Archos, Inc. announced today a new pocket-sized digital video recorder and player that is sure to become the new must-have toy for portable electronics lovers. This amazing device has a max 100-gig hard drive that will allow its users to take full advantage of a multitude of incredible features. For an overview of these features, we'll begin in the living room where a one-time set up TV cradle connects directly to a TV, VCR, or cable/satellite receiver. The AV400 will then dock with this cradle, allowing users to record audio and video directly to the device (like Tivo). Up to 400 hours of TV programming or up to 2002 full-length movies can be stored using the MPEG-4 format (DVD quality video, CD quality sound). The AV400 also has a scheduling device embedded that will allow users to schedule the recording of programs on a daily or weekly basis, again similar to a Tivo-type device. The best part about the AV400, however, takes place outside of the family room.
Simply disconnect the AV400 from the cradle and take it out on the road. The 3.5-inch or 3.8-inch high resolution color LCD screen makes viewing programs on the go incredibly easy and convenient.
The device also allows users to record up to 15003 hours of music and/or store and view hundreds of thousands of JPEG photos. It's even compatible with both Mac and PC. Oh, and it can also be used as an external storage device for any computer file. I'm not sure how much it's going to retail for, but I'll bet that it's going to be quite bit, as earlier models with less features sell for about $800 on Amazon. Don't worry though, in about three years, everyone will be walking around with these.