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Tech Review: Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet

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Posted December 24, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet Review »


Archos has combined the portability of an iPod and the access and power of a notebook into one pocket sized internet media device. With a 320 GB hard drive and Wi-Fi capability, is it set to become the must-have media player for '09? We'll see if it holds up in today's Tech Review.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • The Archos 7 is one of the largest touch screen media players we've seen
  • It's considered portable, but measures about 7.5" x 4.3" and weighs almost 1.5 lbs.
  • The 7" LCD touch screen is big and looks good with 800 x 480 resolution
  • The Archos is designed to take all your media on the go, while also doubling as a personal netbook
  • There's storage up to 320 GB
  • It has plenty of room for all of your videos, music and photos
  • You can simply drag and drop files onto the Archos from your computer
  • Video playback looks really impressive
  • We love the big screen, but as a portable device the size can be a major drawback
  • As a netbook it does not function as well as we would like
  • Archos has Wi-Fi connectivity and can be synced to your e-mail
  • It supports Flash, unlike most other portable devices
  • YouTube videos look nice in full screen
  • The Opera browser is a little unreliable, clunky and slow at times
  • We wanted it to feel like using a netbook, but it felt more like using a mobile device and not even a good one at that
  • It gets points for trying to blur the line between computer and portable device
  • It is nice to have a large screen to view your media, but you also sacrifice significant portability
  • We would've liked to have seen an improved web experience so that we could have better justified the larger size


Price

  • $540


Overall Rating

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