Archos 5 & 7 PMPs On Sale; HSDPA Possible With USB Modem

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Archos' new range of Internet Media Tablets are now available to order on Amazon, complete with a number of accessories.  The online retailer is listing all three versions of the Archos 5 – with 60GB, 120GB and 250GB storage – and both Archos 7 versions – 160GB and 320GB – but not the Archos 5g, which has a built-in HSDPA modem.

As well as the PMPs, there are two DVR docks; one a base station into which the Internet Media Tablet sits, the other a snap-on adapter more suitable to mobile use.  There's also both a battery dock and a mini dock.  Amazon also have listed a Helmet Camcorder, compatible with both the Archos 5 and 7, that is intended for recording sports and leisure activities to the PMPs.

The pricing breaks down as follows:

  • Archos 5 60GB – $349.99
  • Archos 5 120GB – $399.99
  • Archos 5 250GB – $449.99
  • Archos 7 160GB – $449.99
  • Archos 7 320GB – $549.99
  • DVR Station – $99.99
  • DVR snap-on – $79.99
  • Battery dock – $49.99
  • Mini dock – $29.99
  • Helmet camcorder – $129.99

Availability for all of the PMPs and accessories is stated as 2-4 weeks.  Amazon also confirms that any of the new models have to potential to be HSDPA compatible:

"3.5G Ready: plug-in for enjoying Internet everywhere via the 3.5G-HSDPA GSM network by connecting a 3.5G-HSDPA dongle to a Mini Dock or Battery Dock USB port"

There's no indication of whether a specific USB modem is needed or if any will work.