Feeds
90%
Archos 5

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Android-based PMP

The world's first Google-based media machine

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

File support has previously been an issue with Archos devices, with users finding they have to pay for additional plug-ins to gain certain codecs. This approach hasn't been eliminated entirely but is less of a problem. Out of the box, the Archos 5 can play HD 720p video in H.264, MPEG 4 or MKV format and WMV standard definition.

Archos 5

Better format support than before - but some codecs still cost extra

But if you want to play VOB files, or 720p WMV or MPEG2 files, then you'll need to purchase the HD Cinema plug-in which will set you back a further £12.22 but also adds in AC3 audio.

On the audio front, you'll find support for MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Ogg and Flac. You can also view images in JPEG, BMP, PNG or GIF format.

Video playback is extremely good, and the 5 handles 720p material without a problem. While there's little advantage to watching that high a resolution on such a tiny screen, the ability to transfer files without transcoding them first is a big time saver.

Switching over to the audio side of things and the playback quality was again impressive. The unit was equally happy with bass-heavy tracks like Dare by Gorillaz or something a bit more laid back like Beethoven. The bundled headphones try hard, but they can't really handle the full output without distorting, so you're better off replacing them with something more up to the job.

Archos 5

Review your recordings... if you have the optional DVR add-on

There's GPS built in, but before you get too excited and chuck your TomTom in the bin, the maps included in the box are only there for you to try before you buy. You only get seven days to make you mind up - which is pretty short - and after that you'll need to shell out an extra £35 for a UK map and £45 for Western Europe.

Boost IT visibility and business value

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?