|Archos 605 Wi-Fi Portable Media Player (30 GB)
|List Price: $299.99
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The Archos 605 generation 5 portable media player comes with a convenient WiFi feature, an attribute that offers the fastest and easiest way to access digital entertainment. You can use the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities of the Archos to download online media content from the Archos content portal: All you need is a usable Wi-Fi connection, and you're good to start downloading (fees may apply). With the Archos in hand, for the first time you can download favorite movies, TV shows, and music wherever you are, without being tied to the PC or Mac. Other great features include a full-color 4.3-inch touchscreen that crams in an amazing 800 x 480 picture resolution for superior picture quality and 30 GB of built-in memory.
The Archos 605 features a touch screen, high quality screen resolution, and WiFi capabilities. View larger View bottom - View side.
Download your favorite movies, TV shows, and music, and bring it with you.
With full Internet access, the player's Opera browser plug-in offers Adobe Flash support, which lets you access and enjoy YouTube and other Web video sites on your Archos device. By using the player, you can view and post YouTube videos wherever you are with an active wireless connection. In addition to downloading media straight from the Archos content portal, you can stream and watch videos from your home PC or laptop. For added video playback versatility, the player is compatible with MPEG4, AVI, and WMV video files. The player features robust music playback features, too. On-board music file playback capabilities support MP3, CBR, VBR, WMA, protected WMA, and WAV files.
To help round out the player's multimedia superiority, the Archos even comes with photo viewing capabilities. JPEG, BMP, and PNG files are 100 percent compatible with the player, and the player can pull up PDFs for portable review -- an ideal means to take bigger documents or e-books in PDF format on the road with you. Because of the Archos's USB 2.0 compatibility, files can be quickly transferred to the device in the absence of a WiFi network connection. Charging the device can also be accomplished with an active USB connection. (An AC adapter is sold separately for additional charging options.) Other great features include mass storage capabilities, automatic firmware downloads, and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. With an advanced Li-Poly battery, the player supports up to 17 hours of continuous music playback, and 5.5 hours of continuous video playback. Weighing in at a scant 6.7 ounces, the Archos generation 5 605 measures 4.8 by 3.2 by 0.6 inches.
New widgets for the Archos 605 include a calculator, currency converter, unit converter, news, and weather (above) as well as a note writer and data vault (below).
New Free Widget Pack
Archos has launched a new widget pack that is free for the 605. A widget is a piece of software that adds new features to your player. It gives you fun, quick, and easy access to hundreds of tools, right on the device. The package contains seven widgets, including a calculator, a currency converter, a unit converter, news, weather, a note writer, and a data vault.
To be able to use the widgets, you need to purchase the Web Browser plug-in (about $30). Then, you can download the free widget pack via Archos.com.
New Dish Network plug-in for the Archos 605.
New Dish Network Plug-in
With a new plug-in, you can transfer recorded movies and TV shows from your Dish Network set-top box directly to your Archos 605. Play back Dish Network-recorded movies and TV shows on the go or on TV--in DVD quality.
Multi-language is supported. The plug-in is compatible only with Dish Network STB models 622 and 722.
What's in the Box
Archos 605 Wi-Fi portable media player, headphones, USB cable, adapter for optional DVR Station Gen 5, protective pouch, quick start guide, and legal/safety notice.
The device comes with photo viewing capabilities, supporting JPEG, BMP, and PNG files.
Play any content that resides in the Windows Media Player library of your home PC or laptop.
| Most Advanced PMP|
Featuring the highest quality screen resolution, highest quality video, a touch screen, and Wi-Fi capabilities for streaming content to the device or a TV, the Archos 605 Wi-Fi is the top product in the line-up for flexibility, portability, features, and price.
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Touch screen The Archos 605 WiFi features the highest resolution screen (800 X 480) and highest quality screen in a PMP. Use the touch screen to easily operate the device with your finger or stylus.
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Personalize your Archos Make it yours: personalize your Archos 605 Wi-Fi to fit your unique lifestyle. Abundant plug-ins and accessories are available to customize your device to work the way you do: Go online for full Web surfing, video your friends and family in action, record your favorite TV shows and movies, and share your photos.
