Archos 405 2GB MP3 Player Reviews

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This MP3/MP4 player is a good all rounder.

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7.5 out of 10 based on 6 reviews.
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Peter, Inverness

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good screen quality, good sound - buy decent earphones to experience it properly!
Easy to use
Good value for money - not aware of any competitor that has the same size screen for less.
Ideal for watching films and videos.
With the optional DVR station, you can record TV programmes and play them back.
Bad points:
Needs a proper carry case - provided one does not give enough protection.
Battery life a bit short - especially with a Media Card installed.
Could do with more memory - 2Gb flash isn't enough for films - you need an SDHC card to get full benefit
You need (to buy) a codec for ripping DVDs.
Searching menu stops music playing.
Overall rating 8.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Design/build quality 8.0
Range of features 8.0
Display Quality 9.0
Portability 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Jun 2008

Joyce, Clacton

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Neat and compact reasonably user friendly
Bad points:
To be able to have access to all areas of what the product has to offer you do need to purchase additional items direct from the manufacturer.
Overall rating 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design/build quality 10.0
Range of features 8.0
Display Quality 8.0
Portability 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Oct 2007

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Sound is good, comes with decent headphones. Easy to use, easy to set up. Light, portable and good size screen and quality. And the most important point I think is the price.
Bad points:
Personaly the only downside is there is no hold button. Protective wallet that is comes with does what is says "protects" but it does not stop buttons being pressed.
Overall rating 8.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design/build quality 9.0
Range of features 7.0
Display Quality 9.0
Portability 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Jun 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
very bad recording quality
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 3.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 6.0
Range of features 4.0
Portability 6.0
Value for money 3.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Mar 2008

Product Features

Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 2
Extra functions Video player
Playback formats MP3
Playback formats WMA
Playback formats WAV
Playback formats WMV
Playback formats MPEG 2
Playback formats MPEG 4
Touchscreen No
Media format Built-in
Recording format Direct from TV
Music playtime (Hours) 16
Video playtime (Hours) 5
Type of memory card SD
Display technology LCD
WiFi No
Bluetooth No
Height in cm 7.8
Depth in cm 1.3
Width in cm 9.96
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 240
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 32
Weight (g) 146

Also known as: Archos 405 -, ARCHOS 405, 405 2 GB

MP3 Players Buying Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

  1. Record your favorite TV shows
  2. Expandable Memory with the built-in SD card slot for SD, mini SD and micro SD cards
  3. Enjoy the bright 3.5" LCD screen (320 × 240 pixels)
  4. Watch on your home theater TV
  5. Customize your ARCHOS with accessories and plug-ins
  6. View, zoom photos and make slide shows with music and transition effects
  7. Listen to all your favorite music
  8. Store at least 2 movies, 20,000 photos2 or 1,000 songs on 2GB flash drive and more with an extra SD card
  9. Available in two colors : Silver & Purple

The ARCHOS 405 lets you enjoy all your digital entertainment in the palm of your hand and provides easy access to content and personalization options to fit individual lifestyles. This pocket-sized PMP offers expandable memory and a high-quality color screen. At less than ½" thick, this PMP’s sleek and compact design holds everything you need in your pocket while you’re on the move.

Personalize your ARCHOS
Make it yours: personalize your ARCHOS 405 to fit your unique lifestyle. Abundant plug-ins and accessories are available to customize your device to work the way you do: video your friends and family in action, record your favorite TV shows and movies, and share your photos.

Your movies, your videos
- Store and play up at least 2 movies1 – Play the most popular video format: MPEG-4, WMV, protected WMV, MPEG-2*, VOB*, H.264* (*with optional plug-ins) – Play the movies you shot on your camcorder

Your photos
- Transfer your photos from a PC or most mass storage devices via the USB 2.0 high speed interface – Store and view at least 20,000 photos1 (JPEG, PNG and BMP formats) – Display slideshows with music and transition effect – Manage your files and folders directly on the device for a better mobility

Your TV
- Record your favorite TV shows or series directly on your ARCHOS 405 with the optional DVR Station Gen 5 – Easy programming with the TV Program Guide – Record the most video sources such as satellite/cable box, VCR, DVD player in MPEG-4 format

Your music
- Store and listen up at least 1,000 songs1 – Play the most popular music files such as MP3, WAV, WMA and protected WMA – Easily organize songs with the enhanced ARCLibrary – Customize your view by artist, album, type of music, title and create your playlist on the go


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