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The Cowon Q5W straddles the line between feature-rich hard drive based portable media player and a stripped down laptop.

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Tons of expandable options compared to other media players

6 agree

Does everything and anything you'd need to do with a portable media player

4 agree

Supports numerous audio and video formats

4 agree

Flash support on the web browser

4 agree

Can be used for other things like messenger with Windows CE

4 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.

No high-def support even when using the video out

4 agree

Does not support recharging via USB

3 agree

OS is on ROM (must be flashed to upgrade) despite HDD in unit

2 agree

WinCE 5.0 and not Windows Mobile 6

1 agrees

Overkill for a media player

1 agrees

Cobbled together UI (some WinCE, some Cowon)

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Cowon Q5W straddles the line between feature-rich hard drive based portable media player and a stripped down laptop. Running off of the Windows CE 5.0 operating system you can access features such as MSN messenger and an Internet browser, with flash support. Interaction with the player is done through the 5" touch screen with a resolution of 800x480. Accessing the Internet is achieved through the player's integrated WiFi B/G connection. Cowon has also added a wealth of expandability options such as Bluetooth support for accompanying headphones or speakers, and video out capabilities for displaying your media on your television. The Q5W also continues Cowon's trend of format support, handling pretty much every consumer level audio and video codec around.

Spec list
  • 5" touch screen with 800x480 resolution
  • Windows CE 5.0 operating system
  • Internet Explorer browser, with flash support
  • 40GB for $549 | 60GB for $599
  • Audio formats: MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG, WAV, FLAC, APE, MPC
  • Video formats: DivX, XviD, MPEG4, WMV7/8/9
  • Battery life: 13 hours audio, 7 hours video
  • Remote control included

The maximum video resolution supported is 720x480 which is the same as DVD discs. For video out, the connections available are S-Video, Composite and Component. Cowon also includes a remote in the box for controlling the player from across the room. The remote is infrared based so you will need to ensure the player is setup properly with a direct line of site to the IR receiver.

Post Review
02/12/2008 09:00

Too bad they didn't go with Linux like they originally planned. This machine would rock and we hackers could tear it apart.

12/22/2007 08:36

Yes, you could install 3rd party soft. But there are very few WinCE 5 MIPS applications now. Hope situation will change. I've got error during .Net CF install but I think it should be possible.

12/07/2007 12:57

Since this device is running Windows CE 5 can we install 3rd party applications built for Windows CE on it? Can we install the .Net Compact framework on it?

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