Archos 705 Wi-Fi Portable Media Player (160 GB)
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Product Description

Plays all your digital entertainment movies, TV shows, photos and music / 7" Touch Screen / Store up to 200 movies, 1.6 million photos or 95,000 songs View, zoom photos and make slide shows with music and transition effects, for viewing on the PMP or on TV Listen to all your favorite music in more formats than in any other player Transfer photos directly from your digital camera onto your ARCHOS, using the USB 2.0 host port Capacity 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

With 160 GB of built-in memory, the Archos 705 Wi-Fi portable media player lets you surf, stream, download, and record movies for easy playback on its crystal clear 800 x 480 7-inch full-color touchscreen. With its Wi-Fi capabilities, the 705 Wi-Fi connects to the Internet for surfing the Web, accessing e-mail, and watching Web-based videos wherever you go. Its Opera Browser plug-in puts Adobe Flash support on your Archos, which enables access to and use of Dailymotion and other Web video sites on your Archos device. You can even view and post YouTube videos wherever you have a wireless connection and your Archos.



The Archos 705 delivers sharp visuals, Wi-Fi capabilities, and advanced audio/video playback. View larger.


Download your favorite podcasts with the ArchosLink Software.View larger.
To assist in finding new and exciting media, the 705 Wi-Fi comes with integrated access to Archos' content portal, a service that features thousands of movies, TV shows, and songs for downloading wirelessly to the player. The player also sports an integrated TV program guide you can use to record your favorite TV shows for later playback. And because the device supports PDF files, you can kick back with an e-book in PDF format while on the road or review important PDF documents while away from the office. The 705 Wi-Fi supports MPEG4, AVI, and WMV video files and audio files in MP3, WMA, Protected WMA, and WAV file formats.

Bridging the gap between the PC and the TV, the 705 Wi-Fi allows you to stream content from a PC or the Internet directly to a TV or the 705--all through a wireless home network and an optional DVR station. It also features a sophisticated touchscreen, no-button design to ensure simple navigation with your fingertips or stylus. In the absence of a Wi-Fi network, content can be transferred to the device via USB 2.0. The player supports Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. The 705 Wi-Fi measures 7.05 x 4.96 x 7.75 inches, weighs only 22 ounces, and features a music playback battery life of up to 25 hours and a video playback life of up to 5.5 hours.


New widgets for the Archos 705 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 705. 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 705.


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 705. 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 705 Wi-Fi, headphones, USB 2.0 cable, USB 2.0 host adapter, DVR station saddle, two styli, remote control with built-in keyboard, power adapter and charger, protective pouch, quick start guide, and legal and safety notice. NOTE: The Archos 705 manual states that a UK/European adapter is included; however, this adapter is not included in the box. To obtain the adapter mentioned in the manual, contact Archos Customer Service at 866-489-4718--available seven days a week, 7AM to 11PM CST.




The Archos Content Portal provides easy access to the latest movies, TV shows, and music directly to your Archos device.


The device comes with photo-viewing capabilities, supporting JPEG, BMP, and PNG files.

Features:
  • Robust and portable 160 GB multimedia device with Wi-Fi
  • Download movies, TV shows, and songs via the integrated Archos content portal
  • Surf the Web; share content; and view and post videos to Web video sites, such as YouTube
  • Stream and watch videos from your PC
  • Record your favorite TV shows

Customer Reviews:

  • A great player!
    I read through all of the reviews of this player before I bought it, and if I were to sum up the other reviews, they were 50/50. I felt like I should give a little back so here is my experience:

    Battery Life - I just don't understand what problem people are having with the battery life. When I got my Archos 705, I plugged it in overnight and then transfered some Xvid's the longest movie I had was 2.5 hours long. I unplugged the player and put on the movie, it made it through twice plus 30 minutes... so I got about 5.5 hours out of it (FWIW it was a letter boxed movie so maybe since there where black pixels use less power and make it last longer, I donno know but I thought I would mentioned it). I also picked up a "double" battery" that is twice the size with twice the juice. Watching movies/shows while flying across the country I never dipped below 50% power. On a side note why is there not an option to see how much power is left or estimated time?

