4 star on product when it works, 1 star on CS & Tech support
C. MEI, Amazon
11 June 2007
Summary: Bought this product in Dec 06 when it was around $200. Not bad for 20GB and the loads of functions. Works well the first three months. Digital camera and Camcorder is not bad. Quality is not the best, but it's useful in a pinch. The MP3 shuffle is not a true random shuffle, it shuffles through the same path of MP3.
Summary: I bought this player about 2 months ago. I like it. It's easy to transfer files to and from the unit especially since the unit can be connected to your computer as a Windows device and use Windows Media Player to transfer files or it can be connected as a hard drive and the files can be transferred as you would transfer files from any hard disk drive. I use it mostly for music, but I have also used it to take photos and to record video.
A linux-friendly pocket audio / video record / playback device
Joe A. Dellinger, Amazon
7 November 2006
Summary: I wanted to buy a portable device that would let me record high-quality digital audio. There are quite a few products available that allow that, but I wanted a device that would interface with a Linux PC without difficulty. Not many choices there! Almost all the manufacturers try to tie you down to their own proprietary software. Archos appears to be an exception.
Summary: So far i have enjoyed the product. 1. The video camera works very well for an all in one product although the sound is kind of muffled. 2. Media player works great for music and videos, as long as you have an updated version of windows media player to convert all the files. 3. Can't tell you much about customer service but downloading and converting software from the archos site is a little annoying especially trying to get some of the older updates for the media player...
Summary: I purchased this unit for a family vacation. I originally wanted a smaller digital camera that could easily fit in a pocket and would'nt be a problem to carry. I spoke with a sales clerk and he had a few sugestions which were ok, then he showed me this. As a techie I was instantly hooked and forgot what I originally came in for. The concept of having a camcorder that fits in a pocket intrigued me. I bought it, and could not wait to get it home.
Summary: I got this unit to use mainly as a camcorder. I've been looking for one that has a good size hard drive and this one meets that criteria with 20gb. The unit is very small and lightweight. The color is nice and attractive. But it seems that that design is driven by being snazzy rather than functional. While the LCD is located in the center of the unit, the lens on the other side is placed off to the left. It's hard to keep from blocking the lens while recording.
Excerpt: The Archos GMINI 402 comes in two versions; one with a camera/camcorder, one without. This review is for the version without the camera/camcorder functionality. Without the camcorder it retails for £199 but can be found on Amazon much cheaper. I purchased mine there for £129.99 about a year ago. The French company Archos make many fairly well rated hard disc based music/video players.
Pros: Can play SNES and GameGear Games
Cons: Poor headphones . Interface can be cumbersome
Excerpt: I've never been a great user of portable media BUT this little box of tricks has turned my life on its head! Even a relative technophobe will soon have music and pictures loaded and running. I like the idea of being able to watch home made videos whilst travelling, and it's so easy to use.
Pros: Small, compact, easy to use
Cons: will no doubt be overtaken by new technology
Excerpt: I paid £200 for this mp3 player a year ago and I've used it nearly every day since. It's still in good condition and has survived one drop onto a hard surface which goes to show the build quality is good. I'll explain the good and bad points of the mp3 player in this review. The sound quality on this device is good when using a good pair of earphones. It's clear with a good bass output when using bass boost.
Pros: Plays video, small, TV out and USB host
Cons: Not the best looking, interface isn't brilliant, short battery life and can crash