Sunday, January 04, 2009

Archos 5 - touch screen media player looking more interesting

Price: 60 gigabyte-$349, 120 gigabyte-$399, 250 gigabyte-$449

Archos 5 review :

Archos 5 is a good video player and web surfing tablet. Some of the storage option that makes us want to have them. 60GB, 120GB, and 250GB can be held with different prices. Archos 5 size is 5.02 x 3.08 x 0.50 inches and Weight 8.82 ounces. Equipped with wifi and a responsive touch screen. The screen is lovely for viewing photos (there's even a Dock, sold separately, that adds a USB host for copying images from a card reader or USB hard drive), smaller PDFs work well and the TV recording option is attractive (though it comes at too the cost of an additional accessory). The Archos 5 is very reasonably priced for what you get, but the challenge is not spending several hundred dollars more on tempting accessories.

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Display: 4.8" color touch screen. 16 million colors. Resolution: 800 x 480.

Archos 5 specifications

Battery: Lithium rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. Claimed music playback: 12 hours. Claimed video playback: 4 hours. Charges over USB, AC charger sold separately.

Performance: ARM Cortex 600MHz superscalar core CPU. Additional processor: 32 bit 430MHz DSP. 128 megs DDR RAM. Firmware upgradable over WiFi directly to the device, or can be downloaded using a computer then transferred to the Archos. Linux OS (not open source).

Audio hardware: Built in speaker and 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

Audio formats: Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR, WMA, Protected WMA, WMA pro 5.1, WAV (PCM/ADPCM). With optional software plug-in: AAC3 and AAC+ stereo audio files. AC3 stereo audio and 5.1 sound files (via SPDIF output of DVR Station).

Storage: 60, 120 and 250 gig versions available (all using hard drives).

Size: 60 gig: 5.02 x 3.08 x 0.50 inches. Weight: 8.82 ounces. 120 and 250 gig: 5.0 x 3.10 x 0.76 inches. Weight: 10.58 ounces.

Networking: WiFi 802.11b/g. Optional GSM 3G HSDPA dongle adapter available in the future.

Photo Viewer: JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF.

Video Playback: MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution) included WMV protected files
M-JPEG (in QVGA resolution)

With optional software plug-ins:
HD support: MPEG-4 (ASP 720p) & WMV HD (MP 720p)
MPEG-2 MP@ML up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound (5.1)
H.264 up to DVD resolution with AAC

In the Box: Archos 5, USB cable, cleaning cloth, stereo earbuds, DRV Station adapter, Quick Start Guide.

Source : [mobiletechreview]

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