPlayer

CNET Editors' review

KMPlayer has evolved over the past few years, from a video player to a leading source for content discovery. The app's record-breaking viewership and the use of its flagship media is most visible on the gaming front, with a successful casting of Season 3 of the League of Legends World Championship. Alongside other forays into e-sports like GOM and Starcraft 2: Hearts of the Swarm, KMPlayer has established strong viewership that's created a whole new layer of interaction beyond its former identity as a standalone video player.

Pros

Unobtrusive layout: The main tools for video playback stay out of the way. Dark colors and a pop-out settings menu give users clean, uninterrupted access to features like subtitle management, brightness/contrast adjustments, and frame captures.

Full video codec support: Similar to video players like VLC and GOM, KMPlayer is a universal media player that can tackle just about any format you throw at it.

Cons

Display-heavy: KMPlayer is not a standalone video player by any means, and it encourages content discovery via partnerships with some third-party apps. The result is a preview-heavy player that throws ads and links at you at every chance it gets, making the experience like watching a windowed video service that irks with every disruption.

Bundled apps: Outfox.tv, a bundled TV widget, does more harm than good, despite its diverse library of content. Outfox.tv, in particular, has no visible method of removal or closure, outside of adding and removing via the control panel.

Bottom Line

KMPlayer remains a solid video player, but it's now a specialized player aiming for a particular audience. Some viewers will see its offerings as premium content; others will find the bundling a distraction or a nuisance. So, while the video player may have universal support and something for everyone, we cannot recommend it for anyoe seeking just a basic video player.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This has become my favorite player"

    April 3, 2014  |   By Turner148632

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.122

    Pros

    Plays videos as should

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Most customizable player out there

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Plays videos as should"

    March 28, 2014  |   By Thomas5863

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    Yes! The font of the subtitles for the video is nice and smooth, readable.

    Cons

    Hope they don't destroy POT as well.

    Summary

    It comes from the same guy who developed the KMPlayer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great features."

    March 24, 2014  |   By maxwell_hillman

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    Don't go into too many stuff n spoil the once great KM player.

    Cons

    KM player produces optimum sound and its crystal clear, just like the video.

    Summary

    Though VLC has louder sound, doesn't necessarily mean its quality sound.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A plea from a long time user..."

    March 21, 2014  |   By gregory_cecil

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    It comes from the same guy who developed the KMPlayer.

    Cons

    Hope they don't destroy POT as well.

    Summary

    Its amazingly light and plays HEVC videos too. Please restore KMPlayer to its earlier form.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Once favorite, now just crappy but still KM > VLC."

    March 19, 2014  |   By RageATMachines

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    * Built-in codecs, plays almost anything.
    * Was light weight, but now comes with loads of ads & other unwanted features.
    * Sound is better than VLC. VLC is louder but KM is clearer and crisper.

    Cons

    * Ads ads & ads.
    * Box is crap.
    * Not light anymore.

    Summary

    KMPlayer was once my favorite player but then it became a monstrosity. Loads of ads n unwanted stuff slathered into it. Now I prefer DAUM POT PLAYER. It comes from the same guy who developed the KMPlayer. Hope they don't destroy POT as well. Its amazingly light and plays HEVC videos too. Please restore KMPlayer to its earlier form. A plea from a long time user...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Plays MKV files Perfectly!!"

    March 17, 2014  |   By Prevost417

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    Yes! The font of the subtitles for the video is nice and smooth, readable.

    Cons

    The font of the subtitles for the video is nice and smooth, readable.

    Summary

    The font of the subtitles for the video is nice and smooth, readable.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malicious program"

    March 17, 2014  |   By monkeybrains13

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    Well, it does play videos but at a cost...

    Cons

    It is a malicious program. It tries to get trick you into downloading software like 10 times during installation (it's hard to avoid...they are good at it). Also got a notice about updating it and downloading patch, at which time it added a browser hijacker and also tried to trick me into downloading other programs. AVOID

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  • 1.0 stars

    "junk program"

    March 15, 2014  |   By salesalex

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    ..........

    Cons

    kmPlayer is a spyware and makes computer a bot which constantly connects to their servers without notice to user. Only if you have some decent firewall you'll see that it's true .

    Summary

    kmplayer slows down the internet

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Plays videos as should."

    March 14, 2014  |   By bill_synge

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.121

    Pros

    Loads MKV file in I think the same time as VLC.

    Cons

    Connected to Viki!! For those who like to watch K-Dramas or others.

    Summary

    Plays MKV files Perfectly!! Yes! The font of the subtitles for the video is nice and smooth, readable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Most customizable player out there"

    March 1, 2014  |   By macro820

    Version: KMPlayer 3.8.0.120

    Pros

    Short cuts to everything on the keyboard. Fully customizable controls. Frame by frame, quick skip in steps, mouse controls. You can play Episode 1 of a season and it will realize you probably want to watch Episode 2 next and so with two clicks you can watch the entire season of a show. You can pan, zoom, stretch, and lock down the resolution and frame placement. I cannot say enough good things about this player I will think of 10 more after I post this but the point is get this player, take the time and get to love it. If you watch a lot of TV shows and movies, if you need to reframe a movie or change the aspect ratio you can do all that on the fly with KMplayer. Intuitive interface, like M for mute.

    Cons

    Learning curve for shortcuts.

    Summary

    Once you get the keyboard shortcuts down you will not look back.

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