Preferring to call it a “Mini Laptop”, the ARCHOS 10 combines a Windows XP laptop with the needs of the ‘modern day mobile consumer’ in mind.
Weighing 1.3Kg, the Intel Atom processor equipped computer has a 10.2-inch bright display with 1024×600 pixel resolution. For connectivity, you have Wi-Fi (802.11b & g) and wired Ethernet. There’s a 1.3 megapixel front facing webcam and Skype software included for cheap, or free, calling to other Skype users and landlines.
Hardware wise, the ARCHOS 10 also has 3 USB ports, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, VGA output, headphone and microphone jacks.
For work, there’s Lotus Symphony – with compatibility with ODF (Open Document Format) files and Microsoft Office files.
So, all of the above points to a standard netbook experience – so where’s all the multimedia stuff? Well, that’s where ARCHOS has value added software to bring it into line with their other models.
There’s instant access to the ARCHOS Media Club, which offers video-on-demand (VOD) content to download films to keep or rent. Free music can be streamed from all major record labels via Deezer, and you can also enjoy over ten thousand radio channels using vTuner. For TV, vTuner provides access to around 1,000 television channels.
The ARCHOS 10 also includes image editing software and the ability to run slideshows of your stored photographs.
The laptop will be available by the end of January with a suggested retail price of £349 including VAT.
Although ARCHOS is entering the laptop market, it won’t mean they will be discontinuing the more traditional PMPs.
More info: www.archos.com