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.
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.
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...
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: First, I bought the 405 because I did not want to fool around with a hard drive (the 405 has a 2GB internal flash drive and an SD slot for adding memory) and I did not want to fool around with wifi. Hard drives that get moved around alot break and wifi for small devices tends to be unreliable.