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Archos 605 WiFi 30GB Portable Media Player 4.3" Touch Screen

by Archos
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Play all your digital entertainment: movies, TV shows, photos and music
  • Record your favorite TV shows
  • Stream and watch videos from your PC
  • Download movies and music directly on your PMP using the ARCHOS Content Portal
  • Enjoy the new high resolution 4.3 inch touch screen (800x480 pixels)

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 12.2 x 1.5 cm ; 191 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 605 wifi 30GB
  • ASIN: B000S0LAL0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 July 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,474 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Archos 605 generation 5 portable media player comes with a convenient WiFi feature, an attribute that offers the fastest and easiest way to access digital entertainment. You can use the built-WiFi capabilities of the Archos to download online media content from the Archos content portal: All you need is a usable WiFi connection, and you're good to start downloading (fees may apply). With the Archos in hand, for the first time you can download favourite movies, TV shows, and music wherever you are, without being tied to the PC or Mac. Other great features include a full-colour 4.3-inch touchscreen that crams in an amazing 800 x 480 picture resolution for superior picture quality, 30 GB of built-in memory, and multiple options for additional storage (the player accepts SD mini and SD micro memory cards).

The Archos 605 features a touch screen, high quality screen resolution, and WiFi capabilities. .

Download your favourite movies, TV shows, and music, and bring it with you.

With full Internet access, the player's Opera browser plug-in offers Adobe Flash support, which lets you access and enjoy YouTube and other Web video sites on your Archos device. By using the player, you can view and post YouTube videos wherever you are with an active wireless connection. In addition to downloading media straight from the Archos content portal, you can stream and watch videos from your home PC or laptop. For added video playback versatility, the player is compatible with MPEG4, AVI, and WMV video files. The player features robust music playback features, too. On-board music file playback capabilities support MP3, CBR, VBR, WMA, protected WMA, and WAV files.

To help round out the player's multimedia superiority, the Archos even comes with photo viewing capabilities. JPEG, BMP, and PNG files are 100 percent compatible with the player, and the player can pull up PDFs for portable review -- an ideal means to take bigger documents or e-books in PDF format on the road with you. Because of the Archos's USB 2.0 compatibility, files can be quickly transferred to the device in the absence of a WiFi network connection. Charging the device can also be accomplished with an active USB connection. (An AC adapter is sold separately for additional charging options.) Other great features include mass storage capabilities, automatic firmware downloads, and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. With an advanced Li-Poly battery, the player supports up to 17 hours of continuous music playback, and 5.5 hours of continuous video playback. Weighing in at a scant 6.7 ounces, the Archos generation 5 605 measures 4.8 by 3.2 by 0.6 inches.

What's in the Box
Archos 605 WiFi portable media player, headphones, USB cable, adapter for optional DVR Station Gen 5, protective pouch, quick start guide, and legal/safety notice.

The device comes with photo viewing capabilities, supporting JPEG, BMP, and PNG files.

Play any content that resides in the Windows Media Player library of your home PC or laptop.

Most Advanced PMP
Featuring the highest quality screen resolution, highest quality video, a touch screen, and WiFi capabilities for streaming content to the device or a TV, the Archos 605 WiFi is the top product in the line-up for flexibility, portability, features, and price.

Touch screen

The Archos 605 WiFi features the highest resolution screen (800 X 480) and highest quality screen in a PMP. Use the touch screen to easily operate the device with your finger or stylus.

Personalize your Archos

Make it yours: personalize your Archos 605 WiFi to fit your unique lifestyle. Abundant plug-ins and accessories are available to customize your device to work the way you do: Go online for full Web surfing, video your friends and family in action, record your favourite TV shows and movies, and share your photos.


- Download content wirelessly and directly to your Archos 605 WiFi via the Archos Content Portal and our partners' online stores.
- You can also stream movies, TV shows and music that are stored on your computer.
- Your device is Internet ready! With the optional Web browser plug-in, you can surf the Web and enjoy videos from online videos sites like DailyMotion and YouTube.

