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It supports PlaysForSure audio and video and has superb audio quality, and with it, you can record audio and video from external sources, including TV at scheduled times.

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The AV also has excellent battery life and a good printed manual, and with the included plug-in, it will work within iTunes. We don’t like the fact that you can’t multitask and that it lacks a kickstand or carrying case.

Although audio quality is top-notch, there is no equalizer, and the earbuds are uncomfortable. Also, it doesn’t have an iTunes-like source for video downloads, though it does record video. The Bottom Line The well-appointed Archos AV puts wide-screen video in your pocket, but we’re still waiting for wv500 point-and-click way to get video into the device. Visit manufacturer site for details. However, before you pull out your credit card, keep in mind that getting video on to the device is a lot more complicated and time-consuming than with iTunes and the new iPod.

Indeed, the AV is best suited to tech-savvy users who archox patience for its manual, VCR-like recording process. But for that crowd, this is one awesome traveling arhos. With its brushed-metal exterior, sharp corners, and engraved silver buttons, the Archos AV has a decidedly industrial look, and the casing is durable and well put together. Whether you prefer that to the more elegant design of, say, the Creative Zen Vision is largely a matter of personal preference.

We like the look well enough, but we think its odd, Tetris-like controls hurt the aesthetic. The Archos AV weighs 9 ounces and measures arcjos by 4.

It’s actually a tad av5500 to be carrying around like you would an MP3 player, though. The real news is the 4-inch wide-screen LCD, which provides quite a bit more viewing area than the Zen Vision’s smaller 4: However, the latter’s xpixel resolution trumps the AV’s x But does pixel count really matter in a device this small?


Skip ahead to the Performance section to find out. Sorely missing from the device is a kickstand.

While watching video, you’ll have to hold the AV at a comfortable viewing angle or find something to prop it against. On the plus side, the battery is removable, so at least you can stock rachos spare coming soon, price to be determined for long trips. Operating the Archos AV is relatively simple, thanks to its lovely icon-driven interface, though the controls aren’t immediately intuitive.

The D-pad is easy enough to figure out, but what about the two extra buttons in either corner? They’re for rapid scrolling through lengthy song lists. Equally mysterious, at least initially, are the four buttons below the D-pad. They’re used with context-sensitive Action menus that appear in the neighboring corner of the screen.

Ultimately, there’s nothing complicated about using the AV, especially after you learn the controls, but the lack of meaningful button labels creates unnecessary confusion.

However, the dock doesn’t cradle the AV, and its curved top makes a poor platform avv500 the unit. Whether or not the dock is connected, you can control the AV via the included full-size remote, which seems almost comically large compared with the AV itself.

The camera’s cable has an in-line remote control for easy MPEG-4 recording and a built-in microphone; the camera itself is mountable. The Mini-Cam, despite its cost, is way cool; it can be used in a variety of situations, such as extreme sporting activities.

In terms of sharpness and low-light performance, ab500 quality on this color CCD camera is decent too. However, this no longer seems like such a coup.

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Now that Apple’s iTunes store has made xv500 small but decent selection of TV shows and music videos available for point-and-click viewing on the latest iPodit seems frustrating to have to jump through so many hoops with the Archos AV First, there’s the initial task of integrating the TV docking pod with your entertainment system–a complicated endeavor if there’s a cable or satellite box involved.

Finally, you have to wait for the scheduled recording to finish–no instant gratification here. Admittedly, iTunes offers an extremely limited TV selection at the moment, and the shows aren’t free. With the Archos AV, you can stock up on whatever you like and not pay an extra cent.


Plus, you get to view your shows on a relatively giant screen. The AV is Archos’s fifth PVP with scheduled-recording capabilities, but the company hasn’t made any meaningful improvements. Where’s the built-in TV guide for show-based arxhos Speaking of TiVo, how about playback support for that device, a feature offered by Creative’s Zen Vision?

The Rachos still beats most of the competition when it comes to video features, but suddenly it seems a lot less convenient. The Archos AV isn’t completely without online content options. Its support for PlaysForSure means you can play songs purchased or rented from any number of online services, ranging from BuyMusic to Yahoo Music Unlimited.

But PlaysForSure also encompasses video, meaning that someday you may be able to choose from a wide variety of TV and movie downloads. For now, however, the choices are insultingly limited: Until these services wake up and smell the iTunes, your best bet for getting movies on to the Archos AV is copying them from a DVD player.

Playback is limited to the AV itself–unlike with other video content, which can be viewed on an external TV–but at least you get to take advantage of the wide screen, something that can’t be said of most recorded TV. Unless you’re starting with wide-screen content, some of the AV’s screen estate goes to waste.

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