Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Archos 404 PMP - Stripped Down Version of the 604

Ok, so maybe it wasn't wise to name their next PMP after an internet error code (404). The 404 offers support for MPEG-4 ASP up to 720x480 @ 30fps, WMV9, WM DRM and DivX, although not exclusively stated by Archos. You'll have to settle for viewing on a 3.5-inch 4:3 screen as opposed to the 4.3-inch widescreen display on the 604. However, the 404's smaller screen is lacking in more than size, with a more pixelated image and less vibrant colors than the 604's. Archos also left out a player stand and removable battery, both of which the 604 has. Bottom line: spend the extra fifty bucks and pick up the widscreen, 604 model.

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