    Add Ons - Ok this is a gripe I can agree with I spent another $70 to get the web browser and 2 additional codecs. Seems pretty crappy that after spending $500 to get the player that I needed to spend anther $70 to get the features that I really wanted. Like I mentioned before i spent another $35 to get a "double battery" (we are planning to fly to Hawaii from the East Coast, seemed like a good investment). So in total I spent another $105 on things to get what I originally wanted.

    Stylus - Ok perhaps this is just me, but there is not place to put the stylus on the player. The player comes with a case (nothing special) that has a little pocket in it. I just got back from a trip using it and when watching the player I just stuck it in my shirt pocket when watching videos and put it with the case when I was not it.

    Video Quality - Maybe I have just have lower expectations, but I think movies look great (yes my eyes are fine). If anything when the size of the video was not close to the specs of the screen, it did not look awesome but that is my fault not the player. When I have ripped shows that are close to the screen specs, it looks great.

    Web Browsing - I have not played around with this too much, but so far it looks nice. I will play with this more and report back... But it was no problem to get on my WPA2 wireless connection. Again with the screen, it looked really sharp.

    Wow factor - I have to say, on every leg of my trip, people asked me about the player. If you are watching it in public space, expect to talk about it.

    Touchscreen - So I have to agree a bit with the other reviews that the screen is not the most responsive (I have never played with an Apple Touch so don't really have a comparison). There are times when it seems a little "touchy" or rather "not touchy" where you have to press the screen multiple times to get it to do what you want. But really this is not the end of the world when watching videos since you so rarely need to touch anything when watching videos. When I was playing around to explore the machine it was annoying from time to time, but nothing to stomp my feet over. Note that it is very important that you read how to select things from the manual. Sometimes it is a double tap, sometimes a single tap, etc...

    Volume - It is not awesome, I will agree with this. While watching videos I had it full on the player and almost full on my headphones... this was loud enough for me, but that is almost maxing it out to get there. Seems like it should get louder than it does.

    What I have not tried - I have not played with the content portals, I have all my own content to move over on the machine. Games - you can pay money for games... I might get around to it, but really just like watching videos for it. I have transferred a few MP3s to it, seems to play nice but I already have an iPod Nano that I use for music.

    Wrap up - I bought this player to watch videos, everything else is just gravy. I am not a video snob so 200k colors versus 16 mill, does not bother me at all, all I know is for what I watch it looks great. I hated bringing a portable DVD player around with DVDs and this is a very nice solution to that problem. I would gladly recommend it, with the cavet of spending the extra $105 to get the additional plug ins and the double battery... if you are not going to do that you might feel limited... I gave it 4 out of 5 stars since it is not perfect, but it really does everything that I bought it for, though there is room to grow and do these things better. Also I bought mine for $499. Not sure why this is currently priced $850....
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  • I love it but products never work as they show or advertise.
    This is a great device. This can play almost any type of media file including AVI, MP3 WMA and many others if you pay archos for them. I however haven't bought extra decoders and plug-ins from them yet, because it can get really expensive. It does not come with any software for your computer, you must use your own software that you have, or bought, or download, or something.

    The main problem I think with this is the sound. Yes the sound reproduction is good but the volume is WAY TOO LOW even with the volume turned up all the way. No, I'm not deaf and yes, I know you have to turn the volume up all the way on the headphones themself that come with it. When I talk headphones I mean earphones or earbuds. This will not work with large headphones. Still even when I use other headphones the volume is just too low. Now, it can actually be loud though depending on what you listen to like good quality recordings of (rock, pop, rap and other stuff I don't like) and if you're not in a loud place, but for what I like to listen to such as classical recordings you'll miss a lot because you can't hear it. Forget about using this device in the city, a car or in other loud places. I haven't purchased isolating headphones yet but it may help a lot with this. Still if I compare the volume to other MP3 players such as the Toshiba Gigabeat and the creative Zen the volume is less than a third of what theirs are. Even the new models of the 705 have this problem (and all of archos players for that matter). Archos claims they did this to protect your hearing and to comply with international law. Maybe they did, but it's still a shame.

