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COWON 5" Dark Navy 40GB MP3 / MP4 Player Q5W-40DN

  • USB Host (USB 2.0)
  • 40GB
  • 5" TFT

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The COWON Q5W brings you wireless connectivity, brilliant video performance, stunning audio, and incomparable support for audio and video file formats. This premium portable media player sports a 5" TFT touchscreen which gives you 800 x 480 resolution, 500:1 contrast ratio, and 16M color, so your photos and videos come through in crisp detail and bold, lifelike color. Thanks to the TV-out connectors, you can integrate the Q5W into your home entertainment system and enjoy its powerful output on your TV and full-sized speakers.

Because the Q5W is equipped with both WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, you get features other portable media players never even dreamed of! Connect to your WLAN to surf the web, chat on MSN Messenger or send email. Listen to music wirelessly with your stereo Bluetooth headset. With the pre-loaded Adobe Flash Player 7, you can even create interactive web content. For the ultimate in wireless communication, COWON offers an optional GPS navigation kit to turn your Q5W into an auto navigator with voice directions!

COWON thought of everything when they designed this wireless wonder. Your Q5W comes with a wireless remote, built-in stereo speakers, voice recording capabilities, an FM tuner and recorder, and full-screen photo and document viewer. The 5-band EQ gives you the option to enhance your music with BBE effects, or fine-tune the audio yourself; either way, you get your audio just the way you like it. With 40GB of hard drive space, you won't need to worry about what to take with you and what to leave behind. If you're ready to turn your portable digital media experience up to 11, the Q5W is for you!

  • newegg Integrated Wireless LAN Capability The COWON Dark Navy Q5W-40DN supports wireless LAN in compliance with the 802.11b/g protocol for convenient on-the-go Internet surfing wherever wireless access points (AP) are available. With built-in messenger software, enjoy online voice chat with your friends.
  • newegg Bluetooth Connectivity With Bluetooth 2.0 EDR technology, listen to the music on your COWON Dark Navy Q5W-40DN wirelessly via your Bluetooth stereo headphones, eliminating any inconvenience caused by limited cable length.
  • newegg Touch Screen with Wing Click GUI The 5-inch widescreen display provides an ultra-high resolution of 800 x 480, delivering more details and contents when watching movies and browsing web pages. The touch screen function and Wing Click GUI make menu navigation exceptionally easy and intuitive. Two optimized GUI modes are provided for pen or use by finger.
  • newegg Multiple Media Format Support The COWON Dark Navy Q5W-40DN supports a wide range of video and audio formats, including AVI (DivX and Xvid), ASF, WMV 7/8/9, MPEG, MP4, OGM video, MP3, OGG, WMA, FLAC, APE, MPC, WAV, ASF audio and displays JPEG, BMP, PNG and RAW images for versatility.
  • newegg Unparalleled Sound Quality The COWON Dark Navy Q5W-40DN with feature-rich JetEffect sound functions including a 5-band equalizer, BBE, Mach3Bass, MP Enhance and 3D Surround, delivers transcendent sound quality.
  • newegg TV-out Function Output movies and music stored on the COWON Dark Navy Q5W-40DN to your HDTV or home stereo system via Component, S-Video, Composite video and S/PDIF audio connections for a more comfortable watching and listening experience. A wireless remote control is included so you can take command of all the playback functions from across the room.

Learn more about the COWON America Q5W-40DN




MP3 / MP4 Player
Dark Navy


Memory Type
Memory Capacity


Display Size
Display Type
Display Resolution
480 x 800
Display Colors
16.7 M
Touch Screen

Support Formats

Audio Formats
Video Formats
Images Formats
Other Formats


Control Type
Dedicated Volume Buttons
Button Locking


Audio Recording
WAV : 8, 11.025, 22.05, 44.1, 48 KHz

Data Transfer

Connection Type
USB Host (USB 2.0)
Compatible Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows 98/98se/ME/2000/XP/VISTA
MAC OS 10.X (Data transfer only)
Linux kernel v2.4 or higher (Data transfer only)
802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR


Headphones Jack
3.5 mm Stereo Jack
TV Out


Battery Type
Built-in Rechargeable lithium polymer Battery
Battery Capacity
6500 mAh
Battery Life(Audio Playback)
13 hours
Battery Life(Video Playback)
7 hours
Recharge Time
5.5 hours by Adaptor

Audio Properties

Frequency Range
20 Hz-20 kHz
Signal-To-Noise Ratio(SNR)
95dB (A-Weighted)
Supporting Bit Rate
8 - 1.4Mbps (based on MP3 format)
Audio Extras
JetEffect (BBE, Mach3bass, MP3 Enhance, 3D Surround) 5 Band EQ


Headphones Included
Additional Features
CPU: Alchemy Au1250 600MHz

Memory: 64MB NOR Flash, 128MB DDR2 SDRAM

OS: WinCE 5.0 Professional

Wireless Remote controller included

Dimensions & Weight

13.4 oz. (including internal battery)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the COWON America Q5W-40DN

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  • Taylor F.
  • 6/22/2008 2:14:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Screen looks extremely good, windows and internet are a plus

Cons: Lack of video codec support (no .mkv files, no h.264, no soft subs...), battery life (7-10 hours of audio with the screen off), it gets a bit warm but that doesn't bother me.

Other Thoughts: Its a bit bulky, but it still fits in a pocket. The battery life is a bit short, but the screen quality makes up for that.

(Also, I own the 60gb version, I don't know if that affects the battery more than the 40gb or not though.)

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/3/2008 9:14:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWow factor, but not perfected

Pros: Picture and Sound Quality, Multi Formats for Music and Video Supported, Screen Brightness (Adjustable), Lots of Storage Space, Windows CE 3rd Party Apps.

Cons: No .mkv support for video, Only certain MIPS applications work on Windows CE (so limited 3rd party apps), cost, limited software fan base, Genesis game emulator can be a bit buggy (sound and speed)

Other Thoughts: Very happy with the product overall. I play music in my car via a cassette deck adapter and with headphones. I watch movies, anime, and tv shows on the go and while computer gaming. Hoping for future .mkv support with softsubs (even if 3rd party). I also enjoy playing some classic games via emulators (requires a USB controller). Did I say the picture quality is great? =D

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/15/2007 8:57:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscowon q5

Pros: build quality
amazing screen
amzing sound

Cons: niggles with tocuh screen

Other Thoughts: The specs
5” touchscreen with 16 million colors. Plays a wider variety of audio and video formats than anything else on the market. Wireless. Bluetooth. USB Host. FM radio. Voice recording. Text and photo viewer. Read more at
So is the Cowon Q5w as impressive as it sounds? Let’s see.
Build Quality
The Q5 is hewn from heavy and I mean heavy weight steel. With a 5-inch screen it comes across as big and heavy. It will fit in a jacket pocket but certainly not a jeans pocket. Nor is it meant to. The quality of the build is superb, solid and beautiful in a minimal sort of way. The screen doesn’t scratch easily although screen protectors are highly advised.
Software and Interface
It’s a touch screen with just buttons for volume and power on the outside rim.
The q5 has two distinct interfaces- Cowon’s interface, which is a series of icons on the left side that act as a top menu and a corresponding series of icons on the

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