Archos 405 Flash DVR

By Richard Menta 9/18/07

Rounding out the Archos new 5th generation portables we have the Archos 405. Like all the 5G Archos units the 405 offers full DVR capabilities if you purchase the optional dock to record your TV programs on it. The 405 comes 2GB of flash storage plus an added SD slot for expansion. The display offers a 3.5'' TFT LCD that maxes out with a 320 x 240 resolution, under the 640 x 480 resolution offered by the iPod Touch.

Weighing in at 4.2 oz in a 3.9" x 3.07" x 0.5" shell, the Archos 405 handles MPEG-4 and WMV video, as well as the MP3, AAC and WMA on the audio side. On the photo side the 405 nicely adds BMP and PNG capability to the standard JPEG offering. ecause this is a French player it works with SECAM as well as NTSC and PAL broadcast standards. Archos claims the 405 will get 16 hours of audio time per charge and 5 hours video. Price is about $160

The Archos 405 Wi-Fi portable DVR is available on Amazon

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