    The second problem although in no way as big as the first is the battery life. Even reviewers here claim 20 hours of audio. Well, they simply haven't tried out the product and timed it because you will really get no more than eight hours of audio with the wifi turned off the screen to 20 seconds and hardly any messing around with it. Doesn't matter the bitrate or the format of the audio, it's all the same. No, there isn't anything wrong with my battery or unit, it's just the way it is. I do have a large 2X extended life battery 704 battery (supposed to work with 705 and it's not made by Archos) coming from an amazon merchant and I hope this remedies the poor battery life I'm getting. I have heard though that this battery is large, sticks out and is hard to fit. I haven't tried it much for video but I was able to watch an hour and a half video on it and it took off half of the bars from the battery indicator. So, if the indicator is right, and it seems to be, you should be able to get two and a half hours of video(gotta say less than three). Funny how audio playback doesn't last many more times then that. in Comparison to other products that I use for audio my Sony CD MP3 player that runs on ONE AA lasts 13 hours and the Gigabeat lasts six and the Zen four. All these have great volume levels too.

    The thrid problem with this is you have to keep buying more. Now I haven't bought a whole lot yet, only a car adapter, a 2x battery and a fanny pack so I can take it hiking but just getting this means you're going to spend at least a 150 more just to get it to work right. The web browser is an extra 30 bucks and you must buy that if you plan to use the interweb on this thing. Not to mention the extra decoders that you must buy to play certain formats such as AAC(don't know if it's supported actually), MPEG2 and 4 and such.

    I did buy this mostly for music and to take hiking. There is a problem though, this thing is big and heavy. Basically think about something the weight of a brick and thinned out into almost a one inch thick tablet. Another problem is this has really no places to hold on to it, it's just a slab. The solution?, a large fanny pack. Just put the screen lock on to keep from it doing stuff when that thing bounces around in there. There is yet another problem with that thought that can drain it's already mediocre battery life even more. Any touching of the screen will turn it on, even when it's locked, it just won't do anything. So you got to make sure you put it in a good spot and try not to bounce around too much or touch the fanny pack.

    Still, it works better and has more features(even if you have to buy them) than any other media player I have ever owned. Just be aware of these things if you decide on the 705 or any Archos products.

    Update: well I returned this product to Amazon and I'm hoping for at least most of my money back. Why would I return a product I thought was good? Well after more use the more I realize this thing is not worth it. The sound volume is just too intolerable, it really is that low. It also sounds pretty bad, just a lot of hissing and wind blowing sounds with all headphones(earbuds and earphones). The battery life for music is terrible and it's a big and heavy battery yet it still has a short life. Then there's the plug-ins, I had problems trying to purchase them and Archos is no help. Plus it is almost as big and heavy as my computer yet it costs more and does less. ...more info
  • I upgraded from the 4gig Archos 605, and I lovee this.... !
    I started with looking in my Dish Network DVR manual about TV on the go, and that lead me to check out the Archos models. I bought the cheapest version I could get on here that still Worked with my DISH NETWORK, so I could take all my DVR recordings with me where ever I go.
    That was the 605 4 gig model, it worked as advertised, but dont buy a 2GIG mem card and think it will add to the space available for storing Dish Network recorded TV, it wont. I liked everything about the 605, except the screen was small and there wass only enuff space for about 3.75 hours of DVR tv from Dish Network.
    DESPITE all the negative Reviews on here saying that the screen displayed horrible images on the 705, versus the 605, I went for it, because of the 80GIG space increase alone.
    I am very impressed with the display, looks AWESOME, just like a 7 inch version of the 605, and now i have 60 hours of Dish Network DVR TV space, I love it ! ** I only use this for Dish Network, nothing else, I constantly have over 70 programs recorded on my DVR, so copying it to this device and taking emm with me where ever I go is Sweet ! *I cant coment on the other uses for the 705.
    AND ONE LAST THING ! with this, 705, Same as the 605 !!...The first time you try to TURN these on, is a Horrible Experiance, having done it twice now, just keep trying with it plugged up to A/C power, the 705 took 30 solid minutes of playing, and finally the start up window appeared ! and the 605 took just as long....
    But well worth it for my needs,
    .... beware you have to buy "plug ins" for almost everything you want to do, luckily the Dish Network "plug in" is FREE. I reccomend visting Archos's website first and find the product you are about to buy and price the "plug ins" you want......more info
  • Portable dishnetwork movies
    Bought to transfer dishnetwork movies and tv shows. Use it in the car for grandchildren. Only complaint is short battery life. Would be lost without the car charger. Also great way to share media but found out cannot connect to Tv without the dvr stand. Think 605 might be a better choice because of direct connection with cables. Also the 605 has gps capabilities. ...more info
  • It Gets you on the Accessories
    The following review was written by my 13 yr old son, B.

