Archos preps 160GB video gannet

Good news for TV gluttons and owners of DVD collections that would fill up the British Library – our sources have told us that a 160GB Archos model is

Good news for TV gluttons and owners of DVD collections that would fill up the British Library – our sources have told us that a 160GB Archos model is on its way to join the now-official new 30GB versions.

The giant haystacks edition hasn’t been officially announced, but is likely to adopt the looks of the new ‘Generation 4’ line, as shown above. To put 160GB of storage into perspective, that’s enough for about 18 days of solid recording from your telly, over 200 movies, or your top 500 albums.

More details on the 504 will be announced in the next couple of months, but until then you can feast your eyes on its cousins, the 404 (above) and 604. Both promise a comparatively paltry 30GB storage and excellent 720x480 resolution, although the 404’s screen will measure 3.5in compared to the 604’s 4.3in widescreen job.

We like the look of its redesigned right-side button layout, and other new touches include support for PDF documents and improved photo slideshows, which will feature slick touches such as music and transition effects.

The format support is thankfully still comprehensive, with support for MP4, protected WMVs and PlaysForSure, plus you can buy an optional DVR station with RGB and S-Video outputs to help record those footy highlights straight from your TV.

One way in which the 160GB 504 model is likely to differ from its siblings is size – the 190g 404 is only 1.5cm thick, a vast improvement on its tubby forebears, while the 604 adds a millimetre to its waist and weighs 250g. More details on the big guy when we get it.

Essentials

Archos 404, 604

Price: £220, £270

On sale: September

Contact: Archos

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