Many of you might of you have heard of Archos. These guys are like Cowon when it comes to multimedia players. The title should not be confused with any PMP or video player, as this is Archos' much touted Internet tablet, and they have finally started officially selling in India. It plays many formats and does lots of cool stuff, sports some heavy features, and looks very appealing in its little grey case, so let’s just bring it out and see what this high end media player manufacturer has to offer, in its Archos 7 Internet Multimedia tablet.
There are narrow, rectangular, aluminum-colored, push buttons on the topside panel, with 2 LEDs next to it to signal operation and charging. Left side panel has DC in and 3.5 mm stereo headphone outlet, while the bottom panel has USB slots. It is quite a heavy piece, and surely not possible to carry around in your pocket, rather it’s like a travel bag thing.
Specs and features
Out of the box, it plays a really vast set of formats in audio and video, like MP3, WMA, WMA pro 5.1, WAV, Flac, OGG Vorbis for audio, and for video we have WMV, and MPEG 4 ASP meaning DivX/XviD, and M-JPEG. Now start the woes of this player. For HD files you have to download and pay for an extra plugin for 720p file support in both WMV and MPEG4. The paid add-ons don’t end there. For recording voice there is a hardware add-on required, that is not free. Thus Voip out of the box is not happening. Then there is a DVR station which they sell separately that allows you to record any video or audio you watch on the Archos. I’m not too happy with this, these things should be included if the product is touted as premium. One last thing, but useful thing, is the player reads PDF files, thus one can read e-books while traveling. The big screen will aid that.
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