    The Archos 705 is a great product. I was about to get the 704 when I saw that this was cheaper. A lot of people say it's pretty neat when they see me with it. However, before buying it you may want to consider these:

    -Price: So far, I've spent a total of $500 on it. I bought the actual Archos 705 (80gb) for $370, the Gen 5 DVR Station-which you can currently buy for $0.01 on ebay ($12 shipping)- for $80, (also, the 705 will work on the Gen. 4 DVR Station too) the $30 Web Browser Plug-in, and the $20 Cinema Plug-in. I will probably buy more accessories including the $30 704 battery that works on the 705 too, the last $20 Plug-in, and maybe some of the $10 games.

    -You should buy an accessory: If you don't buy any of the accessories, then you will only be able to listen to some of your music (I tried syncing the Archos with iTunes and only some files would play without a certain plug-in), be able to put photos on to it, and I think you will be able to put videos on it. (You don't order the Plug-ins, you download them straight onto your computer.)

    -Scheduled Recordings: You can easily program the Archos 705 to automatically record shows onto your Archos. It works really well because you can leave the house and it will record your stuff. You don't have to worry about leaving it on all day, it's not bad for it and the Archos and it doesn't get hot. You can schedule recordings once, daily or weekly. Also, you can title the video (using the keyboard on it or the one on the built-in remote) so then it will automatically title it for you if it's daily or weekly. The recorder can easily record videos on Demand. Unfortunately, the TV has to be on while recording and it won't automatically change channels for you. However, while recording, you can turn the volume on the TV all the way down. Remember that it does record the TV guide (if you use it) which may block part of your view. And, you must have a cable to record and a special cable for recording stuff from your iPod (you can't sync videos on it form iTunes.) Regardless of some things, it's basically a portable Tivo.

    -The Touch screen: The touch screen is a little bit difficult to use. You have to use the tip of your nail. It's not as easy as the iTouch's even though the Archos comes with a 2 styli. The screen itself is 6" by 3.75".

    -The Resolution: It doesn't have a really sharp image on the videos that you record on to it with the optional DVR Station. However, it is pretty good (definitely not as bad as the videos on youtube.)

    -The Web: The Archos 705 will pick up a WiFi signal from about the same distance that a Mac can. You can easily type in your Web Code address and it will remember it for you. You can also open more then one tab at the same time on it and easily change back and forth through each. It comes with a remote that can act like a mouse (it even shows a little arrow.) Youtube works really well, but I don't know if/how to save videos to your Archos. The Web is a little slow, but it works really well. Google Docs can act as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and even excel on the Archos. Note: unfortunately, it's not built for online games.

    -The DVR Station: When you buy the $80 DVR Station, it comes with the same remote that Archos 705 comes with. This remote is $15 on the Archos website so, since you have 2, it's kind of a waist of money. The DVR Station also comes with an AC adapter-again, the same one that comes with the Archos 705- too. This adapter could cost up to $30. You can plug the adapter into the Archos or the DVR Station and it will power both so you don't need the second one. If these extra accessories didn't come with the DVR Station (Gen 5), then the cost could possibly be as low as $35.

    -It's better than most: I think that the Archos 705 is better than the iTouch, mainly because you can record stuff on to it, where on the iTouch you have to buy everything on iTunes. Like the iTouch, the Archos 705 has stores on it that you can rent (videos only) and buy videos, and songs. The iTouch may be smaller and may have a slightly better touch screen, but I think the Archos 705 is better overall a mainly because of how you can record videos onto it. In fact, the Archos 605 "beat" the iTouch in a comparison article (on the Archos website.)

