It may be a little bulky, and won't fit into your pocket, but considering the features this thing packs, it's no wonder.
It has a nice, vibrant 4.3in touchscreen which is brilliant for watching videos on. It does all the normal things you'd expect from an MP3 player: it plays audio (MP3/WMA), plays videos (AVI/WMV), view images. The usual. This model of the 605, though, has built-in WiFi, so you can connect to any wireless network (as long as you have the p/w) and do some internet browsing. But not right away. The Archos 605 WiFi requires that you purchase 'plugins'. These consist of the Opera web browser, MPEG-2 and H.264 codecs and various games. Once you've purchased the Opera plugin, you can browse the internet.
The good thing about the Archos is that it uses a standard laptop hard drive, so it's pretty big. In this case, 30Gb is plenty for music and videos. The bad thing about the Archos is that it uses a standard laptop hard drive. It Does tend to sap battery power quite rapidly, and hard drives are very sensitive to knocks and bumps, so don't expect it to last as long as flash memory.
You can use the touchscreen for every action you perform, from selecting what mode you want, playing/stopping, volume, skip back, skip forward, the lot. There are also a few buttons down the right side of the Archos which will also perform similar functions. The touchscreen is also finger-print resistant, which is nice.
The unit comes with a pair of styluses, but there's nowhere on the player to slot them in. The touchscreen works well with your fingers anyway, so the stylus isn't essential. There is also a little kick-stand at the back to help it stay up-right while watching videos.
Copying files onto the Archos couldn't be simpler. Attach it via USB and it acts like an external hard drive. Just drag and drop music, video or images files to their respective folders. Some videos may not copy because they are in an incompatible file format. It will ask if you want to convert them before copying them. But I prefer to use a video converter instead. MP3s and WMVs should play without a problem. AAC and AC3 formats will also require a separate plugin. JPEG, PNG and BMPs all work well, and look really nice on the high resolution screen. You can also view Adobe PDF files to.
The quality of the video is also stunning. Playing DVD quality videos on the Archos, and you could be forgiven for thinking you were still watching the DVD itself. You can change the aspect ratio of the video as well. Either wide screen, full screen, stretch and so forth, much like a normal DVD player can.
Internet browsing is a little hit-and-miss on this one. Although you can be connect to a high-speed WiFi point, some pages will load fairly slowly, but for the most part, site will load perfectly fine. You can zoom in on any page, and moving around a zoomed page is easy. When typing in a search box, Google for example, an on-screen keyboard will pop up, much like that of the Apple iPhone. You can even watch full screen videos on video sites such as YouTube.
Because of these features, the battery life does suffer somewhat. You'll get around 5.5 hours while watching videos, 17 hours while listening to music. Compared to something like the iPods 6.5hrs and 20rs, it falls a little short. But don't forget, the screen is a lot larger and a higher resolution than that of the iPod.
Overall, the Archos 605 WiFi is an impressive piece of kit and chock full of features, high resolution screen, good sound quality and high storage capacity. I'd recommenced this player to anybody. The only annoyance I have is that you have to shell out an extra £50 or so to get the optional plugins.
But other than that, and great big thumbs up. And better than an iPod any day!
I've owned the Archos 605 WIFI for nearly 2 years now, and in that time I have used it a lot. It's very easy to use, has great features, and is handy for travelling.
If you are using this product to record from the television or DVD, please note that you MUST buy the Archos docking station for this product. It's a little pricy, but it's well worth it if, like me, you will use that feature a lot. I use my Archos to store films, tv shows and music. I also use it to transfer tv recordings from my Sky+ box to my computer for watching later. If you want to transfer video to Youtube then this item is perfect for that too.
I haven't used the internet on this much, but it was quite easy once you get used to it. I would recommend this product to people who are interested in its video and music capabilities rather than its internet capabilities. I've uploaded several clips to youtube and people have always asked "how did you get that from the TV to the site?". I always tell them about the Archos and recommend it highly.
The only problem I've had with it is sometimes experiencing crashes and failed recordings. When this happens it can be very frustrating, but resetting the device usually gets it up and running again quickly.
The Archos 605 Wifi has been one of the best purchases I have ever made. Although there are a number of other portable multi media players now available, the Archos stands out as a very impressive piece of kit.
The first thing you notice when you handle the 605 is the build quality. If feels solid and fits comfortably into your hand. The screen is a good size, and has a crisp, sharp and colour rich immage. The navigation buttons are conveniently located to the right side of the screen and are contoured, which makes for easy navigation (even in the dark).
A kick stand at the back allows you to stand the 605 on a table, so you won't be left with aching arms trying to watch a movie. Using the kick stand tilts the unit at an angle that makes viewing comfortable.
Picture and sound quality are both excellent (the Archos earphones supplied are pretty good too).
To get the most out of your Archos it's worth stretching your budget and purchasing the TV docking station too (that's when the Archos really comes into its own). With a docking station you can connect your Archos to a TV and record programmes to watch at home or on the move.
The programme guide is good, and makes it easier to set for recording. The guide is supplied by TvTv and costs £15 per year (although the first year is free).
My only critisism is that Archos charge extra to download the plugins that allow you to access the internet and play certain files etc. Overall though, the Archos 605 is a great product. Available as a 4gb, and 160gb too, I find 30gb is more than adequate.
