Cowon Q5W reviewed

Senior Editor Donald Bell announces his review of the Cowon Q5W portable video player.

Photo of Cowon Q5W portable video player with handbag.
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The moment the Cowon Q5W portable video player hit my desk, I knew I would be in for a long review. After legions of iPod fans called foul when Apple failed to deliver a high-capacity touch-screen video player last fall (a 16GB iPod Touch just won't cut it for some folks) Cowon's long-promised 60GB Q5W seemed like the perfect cure. The Cowon Q5W is no mere PVP, however, considering that Cowon saw fit to infuse it with a treasure trove of coveted features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, composite video output, MSN Messenger, and even GPS navigation.

So why did the Cowon Q5W super-gadget score a respectable, but not outstanding, 7.0 rating? Well, the short answer is that despite its impressive feature set, the Q5W is complicated to use and too expensive compared with the competition. For a more in-depth analysis, read my full review and browse the slide show.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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