My ┬ú60 405 arrived this morning, ive been playing with it all day and for the money i think its pretty impressive.
I managed to get it charged to blinking light in 1hr 40mins using my 04 dock. After reading the horror stories of days on charge i thought this would be the best way to charge.
I put in an 2gb stick loaded with audiobooks and put a couple of movies onto the player. I like the way it give you the option of viewing either card or internal memory.
As usual the firmware was a breeze to update.
The screen is ok, not excellent but ok for that size device (though i can see lines going though the desplay, and the screen goes dark when viewing at different angles). The sound quality is superb on my shure se310s, a little quiet but more than enough for me useing these phones - but i doubt they will be as good on less expensive headphones.
There is also the humming missing at low volumes which ALL players have suffered from - from year dot. this is usually caused by the hard drive spinning up but as there isnt one on these machines = no humming!!! yippeee.....
The OS is very similar to the 604, pretty easy to navigate. basically the same as nearly all the other players.
The button layout is much better than the 04 range. the ok and X button are now at the top insted of half way down, also the left and right arrows are raised so it makes it easier to skip tracks via feel, they have also added a volume button, this works when the key lock is on - but for the life of me i cant see why they bothered waisting an button when up and down do the same job (except when key lock is on).
After one charge so the life isnt yet cycled i managed about 11hrs of audiobook playback, also a lot of fannying around with the unit showing ppl video files etc on there, this should get better as battery cycles a few times.... maybe it will hit 16hrs (yeah right!).
Connections.... archos have realised most ppl dont like the usb leads they the 04 was shipped with, how many times was i round a friends house and wanted to copy stuff over from his pc or my archos player, DAMN no leads. Well the 405 has a STANDARD usb (mini a i thinks its called) connection as well as the other connections the 04 range has, the 04 leads work perfectly with the machine, as does my camera lead work with the player.
The other thing i love about the unit is the size, its tiny. The thing sits in the palm of my hand and fits in my pocket without me realising where it is. Thats my likes so far....
My dislikes, please remember ive owned many many archos players, my views are valid imo but may not be to others......
First of all DAMN ARCHOS, that colour STINKS. I cant stand ipods, archos players always looked smart with brushed steel, WHITE is disgusting, oh well......
Non replacable battery is my first moan, the looks of the player it probo wouldnt have taken much to allow the battery to be removable, but i suppose as archos arnt gona get extra money from me from failed hard drives they will try that way.
the head phone socket is in the WRONG place!, if your like me then you will put your player in a coat or shirt pocket with the headphone lead pointing out the top, well to do this puts the buttons at the bottom out of reach, in effect the headphone socket is opposite to the control buttons, this dosnt seem to be a logical layout to me!.
Lack of tv out, i would have been rather annoyed if i bought this unit straight away without knowing there is no tv out, this is a major part of the charm for archos players, ive been to many ppl houses and plugged in my players to their tv sets. I know you can get the tv out module with the battery dock etc but for me this is just a cheap shot to get more money from your customers.
Well this may actually be a bug atm or its me not setting something correctly, i listen to many many hours of audiobooks, i have always loved the archos players for their bookmark features, this is something that made me stay with the make from the av300 model. But it seems that the bookmark feature dosnt work with files stored on SD cards. The machine is capable of writing / deleting from the cards so it makes no sence to me that it cant actually set a bookmark to the card.
Well thats so far,
IMO this is actually a DOWNGRADE to the 404, actually they should have called it the 403 SD which would have been fairer. The 404 has more features than this machine ie tv out, and other than the buttons the machines are identical..... no their not the TV/Headphone socket is in a better position. The money i payed for the machine makes it excellent value, but if i was to pay ┬ú100 + for it i would have to seriously ask myself y, especially when you can now get the excellent 604 for ┬ú130 of amazon.co.uk.
Im gona keep the little thing, i have the norve case on its way and a couple of 4gb cards, even with the moans and groans with the player it still seems a solid little unit that will do the tasks i want it to do, this will allow me to keep my bulker 604 at home and use the 405 in the workplace, this way i wont lose so much sleep if it gets broken. This player will be ideal for someone who does extreme sports or have a problem child that drops things all the time (as long as the screen is protected in a deacent case).
If i find anyother stuff i like / Dislike i will post.... but i think ive covered it for now.
any questions feel free to ask
edit, just sussed out the bookmark feature and it works!!!!, that shows you should really play with them first (the players im talking about! LOL)