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Archos’ WiFi-toting touchscreen PMP reviewed

Archos’ WiFi-toting touchscreen PMP reviewed

It seems that this season's hot-look is gadgets with their whole front taken up by a screen, preferable touch-sensitive.  The iPhone might be the most obvious, but then there are other handsets like LG's Prada cooperative and then obviously the usual gaggle of UMPCs.  Meanwhile, Archos has been gradually spec'ing up their Portable Media Players to the point where they border on being UMPCs themselves; their latest, the 704, has a sleek metal casing that should really give Samsung something to aim for, as well as networking technologies such as WiFi.  Techgage took a look at it to see whether the 704 should really be your pocket companion.

 

Archos’ WiFi blessed PMP gets tested

Archos’ WiFi blessed PMP gets tested

Boasting more photos than your average MySpace profile, GenerationMP3 have outdone themselves with a review of Archos' brandspankingnew 704 WiFi PMP.  Rocking the 7-inch 800x480 touchscreen and with a sleek metal chassis, it's available in 40GB and 80GB capacities, can act in USB host mode for offloading images from your digital camera and plays back a vast array of formats in up to DVD resolution.

 

Could the Archos 604 be the core of your AV world?

Could the Archos 604 be the core of your AV world?

My my, what's this slinky little madam?  Colourful touchscreen, clear GUI, handy hardware buttons?  Let me introduce you fine gentlemen (and ladies, of course) to the Archos 604 - $350 worth of audio, video and image viewing loveliness.  dapreview.net took it in hand and gave it a thorough fingering.

While video is handled beautifully and photos dealt with in a pleasingly straightforward manner, they found that audio was somewhat more tricky to manage.  To quote: "as a video player, the 604 is superb but as an audio player you are better off looking elsewhere even in the PMP market".  Necessary add-ons (like a DVR docking station and a number of AV-codec plugins) to make the unit the core of a home cinema setup would take the total investment to around $500, which is a whole lot of money.  Still, they give it an overall score of 83%, so it's obviously impressing on more levels than it's failing!

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