Gadgets
Archos Beats Microsoft to the Wi-Fi Punch
Hooray for the underdog! Archos is zooming ahead of the Zune with its 604-WiFi.
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November 09, 2006 by Rachel Cericola

With Apple and Microsoft preoccupied with the whole “less filling, tastes great” debate, now is the perfect opportunity for someone to sneak in under the radar—and that sneak is Archos.

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Archos (or maybe you have), but I can tell you that they are one of the true kings of the portable playground. Their latest creation is the Archos 604-WiFi.

That’s right kids: Microsoft was so busy being secretive and fine-tuning the Zune, that Archos took the glory out from under their noses.

The unit includes a 4.3-inch touchscreen and 802.11g connectivity. It’s also easy to add to your home network, so when you aren’t accessing the Web and your email on the go, you can use the device to stream PC or Mac content to your TV.

Other tasty tidbits include a 30GB hard drive and a nifty accessory that turns that portable into a digital video recorder. Oh, I think I am in love.

The absolute best thing about the 604-WiFi: You don’t have to wait for it; it’s available now.

  • $449.99
  • 30GB hard drive
  • 4.3-inch TFT screen (480 x 272 pixels)
  • Supports MPEG-4, WMV, MP3, CBR & VBR, WMA, protected WMA, WAV, JPG, BMP & PNG
  • Reads PDFs
  • Includes voice recording
  • Digital video recording available (via option DVR Station)

 

 

 

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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