"Improves on the 604 significantly"3.5 starson by dkdavis5252
Pros: Video server, video codec variety, picture, improved bowser
Cons: Need computer or dock to charge.
Summary: I have owned the AV120, AV 500, 604 WiFi, and an IPod. Just got the 605 WiFi and played with it for a couple of days.
I am not an IPod fan, primarily because of the proprietory codecs and the lack of a bookmark feature. But, it is definitely the easiest to use (load music/video and go).
That being said, and despite the fact that I really didn't like the 604, I have been mostly pleased with the 605 wifi.
The browser is better (don't know why Archos didn't upgrade the 604 to provide the same function).
The resolution is better.
The variety of codecs is still excellent.
The ability to stream audio and video through the wifi is still the best feature. (Beware - it will not stream VOBs - the bit rate is too high). Divx video, even at fairly high bit rates (1500 Kb/s), is handled very well (Haven't tried Divx HD).
The need to purchase additional software is fine - it helps to keep cost down. Though I suspect it is very rare that anyone would buy the 605 wifi and not intend to use the browser.
I don't like the fact that as shipped you have to connect it to a computer to charge it. This really limits portability...If you are going to be carrying around a computer, why not just use the computer as your PVP?
You can buy the docking station (okay, adds significant functionallity but not vital so offer it as add on) and take your docking station with you or buy a travel adapter (actually, I can use the USB adapter with my car audio's powered USB).
Finally, they have no satisfactory cases ... wait, they have NO carrying cases. The shipped "case" is just a sleeve.
Archos has a reputation of poor support for their devices. If they choose to actually support their Generation 5 devices with consistent and useful firmware updates as well as accessories this could be a 9. (It could only get a 10 if it worked with 802.11n so that it could stream VOBs).