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Fun and functional, but for the price there are better options

  • Apr 12, 2010
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Before giving my thoughts on the Archos 9 PC Tablet, I'm going to run through the notes I made on the initial start up.

I had read one review before receiving this and the most important part seemed to be making a back up/restore point so that's what I did. The registration, system load and system back up took approximately 1 hour for me. It was a little time consuming, but once I was beyond that I connected to the internet from our wireless home connection and proceeded to download my preferred browser and anti-virus software. This took about 45 minutes more and then it was on to try this little tablet out.

What I like about the Archos 9 is the touch screen - plain and simple. I have both an iPhone and iPod Touch and this was very familiar to me, even if it wasn't as smooth and responsive. It did improve some after I calibrated it using the 25 point touch. Although it did work using my finger most times the pressure needed worried me, so I do prefer using the included stylus. By the way, although this originally seemed "flimsy" to me I now appreciate the way it gives, as it's more comfortable for me to hold and use.

Some other nice features for me were the size and weight when compared to my Dell 9 Mini. It's almost a pound lighter and when you download the Kindle for PC app, it makes a nice digital reader option. I tested out music using the Yahoo IM application and it performed without skips or interruptions. The webcam is a nice built in feature and I tried it out, again using Yahoo IM. Very easy and a pretty good picture compared to what I'm used to.

Now onto some things I didn't like. Because of how slim it is, you feel a lot of heat on the back left side. The battery is on the right, so it is most likely the processor working. After a while it does get rather uncomfortable to hold. It only comes loaded with Windows 7 Starter, so I went through the process to see what it would be to upgrade to the full version. It was approximately $85 and I am considering this, but I can tell you if I had paid $500+ for this, that would be something I would expect to be included.

All in all, I find it hard to recommend this over a netbook when comparing size or a standard laptop when comparing most of the other features. I have both in my home and use them regularly. Over the last several weeks the only time I chose to use the Archos 9 was to "test" it out some more and to use it as a digital reader, never just because I preferred it. If you are a previous Archos product user, maybe this is exactly what you want. But if you are just looking for a Mini PC, I would try to check this out in a store and compare it to netbooks and/or other smaller laptops before making a purchase here.

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"Offering breathtaking design, excellent ergonomics and an impressive touch interface, the Archos 9 PC Tablet lets you take all your favorite entertainment with your wherever you roam as well as work in an entirely new way. Powered by Windows 7 Starter Edition operating system, the Archos 9 enables you to do the things you do every day more effortlessly with fewer clicks, faster searching, easier browsing, and simpler ways to connect.

The Archos 9 PC Tablet.

The optical trackpoint and integrated mouse buttons make it a breeze to navigate the Archos 9 (see ).

The adjustable leg stand allows the Archos 9 to be positioned to suit a range of uses. Designed for easy portability, the Archos 9 weighs less than 2 pounds and measures 0.67 inches thin. The Archos 9 sports a full touch-sensitive 9-inch resistive touchscreen display with a virtual keyboard as well as an innovative optical trackpoint (virtual mouse) for easy navigation. An adjustable leg stand allows the Archos 9 to be positioned in a number of positions--upright for watching videos or photo slideshows, or angled for an optimal typing position.

You'll also enjoy brilliant video playback on the Archos 9 thanks to the gorgeous widescreen, LED-backlit display, which provides a full HD 1080p resolution. And you can set up video conferences (using the 1.3-megapixel webcam), chat with friends and surf the web on the go via the integrated 54g Wi-Fi networking (or tether to a compatible mobile phone via Bluetooth and surf via ...

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