Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet

By Richard Menta 8/21/08

The new Archos 7 sports a huge 7'' touchscreen 800 x 480 TFT LCD display, all the better to surf the Net on this Wi-Fi monster. The Archos 7 unit is powered by a fast superscaler processor (ARM® Cortex), offers 2 built-in speakers, and with the optional DVR station can record your shows. 3G and 3.5G (HSDPA) cellular data connections are possible with the addition of a 3G USB modem from you mobile carrier. There are no microphones on the 5 and 7 series players, so VoIP phone calls will require a bit of hacking. This puppy is designed for surfing, not calling.

The Archos 7 handles MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video, as well as WMV, WMV-HD, DIVX, and M-JPEG formats. MP3/ACC/WMA/WAV is offered for audio. A HiDef video software plug-in is available for $20 that allows you playback 720p video resolution at 24 fps MPEG4 and WMV formats. Email capability and an Opera browser (with Flash support) round out the feature set. Big-screen units are heavy, though with the Archos 7 weighing in at 23 oz in a 7.48" x 4.33" x 0.629" shell. The Archos 7 is available with 160GB ($450) and 320GB ($550) drives and will ship in October.


The Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet is available on Amazon
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