Gadget of the Day: Archos TV+

Savvy Archos owners have been using their portable players to record TV for years. Now the company's finally got round to putting all that know-how in

Savvy Archos owners have been using their portable players to record TV for years. Now the company's finally got round to putting all that know-how into a set-top box.

Like Apple TV it'll stream audio and video from a PC, but since it's not tethered to iTunes it can play a far wider number of file formats.

Uniquely, it also has up to 250GB on board and its own EPG for a spot of Sky+ style TV recording. Stump up £20 for Opera and it'll even try its hand at web browsing.

The icing on the cake will be the Archos Media Club for movie downloads. Archos is in talks with studios at the moment and expects to be able to launch the offering by April.

The TV+ will only handle up to DVD resolution, so don't go expecting Apple-style HD movies. But it does have a nifty feature to let you watch the movies as they download – which should take around ten minutes for a two-hour flick.

Archos TV+ 80GB, 250GB

Price: £180, £250

On sale: Now

Contact: Archos