    -Other: You should take the time to read the 80 page built-in owners manual. You have to register your Archos online at the Archos website in order to put any of the Plug-ins onto it. There is a headphone jack on the side. The Archos 705 is easy to use and has a lot of handy things on it (such as the 8 Widgets.) It automatically shuts off after 1-9 mins (under settings) except for when recording, and can be put on standby for quick start-up, or it can completely shut off. You can easily change the background picture on it too. The speakers aren't the best, but the work pretty well. It also comes with a small carrying case similar to the iPod. Unfortunately, the files are a little bit hard to manage but you can rename and delete them on the Archos. It also has a hold button.

    I rated the Archos 705 4 stars mostly because of its price. However, I think that it's definitely worth getting. Lots of people who see it say they want one. It's much better than my Gen. 5 iPod. Although I have had to take out its battery sometimes because it froze, it's still very good. The Archos 705 is almost like a small computer with its WiFi (with google docs), videos, music, photos, and even better than a computer in a way because you can record stuff onto it. I would definitely recommend this.
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  • Good Around the House Video Player and for Kids
    This is a great deal right now, you get solid 7 inch video player much more compact than a portable DVD player in a stylish industrial design to carry around all your movies and surf the net or your home network for a great price. You also get a removable battery that means you can enjoy this for years to come with the purchase of a second batter for a low price.

    I purchased the Archos 705 wifi after having had the Archos 605 wifi for six months to take advantage of the huge price reduction, maintain interoperability with my other accessories such as the Archos DVR Dock, and to have the larger screen.

    The Archos 705 is a solid choice. The picture is bright, vibrant, and playback is smooth and stutter-free. The player is a non-fingerprint showing, slim, matte-gray device that easy to hold while lounging or that can be propped up on a table with the retractable metal stand tucked in the back of the player. It looks austere, no buttons except power and TV out activation on the side. It comes with a semi-hardened rectangular black mesh case with stylus holder and velcro secured flap good for protection and tight to fit. The inclusion of a remote that works with the sensor on the front bottom left of the device makes for nice button navigation and a decent typing experience for Internet browsing.

    The remote is a querty keyboard with nice buttons for volume, menu, and text and numbers. It is also very hand friendly, with a small size and good solid flex in the buttons.

    This unit also has a removable battery with is a big factor if you want a product that will last more than a few years. I picked up a double life battery at a third-party reseller - just do a search. However, just get a regular battery the thing sticks out too far in back. 2 regular batteries should get you 10 hours so more than that isn't worth the player not fitting cases and accesories.

    You get an AC adapter that plugs in the left side of the player above the headphone jack. That item is compatable with other Archos 605 series players. You also get a snap on dock adaptor for the Archos Dock.

    On the Archos DVR Dock...the thing does a fine job recording TV but the service from Archos is unreliable. Stick to having it on the channel you want the day of recording and making a timed-record every week.

    On to the playback quality. Sound is good but low if the source was recorded with high volume. There are volume boost settings on programs that rip video, be sure to use those and you will be fine. The picture is also good. The viewing angles from above are infinite to my eyes. There is a gray out when you face the player backwards (think Nestea Plunge) for a few degrees and then it reappears, so you will have to work that out when you get yours. Side angles are infinite as far as I can tell too. You only get 260,000 colors not 16M, what this means to me is that isn't as sharp as the 605 and you don't have the three nice adjustments for contrast and brightness but it works fine looks good and kids especially won't notice.

    Planned uses. For me, I like classis TV shows so I can fit about 2 Seven year series of shows on my device and watch them through around the house. The internet browser makes for a nice read of blogs and my favorite news sites. Youtube is ok but slow. ABC.com doesn't work. You kind of have to limit your expectations for the web to reading your favorite sites. Shopping sites look good too.

