Summary: This had everything wrong with it from the get-go. Not going into all of the details....it spent more time being repaired than enjoyed. I would never buy another Archos product because when it finally used up it's short life, Archos said that they no longer serviced this model. Amazon was terrific and sent me a refund after I sent them a detailed chronology of my trials with Archos. Thank you Amazin'-Amazon !!
Anything but Archos should be your mantra---ZERO stars!
Caveat Emptor, Amazon
20 October 2011
Summary: A long overdue follow up to a seperate review. I felt it kind to pass along a warning to anyone thinking of dealing with this company. Anyone who has attempted to deal with Archos's support, tried to return a faulty item or get a product of theirs serviced has come up against the concept of "let the buyer beware" in a BIG way.
Summary: First off, the last Firmware update that they did was July 2008. It's 2.1.04. That's just unacceptable, especially cause this thing has SO many problems, even though I have the latest Firmware update. I have to rescan all my music every week or so so the ArcLibrary would still be there. I listen to my music based on ID3 tags, & every week or so, the tags just disappear. I have to rescan them too much. This is also annoying cause I like to rate my songs.
Summary: The main complaint is battery life. I have never been able to get the battery to hold a charge for more than 1 hour and after owning this for a year, it would look like it was charged, then lose charge immediately after taking it out of the docking station. I paid Archos $80 to fix the battery but when they returned it, it still had the same problem. Now I discovered about a week ago that the battery that they "fixed" exploded.
Summary: My roommate had a 2 generation old Archos player and loved it. I borrowed it a couple of times and loved it too so that is part of the reason why I purchased this one. However there were some positives but many negatives with this product which I outline below. Btw, I just wrote this review recently but I purchased the item a long time ago. I know Archos has a new device out and I hope they learned from their mistakes with this one.
Pros: Beautiful screen, vibrant colours. Very versatile, I love its portability. I use it for displaying films, home movies, holiday pictures. Internet radio is great, and the traffic webcams very useful. The docking station is probably essential.
Cons: Number one has to be the short battery life, Unit also tends to get very warm, crashes frequently requiring hard reset. May have to now spend more funds to replace battery after only 18 months.
Summary: I had owned for 3 years so far and it still delivers a solid performance. Definitely a must have for Techies.
Pros: Very good product if you are a willing to spend some time doing some tweaking. I use as a wireless multimedia streaming device to watch divx/flv internet content on my TV. It is also a pretty good MP4 player for cars.
Cons: Expensive accesories and plugins. Out of box basic capability is not good enough. You have to buy the plugins in order to be able to browse the internet, watch certain video formats...etc...