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3G, WiFi, Touchscreen Archos 7 Hits Shop Shelves

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The Archos 5 has deservedly been causing quite the stir, so it is with a sizeable smile on my face that I can tell you its bigger brother is now hitting shop shelves too. Formally announced back in August alongside the 5, the Archos 7 has been slightly longer coming to the boil but it brings with it a spec sheet which genuinely tries to do something different with the PMP market.

First up, like many an Archos player of the past, the 7 has a (yep) 7in display. As with the 5, this is touchscreen and it is backed up by a choice of 160GB or 320GB HDDs, WiFi, optional 3.5G, and the ARM Cortex superscalar CPU. Consequently web browsing is very much on the table along with MSN Messager, an email client and integrated Flash 9 support as well as a large virtual Qwerty keyboard.

Archos strengths like remote TV access and recording are bundled too though its weaknesses also raise their heads such as paid codec support. Throw over some of your hard earned cash however and the likes of 720p HD video content and video podcasts will become available. Accessories such as a DVR Station, mini dock, second removable battery and even helmet cam (the possibilities scare me) will appear alongside it.

Perhaps the best bit however is the Archos 7 launches immediately and is being stocked by all the big boys including Amazon, Comet, Dixons, Micro Anvika, PC World and so forth. As you might expect RRPs aren't cheap at £359.99 (160GB) and £439.99 (£320) but then again the 7 is almost closer to a UMPC than PMP these days...

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