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Wi-Fi-enabled Archos 604 finally arrives to market (and our office!)

Archos set to officially announce the 30GB 604 WiFi

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Thursday, Archos will officially announce the arrival of the 30GB 604 WiFi, the industry's first and "only wireless portable video player" (actually, Archos' own PMA430 was the first Wi-Fi-enabled PVP).

The highly sought-after digital swiss army knife is one of several A-list portable media gadgets to enter the holiday game just under the wire. Still to come: the Zune, Cowon's A3, Philips' PMC, and maybe even a video iPod.

Nearly identical to the excellent 30GB 604 (shown in photo) in form--same removable battery, same ginormous 4.3-inch widescreen, same video playback prowess--the 604 WiFi adds a touchscreen, built-in wireless connectivity, and the Opera browser. The costly PVP ($500) is a gadget monger's dream--on paper.

We just got the baby in for a test drive and our early impressions are that the processor seems a bit out of breath; Web browsing is neat but controls take some acclimation; and a touchscreen 604 is hot! Look out for our full review of this wonder device Thursday evening.