I bought this only a few days ago from eBay as I had seen good reviews about them. To be honest, I had intended to go for a refurbished 4Gb model from Pixmania or Amazon as my only experience with these hard drive types was not good - har drives usually pack up. This one was such a bargain as it had all the useful plug-ins already installed. the player is brilliant. it powers up quickly, surfs the net at a reasonable speed, has a nice large touch screen and plays videos very well. it appears to be quite solid. The only gripe is the amount of time it takes to charge from a USB port - up to 2 days. you really have to buy either a DVR station or a travel adaptor so that you can mains charge it. Having said that, even at full price, i believe the Archos 605 wifi would be worth the money, it is very well built and you would be wasting your time with the cheap and nasty £30 Chinese ones out there - this one is real quality.
Now, after having used this for some time, I am even more impressed with it. I have added a mains charger with mini dock, so the charging is not an issue. It now charges from the mains in less than two hours. Advice with this is to gor for a high capacity (2000ma) charger and not the cheapy ones.
I have found the 30Gb hard drive almost impossible to fill. I have put about ten full length feature films, dozens of music videos and hunfreds of audio tracks, along with many many E-books and it still has loads of space. I have found that if you use a file conversion program (I use Format Factory) you should just choose FLV as a conversion for the videos, rather rthan the built in one one the program's list for Archos. It's just better and works (for me, anyhow)!
another extremely useful addition is the USB mini dock, bought from the nice people at NewMP3Technology - available here http://www.newmp3technology.com/mini-dock-05.htm and it makes file transfer a breeze. It will charge but, as it is going through the USB, it would take a dog's age. the good thing is that when you connect your Archos to your computer, it will receive enough charge to maintain it for quite a while. This mini dock will also allow you to connect to your TV and allows you to connect a USB memory stick and the contents of this will come up on screen.
I have also stored a number of PDF files on my Archos, such as instruction books etc. Whilst this is an extremly useful thing to be able to do, the Archos does fall down here very slightly as it takes quite a while to load each page.
The Wi-Fi is still very useful and connects quickly and surfs at a reasonable spead, although some pages might not be quite so browser friendly as others and might not display.
In further summary, having lived with this unit for a while now, I am still very impressed and pleased at all the features. A very capable media player, indeed.
The Archos 605 Wifi is one of the ipod touches biggest rivals, and on the outside, it is easy to see why. 30GB of hard drive space, the ability to play all video and music formats, a web browser, the ability for games, and also buttons on top of the on board touch screen.
While these may seem like a list of fantastic features that could easily rival the ipod touch, there are quite a few faults that I must first point out. Firstly the touch screen is not multi touch enabled, so unlike the ipod touch it is not a seamless experience a requires a stylus to work. The upside is that the buttons are quick, simple and easy to use.
While the price may sound mouth watering, at just £120, Archos are actually tricking many people into buying their product. In order to access the internet, an add on must be bought, in order to play games, an add on must be bought, in order to play podcasts, an add on must be bought, the list goes on and on, and creates an infuriating situation.
The web browser itself is reasonable on the Archos. On the downside it is a bit clunky and at first very tricky to get the hang of, but it does have some advantages over rival ipod touch, firstly there is a handy copy and paste feature, then there is also a wifi g module fitted, along for long distance wifi range. But I have not come to the main advantage, flash! While it may not be used for games, the flash on the Archos means that any online video can be played, whether it be Youtube, Megavideo, or any other means, it will work on the Archos, brilliant and certainly worth the £20 the app costs.
So I certainly think the Archos is worth a shout. The large 30gb hard drive, combined with the flash allowing web browser and cut price, make for a great media player, but I do not think it is as good or cool as the ipod touch yet, but its getting there.
This is the ideal gizmo for long car journeys. I was dubious about this at first but once you use one you will soon change your mind. It is bascially a multimedia playing device. You load films, music, photos etc from your pc onto the Archos hard drive (I had 10 films on there with space for more). The functionality is easy to use - it has a touch screen which you can access menus using a little pointer provided with it (although a downside is that I can see the stick being lost over time). At first you think the screen may be a bit small but once you become engrossed in a film, you soon forget about that. If you are in a quiet room you can use the Archos without headphones but the volume isn't sufficient to drown out background noise. The picture quality is excellent with no jumping etc. You can also use it to access the internet over a wifi connection although you have to puchase extra hardware to do this. A good feature is that if you are watching a film and turn the Archos off to come back to it later, it remembers the point you were at in the film. It also has a handy stand on the back so you can sit it in front of you. The only downside is that I don't know how to put films from a dvd onto the Archos. I think you just have to download them so you may end up buying existing dvds again in download format. Also, the batteries do take an age to charge but you can get two decent length films out of a battery once fully charged. Overll though a great purchase to make.
The Archos 605 uses a hard disk as its storage medium. It comes with a wide range of functions and also accessories. In addition to listening to audio files, it also has video and photo viewing capabilities, both of which are of a reasonable standard. Based on the USB hardware, The player would have a quick file transfer time in theory.
At first glance, the huge and sharp touch screen, makes a great impression. Along with its build in speaker and WIFI capabilities, it is a remarkable device.
However, an additional plug in that is sold separately would be needed to gain access to the internet. It supports a wide range of video formats without any conversion required. Which other players might be advertised to play the file providing it is converted before hand, which is needless to say time consuming.
The design of the 605 with a large hard disk and huge screen makes it truly easy to enjoy all of the content without needing to strain your eyes.
Although the battery stamina is reasonable, it took an average of 7 hours to be fully charged, which is one of its drawbacks.
It lacks radio capabilities but has a range of other functions to make up for it, such as a PDF reader, clock and WIFI capabilities. Files need to be transferred via the supplied custom-sized USB cable/socket which could be troublesome if it is lost.
It has a brilliant file transfer speed averaging at 10 seconds for 100 megabytes of audio files. It is also highly compatible, it supports the following operating system which include Linux, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac. Sadly it does not support Windows 98.