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Wi-Fi - Download content wirelessly and directly to your Archos 605 Wi-Fi via the Archos Content Portal and our partners' online stores.
- You can also stream movies, TV shows and music that are stored on your computer.
- Your device is Internet ready! With the optional Web browser plug-in, you can surf the Web and enjoy videos from online videos sites like DailyMotion and YouTube.
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Your movies, your videos - Store and play up to 40 movies1
- Play the most popular video formats: MPEG-4, WMV, protected WMV, MPEG-2*, VOB*, and H.264.* (*with optional plug-ins)
- Play the movies you shot on your camcorder.
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Your photos - Transfer your photos from a PC or most mass storage devices via the USB 2.0 high speed interface.
- Store and view up to 300,000 photos1 (JPEG, PNG and BMP formats).
- Display slideshows with music and transition effect.
- Manage your files and folders directly on the device for a better mobility.
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Your TV - Record your favorite TV shows or series directly on your Archos 605 Wi-Fi with the optional DVR Station Gen 5. (Adapter for DVR Station Gen 5 is included.)
- Easy programming with the TV Program Guide.
- Record the most video sources such as satellite/cable box, VCR, DVD player in MPEG-4 format.
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Your music - Store and listen up to 15,000 songs.1
- Play the most popular music files such as MP3, WAV, WMA and protected WMA.
- Easily organize songs with the enhanced ARCLibrary.
- Customize your view by artist, album, type of music, and title, and create your playlist on the go.
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Easy navigation Through the home WiFi connection, you can enjoy the entire shared digital media library of your home PC in your living room, not just in your office.
(1)On average; based on 3.5 mins/song & 64 kbits/s WMA, on 1000 kbits/s MPEG-4 audio/video encoding and 1h30/movie (for near DVD Quality), on JPEG, VGA
- The 30 GB Archos 605 Wi-Fi bridges the gap between the PC and the TV; for the first time, you can stream content from the PC or the Internet to the TV or PMP--all through a wireless home network, the Archos 605, and the DVR Station
- Play all your digital entertainment: movies, TV shows, photos and music
- Record your favorite TV shows
- Stream and watch videos from your PC
- Download movies and music directly on your PMP using the Archos Content Portal
- iPod Touch, Their coming for you !
I had been on the lookout for a mp3/video/wifi player with a good picture.The Archos 605 WiFi will do it all and then some.Yes you have to by pluggins and all that but Id do it again for the way they make this unit work.You get great web video,great web radio and I can watch it or listen on my AV system.(Boom RIGHT THERE ON MY BIG TV!!)The web TV pluggin is just hours and hours of fun from all over the world.If you have Winamp Remote,You Tube or other services on your pc or network, they work very well with this unit. A 80G hard drive is lots of space for the road ,but at home i have all my network drives from any of my pc's at the touch of a screen.
Now if you want to use Hulu, Slingbox or other TV network sights you can't as of now.(anyone know otherwise get the word as to how) I hope Archos and or Opera is working with these sights you read this.The Archos Content Portal great to find other sights for music, movies and TV(CHECK IT OUT)
As you can see I love my player but it's not without some draw back. The ones I stated above kind of are but not deal breakers. There is a noise issue that I have yet to get and answer from Archos or anywhere on. It happens on some but not all videos from the web. It happen on some but not all videos on the 605's hard disc. I saw this issue in another review so I again wiil call out to Archos, fix this otherwise great player. Is it firmware fixable? then crank out the firmware or whaterver.(just let the us know)Archos needs to work on their support lines and product descriptions. Be more to the point about what you will need for this to work with this and what you will need for that to work with this.Their web sight has great videos that you can play or download for most help you my need.
I say to you all , do your homework,read up before you make the call. As for me , no iPod or iTouch needed, I love my Archos 605 WiFI.If or when it dies, I know where my moneys going(Archos)...more info
- You can do much better.
The video playback is good. The music player could be a lot more streamlined. Too many clicks to switch from shuffle to normal play, etc.
The WI-FI is probably not worth the extra money. The browser isn't capable of much, and the touchscreen keyboard is a pain.
