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Archos 405 media player review | Introduction

Published on: Wednesday, November 12th 2008                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Archos MP3 player review

A rchos was founded in 1988 as a worldwide producer of consumer Electronics, and are specifically known for their portable media products. Archos specialize in hand-sized audio and video recording, photo and video viewers. Archos are an innovative company with a number of breakthroughs to their name. In 2000, Archos were the first to introduce an MP3 player based on a hard drive, called the Jukebox 6000. One year later, an MP3 player was added, and in 2003 Archos produced the first hand-sized full video recorder. Today, Archos continue to develop their products, enabling us to purchase full media players / media recorders the size of a hand. The Archos 405 belongs to the Generation 5 series and is the most standard version of the line-up. Newer products of the same series offer additional features such as a Touchscreen, Wi-Fi and GPS.

Archos 405 media player review

 

Archos media player review

Archos media player review

Archos MP3 player design

The Archos 405 appears to be square, with sharp corners and without nicely curved lines. The Archos 405 weighs approximately 190 grams and its dimensions are: 3.9 x 3 x 0.59 inches. The large 3.5 inch TFT LCD monitor with 16 million colours takes up most of the space. Five buttons on the right side are available to operate the 405. On top 2 LEDs are found, indicating when the device is activated (green) and the other to indicate that an order is being processed (red). Below, a row of buttons is found: the up button, left/right button, down button, OK button, Escape button and lastly the menu / option switch. The bottom of the Archos 405 carries the USB connection, microphone and an interface for the Archos DVR station Gen4 / Gen5 or other Archos accessories.

Archos 405 MP3 test

Archos 405 MP3 test

Archos 405 media menu

The left side of the device offers the on/off button and a LED (also green and serving for the same function as the green LED on the right side of the media player). Last but not least, an external speaker is found on the top side. The Archos 405 displays large and bright icons in the main menu, which makes it quite well-structured. You have several choices; Music, Video, Picture, Files, VideoCorder and Voice recording. A submenu is also available with settings for the aforementioned options, and lets you adjust the main menu of the Archos 405 to your own preferences by selecting a different background or a different colour theme. All the pictures you have stored on your device are available as background. The operation of the menu is carried out by the buttons on the right side of the media player.

 

Archos 405 manual

Archos 405 manual

Archos ear phones

Archos ear phones

Archos USB

Archos USB

 
 
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