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Archos 7 internet-enabled PMP

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Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Without banging on again about Archos's habit of charging more for certain audio and video codecs, let's just say that out of the box the 7 supports Flac, Ogg, MP3, WMA and WAV audio along with WMV and MPEG4 AVI – divX and Xvid – video and that those will probably satisfy the majority of purchasers. The 7 will also display JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and PDF files.

It's a shame that the 7's screen can't be changed from landscape to portrait while viewing PDF files as it can when viewing JPEGS - if it could the 7 would make a decent little impromptu PDF eBook reader.

Archos 7 PMP

Two speakers significantly improve the sound quality

Turning from one page to the next is a simple matter of making an up-swipe on the screen. Of course a future firmware update may address this - Archos has already released three updates for its internet media tablets since October 13.

Physically the 7 has a couple of clear design improvements over the 5. Firstly it has two very respectable speakers, one on each side of the screen. While the single speaker on the 5 was frankly a waste of space, the stereo set on the 7 produce a more than capable sound and churn out a decent volume.

Set it up on your desk and you can quite comfortably watch video without headphones, though as you would expect everything is a bit too bass-light for serious music enjoyment.

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