Support from the manufacturer is pretty weak. I need to replace the screen. Pricing starts at $162.50. That's more than this mediocre player costs. The customer service guy acted like I was wasting his valuable time as he asked for my information.
I would not recommend this unless you get it for a really, really low price. Not worth the trouble....more info
- Avoid Archos products
This review will seem harsh but it is not a knee jerk reaction to some minor problems I'm experiencing with the device. I have spent hours reading the user guide and blogs on Archos devices and here are my findings.
Bear in mind that I'm an experienced IT guy who sometimes has to repair laptops and other computer systems for a living so if I can't manage to get this thing working, how is a regular consumer ever supposed to use this thing?
It's an Archos 605 Wifi (30GB) I bought while in Holland at a Media Markt. (Sadly I can't return it.)
Here is a list of the problems I've had and AM HAVING with the device:
(Even today it hung on synch and would not restart properly. After about 5 attempts to boot the thing it finally came up.)
1. Even with the latest firmware operating system you can download from Archos.com, it simply does not work like it should:
- If the system locks up and you reset it, it may never reboot properly which would require yet another reinstallation of the firmware.
2. Working with Windows Media player to manage play lists and installing movies onto the device is relatively painless except for the extreme slowness with converting movies to the Archos format and then Synching them into the Archos.
- It takes a good hour to synch (USB 2.0) a 20 minute show to the device above and beyond the long time it takes to convert a show into the Archos format. (It took 20 hours to convert one season of scrubs into the Archos compatible format.)
- You have to purchase aftermarket software to convert media to the Archos format, whatever that is. (I sadly use WMV)
- Fortunately the synch cable also recharges the device so it doesn't run out of power while you synch content.
- The box claims to support MAC but it doesn't work. In fact, the Archos crashed while connect to my Apple MacBook Pro never to reboot and I had to reinstall the firmware. (Which isn't too difficult to do.)
3. Once you do get a stable firmware install you can't do anything with it until you let it connect to the internet to download a more recent (stable) firmware update. That would be reasonably fast but I'm in Afghanistan on a satellite link that is slow so it cost me to pay for internet access to let the thing connect.
4. Even with the latest firmware the device is still flakey.
- It locked up despite repeated hard resets.
- If it doesn't boot properly you may have to format the drive and reinstall the firmware, then connect to the internet to get the latest firmware THEN copy again all the content I want to see which takes hours on hours to do.
- We're talking hours just to get back to where I want to be AND you'd better hope it doesn't crash again.
In the end, avoid these devices until Archos spends money on QA and further testing to work out the bugs.
I have worked extensively in QA testing and I am, honestly, surprised at how a company could release a product with so many obvious bugs to the general public. (US Army Special Forces guys use these devices and even they have problems with them. (I worked at Fort Bragg with them for a bit when these were fielded to them a few years ago.))
To make matters worse, I tried to register the product at Archos.com only to find that my product ID had already been registered to someone else preventing me from getting support for the device AND they refuse to answer mails for support.
AND! To add insult to injury, RIGHT after I bought The 605, I saw the newer model available for only 30 dollars more.
Who knows what Archos is thinking but I'm done with their products until I see them improve.
Finally, in the defense of Archos, when the device does work the video is quite nice, audio is good but it locks up whenever I view videos as thumbnails which necessitates a hard reset. This can make the device fail to ever boot again requiring a total rebuild.
PS Here are some other bugs:
- It crashes (Locks up) when I disable wireless.
- It JUST stopped letting me connect to any computers' USB port to sync files into it so can now not add anything to it to watch. It simply is not recognized by the computers I hook it to AND when I disconnect it, it locks up and I have to hard reset it.
The hits keep coming.
I hate this thing.
- Good Choice
I would recommend this product to anyone, I especially like the Wifi feature, so many places have Wifi capabilities now, and this device is much more convenient than a laptop, with a quicker startup, you're surfing the internet in no time...more info
- Versatile player that one-upped the ARCHOS 504
I used the ARCHOS 504 for one-and-a-half years before I had to switch. One of the things about the 504 that really annoyed me was that static discharge would easily cause it to freeze up.
Now about the 160GB ARCHOS 605 Wifi. It's got music, video, pictures, data storage, a PDF reader, flash capability, Internet capability, and capability for downloadable programs called "widgets."
