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Archos AV700 Just Excellent,
This review is from: Archos AV700 100GB Mobile Digital Video Recorder (Electronics)
I have now had the Av700 for nearly 2 months and I just love it. I have recorded DVD after DVD onto it as well as programmes from the TV that I want to watch later. The picture quality is very good indeed,(Its LCD not TFT)but you do need to record using the hightest frame/bit rate. It is very easy to use and easy to navigate from one feature to another. All my friends are just amazed and I am sure it's the next thing on their xmas list. The music loads just fine and plays like any other mp3 player. The battery lasts about a couple of movies on average. I record via my dvd player with a cable directly into the avIn of the av700. I also have a cable running from my video recorder also into the Av700 and just swap them around depending on which source I am recording from. This seems to work really well for me. To play back to the TV I run a 3plug cable from the AVout of the archos just into the front of the TV (like a camcorder). The only problem is that if you record a DVD and it is copy protected it will record directly onto the Archos but won't play back thru a TV. It's the same if you have a film on your pc and transfer it to your Archos it will copy over but won't play. If you set the Archos to the Hard drive setting it opens as a separate drive on your pc and then you can just drag and drop music or anything you like. If some homevids don't work it does come with software to convert it. The AV700 is not that heavy and you can't put it in your pocket like their other models but boy it looks good, even when switched off!! Careful of the screen as I feel if you don't use the protected case it can get easily scratched. It does take time to fully appreciate what it can do. I would give it 5 stars, only the photos are never as good on LCD as they are on TFT. A film will take about 2.5gig of hard drive at 2500 bit rate (highest setting)as the Archos converts it into compressed DivX
If you do a lot of travelling then it's a must, but if you don't, it's hard to justify the price, specially to the Mrs!!