"The Best Bar None"5.0 starson by Jay Halase
Pros: One great PMP
Cons: Screen washes out like a PC in sunlight.
Summary: I'd like to address all the misconceptions from other reviewers first. Yes it has a place for the styli inside the protective case supplied with the unit. Yes it has Wifi you don't have to buy a antenna plugin for it. The plugin is for the opera web browser ($30.00) it is software not hardware. If it locks up like any other brand it has a reset button on the bottom. It does video out of the box (Avi) you only need the video plugin if you want to add mpeg2 playback.
First thing you need to do after charging is download the newest firmware for the unit. Mine was three versions past. This alone makes a big difference in how the unit preforms. They seem to upgrade the operating system monthly with bug fixes and new features. They finally added the free Widgets today (calculator,currency converter,weather forcast,note writer,unit converter,news reader,data vault).
The screen resolution is fantastic. With the browser plugin you can view web pages in full width without scrolling all the time. The letters are very small but there is no problem reading them in the resolution this incredible screen has.
This PMP does so many things it is incredible. Without plugins you can stream any content in Windows media player (10 or 11) from any PC on your home network. I have the DVR Station (less than $70.00 on the internet) hooked to my Bose system and stream music to it. The little remote with full keyboard works 65 feet from the unit through a screened inclosure from my backyard and I can see all my music picks on my big screen TV. That's another thing, once you sync the unit with the music you have on WMP you have all the artwork but you have to set the Archos in WMP sync mode in settings. Too bad these people give the 605 a bad rating without reading the manual. It took me several days to learn all the things the 605 can do yet these ignorant people return it the next day not knowing what a great piece of hardware they have. To them I say buy a ipod and munch on a apple while you light up your next joint and leave the hi-tech toys for us.