Music: Good sound quality, nice that playlists automatically save to "playlists" section (unlike on the 504), and easy to rearrange tracks in a playlist. One of my two complaints are that if you turn it off and then turn it back on, it will not resume from the song you were on (though the playlist will be queued up). Another complaint is that my version is touchy so that I can no longer update the files, so I have to browse for music in the "hard drive" mode. (Normally I should be able to browse by artist, album, title, genre, year, or rating.)
Video: Nice 800x480 resolution, I love the SRT subtitle support, you can sort by folders (unlike with the 504), and bookmarks for returning to the same part of a video. I don't have any complaints.
Pictures: I haven't used this feature that much, but I don't have any complaints so far.
PDF reader: It seems a little faster than with the 504, though people still understandably criticize it for slowness.
Flash: It is unfortunate that most flash games I have put from the Internet onto the ARCHOS don't work. (ARCHOS does sell five-game upgrades, but I have not bought any.) The arrow keys are supposed to work but not every game works with them.
Internet: I've only tried it once and recall it seeming slow.
Widgets: I haven't tried these at all.
Other: One complaint is that the battery seems to drain fast, ~10 hours of music or ~3 hours of video (the 504 probably lasted a few hours longer from a full charge). Another complaint is that the device came with a flimsy "protector" that doesn't even allow easy stylus storage; I recommend buying a different one for the device (the one I bought is by Noreve).
Overall, I definitely recommend this device to ARCHOS enthusiasts. There are a few things that they could have done to have made it better. Maybe these problems have been fixed with the newer models, I'm not sure....more info
- Archos 605
Archos 605 Wi-Fi Portable Media Player (160 GB) Archos 605 Wi-Fi Portable Media Player (160 GB)
Unit is nicely made, BUT hard to accomplish what i needed or wanted - Playing DVD's.
Customer support is short, and hard to get to. Unit hangs often, requiring a reboot....more info
- Nice Features, But....
When will these companies learn to include charging adapters with their devices? The Archos 605 and others in its class all come with only USB charging and nothing you can plug into a wall. The battery life is not great and the battery non-replacable, meaning that the device is only about as good as the battery is, and when it dies, expect service $$$.
The 30 gig unit is better on the battery life than the higher-caps, but get a charger with it (again, it should be included). I expect the price on these to fall, but the Archos has complicated my life except for the times I use the Wi-Fi function. Still, I wouldn't buy it again unless it sold for around a hundred bucks.
The volume also is not loud, so unless you're taking it to a serene area, forget about hearing. You also lose the rich sound with movies, but the thing is tiny, so what do you expect.
As the current depression deepens, I expect these to drop drastically in price and many products will go out of business, so let the buyer beware.
- Overall okay
Actually I would rate this player great and 5 stars but there are few things that are just not so great with it after a year.
First it crashes quite often and you have to restart the whole thing and second it is just slow in many ways. Once a film or music is playing that's fine though no problems.
One special bad design is the playlist though for music. Especially that you have no way to create it otherwise or import it from somewhere else. There are not computer interfaces in any form.
Worst part and just great, warranty has just expired and now the battery is dying. It was never great to begin with by the way. I was never able to watch a whole two hours which it was supposed to supply. Now it holds up about 20 minutes barely enough to watch single episode of a show and only when I charged right before that. The battery drains completely in a week even when shut down. It's hard to understand why this device does not come with a easy to replace type of battery.
