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COWON Q5W 5" Dark Navy 60GB MP3 / MP4 Player

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  • USB 2.0
  • 60GB
  • 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 60GB 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-60DN 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-60DN wirelessly via your Bluetooth stereo headphones, eliminating 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-60DN 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-60DN 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-60DN 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.


Part Number


MP3 / MP4 Player
Dark Navy


Memory Type
Memory Capacity


Display Size
Display Type
Display Resolution
480 x 800
Display Colors
16,700,000 Color

500:1 Contrast ratio

200 cd/m2 Brightness
Touch Screen

Support Formats

Audio Formats
Video Formats
Images Formats
Other Formats


Control Type
Dedicated Volume Buttons
Button Locking


Audio Recording

Data Transfer

Connection Type
USB 2.0
802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR


Headphones Jack
3.5 mm Stereo Jack
TV Out
Component, S-Video, Composite


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

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


Additional Features
CPU: Alchemy Au1250 600MHz

Memory: 64MB NOR Flash, 128MB DDR2 SDRAM

OS: WinCE 5.0 Professional

Output: 34mW + 34mW (with 16 Ohm Earphone), 1W + 1W (with intergrated speaker)

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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1 out of 5 eggsD.O.A.

Pros: none

Cons: Hard drive doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: Good thing Newegg is easy to RMA items

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  • 1/21/2008 11:54:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGOOD AND BAD

Pros: Great for on the go Photographers, able to connect compact flash on it and offloading memory unto it.
Great picture quality, sound is amazing no matter what you use to listen to it, great way to watch videos and slideshows with your music, great picture quality when plugged on to HDTV.


Cons: Buttons are still a bit small, even when setup to use with fingers, stylus works well, but a hazzle (at least for me).
does not read TIFF files, H.264 and AAC files(these are files I use the most).

Heats up a bit when watching videos and or charging.
I had to return my fist one because of MAJOR OVERHEATING problems( The replacement works well, but still a little bit hot at times, but not as bad, this one is more on the allowable side. Does not come with a case or pouch for it.
You are able to control videos and music once connected to the tv with the Cowon Remote Control, but you cannot control anything else, for instance if you want to watch you picture slideshow while listening to music, you can't control it with the remote, in other words it only has the capabilities to control music and videos......SAD.
Slow start up, and even slower when looking at the thumbnail picture style.

Other Thoughts: Quite honestly if they can fix the size of the buttons on the screen to be a bit bigger as well as to ADD more file formats, and the Remote control, this Would be the Ultimate PMP!!!!!

Dispite some of these issues, I have been very well pleased with it. I use it everyday, I take pictures all of the time and not having to carry my laptop with me is just great, transfer of files into it, is reasonably fast.

I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

If you want to use the Bluetooth, I definitely recommend to buy Motorola S805 Headphones, they work great, being able to listen to music and receive phone calls without the need to take them off is great. Great sound quality, specially when you play around with the great Cowon's Sound Effects!!!!!

Just make sure that if yours heats up, get it replaced.

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  • Rajeev Y.
  • 1/20/2008 7:53:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPlayer with missing minimal functionality

Pros: Great picture and audio quality

Cons: Can't sort music
Horrible user interphase
Stylus is a must

Other Thoughts: Not at all a competitor for Archos 605 WiFi

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  • Avery M.
  • 1/4/2008 5:49:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Player

Pros: Amazing player, extremely versatile.
Excellent Video Quality.
Excellent Sound Qualtiy.
Feature rich and heavy codec support.

Cons: Cumbersome interface navigation. Requires a firmware update to be the player it should have been out of the box.
No H.264 and the Internet Explorer client is a less than desirable. WiFi has alright reception without the antenna. No DVR capability (AFAIK).

Other Thoughts: I purchased the player after the mixed reviews it received, knowing full well its limitations and problems. I will attest to the fact that many of the initial bugs have been fixed by firmware updates. I am thoroughly impressed with its capabilities and the video/audio are excellent. Great customer support (incl. frequent firmware updates). Even the minor nuisances are easily overlooked. I am very glad with my purchase.

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  • Akash C.
  • 12/13/2007 6:12:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Amazing product, like a portable computer. I can do my homework on it very efficiently since I can use my bluetooth keyboard with it and some word processing software. I can get my music via websites and saving them to the desktop on WinCE. Then I can open the Cowon media player software and play it beautifully. The audio quality is amazing! The wi-fi feature is great, and I can catch good signal all across campus, and pretty much do my work anywhere. This thing is excellent, and syncs great with my PC. The only maintenance I have to do is to charge it next to my bed every night.

Cons: The antenna is a bit iffy, but it doesn't really affect anything negatively. IE doesn't zoom while preserving web page proportions (like the touch), BUT I think i'll be able to find another CE browser that can do it, we'll see! A minor wish is to have an 80GB or larger hard drive, but the 60GB suits me fine.

Other Thoughts: While my laptop was in the shop for repair, this thing served me rather well. And since you can PUT audio and video on your device USING your device, it's pretty much great.

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  • David S.
  • 12/13/2007 2:36:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsFor Audiophiles, Excellent.

Pros: Best PMP Screen on the Market.
Audiophile Quality Sound, unmatched, peerless!
Solid Metal Construciton.
Host of accessories that other charge extra for.
Windows CE, can be used for several UMPC type functions, but it is NOT a UMPC.
Supports just about any file format you can imagine.
Best Tech Support of ANY PRODUCT (not just consumer electronics) THAT I HAVE EVER OWNED.

Cons: The UI is ok, typical of Cowon, but in the 2 weeks there has been 2 versions of firmaware upgrades released.

Some what weak wi-fi reception.

Does no ship with a protective cover.

Other Thoughts: I had to laugh at the other reviewer's comments. He obviously is not very tech savy. This machine is nto a UMPC, but it has an OS capable of more than an PMP out there.

Bottom line, this PMP is a Ferrari, it has it quirks, it requires a steep learning curve, its designed for conisuers, it does things nothing else can, its hardware is top notch, and Cowon Tech support is un rivaled. This is not for everyone, and I like that. Every time an ipod sheep sees or HEARS this thing in action they are amazed.

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  • Akash C.
  • 12/9/2007 5:12:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsAWFUL

Pros: very good idea, you can use it as a UMPC (you're supposed to be able to, at least), good audio quality, web browsing capability, several qualities of a UMPC

Cons: very poorly executed idea, very inefficient to use as a UMPC.
WINDOWS CE IS WORTHLESS, very hard to use, slow internet browsing, choppy video playback, slow startup, cheap touchscreen, extremely heavy, USB host and keyboard/mouse does not work, extremely poor wireless reception, cheap antenna.

Other Thoughts: the Q5W is somewhere between a UMPC and the Archos 605 Wi-Fi

You're definitely better off with a 605, even though its sound quality is not very good, and its battery life is dreadful.

This thing though, its just a waste of $600

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