    Overall this is a nice video player for folks who want to carry large amounts of video around, it would work well for kids watching cartoons, and is a nice display for web sites that have mostly text. I recommend it at the current price point as a good purchase.
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  • Portable dishnetwork movies
    Bought to transfer dishnetwork movies and tv shows. Use it in the car for grandchildren. Only complaint is short battery life. Would be lost without the car charger. Also great way to share media but found out cannot connect to Tv without the dvr stand. Think 605 might be a better choice because of direct connection with cables. Also the 605 has gps capabilities. ...more info
  • Pure Garbage.
    I received this for Christmas and was excited to try it out. The thing is you can't do anything with this thing straight out of the box! if you want to put your videos/movies on it you're directed to the archos website to purchase additional software for it to work. want to put your music on it? same thing, you have to buy additional software from archos! want to put photos on there? YOU HAVE TO BUY MORE SOFTWARE FROM ARCHOS. Basically out of the box you have a giant paperweight which can tell you the date and time.

    all you pc weenies: next time you want to criticize Apple, shut the hell up! ipods and iphones work straight out of the box. you can put your own media on them and you never have to pay for plug-ins or drivers.

    archos is a corrupt company....more info
  • I upgraded from the 4gig Archos 605, and I lovee this.... !
    I started with looking in my Dish Network DVR manual about TV on the go, and that lead me to check out the Archos models. I bought the cheapest version I could get on here that still Worked with my DISH NETWORK, so I could take all my DVR recordings with me where ever I go.
    That was the 605 4 gig model, it worked as advertised, but dont buy a 2GIG mem card and think it will add to the space available for storing Dish Network recorded TV, it wont. I liked everything about the 605, except the screen was small and there wass only enuff space for about 3.75 hours of DVR tv from Dish Network.
    DESPITE all the negative Reviews on here saying that the screen displayed horrible images on the 705, versus the 605, I went for it, because of the 80GIG space increase alone.
    I am very impressed with the display, looks AWESOME, just like a 7 inch version of the 605, and now i have 60 hours of Dish Network DVR TV space, I love it ! ** I only use this for Dish Network, nothing else, I constantly have over 70 programs recorded on my DVR, so copying it to this device and taking emm with me where ever I go is Sweet ! *I cant coment on the other uses for the 705.
    AND ONE LAST THING ! with this, 705, Same as the 605 !!...The first time you try to TURN these on, is a Horrible Experiance, having done it twice now, just keep trying with it plugged up to A/C power, the 705 took 30 solid minutes of playing, and finally the start up window appeared ! and the 605 took just as long....
    But well worth it for my needs,
    .... beware you have to buy "plug ins" for almost everything you want to do, luckily the Dish Network "plug in" is FREE. I reccomend visting Archos's website first and find the product you are about to buy and price the "plug ins" you want......more info
  • Archos 705 WiFi
    The 705 is just an average product. Archos business model is really messed up, probably owing to being a company foreign to the US marketplace. All the aftermarket "addons" are a ripoff in the way they are marketed. Several of the areas of their website are totally disfuntional.

    The unit works well for movies, but the sound is not loud enough if there is any background noise. The internal amplifier just does not have enough power.
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  • A Massive Dissapointment
    As others have stated in their reviews, this thing is golden on paper. However that quickly falls apart when you actually get the device and use it. There are actually a lot of things that were disappointing with this device however I am going to make this simple and point out just one reason why you should absolutely not buy this. Its the fact that this display only capable of displaying 260,000 colors. Thats right 260,000 colors is not a typo. Its unbelievable but its certainly not a typo.

    For those of you that dont have a lot of experience with this subject matter, lets just say that 260,000 colors is where monitor technology was at like 15-20 years ago. The human eye is capable of discerning a mind boggling number of colors and the smaller number of colors you use the worse its going to look. 260,000 may sound like a lot to some of you but trust me, its not. The vast majority of the displays being made today are capable of displaying 24-bit RGB or in other words 16,777,216 colors.

    Some of the previous reviews have made the mistake of stating that the human eye might not be able of perceiving thiss many colors and that is in fact incorrect. The human eye is capable of seeing even more colors than 24 Bit RGB is capable of displaying. That is why HDMI 1.3 Deep color is being produced. HDMI 1.3 adds support for x.v.Color (which is the consumer name describing the IEC 61966-2-4 xvYCC color standard). HDMI 1.3 Deep color will be the very first display technology that is capable of displaying every single color the human eye can perceive.

