Archos 605 WiFi 30GB Review - Archos 605 WiFi 30GB Review


Not satisfied with it amazing screen, the 605 adds a couple more killer features. The first is the touch screen, a great option if you don’t get on with the buttons. A clue to the second is in the product’s name: it’s equipped with an 802.11g Wi-Fi connection. This lets you browse network folders, copy files back and forth, and stream video and audio from devices and other locations on your network. Better still, the 605 is uPnP compatible, which means it’s an absolute doddle to connect and browse in the first place.

The optional web browser (based on the excellent Opera) even lets you browse web sites from the comfort of your sofa without having to drag the laptop out of its bag – and it has Adobe Flash player support, which means you can browse video sites such as YouTube and watch videos directly from the site.

And it all works extremely well. The interface is well-organised and logical, making it easy to get to grips with and skip around from screen to screen. The touchscreen makes it easy to scroll up and down long lists of files, you can build playlists on the fly, and you can even make basic edits to video files, cutting out sections and cropping lead-in and trailing footage. It is slightly irritating that the file browser doesn’t remember your location, which means that you have to drill down to the same network location every time you want to look for something, but this is a small irritation.

Video and audio quality is excellent too. The screen does have a slightly grainy texture to it, but colours are vibrant, blacks dark and contrast very good. It can’t quite compete with the best audio players I’ve heard – the Trekstor Vibez, for instance – but there’s plenty of volume available and you should be able power a fairly hefty pair of headphones to ear-bleeding levels without stretching the player’s output electronics too much. Battery life, at around 5.5 hours for video and 17 hours for audio, is pretty good for a device with a screen this large too.

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