Your movies, your videos

- Store and play up to 40 movies1
- Play the most popular video formats: MPEG-4, WMV, protected WMV, MPEG-2*, VOB*, and H.264.* (*with optional plug-ins)
- Play the movies you shot on your camcorder.

Your photos

- Transfer your photos from a PC or most mass storage devices via the USB 2.0 high speed interface.
- Store and view up to 300,000 photos1 (JPEG, PNG and BMP formats).
- Display slideshows with music and transition effect.
- Manage your files and folders directly on the device for a better mobility.

Your TV

- Record your favourite TV shows or series directly on your Archos 605 WiFi with the optional DVR Station Gen 5. (Adapter for DVR Station Gen 5 is included.)
- Easy programming with the TV Program Guide.
- Record the most video sources such as satellite/cable box, VCR, DVD player in MPEG-4 format.

Your music

- Store and listen up to 15,000 songs.1
- Play the most popular music files such as MP3, WAV, WMA and protected WMA.
- Easily organize songs with the enhanced ARCLibrary.
- Customize your view by artist, album, type of music, and title, and create your playlist on the go.

Easy navigation

Through the home WiFi connection, you can enjoy the entire shared digital media library of your home PC in your living room, not just in your office.

(1)On average; based on 3.5 mins/song & 64 kbits/s WMA, on 1000 kbits/s MPEG-4 audio/video encoding and 1h30/movie (for near DVD Quality), on JPEG, VGA

Product Description

Personalize your ARCHOS 605 WiFi to fit your unique lifestyle. Abundant plug-ins and accessories are available to customize your device to work the way you do: Go online for full Web surfing, video your friends and family in action, record your favourite TV shows and movies, and share your photos.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I bought this to keep me entertained when I'm travelling. I find the touch screen great to use compared to earlier models without this feature. 30gb is perfectly fine as I use an ipod to play music so it's main use is for films and photos. With the use of the docking station (Optional Extra) I managed to connect my camera and download all the photos I had taken that day. It's excellent to be able to view these straight away without having to wait until I got home.

Downside = Everything for the Archos is an optional extra (all rather expensive), you don't even get a power supply. The Archos arrives with only a USB cable to charge it with from your computer!!
Some films that you download will not play on the Archos so you have to buy the Optional Extra software! The Internet will only work if you buy the Optional Extra internet browser software.
Be warned that the Archos DVR Travel Adapter only records from the TV/DVD it does not allow the Archos to play back to the TV so you may as well buy the full DVR Station.
Apart from the fact that can spend about the same amount of money again on optional extra's its a great product!!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two steps forward, one great leap back? 5 Jan 2008
I am slightly disappointed with my new toy, I'll try and explain.

I'm a gadget freak! I buy things that I don't really need from time to time (I'm not the only one, right?).... but when I do fork out the best part of week's wage (after the plugins, docking stations etc) I get a little peeved when it doesn't live up to my expectations.

What's the problem? well, the main thing that bugs the hell out of me is Archos have upped the screen resolution on the 605 (great?!) and indeed it is a mighty nice resolution however they have somehow sacrificed colour saturation in the process. The 605 has a pretty 'washed out' look when viewing video content and there's no option to raise saturation levels either - everything I have viewed on the 605 looks lacking in vibrancy and when compared to my brothers 604 with the same files - it's quite noticeable, better resolution yes but poorer colour.

One other slight gripe I have is with the wifi connection - it's not great and takes around 12 seconds to connect up on my home network & pretty slow I have to say - my laptop & even my iPod touch connect & browse much, much faster with the same router/connection. If there's any flash content on a webpage (i.e. You Tube) the 605 crawls before finally sorting itself out, so frustrating!

It's fine as an occasional web instrument, just not as good as it should be and imho nowhere near as good as Apple's latest gizmo's for the web browsing side of things.