    The bottom line is 260,000 colors is simply an inadequate number of colors for a high quality display, in fact its not even close. Now if all of the displays in your house used 260,000 and that was what your eyes were used to seeing then it might not seem so bad however that just isnt the case. Your eyes are used to seeing millions of colors in regards to displays so going back to 260,000 is, well lets just say it is not going to look good at all. Its would be comparable to watching a VHS tape after years of watching DVD or Blu Ray and its simply unacceptable given where we are at technology wise. To be honest I still have a very hard time believing that someone actually presented the idea of using a 260,000 color display, yet alone that it was actually approved and put into production. It makes me honestly question this entire comapnies line of thinking and makes me wonder what else they skimped out on in regrards to these products.

    I sent mine back immediately and I certainly cannot recommend anyone buy this regardless of how good it looks on paper. This is first and formost a portable video player and the display is simply horrible. There is really no need even going into the other disappointing aspects of this device. The display is horrible and that in itself should be more than enough reason to go elsewhere. I can only hope that Archos shows much better judgment in the future as again this is simply unacceptable especially for a devise whose main purpose is displaying video and for that I gave it a 1 star. If I could have given it a zero I would have. ...more info
  • Awesome Video Player
    I reviewed several video players prior to purchasing the Archos 705 160 GB. Then once I chose the 705 I had to wait about 2 months to actually find one in stock (more time to see other options). I have nothing but the highest praise for this device. But it is not one to carry around everyday in your pocket. This is a big 7 inch screen and rather heavy but it is exactly what I wanted. I can put it in my briefcase or just use it around the house. If you know what your main reasons for purchasing this is, then you will easily decide for yourself if the 705 meets your needs. If it does, the product is very nice....more info
  • I like it.
    Capable product but it needs too many expesive add-ons.Surfing the internet can alsobe challenging....more info
  • Play my media, baby!
    The first one I ordered died within 3 days of receiving it... not good
    I contacted the vendor and it took a week for them to reply with an RMA website.... VERY not good
    I contacted Amazon 5 minutes after I mail Archos and I had an email from customer service within an hour stating that a new unit was on the way (shipped on Amazon's dime) and gave me instructions to package and return the bad unit. Amazon customer service RULZ!

    Back to the unit... It's HUGE, it's awesome, does exactly what I wanted it to.. but has all the flaws that other reviewers stated:
    -volume control is wonky and doesn't get that loud (it was hard to hear on a plane, but at the hotel was perfect)
    -why do I have to buy the webbrowser and divx plug-ins to make the thing fully functional?
    -battery life was good so far (bought extra battery just in case though)
    -picture was crisp and clean, very easy to view (although not "high-def" but what do you want from something you're holding in your hand?)

    Unit is great, Amazon is better! Thanks!...more info
  • A Massive Dissapointment
    As others have stated in their reviews, this thing is golden on paper. However that quickly falls apart when you actually get the device and use it. There are actually a lot of things that were disappointing with this device however I am going to make this simple and point out just one reason why you should absolutely not buy this. Its the fact that this display only capable of displaying 260,000 colors. Thats right 260,000 colors is not a typo. Its unbelievable but its certainly not a typo.

    For those of you that dont have a lot of experience with this subject matter, lets just say that 260,000 colors is where monitor technology was at like 15-20 years ago. The human eye is capable of discerning a mind boggling number of colors and the smaller number of colors you use the worse its going to look. 260,000 may sound like a lot to some of you but trust me, its not. The vast majority of the displays being made today are capable of displaying 24-bit RGB or in other words 16,777,216 colors.

    Some of the previous reviews have made the mistake of stating that the human eye might not be able of perceiving thiss many colors and that is in fact incorrect. The human eye is capable of seeing even more colors than 24 Bit RGB is capable of displaying. That is why HDMI 1.3 Deep color is being produced. HDMI 1.3 adds support for x.v.Color (which is the consumer name describing the IEC 61966-2-4 xvYCC color standard). HDMI 1.3 Deep color will be the very first display technology that is capable of displaying every single color the human eye can perceive.

