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Archos' Windows 7 based PCtablet Hits Retail

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Archos' Windows 7 based PCtablet Hits Retail

We've known about the Archos 9 PCtablet for some time, but now the Windows 7 launch is out of the way (we're great fans, but thank heavens} it has hit store shelves.

Essentially looking to revive the once seemingly dead MID or UMPC category, the Archos 9 is an 800g 17mm thick device with 9in resistive (yep, doh!) touchscreen and Windows 7 OS. Optical trackpoint and left/right mouse buttons are the main exterior buttons since navigation can largely be done onscreen and there is a large virtual keyboard to make use of.

Interestingly, despite its dimensions, the Archos 9 also has some grunt with the Atom Z series processor augmented by some decent (though unspecified) graphics which make it capable of outputting 1080p HD video. To bolster your collection £80 worth of free movies from the Archos Media Club are supplied in box and its 60GB capacity (HDD not SSD) should make for ample storage space.

As for connectivity, WiFi is built in and USB ports mean a 3G dongle can be tethered for online access on the move while good old Ethernet makes an appearance too. Sadly HDMI isn't here, with Archos (strangely) opting for VGA instead.

The Archos 9 PCtablet makes for quite the unique portable PC and since it is essentially equipped like a netbook you'll find its £449.99 RRP largely in the range of premium netbooks too. Roll up, roll up...

Link:

Archos 9 PCtablet Product Page

simonm

October 23, 2009, 12:06 pm

Huh. With 1080p capabaility it sounds like this would be a great media player... had they only stuck HDMI (or DVI+VGA) on it instead of VGA. My Panasonic V10 TV - and I know this is true of other TVs too - will only accept 1080p through HDMI. Through VGA it is limited to the canonical resolutions of yesteryear: 800x600, 1024x768, etc.





What a silly design decision.

AlmostDone

October 23, 2009, 2:20 pm

Resistive have it's advantages... I can't imagine trying to use Windows with capacitive screens. Resistive is very accurate with any object. iPhone made all screen items big so you can hit them with your finger -:)





Capacitive is not great as some make out, mostly iPhone fanboys. I've used both of them extensively and each have + and -

Ed

October 23, 2009, 3:24 pm

@Almostdone: The point is, in a device like this, you're mainly 'consuming' media; watching, listening, reading. As such you don't really need the accuracy of a stylus like you would if you were creating media; using excel, editing video/images, etc. Therefore, with the sensitivity advantages and ability to have a super-tough glass screen, capacitive is by far and away the better choice.

ChaosDefinesOrder

October 23, 2009, 3:54 pm

@Ed: Look at TR's own review of the Dell laptop/tablet with the capacitive screen for a good reason why a portable device of this size designed for consumption of media would not be suited to a capacitive screen. Battery life will be/is much better for resistive screens when just sat there idling with screen on.

Petrov

October 23, 2009, 3:57 pm

If this had a 3G sim slot built-in (not a USB dongle), HDMI out, capacitive screen and fewer bugs than most Archos products (and/or better support?), then I would buy this and probably pay over £500 for the priviledge. But it doesn't, so I won't.

HarryGlass

October 23, 2009, 5:20 pm

The MID is back and now it means business. This might not be original, but I think now that prices are in this range and with the same power as a netbook I think a lot of people will be very interested. Now if only Archos had the advertising genius of a certain fruit, they'd sell these by the millions. They should be trying to get them into schools.





And please drop the tired old capacitive comments, this is not a tiny phone, resistive works much better for a Windows machine with a screen this size. Especially people who want to use it to draw or write on.

AaronF

October 23, 2009, 6:41 pm

I have ordered one this morning, however I have e-mailed them asking the following :-





-Does this incldue the DVB tuner? I cannot find any information on your website relating to this.





-Can the RAM and HDD be upgraded by myself? (2GB RAM, however I assume this maybe soldered due to the mobo size and insert my own SSD, I have my own copy genuine of Windows 7 Ultimate).





-Does the purchase come with the leather protector case, otherwise I will not be able to carry it around safely? I also noticed the accesories page is not on your website at present.

MarioM

October 23, 2009, 8:40 pm

No 3G? No sale! What's the point on having a sleek tablet if you have to plug in something the size of a highlighter pen on the side?

mikfrak

October 24, 2009, 12:00 am

You only have to glance at the screen to see it has a terrible problem that will stop anyone buying it ... the word Archos is written underneath it.

AlmostDone

October 24, 2009, 1:11 am

@MarioM: You could use a dongle with a short USB extension. Flex it to the back of the device and then use an elastic/rubber band. lol





Joking aside, I'm glad they did not make this device Capacitive. I would rather have a versatile device for work and play.

Ataripower

October 25, 2009, 11:01 pm

Archos are behind the game already. Viliv X70 ex springs to mind! Better in almost every way no?

MonkeyAxman

October 26, 2009, 2:29 pm

I think you're missing the point on the HDMI output for this device. I know Archos are known for their "media" products but the truth is in the title. Its a PCTablet, surely this means that they want it to be used as more than just a personal media player. They want you to use it like a netbook. A netbook with VGA is far more useful than one with HDMI. It gives you the flexibility to plug this into a monitor, keyboard and mouse to use as a proper computer if you needed it. Nettop with HDMI is understandable as they are aimed at the home consumer market but a mobile device needs to appeal to people who may want to use it for work. One of the pictures in the article shows it being used with Word. Also, VGA is generally still the standard that almost everyone connects their computer to a monitor with.

AaronF

October 26, 2009, 10:04 pm

Just to clarify I have found two answers on the updated FAQ pages:-





-Can I upgrade the RAM memory of my ARCHOS?-


No, the RAM is soldered in place. Opening the product will void the warranty.





-Can I change the internal Hard Drive of my ARCHOS 9?-


No, this will void the warranty. However, it is possible to connect an external hard drive to the USB port of the ARCHOS.

xbrumster

October 28, 2009, 5:41 pm

too expensive to hit main stream... why do i want one of these? how long is the battery hour btw if i missed it in the article...

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