Excerpt: The Archos 605 WiFi is a damn fine portable media player. (It received the coveted Best of Test award last year.) Now it’s slightly mo’ better due to this new GPS accessory, which for $130 adds full-bore street navigation that’s on par with a Garmin or TomTom system.
Pros: Cheaper than a standalone GPS, at least if you already own an Archos 605. High-resolution screen makes maps look mighty purty. Lightning-fast satellite lock.
Cons: The 605 can’t navigate without the car holder, so you can’t go on walkabout. Doesn’t say street names. Requires you to move to Europe if you want traffic features. You have to manually restart the GPS app every time you power on the 605.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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Cons: Outdated and not a user friendly interface, Almost half the functionality requires you to spend more money, Clunky design, Interface can be slow especially on hard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
Summary: Archos is an innovator in bringing pocket entertainment products to market with its constant technology and is a leader in portable media players nowadays. The company strongly believes that entertainment should be portable and personal.