Oh, last but not least the camera is way way to expensive for what you get. The movie is running smooth but the resolution is just awful even on the player's screen. Don't even think about watching it on a PC or uploading it YouTube....more info
- It's A Keeper
I bought this unit from B&H Photo in December for $225.00. I have owned this player for 3 months now and waited till now to write a review. At first I was not sure if I was going to keep it. But after owning it for 3 months now I have decided it is a keeper. For whats available on the market today for this size screen it is one of the best, my other choice would have been the Cowon A2 or A3. One of the reasons I chose the Archos 605 was it had both touch screen and buttons for navigation, which turned out to really be a great feature. I don't use the WI-FI so I can't comment on it. Picture quality is pretty good but becuse it is touch screen the sharpness is not as good as the Cowon. Some of the CON's - Battery life is not very good, does not last as long as Archos states, the built in speaker is terrible, amplitude on the volume could be better, charging time through USB is 8 hours or more (buy the mini dock), there are a lot of add on's you may or may not need to buy, depending on your needs, but these add on's can easily add an additional $100,00 or more to the initial cost, but I think many people will be happy with the unit as it comes and will not need any of the add on's, the mini dock is worth the $25.00 tho. Archos needs to update the firmware to take care of some of the small quirks, they have not had an update since May 2008. Better support would be nice. Some of the pro's are, large display screen, easy to navigate the menu (having both the touch screen and buttons is really nice), supports ID3 tags, easy to connect to your PC to transfer files, can store and play some flash games, has thumbnails and other neat features in the photo display, shows tiny video icons on the video menu screen.
Having this unit for 3 months now, I've decided it's a keeper, it's not perfect but I'm pleased with it.
- Archos 605 Wifi
I'm now on my second Archos 605. The first one got mauled by my dog, but fortunately I bought the accidental damage plan on that one and it was covered. It's true that the Archos is prone to malfunction and you can really only count on them to last a couple years. But, for the time it lasts, you can't find a better pmp on the market. When I was reimbursed for the cost of my last one, instead of purchasing the new version of the Archos, I bought another 605. Now that I know what to avoid with this model, I feel like it will last much longer. Namely, don't leave it turned on for an extended period of time while it is on the DVR station. This RUINS the battery. Make sure, instead, that you use it for the designed purpose. Use it on battery power at least every few days for an hour or so. This prevents the battery from running down, as using it and then recharging it actually increases the life span of the battery. Also, despite being labeled as portable, this unit is better suited as something that sits on your lap while you're in a car, bus, etc. Even though it is well put together, I wouldn't suggest walking around with it in your pocket. It really isn't set up for that. Last, make sure to clear the temporary system files and cache every once in a while. It doesn't sound like much, but it makes the OS run much smoother and prevents freeze ups and issues with format when playing back videos. If you know the dos and donts of the Archos 605 it really does not get much better, especially with a price in the mid $200's for the 160gb model....more info
- Its great, if you dont plan on using it for more than a year.
Well, as many of the previous reviewers had said, its a decent product but has it quirks. That was the case with me. Until a week after the warranty expired. The hard drive is failing and none of the fixes work. The company wants 200 to fix it. 200 to replace a $40 hd? You cant replace the hard drive yourself because they locked the hard drive to the unit. You used to be able to change but they quickly fixed that loophole with a firmware upgrade. The customer service sucks. Avoid this product. Buy an ipod touch. You will be happier by far. Never again will I buy anything from Archos....more info
- Amazing potential, bothersome limitations
I bought two of these already--they are that good. The main reason is because there is not anything else out there that can do what these things do.
The main problem is that the Archos 605 does not give you much value for the money you pay. This item is all over the refurb reseller web sites apparently because of returns. After you buy it you find out that you need to buy the H.264 AAC Web TV and Podcast plugin not just to watch Youtube but to watch anything downloadable in MPEG 4 AVC H.264 format. Then you need to buy another plugin to browse the web using Opera, and then another plugin to listen to Internet Radio stations. It charges very slowly from the USB port so the device even asks you to buy a charging dock the first time you plug it in.
The exciting features is that the screen is fantastic. You can watch videos from your UPNP DLNA server, such as Windows Media Center or FUPPES via WiFi. If you have a DISH Network VIP receiver it acts just like the PocketDish so you can copy your DVR programs to the Archos. Speaking of DVR, there is a DVR adapter that lets you watch this on your TV and record off the TV with a nifty remote.
This item is not for hobbyist hackers. This device runs Linux but it's really difficult to hack. This item is for people who want to watch movies and television shows on a huge screen anywhere.
- blank screen
Based on the reviews I was afraid this will be a "hit" or "miss". Unfortunately it was a "miss". Received the couple of days ago. After charging for 18 hours, the unit did not indicate a full charge but I tried to turn it on anyway. The unit powers up (can hear it working) but the screen is blank. Tried resetting several times but no luck.
