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Archos 405 media player review | Review conclusion

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

Archos review conclusion

Archos review conclusion

Archos 405 media player test

In general, the Archos 405 is a nice media player and 30GB of storage is excellent. Although I am moderately enthusiastic about the Archos 405, I do have a few remarks. To begin with; the device is a joy to the eye and it appears to be a hard drive with a monitor and buttons; it becomes interesting when the screen is activated. The video player is beyond comments; it is a beautiful function of Archos and the large screen keeps your attention until the end, no matter what movie you are watching. The screen however is rather sensitive, if you push a button too far in the direction of the screen, the image will deform. The photo viewer works as befitting. I am less happy with the music player; rendition is fine, it is the sound through the included earplugs that is average and sometimes even bad. The external speaker is worse than the earplugs, and produces a shrill sound and the higher tones are far too loud. It just doesn't feel like the latest technique. All the functions are there, and yet, I keep expecting more of the device.

Archos MP3 player review

Archos MP3 player review

Archos 705 Wi-Fi player

Unfortunately, I was not able to test the DVR station. The buttons system on the right side is annoying, to put it bluntly, I kept pushing the wrong buttons due to the fact that the up and down buttons are placed too far apart. You have to twist your hand somewhat, and if you don’t do that you will easily hit the wrong button. The Archos 405 is a fine Media Player and especially the video player is reason enough to purchase this MP5 player, although my advice would be: go for one model higher up in the production line, such as the Archos 705 WiFi. As the name reveals already: it has a fully WiFi functionality and a 7" touchscreen. This way the annoying buttons on the side won't bother you and it features everything the Archos 405 has, including an even better video playback. The Archos is now available for 405 Euros and the Archos 705 for 250 Euros, which seems a rather large difference, however, the 405 version just hasn't got it all and the extra 80 Euros will provide you with the latest technique.

 

Archos manual

Archos manual

Pros [+]

• Large memory capacity (30GB)
• No software CD necessary
• Many accessories available
• First-class video player

Archos MP3 player

Archos MP3 player

Cons [-]

• Appears to be a hard drive with screen
• Buttons difficult to operate
• Feels like out-dated technique
• MP3 player sound is average to poor

Archos media player

Archos media player

Review score %

• Test score : 55%
• Moderate

 
 
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