If the Archos AV4100 is the VW Golf of the portable media centre world, then the new AV700 is a monster truck waiting to run over it and blow fire from its nostrils. It's huge -- about twice the size of the PSP, but its svelte frame means that you can slide it right into your laptop case.
If you dare pull this luscious gadget out on the train, then you might find that its huge screen isn't quite as detailed as you'd like. The speakers are tinny, but they will go loud enough to enrage everyone in the carriage. The only problem is that the machine is far more picky than the AV400 about which computer it will play with -- it failed to be recognised on both the new Apple iBook and our huge Alienware, instead preferring to be tickled by one of our aging Toshiba laptops.
We're going to have an extended play with the AV700 over the weekend to let you know whether you should make the upgrade. It's a tough job, but if we survive we'll bring you the lowdown. -GC
Update: this review is now live here.