Summary: I got this item by mistake. I never ordered it and suddenly one morning I saw the email with the order and it was too late to cancel. I tried emailing Amazon but I could not stop it. It was sent to Venezuela and it was not worth spending on a return. Anyway, I decided to use it, copied music and videos on it but the technology was obsolete in less than a year.
Summary: Pros: * Decent screen. * Plays videos fairly well, but you'll probably have to pay extra for the XVid/DivX/h264 codec. Cons: * RANDOMLY APPLIES DRM TO HOME-MADE VIDEOS (more below). * Can't handle very high bitrates for video. I have XVid/x264-encoded 1800 bps videos and the Archos chokes on them. * Weird UI and even worse navigation. I bought the Archos 405 and the Archos DVR Travel Adapter in order to record video from my helmet camera.
Summary: I picked this up from Ritz when they were closing one of their locations. Grabbed 4 of them for only $20 each, kept one and sold the rest on E Bay. It's a cool player with a high res screen that handles all kinds of media formats and with a separate doc can even double as a DVR for your TV shows which you can then watch on your TV or on the Archos 405. I use it for movies when traveling on a plane. I use a 16GB class 4 card in it for movies.
Awful!!!!!!!!!!!! will never purchase another Archos item.
Thomtodd "TTODD", Amazon
19 December 2009
Summary: Please save yourself the trouble this is a piece of junk. The only thing good about this divice is the glare-free screen. The battery life is awful. It comes equiped with nothing. You have to buy a $50 adapter or a $100 dollar dvr station that isn't easy to set up or use. Forget about trying to download the tv guide. A W F U L experience over all.
Summary: I don't usually write reviews but after hearing so many complaints about Archos players being picky about memory cards I decided to post the solution. The Archos is video player first and foremost!!! That means cheap memory cards won't work well, you need a card with a HIGH transfer speed: it will be marked HIGH, ULTRA, @4 or @6 (actually, the 4 and 6 are inside the @ symbol on the cards logo) Transfer speed is important for high frame rate motion video or high quality...
Summary: I started out with the Archos 605 WiFi and hooked it up to my Home Entertainment system. I wanted the same quality device without digging too deep into my pockets so I picked up the Archos 405. Gotta tell you: What a good deal. Same quality sound and picture as the 605 except a lot cheaper. Sure it has a small memory but that can expand via a SD card, and it docks just like the 605. It's smaller, lighter and attractive. I give this unit a big Yes!
Summary: I just got this in today from a seller on Ebay who actually had it cheaper then Amazon. I bought this device specifically for UnBox Amazon-On-Demand. While this device is not listed in the compatible device list. I was able to transfer .amzn video types using UbBox to the Archos 405. UnBox gave me the option to either transfer to the onboard hard drive or the SD card. I transferred the .amzn videos onto the optional 8 GB SD card.
Summary: I've had this unit for a month and on the whole, I like it. I paid $129 for the unit plus an 8GB SD card, which (added to the 2GB in the unit) gives me a total of 10GB on board. The sound is very good, and unlike hard drive based units, it will grow in capacity. When the 16GB cards come down in price, it will become an 18GB unit, and when the 32GB cards come down in price, it will become a 34GB unit.
Amazing price for a player supporting so many codecs
Serge Lachapelle, Amazon
19 July 2008
Summary: Hi! Bought two of these for the kids along with a dual USB car charger. OK, it is far from an iPod, especially the UI and the feeling of quality. But it quickly plays all the DVDs I ripped for my kids and works nicely for long trips. If it breaks, well, 119 USD is not the end of the world. I have no time to convert all of my media for a single format device. Support is also good. I called them about a unit I thought was bricked on delivery.
Summary: Pros: A great mp3 and movie player for such a low price Cons: no touch screen Edit: After about two years of sparse use the device will not turn on. What's more, when I went on the Archos website to look for technical support, I found that in order to do so I need to know some ID number that I can only find by turning the device on!