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Archos 405 gets bumped to 30GB

The Archos 405 got a little heftier this afternoon, with a capacity bump to 30GB. Archos went old-school in getting to that size, using a hard drive instead of flash -- but the upside is that drives are cheap, which means the 30GB 405 is just 199 ($293). European customers can apparently score this at the end of the month, but there's no word on a North American release yet.

[Via ArchosLounge]

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Tim Ficke

Tim Ficke @ Feb 7th 2008 2:54PM


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MikeLong @ Feb 7th 2008 2:57PM you feel better about yourself now?

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StrangeBum @ Feb 7th 2008 4:16PM

I know something else that you are.

Starts with an 'F'
rhymes with Bob Sagot...hmm

Now, this Archos player. Not a bad deal, especially considering I've been meaning to pick up a new PMP for awhile now. And the 405 always caught my eye for some reason. I just wish I was able to handle one before I pick one up.

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larcen007 @ Feb 7th 2008 5:19PM

Fob Sagot? :)

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Kevin @ Feb 7th 2008 3:49PM

I know the Archos is a totally different market than an iPod touch... but seeing 32 gigs of flash on an iPod touch now really makes a 30 gig archos look silly

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Erik @ Feb 7th 2008 4:15PM

Why? I'd rather have 30GB for $293 than 32GB for $500.

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bertbusdriver @ Feb 7th 2008 9:53PM

and it gets better... archos prices in america are even lower than in Europe, so the archos 405 might be around $200 considering that the top-of-the-line archos 605 is 300$ MSRP for 30gb...

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JohnTitor @ Feb 7th 2008 10:00PM

if you want flash the 2GB version is like $120 and a 16GB SD card is another $65 for a total 18GB for $185

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fischju @ Feb 8th 2008 12:41AM

Does the $500 32GB Touch make the $400 160GB Archos 605 look silly? You know, with it's smaller and much lower resolution screen and inablity to play standard xvid and straight .vob files at full DVD resolution?

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sTEVEN @ Feb 7th 2008 3:50PM

The Creative ZEN i think is probably a bit better of a buy, seeing as how the Archos is really old

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thethirdmoose @ Feb 7th 2008 4:45PM

By really old, you mean like 5 months?

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sTEVEN @ Feb 7th 2008 4:51PM

its primitive though- i think hard drives are destined to fail a lot earlier than flash.

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Urza @ Feb 7th 2008 6:23PM

Hard drives are destined to fail eh? Are you really going to still be using the thing 5 years from now? Because I still have a working 3rd gen hard drive iPod, still works great, and yes, I still use it. And I know for a fact there are still working 1st gen ones too. And hey, take that $200 you saved from buying this instead of the iPod touch, and by the time the hard drive dies, you'll probably be able to pick up another Archos 405 for less than that!

Well made hard drives don't die that often. I've actually got consumer level drives (OEM Gateway) still functioning after over 12 years. It's simply a matter of what drives they're putting in these things - and from what I know of Archos, I'd bet they're using something pretty good.

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thethirdmoose @ Feb 7th 2008 6:28PM

Reports of hard drive death have been greatly exaggerated.

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Jdub @ Feb 7th 2008 4:26PM

come on...step up to the plate. we all spend half our time ona jet so we need movies to watch! Or better yet...80mph on the highway.

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PenaltyKillah @ Feb 7th 2008 9:20PM

Face it, hard drives are in their golden age now. Ironic, eh? By golden, I mean economical. Flash memory players and personal computers are somewhat of a luxury today.

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DB @ Feb 7th 2008 6:31PM

About time it matched its last gen counterpart the 404!

Seriously, sometimes people want an Archos with a hard drive that is less than a meter wide. It's a nice mp3 player and if it's still on the market when my 404 dies (if it dies) I would seriously consider it.

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Shawn @ Feb 7th 2008 8:36PM

I'll NEVER buy an Archos. There costomer support was horrendous last time I tried them out.

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PenaltyKillah @ Feb 7th 2008 9:20PM

Heh, I knew it. Archos ain't no Apple, limiting features to specific players. Bit disappointed that they didn't release a 16GB one at least.

Am I dreaming, or am i actually seeing old-school 04 Series embosses for the d-pad?

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g3n3tix @ Feb 8th 2008 8:34AM

Meh. Get a 605 !

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