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Music format support is also disappointing. You can play WAV, WMA, DRM WMA and MP3 (up to 320kbps, CBR and VBR) , but you can’t listen to OGG, FLAC or WMA Lossless files – ideal formats, you might have thought, for a high capacity player such as this. And AAC files can only be accessed if you buy the aforementioned MPEG-2 plug-in.
Its Wi-Fi network connection isn’t the most reliable either. Several times I found a simple file transfer stop for no apparent reason. And if you want to transfer files via cable, the USB connection is a proprietary one, so you have carry it around with you and be very careful you don’t lose it. But even taking these factors into account, there’s not much out there that can compete with the Archos 605 WiFi.
The fact that you get 30GB of storage, a touch-sensitive 800 x 480 4.3in widescreen and Wi-Fi in a product costing less than £200 is amazing. Add in its wireless streaming, TV recording ability, good looks and ease of use and you’ve got a product that’s nothing short of miraculous.
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