The Archos 605 WiFi is a powerful WiFi-enabled portable media player (PMP). Its standout feature is its large, high-quality 4.3" touch screen display with 800 x 480 resolution. It is a viable alternative to the recently released Apple iPod Touch because of its extensive media format capabilities, large screen and customization options.
The Archos 605 is highly customizable and is popular with geeks, enthusiasts and hackers. The 605 player can be upgraded with plugins available from Archos, or can be hacked and skinned to further customized your UI. A French developer has created an iPhone skin that emulates the popular UI on the Archos.
Archos advertises that the 605 supports MPEG-4 and WMV video and MP3, WMA, and WAV audio, however it features native support for the popular DivX and XviD video encoding schemes. It does not support the open-source OGG Vorbis audio format. The Cinema plugin the 605 can be extended to play MPEG-2 encoding video (.vob, .mpg, .ps), and the Video podcast plugin adds H.264 audio/video support (used by iTunes, and podcasts).
It includes a 802.11g WiFi access allowing you to stream media content from your network PC. Also, with the purchase of Opera Web browser plugin ($30), you can browse the web. The browser support Adobe Flash, therefore you can play any embedded web videos like YouTube and DailyMotion. The browser automatically detects the presence of video on a web page and automatically will go into a full-screen viewing mode.
- 4.3" TFT LCD touch screen, 800 x 480, 16 million colors
- Customizable with plugins (Cinema, Web, Video podcast)
- WiFi enabled for streaming media content from your networked PC
- Browse the Internet with Opera plugin - support Adobe Flash
- Can be used as a DVR with DVR Station Accessory
- Battery life: video - 5.5 hours, audio - 17 hours
- 4.8'' x 3.2'' x 0.6'' (4GB/30GB)
- 4.8'' x 3.2'' x 0.75'' (80GB/160GB)
- Weight: 5.3 oz (4GB), 6.7 oz (30GB), 9.2 oz (80GB/160GB)
The Archos 605 WiFi was released in August 30th, 2007 and starts at $230. It is part of the Generation 5 product line including Archos TV, Archos 705 WiFi, Archos 405, and Archos 105. It comes four months after the release of the Generation 4 Archos players that included the Archos 704 WiFi player.
There are four specific models with different capacities to choose from: (1) 4 GB (flash storage) - $230, (2) 30 GB - $299, (3) 80 GB - $349, and (4) 160 GB - $399. All of the models except the 160 GB version have an SD slot for adding additional storage. The 4GB version features a flash storage solution, and the others have an internal hard drive.
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