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February 7, 2006

Archos AV500 Mobile DVR Review

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You know, as cool as it would be, we can't spend all day in front of the TV. But what if we can have the TV in front of us all of the time (yeah, I know I got no life)? Enter the AV500 Mobile DVR from Archos. The AV500 weighs in at a scant 9 ounces and measures 3 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches, which makes it just slightly larger than the average PDA. What makes the AV500 unique, is that you can actually record to the device (hence DVR in the title), instead of just transferring files. According to NewsFactor.com:

The AV500 does it all with a plethora of features, including audio playback, video playback, and all sorts of recording options. In addition, the player has photo-viewing capabilities and even can serve as a portable hard drive. The AV500 is compatible with both PCs and Macs, and boasts an impressive 30 GB of storage that can accommodate up to 130 hours of video, 15,000 songs, or 300,000 photos.

The review is pretty positive and the overall verdict states:

Although the AV500 doesn't offer the simplicity of the new iPod or the hip design of the Vision M, Archos holds all the cards in the video-recording department, and the AV500 scores big across the board in performance. It's a tad expensive and might take some tech know-how to use certain features, but the AV500 is a savior for those long flight delays out of China.

At NewsFactor.com

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Posted by William Hungerford at February 7, 2006 2:21 PM

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