Archos 404/604 PMPs Looming Large

archos 404 Archos 404/604 PMPs Looming Large

Last month we gave you a sneak peek at the new line of Archos portable media players rumored for imminent release. Archos is still being fairly tight-lipped about it, but the ever-resourceful GenerationMP3 has once again come through with all the details.

The main difference between the Archos 404 and 604 is the size of their gorgeous 16-million-color TFT displays. The 404 sports a 3.5″ screen (320 x 240); big brother 604, a 4.3″ screen (480 x 272). This of course impacts overall dimensions and weight (404: 3.94″ x 3.03″ x 0.59″ @ 6.7 oz; 604: 5.12″ x 3.07″ x 0.63″ @ 9.2 oz).

Otherwise you can’t really tell the devices apart. Both feature a 30GB HDD, USB 2.0 interface, text viewer (PDF), voice recorder, and built-in speaker, as well as support for MP3/WAV/WMA, JPG/BMP/PNG, and XviD/DivX/MPEG4 ASP/WMV9 file formats. GMP3 also mentions the possibility of buying plug-ins to enable compatibility with AAC, AC3, MPEG-2, VOB, and H.264.

Unlike the Archos AV series, these new players will need an optional DVR module to record from external sources such as a DVD player or VCR (anyone still have one?). Recorded video is in MPEG4-SP (DivX 5) with a max resolution of 640 x 480—great for TV output. Audio is recorded in ADPCM, which will typically require MP3 transcoding for use in most DAPs.



Roger767 on July 31, 2006 9:43 AM

You have to buy plugins to get the most important codecs ac3, vob and h.264, that very lame!

Louis on July 31, 2006 12:18 PM

Does it really need ten buttons to work properly?

Rich on May 16, 2007 4:13 AM

If some one would buy them (the plugins) I’d fade on some of the cost.Via paypal . . .

=( on June 22, 2007 1:51 PM

is the 404 known to crash if the video is in a certain format???? and do the buttons light up??? do the archos ppl expect us to memorize the button placement???

Gurv on December 4, 2007 8:01 AM

I was thinking of buying the Archos 404 Camcorder to take to college because i have alot of spare time so i can watch movies and stuffbut my question isIs it worth buying if im not going to buy the plug-ins?

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