Excerpt: Jamming a Web browser, Bluetooth, a text editor, and a zillion other features into a PMP is a solid idea, but the interface must be done right. Unfortunately for the Cowon Q5W, running a dated-looking minimally functional version of Windows doesn’t cut it. The 5-inch touchscreen looks great, and the audio is excellent and offers flexible options, but the design (inside and out) is decidedly technophilic.
Pros: Plenty of features; excellent audio and video quality
Cons: Sluggish response; heavy and clunky; poor interface
Summary: The Cowon Q5W works well enough for listening to music and watching video, but you'll need patience and some technical savvy to achieve more complex tasks, such as loading content over a secure wireless network. While the player has much potential, it feels less refined than the cheaper
Archos 605 WiFi
Summary: Cowon's Q5W is, without question, one of the most capable media players we've ever seen. Despite minor issues with navigation and a complicated interface, this will be the portable video connoisseur's new best friend. Its unrivaled support for different media types, combined with terrific picture and sound quality, make this an extremely expensive but extremely desirable PMP
Pros: Design, Standard USB connection, Massive codec support, Easy TV-out facility, Basic Internet access, Great image, video and audio quality
Cons: Slow menus, Small hard drive capacity, Device can get very hot, No H.264 support, No kickstand
Summary: Everything, everything, everything – ask a Cowon Q5W what it can do and its answer would likely be along the lines of the intro to Underworld's classic Cowgirl . It might also add that, unlike the Archos range, it packs GPS into its bulging feature suitcase. But we're not here to listen to the Q5W's back-patting claptrap. We've got on well with previous Cowon efforts like the A2, but they've tended to lack star quality and been a bit tricky in the control department.