By Richard Menta 5/13/05
Archos announced their newest addtion to their DAP line, the Archos Gmini XS 100, which aims square for the iPod Mini target audience with a 3GB player. The 3.6" x 1.7" x 0.5" dimensions of the XS 100 are just slightly thinner than the iPod Mini's 3.6" x 2.0" x 0.5" figure and mirrors the simplicity (ok, lack of features) of the Apple player.
The Archos press release touts the unit as an exciting new product, though it is anything but. Selling for $179 there is nothing ground breaking about the Gmini XS 100. It really just fills a slot for the maker by offering a unit with slightly less size and lower capacity that the 4GB, $200 iPod Mini while selling for $20 more than the $149 flash-based 1GB iPod Shuffle. As Archos does make one of the better players out there, there is little doubt that the unit will do its job well.
Archos Gmini XS 100 comes in black, pink, blue, and silver
The Archos Gmini XS 100 does add another player that offers Microsoft PlaysForSure Support, the Janus rent-a-song technology that is going through its technical growing pains as it waits for more Napter users to adopt digital music players that can utilize it.
Like the iPod Mini, the Archos Gmini XS 100 offers several color options black, pink, blue, and silver. It handles only the MP3 and Microsoft codecs and displays tracks on a 1.7" gray-scale LCD screen.
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