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Archos 504

alaTest has collected and analyzed 238 reviews of Archos 504. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and size. The design and performance also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the connectivity, and comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, performance, design, size, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Archos 504 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Archos 504


alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 user reviews of Archos 504 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviews about the portability and size are on the whole positive. The performance and reliability are also appreciated.

usability, reliability, performance, size, portability

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Archos 504 - 40GB Portable Multimedia PlayerArchos 504 - 40GB Portable Multimedia Player

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Archos 504


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Archos 504 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the price and sound. The design and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts about the connectivity and reliability. There are some mixed comments about the battery and portability.

usability, performance, design, sound, price

reliability, connectivity

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Archos 504 40GB Portable Digital Media Player and Recorder (500869)Archos 504 40GB Portable Digital Media Player and Recorder (500869)

May, 2018

Expert review by (

Archos 504 PMP reviewed


After checking out Archos' 404 and 604 portable media players, CNET's now finally rounded out the '04 PMP line-up with a look at the last of the lot, the 504....

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : James Kim (

Archos 504 review


Editor's note: Given the similarities of the 604 and the 504, portions of the Archos 604 review have been used in this review.

The Archos 504 is available in 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB capacities; gorgeous 4.3-inch wide screen; a decent choice of accessory options; can record audio and video with the optional kit; has a removable battery; nice tactile controls and sophisticated...

The Archos 504 is bulky; must purchase separate kit to record audio/video; must purchase separate kit to get a power adapter; weak bundled accessories; proprietary USB cable; no kickstand; not easy to operate blindly.

Measurable bulk and pricey 160GB version aside, the do-it-all Archos 504 is an awesome A/V performer.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Christopher Jones (

Archos 504 Portable Media Player


With digital audio, video, and pictures omnipresent in our lives, portable media players provide a handy way to enjoy and share multimedia collections. Archos is a French company that has built some innovative portables, and its new Archos 504 is a...

Aug, 2008

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Archos 504 504 40GB Review


Archos products are usually a little more expensive than their digital device counterparts, but they consistently have feature packed toys that will thrill any gadget geek.

Expert review by : staff (

Archos 504 review


Portable viewing pleasure indeed

Stunning pictures ; Impressive compatibility ; Great storage capacity

Recording capability

The Archis is definitely a great investment for anyone who likes something to do on a long commute

Dec, 2006

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Great- but only good when nickel-and-dimed


If you buy an external USB hub, you should be able to charge the Archos much faster on your PC. Like AC fast. So don't even bother with AC unless you plan to travel with it and use it a lot. Overall, worth the ton of money you've dished out by the time...

Cost. Has tons of expansions. Plays all files without question unless it's MP-2, H.263&4, or an old codec. It's very nice. The screen is big, bright, and has great contrast (which may be a con because you can see low-bitrate movies' lack of bitrate)....

It's pretty big for a pocket. They are nickel-and-diming you out of house and home with all of these expansions they don't sell with the product. Without the expansions, I have no idea what use it has to me. MPEG-2 video, H.263&4 video, AC3 sound, and...

Mar, 2008

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Buyer Beware


1st 80GB unit had dreaded static electricity death after 3 days. Known defect by Archos 'supposedly' only in some units. They cannot fix it. Touch it = shut down. 2nd unit (also bought at Newegg)= no static issue from June 07 to Dec 07. Then in Jan 08...

Capacity. Beautiful Picture. Plays most everything I put in it well

Suspect long term quality. I have bought two 504's from New Egg. Both have now failed in some way. (See below for terrible In WARRANTY Archos support options)

Jan, 2008

Consumer review (

A Pain


I bought this thing specifically so that I could put some of my VHS tapes on to and convert them which I cannot do. Wish I could return for full refund but exchange only. VERY DISAPPOINTED

plays all my avi files

owner manual no help at all. Archos website is useless as you can't log in after you register as it doesn't recognize your login. Password retrieval does not work ; Will not hook up to TV or VCR with optonal DVR station despite having correct...

Dec, 2007

Consumer review (

Pretty screen. Poor construction


Plays everything I've thrown at it.

The 504 (not the 404 or 604) has a known (by Archos) static electricity issue.

Oct, 2007

Consumer review (

A good presentation device


I got this as a way to show photos of mine to art-gallery owners and it's great for presenting artwork. Movies and music work well on here too. Don't for a minute think this is your all purpose run around MP3 player though (but my Sansa E200 is). I...

High-capacity storage. Big enough screen to make photos and movies look very nice. Displays PDFs. Records voice. Can be hooked up to a docking station or travel station and used as a DVR. Device gives YOU the option on how the computer should handle it...

Now way yo should have to pay $20 for CODECs that weren't supplied originally. Hard Drive = Moving Parts = Low Battery Life, Low Life Expectency in general, prone to skips or errors when lightly bumped regardless of manufacturer. Nature of the beast...

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

The ARCHOS 504 is the PMP with the biggest storage capacities of the Gen 4 range. Its bright and luminous 16/9 screen brings you the best portable video experience. PRODUCT FEATURES: Extreme capacity; Reads all standard video formats in full DVD resolution; DVD-quality video playback on TV with optional DVR Station; Records directly from TV in high-quality MPEG-4 with optional DVR station; Bright, 4.3" TFT screen with 16 million colors - ideal for watching videos and viewing photos; Extremely fast photo viewer with zoom, music and transition effects; Advanced Music player able to display track, artist, album, and album cover; Removable battery for extended viewing possibilities.


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable


Color of product:Silver

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:AAC / AC-3 / ADPCM / MP3 / PCM / WAV / WMA/AAC / AC-3 / MP3 / WAV / WMA/MP3 / Protected WMA (DRM) / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Digital AV player/Digital AV recorder
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / File transfer operation / Voice recorder/Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / Video capture from external source / Voice recorder/Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / Voice recorder
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB

Digital Storage

HDD Capacity:160GB/40GB/80GB

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:4.3
Display Resolution:480 x 272

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:4.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9cm
Display Type (JK):TFT
Output Type:Color

Energy Management

Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

File formats

Audio formats supported:MP3, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, PNG


Designed For (MG):Portable player
Product Type:Player battery
Subcategory (MG):Specific batteries


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Archos



Motion Video

Video Capture Formats:MPEG-4 SP
Video Playback Formats:MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / WMV/MPEG-4 / WMV

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows ME, 2000, XP+, Mac OS v.10.3.9, Linux
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Dimensions (WxDxH):5.12 x 3.07 x 0.906
I/O ports:-3.5 mm
Playtime internal battery:5.5
Wireless technologies:Wireless

Ports & interfaces

Interface:USB 2.0


Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / JPEG / PNG

Weight & Dimensions