Summary: A relatively low-cost video player with features that seem to run on to infinity, as well as accessories that actually enhance the Archos 605’s performance -- from travel cases to docks and a healthy selection of playable video games -- this player is set to take the top spot. It’s all there to take the monotony from travel.
Excerpt: Archos has been building high-quality portable media players for several years now and has an extensive line of accessories and plug-ins available that add new tricks to the base players’ audio and video repertoire. With the 605 WiFi, the company made some great additions—a touch screen and Wi-Fi streaming— and created a browser plug-in that lets you cruise the Web on its bright, hi-res screen.
Conclusion: Like that gorgeous but slightly deranged French girl you met on holiday in Thailand, the 605 is tempting, infuriating and sporadically expensive. You might not be together for life but you’ll never forget how good she looks.
Pros: Zut alors! With up to ten times the memory of an iPod Touch and a larger, sharper touchscreen, this French beauty is prettier than Jean-Paul Satre and brainier than Charlotte Gainsbourg. And possibly even the other way around. Video playback looks jaw-droppingly amazing, even now that the 605 has been around for 18 months. The Opera browser (£20 extra) can handle YouTube and Flash sites (sorry, iPod), and the 605 can swiftly be turned into a mini DVR with the £60 reco...
Cons: Merde! Build quality veers between Peugeot and Renault compared to the Cadillac class of Apple’s iPod Touch – the screen isn’t multi-touch, the software’s buggy, the headphones are pants and even the USB cable isn’t standard. There’s no email client and nowhere to store the touch stylus. It’s also annoying that you have to pay through the nose for every tiny plastic insert and digital plug-in.
Excerpt: Archos 605 Wifi is a personal video player (PVP) that can store from 30 GB to 160 GB, depending on model. Superb video resolution, excellent viewing angles and a 'kickstand' that can be folded out make this a great little video player. Oh, and it supports wireless movie downloads, too!
Excerpt: The Archos 604 has been one of our favorite digital media players since its introduction late last year. Our opinion of the new Archos 605 WiFi—which adds a high-resolution touch screen and wireless networking capabilities—isn’t as lofty. Although the 605 offers a screen with the same dimensions as the 604 (4.3 inches, 16:9 aspect ratio), we fully expected its enhanced resolution (800x480 pixels compared to 480x272) to knock our socks off.
Pros: Touch-screen works great; better screen res than old version.
Cons: Lousy battery life; 10% surcharge for Opera; hazy-looking screen.
Conclusion: A compact PVP with the best screen on the market. It's truly a pleasure to watch and at 4.3" your eyes won't cross half way through a transatlantic flight. The Archos 605 WiFi packs a lot of features into a very petit package, though we do wish that using all of them didn't require so many additional purchases.
Pros: Fantastic display in terms of resolution, size and overall quality-- eat your heart out iPod Touch! Good sound quality, varied video and audio format support. Small, light and attractive. Web browser is quite good, though a tad slow. YouTube support is excellent.
Cons: Battery life is passable but not being able to swap in a spare battery on the road is a kill-joy. Many features require additional purchases. Not very intuitive-- should we have to work hard just to have fun?
Conclusion: The Archos 605 has a fantastic set of features and to this day is one of the more hardcore PMP with nearly all the bells and whistles. However the 605 suffers from a serious usability issue. The tactile navigation buttons on the right take some time get used to and the touch screen is rather difficult to use with your fingers. The 605 needs a serious user interface overhaul.
Pros: No video transcending needed, Solid set of file support, Great screen, Very good video playback and scaling
Cons: Outdated and not a user friendly interface, Almost half the functionality requires you to spend more money, Clunky design, Interface can be slow especially on hard drive versions, Must register product to use content portal