People who love gadgets know that the only thing better than a single gadget is a bunch of gadgets combined into one. This is definitely the case with most portable media players. After all, portable media players can play digital music and videos, as well as display digital photos on their own built in LCD screens. Some can even display the visual media that the store onto full sized TV screens, which make them kind of like portable archives of video and photos that can be accessed and shared using any TV. Many portable media devices can also feed digital audio into home and car stereos for a truly portable audio experience.
Some portable media devices go way beyond these capabilities though, and one of them is the Archos 604 WiFi. The Archos 604 WiFi is a fully functional portable media device that performs all of the functions mentioned above, but does a lot more in addition to that. Perhaps the most dramatic thing that the Archos 604 WiFi can do is function as a digital video recorder. With the addition of a simple docking station, this device can record video from any TV and a variety of other devices. In fact, with the docking device as part of your home entertainment center the Archos 604 WiFi can completely take the place of a set top digital video recorder. Plus, with the fact that the video can be stored in MPEG-4 video compression format means that the device's hard drive can store well over one hundred hours of video! This video can then be played back over the TV of your home entertainment center, on the Archos 604 WiFi's screen, or on another TV screen.
Another useful feature of the Archos 604 WiFi is its ability to access wireless hot spots (which is where the "WiFi" in its name comes from). This allows it to get video and music files directly off the Internet and you can surf the Internet with a copy of the Opera web browser that comes with the device. Of course, the web browser may be difficult to use in terms of reading everything on it with the Archos 604 WiFi's small screen, but that's another case of where the ability to plug into a larger TV screen comes in real handy. As an added level of usefulness, this device is also able to access Adobe Acrobat files.
The Archos 604 WiFi is also incredibly adaptable thanks to a variety of accessories. Accessories for this device include the docking station already mentioned above and connections to let it play audio over a car stereo system, but they also include a wide array of other things. For example, you can get a special docking station that you can use for travel. You can also get a special helmet cam that turns the Archos 604 WiFi into a camcorder that can be used to film video while you're on the go. (It can also become a camcorder with the addition of virtually any digital camera!) You can also get a wide variety of headphones for the Archos 604 WiFi.
In general, there are not many gadgets that do a better job than the Archos 604 WiFi of combining a lot of different gadgets into one.