Archos 405

The Good Sound quality; price; build; drag-and-drop support in Windows; expandability; SD slot.

The Bad Average screen; many expandable elements require costly plugins; no kickstand.

The Bottom Line The Archos 405 is an attractive and affordable portable media player for those on a budget. It offers good sound quality and supports high-quality video, but the screen isn't anywhere near as good as it could be. If you can't afford the Archos 605, this may be what you're looking for

Editors' Rating
7.5 Overall

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Review

Archos 405

For those of you not prepared to shell out up to £300 for the flagship Archos multimedia player, the 605 WiFi, the French manufacturer has an affordable alternative for you.

The Archos 405 includes many of the key features of its bigger brother, such as DVD-quality video playback and DVR functionality (with the optional DVR docking station).

Design
The 405 is basically a small 605: retained are the smooth navigation buttons on the right and the superb build quality we've come to admire Archos for. Different to the 605, however, is the inclusion of the SD slot, which sits on the top of the player. There's no kickstand, though, and the screen isn't touch-sensitive, so you'll need to master the Archos navigation system.

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