    The bottom line is 260,000 colors is simply an inadequate number of colors for a high quality display, in fact its not even close. Now if all of the displays in your house used 260,000 and that was what your eyes were used to seeing then it might not seem so bad however that just isnt the case. Your eyes are used to seeing millions of colors in regards to displays so going back to 260,000 is, well lets just say it is not going to look good at all. Its would be comparable to watching a VHS tape after years of watching DVD or Blu Ray and its simply unacceptable given where we are at technology wise. To be honest I still have a very hard time believing that someone actually presented the idea of using a 260,000 color display, yet alone that it was actually approved and put into production. It makes me honestly question this entire comapnies line of thinking and makes me wonder what else they skimped out on in regrards to these products.

    I sent mine back immediately and I certainly cannot recommend anyone buy this regardless of how good it looks on paper. This is first and formost a portable video player and the display is simply horrible. There is really no need even going into the other disappointing aspects of this device. The display is horrible and that in itself should be more than enough reason to go elsewhere. I can only hope that Archos shows much better judgment in the future as again this is simply unacceptable especially for a devise whose main purpose is displaying video and for that I gave it a 1 star. If I could have given it a zero I would have. ...more info
  • Love it!!
    I've had my Archos 705 for over a month now and love it. I also like the big screen (others may not). I have the 80 gb and have already run out of space so if you like recording movies get the 160 GB. Now I don't have to boot up my laptop every time I want to watch a movie. Archos is very convenient and holds over 30 movies!!

    On the down side the volume on play back is not that great and I had a hard time listening to my movies on the plane. I'll try a good noise reduction headset and see what happens. Also on the downside is all the extras you have to purchase.

    Overall, I like the convenience and have no regrets purchasing it....more info
  • Archos 705 WiFi
    The 705 is just an average product. Archos business model is really messed up, probably owing to being a company foreign to the US marketplace. All the aftermarket "addons" are a ripoff in the way they are marketed. Several of the areas of their website are totally disfuntional.

    The unit works well for movies, but the sound is not loud enough if there is any background noise. The internal amplifier just does not have enough power.
    ...more info
  • PATHETIC Sound Levels!! Really Sub-Par!
    So far, I am VERY unhappy with my Archos 705 Wi-Fi!!!

    I can't believe how LOW the volume settings are!

    Even if I use an external headphone amp (mine is called a Boostaroo), the volume is way too low!!

    Put is this way: If I am on an airplane and eat anything crunchy, like a pretzel, I can't really hear the dialog!

    And as for a "theater-like experience" -- forget about it!!

    I have spent a great deal of money so far for my unit -- nearly $500 for the unit itself, $100 for the DVR station, $100 for extra batteries (my flights for work are almost all over 12 hours) and hundreds for downloads and driver add ons. For all that I have spent so far, I could have purchased a mini-PC!

    But I DO like this unit -- and I DO want it to work better!!!

    The features and navigation is very good -- as is the picture quality.

    But the sound level is so low that I just can't enjoy this thing at all.

    Shame on Archos!...more info
  • Good, but a little funky
    The main thing we use it for is WiFi browsing. The Opera browser is a bit too stripped down, so that it's awkward. There is very little documentation, and the touch screen is a bit temperamental.

    We'd still buy it again....more info
  • A multi-media powerhouse!
    The list of what this video player can do has been well stated in previous reviews. So let's get to the good stuff! First and foremost, I received my 705 WiFi very quickly. That said, I opened the box to find everything neatly boxed and easy to find. This baby does everything and for the most part comes with everything you need to start experiencing your music and videos in a whole new light. Connecting to my home network was a breeze! DETAILED instructions are provided within the unit. They are easy to read and understand. While I was playing around with the device, my wife configured Windows Media Player. She does not dabble nor care much for electronics. However over the years I have ripped alot of her music into WMP and felt she should help setup this new toy. Within minutes we were listening to our favorite tunes, wireless. Granted the OPERA web browser isn't all that fast but it is adequate and better than my cell phone browser! I would recommend any and all of the plugins that interest you. I have the web browser, video enhanser, Dishnetwork plugin (free) and the Widget plugin. All were easy to download and install. Oh yeah, being able to record movies from my satelite dish...PRICELESS. ...more info