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Monday, November 13, 2006

Archos Introduce WiFi-enabled Touch Screen Portable Video Player


DENVER, CO – November 9, 2006 – ARCHOS, Inc. announced today the general availability of the ARCHOS 604-WiFi, the industry’s only portable video player with integrated wireless technology and brilliant 4.3-inch touch screen for simple navigation. The 604-WiFi features 802.11g wireless connectivity, which allows consumers to browse the Internet, send and receive Web-based email, and play media files from their home computer to the device or to the TV. The 30GB* device retails for $449.99 and is available now at www.archos.com and select Sam’s Club stores nationwide, with broad retail availability later this month.

 

“Being a technology leader is a priority for ARCHOS and we’ve introduced many firsts in the portable media category, including the world’s first portable video player in 2003,” said Larry Smith, ARCHOS Chief Operating Officer. “The ARCHOS 604-WiFi allows us to continue that tradition by bringing together the benefits of Internet access with portable entertainment in a truly open device for consumers. Unlike other video players, ARCHOS supports open standards, making it easy for all consumers to play any content—whether it’s from the PC or Mac, Internet or TV, DVD player or cable box—and enjoy all their media in one portable player.”

 

Wireless Touch-Screen Meets Portable Media Player

The new ARCHOS 604-WiFi is perfectly designed for watching video on the go, and allows consumers to stay connected and navigate through menus easily with a stylus, fingertip or intuitive right-side buttons. The touch screen and wireless interface appeal to consumers who want to access their media wherever they go, including surfing the Web, sending and receiving email from Web-based applications, and connecting the device to a home network for transferring files or playing content through the home network.

 

When connected wirelessly to a home network, the 604-WiFi becomes a conduit for playing content from the PC or Mac directly to the TV. Because the 604-WiFi is recognized as a drive on the home network, any media files can be transferred onto the device or streamed out to the TV. The 604-WiFi acts as the missing link between the PC and the TV, enabling full integration between the home network and entertainment system.

 

The ARCHOS 604-WiFi contains a 30GB hard drive and is one of the slimmest, lightest, large-screen players on the market. The 604-WiFi features a large, 4.3-inch color touch screen, and capacity to store up to 25 DVD resolution movies, 130 hours of TV shows, 300,000 photos or 15,000 songs. As a part of the new ARCHOS Generation 4 line of portable media players, the 604-WiFi includes a new simple navigation system, intuitive button layout, and plays standard video formats in full DVD resolution on the device or a TV.

 

Turn the 604 Wi-Fi into a Portable DVR or CamcorderThe ARCHOS Generation 4 line of products, including the 604-WiFi, features a host of accessories for customizing the device to suit specific lifestyles. The DVR Station accessory turns the 604-WiFi into a portable Digital Video Recorder (DVR), letting consumers schedule and record favorite movies and programming directly from the TV, DVD player or satellite receiver onto the device. The new Helmet Camcorder turns the 604-WiFi into a camcorder with DVD resolution. Other accessories for the Generation 4 line of players include speakers, cases, car adapters, extra batteries and more. Specifications, Photos and AvailabilityProduct specifications and photos are available for download from the ARCHOS Website at http://www.archos.com/corporate/press/. The ARCHOS 604-WiFi is sold today at select Sam’s Club stores with broad availability to top retail outlets and online stores this month. The 604-WiFi retails for $449.99, with the DVR Station priced at $99.99 and discounted when sold together. The Helmet Camcorder retails for $149.99 and is available with all other accessories on the ARCHOS Website at www.archos.com.

 


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