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COWON Q5 coming to US

COWON Q5 coming to US

The COWON Q5 is finally arriving stateside and has been priced. Its even being called the Super PMP.

You get your choice of 40 or 60 gigabyte capacities both with a 5-inch WVGA screen, 64MB of flash memory, 128MB of DDR2 SDRAM, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and Windows CE 5.0. There is also a voice recorder, photo/text viewer, and support for a ton of different audio, video, and picture formats.

Special Edition Charlie Chaplin Archos 605

Special Edition Charlie Chaplin Archos 605

It comes pre-loaded with 10 films, surprisingly none of them featuring Charlie Chaplin. Go figure. No, not really, they are all films of Charlie, but you probably already guessed that.

You can still get it in 20, 30, 80, or 120 gigabyte versions and aside from the 10 Chaplin films you can load it up with MPEG-4, WMV, MP3, WMA, WAV, JPEG, BMP, and PNG media files. You can also surf the net via the integrated wifi connection.

Archos 705 on pre-order

Archos 705 on pre-order

So if you are one of the many who have been talking crap about the iPod Touch or iPhone, and have been salivating over the Archos 705, now is your chance to get in on the pre-order. Amazon is the lucky site that has the precious device on pre-order, with a posted release date of 11/27/07.

There are two versions, the 80GB and the 160GB, that’s an amazing amount of storage, but with all this pretty little device can do I am sure you’ll find a use for it. So you’ve got 21 days to wait if you order today.

IFA 2007 – Archos launch TV+ PVR and media streamer, announce prices

IFA 2007 – Archos launch TV+ PVR and media streamer, announce prices

Here's something I really can't wait to get my hands on: Archos' TV+ PVR/media streamer/web surfer, which the company were flaunting at IFA 2007.  An instant competitor to the AppleTV - and, so my gut feeling says, with the potential to blow it out of the water - the compact box has a choice of 80GB or 250GB hard-drives and a plethora of connectivity including HDMI (outputting 720p Hi-Def), WiFi, USB 2.0 and ethernet.

 

IFA 2007 – Archos introduce new PMPs across the board

IFA 2007 – Archos introduce new PMPs across the board

There was something for everyone at Archos' stand at IFA 2007 - well, if you wanted a PMP, that is - with a broad range of new media players catering for every spec-demand and budget.  Since I'm nothing if not greedy, I'll start at the top with the brand spanking new 605 WiFi and its swanky DVR base-station; we knew it was coming after it received FCC approval back in July, but there's nothing quite like seeing a 4.3-inch touchscreen toting, web-surfing, media downloading masterpiece in the flesh.

Archos’ AppleTV rival looks impressive

Archos’ AppleTV rival looks impressive

After seeing - and being instantly bored by - Philips rather "me too!" facsimile of the AppleTV, it's nice to see that we can rely on Archos for some decent competition.  Their TV+ unit turns up its nose at a paltry 40GB hard-drive and instead whacks up to 500GB in there (other options are 80GB and 250GB), coupling that storage with HDMI, RGB inputs & outputs, WiFi and wired ethernet, USB and support for 720p.

 

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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