The 5-inch touchscreen looks great, and the audio is excellent and offers flexible options, but the design inside and out is decidedly technophilic. The 5-inch LCD touchscreen is set into a black and dark navy anodized aluminum brick that measures 5. While clearly designed for fingers, the icons should have been made much bigger, and the rest of the menus could use a lesson in finger-friendliness. A pop-up virtual keyboard lets you input text for things like network keys, web browsing, and search. The apps are all fairly easy to use, and you can have several open at once, though the screen can get cluttered with all the file information presented, especially in the music player where you get way more info than most users need. We love the full-featured wireless remote, which is actually more useful for most basic functions than the screen itself.

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The sheer pleasure that can be had from adding a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones and a portable headphone amplifier to your setup is incredible to behold.

I carried it in a sturdy inside jacket pocket on more that one commute and felt distinctly uncomfortable with my jacket insistently tugging at my left shoulder. Its size of course, is largely due to its huge, x 5in screen. It can offer a decent seven hours of playback time — enough for several full-length movies, including some of the longer ones. Though a pleasure to watch, the aforementioned WiFi and A3 manage to squeeze only slightly smaller 4.

The Q5W also runs pretty hot, and with no kickstand, gets uncomfortable to hold after a while. The latter allows you to read and edit Office files though not the latest. Around the edges of the device are more useful features.

Once again, however, some of this functionality turns out to be a mixed blessing. Whenever you drop out of the Cowon interface, for example, you have to deliberately double-click an icon on the desktop to get it back. But again things are undermined. Another focuses on file formats. I tried to get it to play a selection of native. Things finally improve with sound quality, however.

To add to its already-notable video performance, the Q5W impresses again with its sheer drive and punch. The bass and drive are there, but when pushed hard this player starts to crack up. It could do with a bit more warmth too. Coupled with headphones like the Grados — which are unforgiving on the detail front — certain types of music can be tiring to listen to.

To get the former to work smoothly without random interruptions every 30 seconds or so, you have to install a firmware update. But does it make the case for its size and weight successfully? For while it may have an impressive array of connections, a fantastic screen and awesome sound quality, there are simply too many issues. Trusted Score Score in detail Value 4 Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review.

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