Returning the item now....more info
- Good device for watching video
I use Archos 605 mainly for watching video while travelling.
The video quality is one of the best that I've seen. It's very clear and crisp. The color is also fantastic. I like the size of the screen (it's bigger than Iphone/Itouch). Of course the 705 is even bigger but heavier and not as portable.
The built-in speaker isn't very good. The sound breaks and is a bit noisy and distracting to listen to. The sound quality is good with with earphones but the volume is still a bit low. However, it also depends on the video files themselves. Different movie files have different volume and sound quality.
My biggest complaint is the battery. The max battery time for watching video is 5 hours although generally it lasted less than that. It really depends on the video's format. The battery runs out much faster while playing higher quality video like Mpeg2 and VOB. It lasts only around 2 1/2 hours. However, when playing avi files, it can lasts around 4 hours.
- Great product Superior to other PMP's
When I purchased this product I was worried how it would function with various video formats and with online access. I am most pleased with the variety of videos that I can play and the internet speed I experience through it. I am able to most all websites with ease and it even has flash 10 capabilities. ...more info
- Even better then my Last Archos
This is my second and with out a doubt not my last Archos! I have been following this company for the last ten years and their products just keep getting better and better. The Video quality is great and the screen size on this one is perfect, not too big, not too small. This time I bought the 160 gig, I also own the 30 gig 604, which was my first one. The sound quality and the picture quality is far better on the 605.
This item smokes the ipod, with a few caveats. You have to buy a few "Plug ins" for the Archos, well for any Archos. And this is the only downfall. The "Plug Ins" are about $60-80 depending on what you want? So this part sucks, but after that these are the best Video players I have ever seen or used.
Since the 605 is only about a week old for me I am sure there are some new things I will find out about it, but I do see they up-graded a few things, which is good news. All in all, if your a geek head, and you like to configure things the way you like them, you will love this! If you are the person that goes to your local electronic store and you buy what ever they have in the box, with no personal configuration, then this isn't for you. This is a great toy, but it takes a little work. So it is not for everyone. ...more info
- Just about Perfect
This device is just plain awesome. The screen is just the right size for traveling. And with the resolution it has everything I've played on it looks superb. I haven't needed to purchase any of the extra plug-ins yet. I normally encode video to divx due to its ability to play on just about anything. The only caveat with that is that for whatever reason avi type files are limited to 2GB (this only came up once when I was trying to watch a movie that was nearly four hours.) I've recently discovered that it will even play some flash based games; though the processor is pretty limited so some games run pretty slow while others simply won't run.
Pictures also look fantastic on this screen due to its pixel density.
Can't really comment on the music playing abilities, I use my phone for those duties.
One thing that gets overlooked is the ability to stream networked media. When you have shared your media in Vista as soon as you connect your Archos to the network it is discovered as a UPnP device and will allow you to stream anything across the network. This includes video, pictures or music. I can't say I will use this feature constantly but it was a pretty cool find and one that might come in handy from time to time.
Now for the bad news:
Battery life isn't as great as advertized, when is it ever. I tried a burn in test and got about 4.7hrs continuous video play with the backlight turned down halfway and the headphone volume set about 75%. This is the one thing preventing me from giving a full five stars, but i would still give it four and a half if that was an option.
It does take a surprisingly long time to charge the battery. I'm not sure if it's the full eight hours like they say but if not it's pretty close.
Lastly, and this is just nitpicking, it's surprisingly heavy. It feels very solid in your hand and a lot heavier than it looks.
- slow wifi also requires extra spending on softwares
It seemed to be a good gadget but wifi speed seemed to be slow compared to my laptop's wifi connectivity. Also It does not come with any browser which lets you go online, until you buy one from mfg. You can use as an mp3 player if you don't want to spend any extra money. Also can be used as a picture viewer. Also there was constant humming sound in ear phones when wifi connectivity was on....more info
- Defective Product
I did a serach on the web. Apparently, Archos has been marketing this defective product (605 Wi-Fi) since 2007. This product has a major defect in that the audio makes unbearable cracking noise when the wi-fi is on. The noise is loud and distinct especially when it is streaming videos on web sites such as Dailymotion. Basically the audio function is useless when you're on internet. I had the problem with my first one, and then exchanged it, same problem. This apparently has been a common problem, and Archos has been telling customers a firmware would fix it since 2007. This defective product should have been recalled. ...more info
- The IPOD Killer - Awesome!!!
