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Delivers it promises
on 9 February 2009
I am an Archos enthusiast. I love the flexibility of the platform. I had the AV420, with the DVR station and all. So, now it was a natural thing to have the new model's accessories.
The first thing that comes to my mind is that, sadly, Archos has a terrible marketing team. So i was confused by te multiple and unclear options of travel docks, battery docks. I ended up buying a travel dock and only after that I discovered the battery dock. And it is something that you NEED to have. So I ended up with a spare accessory. Too bad for me.
So, I came to this DVR station. It is gorgeous. It works nicely. It is stronger and prettier than that terrible one that came with the AV420. And the remote control is smaller and better, although the buttons are somewhat cumbersome for my taste. But you have to really point it toward the DVR station for it to work. It seems to have a narrow arc of transmission.
Another thing that annoyed me was the lost opportunity of having at least two small speakers. Something that every dock station for an ipod has. I know, i know... You will say that I will put this on a TV and should use the TV's speakers. But, remember. Archos is facing the ipods. They must do better than just this. Sometimes, I just wanted my expensive DVR station to do something as simple as that. So I could just carry it to somewhere without a TV and have music around.
But the unit delivers its promises. That I can say. THe whole interface works nicely. The recording is good and simple. I felt that the audio, sometimes, was out of synch. But nothing terribly annoying.
Anyway. If you have an Archos Unit, you should buy it because it really opens many possibilities for you gadget. You will really be able to access your e-mail on your TV and watch you tube videos. You will record a show today and watch it during commute tomorrow. You will arrive home in the middle of an episode of Lost, put your Archos on the station and finish watching it on your 42" TV. It is worth it. But it's not perfect.