As has been mentioned in other reviews you will need to buy the browser plug-in for another £20 or so, pain in the bum but not exactly a shock if you read reviews before buying.

OK, so I've slagged off it's video & web abilities? No not really.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much effort required 27 Aug 2008
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I have had my archos for some time now and find that it is not really delivering what I expected.

The picture and sound quality is good and I have used it to watch films on flights with no problems.

The web TV plug in is of very little value as the channels in the UK are a waste of time. The web radio is quite good though.

I have looked at the vizumi web site for films to download but the selction is very limited. You can buy some films that come with a portable version for the archos but I generally rent films.

It is not compatable with the tiscali TV set top box, so recording from TV is not an option.

I can also confirm the support is useless and I don't think they have ever answered a question I have sent them.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and quality 28 Dec 2007
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Okay, the bad points first. After buying this I had to spend a further £60 to get the software necessary to play movies from DVDs, to get the web browser plug-in and to get a decent case (because the supplied pouch is worthless). I'd also recommend the DVR station for a number of reasons, quicker charging of the 605 being one of them.

Now the good points. Fantastic display, way better than the iPod touch. Very easy to use, either with buttons or the touch screen. The web browser (once you've bought it) is excellent. WiFi is easy to set up and works well. Photos are crystal-clear and the slide-show feature is easy to use. Battery life is pretty good. Overall quality of the device is very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate gadget 9 Jan 2008
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Not as beautiful as some of Apple's devices, but much more functional. The large screen is a delight to look at and the device has every codec imaginable (at a price!). Most importantly for me, it works well with my Twonky UPnP server and so I can stream media wirelessly to my device wherever I am in the house. Browsing the web and watching YouTube is relatively easy too. The only downsides are that the battery takes a couple of hours to charge fully and some of the codecs cost extra and they should really come by default. The only reason it doesn't get five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best for video 15 Jan 2010
ok here goes this player does get some bad reviews and it does have its drawbacks but its saving grace is it has the best screen and video playback of any media player and if like me you want for those boring plane journeys etc for music and video this is you gadget of choice if however you want more for web surfing look elsewhere like i pod touch which scores on that feature but only has a quater of the screen quality of the archos .Also when battery does give out like they all do in the end at least you can replace yourself on this model
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I have read all I can but still can't find out if the Archos 605 WIFI will take a helmet camera other models do a500 dose
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Published 5 months ago by albert
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Brought this item 10 months ago for £70 to watch movies. I like how small and easy to use it is. Would recommend buying a plug in charger as its alot quicker ( only a USB charger... Read more
Published 21 months ago by cuzzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Playback fine but no web functions: hard drive failed after 8 months
I bought this primarily as a replacement for a faulty 604, to play back audio and video files.

Just as well, because you can no longer download (that is' buy' in the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by D. King
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Published 23 months ago by Ms. Felicia Davis-burden
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor technology - do not buy this!!
I was given this as a present and was very surprised when I received it. Two years on and despite trying to come to terms with its limitations it still bugs the hell out of me. Read more
Published on 28 May 2010 by Paul S. Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited Life span
This is a great gadget, shame the rechargeable battery on mine packed up after 15 months. I bought a new one on amazon. It was a nightmare to fit and requires soldering. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2009 by D. R. Hanley
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy Archos
This is the 2nd time I buy from Archos and the 2nd time something breaks.

It is a good company for innovation but they are totally incapable of delivering solid, long... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2009 by Laurence
1.0 out of 5 stars the rubbish device
It will give u more pain than pleasure. So rather than buying it, give the money to charity.
Published on 8 May 2009 by Abdullah Al Mamun
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but poor build quality and expensive "extras"
The good parts:
- good mp3 player, good equaliser
- fabulous screen
- simple USB interface to player
- simple to use

The bad parts:
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Published on 5 April 2009 by Mr. Nicholas Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars archos wi fi 605
excellent product. Though I find the charging process a bit hit and miss. Sometmes it charges fully no problem and other times seems to take forever. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2009 by Bubs
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