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Good: Excellent display, easy to load and use, ideal for mobile use.
Comment: I am pleased I bought it.
Good: A great unit, good screen nice player.
Bad: Too many gadgets and add ons needed to make it versatile.
Comment: A nice looking unit and relatively easy to use. Adding extras like a camera for video is a nightmare. Docking station looks horrible and ugly, the atachments to fit a camera are ill fitting and fiddly. What's more they do not lock securely, terrible if you are thinking of doing action sequences like motorcycling, climbing or active sport. Great unit for the bedroom, there are so many wires for the docking station, which also requires a powerpack, (more wires) and more add ons. No memory card slot either, as a player great, as a mobile video recorder it doesn't even get 1 out of 10. I have used a cheap chinese recorder and it has been much easier to set up and use in comparison to the Archos 605
Good: DVD resolution screen
Bad: web browser costs extra
Comment: On balance this is a great product. I have the 4gb version which allows me to expand the memory of it.
Good: Video playback is near HD. 160GB HDD is ample! (want more though)
Bad: Have to pay for all the extras that are useful like opera web browser. Poor show Archos...
Comment: Excellent product that plays portable video like no other. highly recommend. Also does photo, mp3 and internet. Internet radio stations would be useful however...
Good: picture quality very good
Bad: says it will connect to the web via wifi simply--it doesnt at all--dont believe what it says on the tin!!!!!!!
Comment: Waste of money.
Good: Plays brilliantly
Bad: Crashes- especially problems with wi-fi
Comment: I bought this because I wanted the wi-fi feature. Properly implemented it would be brilliant. Sadly, it has a lot of problems connecting and frequently crashes requiring "reboots" and "resets". If you only want a player then there are cheaper, better alternatives than this. The Archos Help-line is permanently engaged.
Good: The lovely tele on the move
Bad: The hassle and cost of the plug ins
Comment: Well I will start with the only bad thing about this product. Which is the plug ins. To use it to it's full potential you need to spend another 50 quid on the plug ins and 70 quid on the DVR station. So figure around 380 for the finished product. But it is worth that, I think. the other thing is that if you lose the 605 (gulp) you have to buy the plug ins again. Also if you want to buy another one, say a 705 or a 605 for yourself, you need another set too. There is also no discount for buying the lot. when someone cracks the encoding this will be a 10 product. Until that time it is an 8. Better for TV than the iPod though. Get one if you are on the move all the time and rich. I am going for the 705 later this year, when I go somewhere tax free to buy it. My purchase of the 605 was one for the use of the more discerning half on the plane.
Good: Screen Quality, Touch Screen, User Interface, Wifi, Content Portal, Internet, Music, Photos, Videos, DVR and More
Bad: No FM Tuner Built in, Average Battery Life, proprietary connections
Comment: I have owned and or used multiple mp3 players over the years (Creative, Archos, Irvier, Ipod, Sansa...) and I have never been so pleased with a purchase. The Archos 605 has it all. I have owned the Archos 605 for a little over a week.
Screen and UI:
The screen quality is very high and is higher than what I have seen on any other player currently on the market. The screen shows amazing detail and the coating for the touch Screen is great because it decrease glare. The touch screen is very responsive and UI is simple through the touch screen and slight less easy through the buttons on the side but having both touch screen and side buttons seems to aid in navigation and makes this the easiest player I have ever used.
The videos are clean and clear. Amazing quality and since you are able to adjust videos to multiple sizes screen you are able to see videos in great quality. Also when you highlight a video in your browser the icon gives you a preview of your video which is a great little touch and the Archos 605 is filled with little extras like this.
The music interface is great and with the touch screen you get amazing search capabilities similar if not better that the ipod. The sound quality is good but I do wish the volume could be higher, but I also tend to play my music a little too loud anyways.
The screen quality assists any displaying your pictures in the best possible way. Touch screen gives you an easy way to zoom in and out and to go from picture to picture. You can also save your pictures to the main screen and you can even zoom into a particular part of a picture and save that. You can play music during your slide shows which has multiple transition effects and you can download and save pictures from the internet (web browser plug-in needed).
Archos comes with its own content portal which you do not need to purchase the web browser to connect to. The Content Portal gives you content where ever you can find wifi. You get cinema now which allows you to buy or rent movies, TV shows, music videos and Daily Motion which is like youtube and is free. And other providers are on the way.
Wifi and Web:
Connecting to your wifi is easy and you can also connect your network and stream music, video, and pictures to your player. The web is a fun and easy to use but you will have to buy a plug-in to utilize. The touch screen is easy to use, and the screen quality makes it very easy to read pages without zooming in, you can also double tap on any screen and enlarge a page. The pages load at a decent rate and you can view pages like youtube (that run on flash 7, future firmware upgrades will allow for higher levels of flash) and view the videos on full screen. The Web Browser is a plug-in so it will cost extra but I figure if I did not want a web browser and I had one I would dislike having to pay for one, especially when I could have saved the built in cost of 30 dollars.
The DVR is easy to use like all Archos players to have owned. I purchased the travel adapter, so I just plugged in the AV into my TV and pressed recorded. Record quality is very high and process is very easy. The DVR function is great because you can copy anything on TV and take it with you on the go. But it should be known that the Travel DVR does not come with a charger.
Overall the Archos is the best PVP out now. Everything functions at a high level. Other bonuses are you can also connect the Archos as a Hard Drive (which I have always preferred) or allow Window Media to manage your files. The Archos can view PDF and while I do not buy music for I tunes the Archos can play AAC files and there is a plug in to play video podcast I may get in the future. I like the idea of buying plug-ins instead of having features I would not use but have to pay for. I would have preferred that the battery life was better but it is also not terrible. I have always dislike proprietary conn
Good: World's best gadget so far.
Bad: Could be smaller without the buttons, could have HSDPA/WiMAX and VOIP/IM.
Comment: You are wrong about a few things:
- DivX is supported.
- FM is supported with the 29€ FM remote control.
- No it wouldn't have been nice for people who do not need AAC, h264, Mpeg2, AC3, Opera, Flash to have to pay 50£ extra to licence all of them.
- And the price starts at 100£ for the 605 WiFi 4GB and not 150£.
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