This is a truly awesome product. I have been using it for some time now. I use it to listen to music and audio books, get on line when traveling and check e-mails, watch movies while traveling, play games, and even read many e-books. Move over Ipod . . . I love my Archos....more info
- Archos has the worst customer service
This was a great product for the first day I owned it. Accidentally dropped it while in the case on the second day and cracked the screen rendering it useless.
That's when I learned that ARCHOS HAS THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE OF ANY COMPANY I HAVE EVER DEALT WITH. Each step was an arduous task. Took several calls and emails to get a return authorization for service. Finally got it and sent it in for service. Took over a week for them to give me options. I initially decided to pay for repair ($160) and was told to call their 800 number to give my credit card #. Spent a total of over 3 hours on hold over 2 days. Finally got through to an attendant, who transferred me to "customer service" at which point a 5 second message informed me they were closed and they promptly disconnected. Tried emailing, asking them to call me to get paid and no response for a week now.
I RESOLVE TO NEVER BUY AN ARCHOS PRODUCT AGAIN AND TO SHARE THIS EXPERIENCE WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN!!!...more info
- cool device, but nickle and dime you for add ons
The archos is a really cool gaget with a great screen but they do nickle and dime you to death for all of the add-on's you need to make it really incredible. I got it for half off, and brand new, and if it came up again, I'd buy it again. Just be aware that the browser costs money, the DVR function cost money, etc, etc, etc....more info
- Very Crude compared to an iTouch
I was comparing an iTouch and the archos 605 and ended up buying an Archos for a pretty neat deal;
But I wasn't truly fascinated by either its interfaces of the way it feels in your palm; It is a neat toy but sure needs a ton of aestitic improvements;Without a querty mini key pad this can be rather painful to type or browse;
The movies don't work well, I threw a couple of FLV's and the Archos started restarting every time I played it; Some WMV's don't work, that's pretty annoying; (I have the latest firmware); It plays you tube (flash support) thats cool;
The photos and music is okay, but I don't believe they differentiate the product. Also the support and the website sucks.. I can't believe a company of this stature has such a cheap website. Also when I tried accessing the Archos shopping site to download the browser (willing to pay 30$) never worked, it said under construction, ridiculous...
Overall it's not a bad toy but I haven't started liking it yet, maybe the DVR attachment may change my mind, but I am skeptical right now.
- Archos 605WiFi
Great product maybe too pricey to be called a Gadget but when you grab one up on Amazons "Deal of The Day" you can't not just beat the price or help but to buy one,but at that low price you can call it a Gadget or anything else you want for that matter. First of all this baby has WiFi, an 80g drive and has a touch screen. It isn't just a media player like all the others out there. This little fella can also work as a portable hard drive and even a back-up drive. It's terrific, it not only records movies direct from your T.V.,satelite network or cable box but you can rip/copy dvd movies direct to the Archos ( even if they are copy protected, although if they are copy protected they will not playback on your T.V./monitor. However you can still watch them on the Archos screen itself.) You can copy music, video, photos and text files from your computor to the Archos. And because of the virtual keyboard you can work on documents downloaded from your computor. You can listen to your favorite music or take a break and watch a movie or play games. With the web availability you can surf the web, watch internet T.V. or listen to internet radio,access your email and you can even access your Dish Network DVR recordings without having to wait until you get back home or if you just can't wait to watch that episode of your favorite show.now I dont have to carry my laptop around,i just drop it into my pocket and go. The only down-side i found is that in order for some features to work you have to purchase the plug-in's. Also the dvr is sold seperate unless you buy the bundle. But as an overall.. this really is a great product which by the way, my second Archos. Not because the first broke or died on me, but because of the great quallities, features and that infamouse "Deal of the day"...more info
- Fun Gadget
I use my Archos mostly for videos and web browsing. I bought the additional $30 web browser plugin from Archos. I watch a daily bible study show that comes in wmv format, so I like the fact that the Archos plays it natively....more info