Archos 405 gets supersized

Apple has doubled the capacity of the iPod Touch to 32GB – for a hefty £330. For half that amount you could buy Archos' pocket-sized 405 p

Apple has doubled the capacity of the iPod Touch to 32GB – for a hefty £330. For half that amount you could buy Archos' pocket-sized 405 player, now boosted from a modest 2GB to a far healthier 30GB.

To keep the price down, Archos has used a good old fashioned hard drive rather than Apple's flash memory, but the 405 still gets a roomy 3.5in screen and French company's usual compatibility with a zillion video and audio formats – if you stump up the extra €40 for all the codecs.

Don't expect Wi-Fi or a touchscreen for your money, but it will act as a portable Sky+ style box. For that you'll need Archos' DVR Station, which will also let you play your videos on the big screen.

Not a bad package for the money. If only the French were this good at everything. 

Archos 405 30GB

Price: €200

On sale: February

Contact: Archos