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The Cowon V5 HD is a portable media player (PMP) released in South Korea on January 1st, 2010, for 299, 000 KRW ($256) .

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Pros

great audio quality - a trait most Cowon players are known for

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will now be released in North America as well

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optional T-DMB tuner (good for Korea only as these frequencies are not available to broadcasters in North America)

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45 hours of audio playback, 10 hours of video

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Cowon is a known manufacturer of high quality PMPs / MP3 players

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optional WiFi (Korea only)

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physical power / hold slider and volume rocker

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attractive UI

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attractive / well designed build

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top notch media playback - great A/V quality, fast response, support for 720p files

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quality packaging

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built-in speaker

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Cons

proprietary IO port - both USB and HDMI connections in a single port, requires a special breakout cable provided by Cowon only

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no WiFi / 3G options on the North American version

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high price compared to more popular alternatives such as the Zune HD and iPod Touch - $299 for the 16GB version

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runs Windows CE

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will be released in Korea only

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The Cowon V5 HD is a portable media player (PMP) released in South Korea on January 1st, 2010, for 299,000 KRW ($256). It features a 4.8” display, integrated RAM (8GB/16GB/32GB), and SDHC memory expandability. More importantly, the V5 HD can not only playback 720p video, but it can even channel that content to an HDMI or Composite display device. At its core, however, is the Windows CE 6.0 operating system, as well as a slew of wide-ranging applications: world clock, RSS reader, flash games, a voice recorder, and an optional T-DMB tuner. As of March 2010 Cowon has decided to bring the V5 to North America. Available in the same 8/16/32GB capacities, the device will not feature any 3G/WiFi connectivity, and will also lack the optional over-the-air TV tuner.

Features
  • Portable Media Player
  • Windows CE 6.0
  • 4.8” LCD Display
  • Integrated RAM
  • SDHC Memory Expansion
  • 720p Video Playback
  • HDMI/Composite Streaming
  • Basic Applications
Specifications
  • OS: WinCE 6.0
  • Display: 4.8” TFT LCD
  • Battery: 45-hour audio; 10-hour video
  • Playback: H.264 (720p)
  • Interface: HDMI, Composite
  • Sizes: 8GB/16GB/32GB
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