Cowon Q5W goes on sale in US, shows off its premium skills

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We knew the Cowon Q5W was coming to our fair shores this week, but now that it’s here, we’ve got some fresh details that make that $549 pricetag seem downright reasonable. You’re still looking at a 5-inch 800 x 400 touchscreen and Windows CE, but Cowon has really thrown down the gauntlet with codec support, including DivX, XviD, AVI, ASF, WMV9, MPEG4, OGM, Ogg, FLAC and APE — and the browser supports Flash. There’s also a “pen mode” for the interface and an optional WinCE Office Viewer that might let you actually get some work done. To top it all off, the entire UI appears to be skinnable, and Cowon says a version with GPS will also hit next month. Damn, looks like our love affair with the Archos 605 WiFi is over.

PS. Check the Cowon America product page for some of the best machine translation pickup lines we’ve ever seen.

[Thanks, Gibran]


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