Archos 604 30GB Wi-Fi, Ultra-Slim Portable Digital Media Player and Recorder (50872)
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- Lightweight, portable digital video, music, and photo player with 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen
- 30 GB hard disk stores up to 15,000 songs, 300,000 pictures, or 40 movies
- Supports MP3, WAV, WMA, protected WMA, JPEG, BMP, PNG, MEGP-4, and WMV formats
- High-speed USB 2.0 interface for transfers; rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- Measures 5.1 x 3 x 0.65 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 9.05 ounces; 1-year warranty
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Store up to 40 movies, 300,000 photos or 15,000 songs with the 30GB hard drive. Enjoy high quality video on a 4.3" color screen. Easily navigate menus with touch screen capabilities. Take it on the go with the built-in WiFi module and internet browser. Turn your ARCHOS 604 into a DVR: Record TV from a TV, VCR, DVD Player and cable box or satellite reciever on your ARCHOS with the optional DVR Station
Amazon.com Product Description With the Archos 604 30 GB portable digital media player and recorder, you have all the entertainment you need at your fingertips in a package that approaches iPod size. The perfect companion for everything from long trips to short bus rides, and from going to parties to just hanging out around the house, the Archos 604 lets you not only take your favorite music, movies, and moments with you, but helps you make new favorite moments wherever you happen to be.
The unit's 4.3-inch TFT LCD display delivers a crystal-clear picture.
Connections include a USB 2.0 interface, a dedicated DVR connector, a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, and a TV output.
For those times when you can't afford the distraction of watching high-quality videos, the Archos 604 can be your music player, storing and playing up to 15,000 songs so you can keep working, walking, or doing whatever you need with your own private soundtrack. The unit displays the track, artist, album, and album cover of whatever you are playing, and supports stereo MP3 decoding from 30 to 320 kbps CBR and VBR, as well as WMA, protected WMA, and WAV (PCM/ADPCM) formats. Furthermore, the Archos 604 can play AAC music files and AC3 stereo sound files with the additional of optional software plug-ins that can be purchased and downloaded from Archos' web site. And just in case inspiration strikes or you want to make sure you don't forget something important, this handy media player lets you make voice recordings through its built-in microphone, or via the optional DVR travel adapter or DVR station through a stereo line-in jack in WAV format.
Touch screen LCD lets you navigate through menus with a fingertip or stylus.
The Archos 604 has a built-in 30 GB hard disk, so you have plenty of space for anything you need, and includes a high-speed USB 2.0 connection for transferring files. The 604 also offers Wi-Fi capability that lets you more easily transfer files to and from your Archos media player and other Wi-Fi enabled devices or computers. This unit features a 3.5-millimeter stereo headphone jack mini-jack and TV output, dedicated connectors for hooking up optional adapters or the DVR station, and a built-in kick stand for convenient table-top viewing. The 604 also features a music playback time of up to 16 hours, and a video playback time of up to five hours on its built-in LCD display, all with its internal, removable lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery that charges via computer through its USB port, or more quickly with the optional docking adapter or DVR station.
The Archos 604 is compatible with both PCs and Macs with a USB port and Linux, Windows ME or higher, or OS X or higher, and requires Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher and Windows Media Player 10 or higher for use with PlayForSure video and subscription services. This media player allows firmware updates to be downloaded via www.archos.com, weighs approximately 9.05 ounces, and measures approximately 5.1 by 3 by 0.65 inches (W x H x D).
What's in the Box
Archos 604 portable media player and recorder, headphones, dedicated USB 2.0 cable, DVR station adapter, pouch, quick-start guide, legal and safety notices.
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Having had great luck for several years with one of the original Archos jukeboxes I took the plunge and bought the 604 wi-fi.
It's a very good product. Running as a 30 gig hard drive when connected to a USB port it is a snap to load up on music and video. The touch screen is very intuitive, and after an hour or so with menus it is extremely easy to operate. I'm getting very good wi-fi connections (a word about some problems below), and the overall video and audio quality is very good, though a little more audio punch would be welcome. The little keyboard is really usable only with one finger or a stylus, but the whole system is well designed so that logging in to an email account is easy, and really isn't terribly time consuming. Ditto for accessing favorite web pages, which can be saved in a rather elemental bookmark system.
I gave it a good workout last week, taking it on vacation instead of my laptop (the presence of which would have induced me to work too much). Using a Belkin USB bridge I was able to easily back up my digital images for easy viewing. I had several hundred songs along for easy listening, and loaded up four movies. All worked as advertised. No serious glitches of any kind. Battery life was pretty good -- I was able to watch a two hour film, listen to music and review photos without full discharge (better than my laptop), and it is easy to change batteries, one of the great features of this product -- a second battery can be had for less than thirty dollars.
Ok, nothing is perfect, and here are some minor complaints:
- it doesn't have the most sensitive wi-fi card in the world, so it is important to be where there is a strong signal.
- it does not work with ALL wi-fi routers, particularly older models.
- music/video volume is on the low side; my original Archos Jukebox is much better. To fix this I purchased a little battery powered volume booster at Radio Shack. I can now watch movies on planes with pleasure.
- the basic kit is a tad on the weak side. Though the device can be recharged through its provided USB cable, one is up a creek without a computer unless a charger is purchased. One also needs to purchase a software upgrade to watch most films. Come on guys, pack in a charger and the basic software for watching flicks.
- life would be much easier if it saved passwords and login info.
- a very simple text editor for saving notes would be great.
-some Archos media players can accommodate a small 4 AA battery pack, something I would snap up in a second.
I had a chance to sit down with a relative and compare the 604 to his iTouch and, frankly, I think I have the better of the deal, even with the added costs. The screen, though not as brilliant, is larger and, to my eyes, pretty impressive. The 30 gig hard drive -- with no iTunes to mess around with -- is much better for road warriors, and being able to pop batteries in and out is a deal maker for me. Two standard batteries should suffice for a trans-continental round trip.
By way of conclusion, I think this is a well thought-out and nicely built product.
With that being said I will discus the CONS. Battery life could use a boost but for what this device does and the price I will sacrifice (currently I get 4 hours for video and roughly 10-12 hours for music)... I just purchased two extra batteries and external charger for $90 to make up for the battery life. Hard drive space is sufficient but I believe as always you can use more...on the other hand, I cannot complain since the Archos 605 WiFi has larger sizes available, you just have to pay the price. No flash in web browser and it does not seem like Archos is going to ever make that available for the 604; so if you plan on using the device for watching flash movies(i.e. youtube) you will be out of luck--again look at the 605.
Some things I refuse to complain about are the codecs for other media types and accessories that do not come standard with the player. First off they are not necessary, as for me I use only AVI/MPEG4 and MP3. So Archos has made a smart move in cutting cost--which in turn is passed on to you, the customer--by not packaging these options by default... When you purchase the Archos 604 WiFi both Amazon.com and Archos.com will state entirely and clearly what is included in the box. So shame on you if you are surprised about what comes out of the box.
Bottom line: the Archos 604 WiFi cannot not be beat for the price!
Most recent customer reviews
the battery gets hot, and expanded on the first and broke the back of the unit.
I am keeping an eye on this one.