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Archos 704 WiFi

Archos 704 WiFi
alaScore 85

427 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 427 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, portability, value for money, performance, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Archos 704 WiFi is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Archos 704 WiFi Multimedia Player


This player has loads of functions and options, from video recording to Wi-Fi connectivity and file streaming. And though its capabilities can overwhelm, it's worth all of its $550 price.

Huge, sharp, bright TFT screen. Video and audio recording capabilities. Wi-Fi-enabled. Excellent sound quality. Highly customizable through plug-ins and onboard settings. Programmable for auto-recording TV.

Huge and heavy. DVR station (sold separately) is essential for recording. No built-in line-in audio jack. No FM tuner.

This player has loads of functions and options, from video recording to Wi-Fi connectivity and file streaming. And though its capabilities can overwhelm, it's worth all of its $550 price.

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Archos 704 Wi-Fi Personal Multimedia Player


You wouldn't want to jog with this 22-ounce slab o' entertainment, but then again, your iPod doesn't let you check Gmail from the couch. The Linux-based Archos

Connects effortlessly to secure wireless networks. Touch-sensitive screen is a revelation in user interface (fingers or a stylus work seamlessly). Lightning fast digital photo transfer. Analog/digital audio outputs. DVR accessory allows for TiVo-like...

Needs $120 in accessories to fully optimize potential. No slot for storing stylus. Web browsing can be sloth-like. Virtual keypad takes practice to get accustomed to. Lacks Bluetooth for wireless stereo connection

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Archos 704 WiFi


The Archos 704 WiFi multimedia player features smooth video playback on a bright, reasonably sharp screen. The PVP offers a good viewing angle, and A/V recordings are very high quality. The touch screen is responsive to fingers or a stylus, and the...

The Archos 704 WiFi suffered from audible system noise during testing, and the built-in video codec support isn't as broad as it should be (additional codecs cost extra). You'll also have to pay extra to get the hardware required to use the recording...

The Archos 704 WiFi multimedia player looks amazing on paper, but the Web browsing isn't quite smooth enough. Still, as a video player it succeeds: the large screen size makes it ideal for planes, trains, and automobiles, though it's too big to be an...


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Archos 704 WiFi Portable Multimedia Player


Design and Specs Front and center on the 704 WiFi is a very nice 7-inch widescreen display capable of 800 x 480 resolution. Because of this relatively spacious display, you'd never mistake the 704 WiFi for an iPod, or even and iPhone. It measures...

The aluminum-clad 704 WiFi has a simple and uncluttered physical design. Save for a power button and another to switch between internal LCD and external display output, there are no controls on the unit itself-- everything is handled through a...

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Review: Archos 704 WiFi


The Archos 704 WiFi is the latest and most likely final portable media player (PMP) in the French company's Generation 4 series. Sporting a 7-inch high-resolution widescreen display and weighing a hefty 1.38 pounds, it seems to tread rather...

Despite my sentimental affection for it, I think the Archos 704 WiFi is a PMP that won't ever be embraced by the masses. According to all the press and user comments I've read since the unit's release in March, it seems that unless you actually want...

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Archos 704 WiFi Media Player


In midst of the media player war, Archos has released their 704 with includes WiFi support and includes a large 7" screen. Among a few of the included features is video support, music listening, web browsing, network sharing, photo viewing and more.

Huge screen ; Decent video playback ; UMS and MTP support ; WiFi support and web browser ; Impressive GUI and touch screen controls ; USB On-The-Go ; Kickstand is useful when watching movies

A lot of accessories and plugins aren’t included that should have been ; Isn’t really portable (in the can’t-put-it-in-your-pocket sense) ; No expandable storage (SD slot, for example) ; The included pouch could have been better ; Opera browser is...

Testing how practical carrying the Archos player was one of my first goals when I started writing this review. I can’t stress how big this thing is, but against my better judgment, I tried to use it day-to-day.

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Archos 704 WiFi


Aside from a few flaws (including buggy Web browsing), the do-it-all Archos 704 is an excellent portable device for watching videos and surfing the Net on the go.

Large, sharp screen; excellent video performance; comprehensive accessory bundle; built-in stand, speakers; simple interface; built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi; wireless-server capability; includes Opera Web browser; impressive battery life for video playback

No built-in stylus storage; somewhat-limited playback support; additional A/V codecs cost extra; inferior speakers; Web browser can't display all sites; must purchase separate dock to use DVR function

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Big video hits the road with the Archos 704-WiFi


It's a media player tuned specifically to play video

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"Superb until you use decent headphones"


I am very pleased with the unit, it plays films on a decent size screen and is still portable. The only fault I can find is the background noise generated over all music and films. In fairness this is only noticable on Bose headphones in a quite...

Good size clear screen, plays most formats, easy to update

Having to purchase codecs to play most film formats, poor sound on good headphones

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"Good Idea, but..."


I think this is an early version of the new video iPod. The screen is great and the 80 gig hard drive is also great. I would like a better case and a better keyboard., but hey, this was made by French guys, so its not all that bad. I bought it for the...

Great screen, fast response great potential as a small computer storage center.

Needs a notes program, Easier to use web browser, Needs ability to use Windows Mobile 6.

Product Specifications

For the true video connoisseur, it's the only WiFi-enabled portable media player with a 7” wide touch screen. The device features wireless connectivity that lets you play media files from your computer to its high resolution screen or to the TV, browse the Internet, and send and receive Web-based email.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-In Radio: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Direct TV Recording:Via External Device


Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
W-LAN Connection: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:262.144
Touchscreen:One-Point Touch

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio/Video Player
Storage Medium:Hard Disc Drive
Type:Audio/Video Player

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: No
AVI Playback:No / Yes
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: Yes
MPEG2 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: Yes
WMV Playback: Yes

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Polymer
Replaceable Battery: Yes