Archos 5 120GB Internet Media Tablet - £149.97 Delivered @ Amazon (Amazon link/price to the right hand side of page) - HotUKDeals
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Just seen this on the Amazon page. Was looking for one recently and this is £75 cheaper than the next cheapest at Play.com who sells it for £225.

Infact even the lower capacity 60GB version cost £53 more on Amazon than this 120GB one!

Delivery is 2 - 4 weeks but for a £75 saving, I thought this was well worth posting before they put the price back up!

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Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features
View full web pages displayed just like on your PC
Enjoy a web surf as fast as a laptop
Send and receive emails with the full email application
Access easily to online content with the Media Club
Playback HD quality video with the HiDef plug-in
Technical Details
Main Specifications
Product Description: Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet - digital AV player
Device Type: Digital AV player
Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.8 cm x 1.3 cm x 7.8 cm
Weight: 250 g
Localisation: Europe
Key Features: Digital audio player, digital photo viewer, external HDD function, digital video player, WEB browsing
Hard Drive: 120 GB
TV Output Resolution: 720p
Display Type: 4.8" TFT
Display Format: 800 x 480
Supported Still Images Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG
Supported Audio Formats: WAV, WMA, PCM, MP3, ADPCM, protected WMA (DRM)
Video Playback Formats: MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, WMV
PC Interfaces: Hi-Speed USB, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Battery: Internal rechargeable - lithium polymer
Included Accessories: Stereo headphones, USB cable, cleaning cloth
Extended Specifications

General
Depth: 1.3 cm
Device Type: Digital AV player
Features: Opera web browser, e-mail client, PDF viewer, flash games, Adobe Flash 9 video support
Height: 7.8 cm
Key Features: Digital audio player, digital photo viewer, external HDD function, digital video player, WEB browsing
Localisation: Europe
PC Interfaces: Hi-Speed USB, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Weight: 250 g
Width: 12.8 cm

Battery
Battery Enclosure Type: Internal
Battery Life Details: Audio playback - up to 12 hour(s) ¦ Video playback - up to 4 hour(s)
Rechargeable Battery: Rechargeable
Technology: Lithium polymer

Connectivity
Connections: Headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ USB

Digital Audio
Audio Output: Built-in speaker
Supported Audio Formats: WAV, WMA, PCM, MP3, ADPCM, protected WMA (DRM)

Display
Display Format: 800 x 480
Display Form Factor: Built-in
Display Type: TFT 4.8" - colour

Memory / Storage
HDD Capacity: 120 GB
HDD Form Factor: Built-in

Still Images
Supported Still Images Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG

System Requirements
Operating System: MS Windows XP, MS Windows ME, Apple Mac OS X, Linux, MS Windows Vista

Video
Video Capture Supported: Yes, via DVR station
Video Playback Formats: MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, WMV

Miscellaneous
Firmware Upgradable: Built-in
Included Accessories: Stereo headphones, USB cable, cleaning cloth
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[admin]#1
Anyone already got one of these who can offer their opinion? I've been toying with the idea of getting one for a while

Thanks for the post by the way Toybhoy, it's a great price
#2
Probably better than the upcoming apple tablet...
#3
juliet_bravo
Anyone already got one of these who can offer their opinion? I've been toying with the idea of getting one for a while

Thanks for the post by the way Toybhoy, it's a great price


I have one and I really like it. The Wifi capability is great, but the browser does crash sometimes. The movie playing is awesome, screen is v high quality and load/fast forward/rewind is instant (no loading times). Music play back is also good quality. Has ability to play Java apps etc too. Photo viewer is good too. Battery life of about 4-5 hours on movies, 12+ on music. Wifi does eat the battery though.

I would highly recommend the Battery dock. The movie playback time is boosted to 8+ hours, music to 24+ hours. It also give you S-videp/composite output, as well as the ability to host USB devices (ideal when travelling for downloading your digital camera photos and viewing them/clearing your mem card and also copying other people's music off their players to add to your collection! Also adds a 2nd head-phone socket, so 2 people can listen at once.

There is a version that uses Android out/coming out v soon, but this is much more expensive for basically the same hardware.

I would highly recommend it and especially at this price!
#4
Why expired. Just pick the one for Amazon which is still available
#5
juliet_bravo
Anyone already got one of these who can offer their opinion? I've been toying with the idea of getting one for a while

Thanks for the post by the way Toybhoy, it's a great price


P.s. I also have the remote/FM radio. The remote is useful if you want to leave the device in your bag and still operate next/previous songs and vol etc, and the FM radio is a nice touch, however, the quality of the sound via the extension is no where near as good as from the device or battery dock sockets. There is also a GPS add-on available that i've heard mixed reviews about and a DVR dock, which is v cool.
#6
This was the same price in Currys, where most of them are out of stock. Amazon were probably price matching.
#7
I've got the Archos 7, same unit bigger screen. dufus124 quick review is accurate and I would agree with it.
Archos have recently released a development firmware (FREE) that will allow you to install another OS i.e. Linux and potentially open it up as a fully featured tablet. Check http://forum.archosfans.com for developments.
#8
Showing as 2-4 weeks for delivery on Amazon.

I think you have to buy adds on to get the full functionality from the unit - but these I understand can be bought on Fleabay for about £15.
#9
vikingaero
Showing as 2-4 weeks for delivery on Amazon.

I think you have to buy adds on to get the full functionality from the unit - but these I understand can be bought on Fleabay for about £15.


Search mouldy cheeze on the same forums mentioned above.
#10
can someone post a direct link to this item, i cant find it, thank you
#11
If these are crippled like the rest of the range by the need to purchase plugins to get the full benefit of the device then there are better alternatives. If it does everything out of the box then it's a bargain.
#12
negbobsquarepant
I've got the Archos 7, same unit bigger screen. dufus124 quick review is accurate and I would agree with it.
Archos have recently released a development firmware (FREE) that will allow you to install another OS i.e. Linux and potentially open it up as a fully featured tablet. Check http://forum.archosfans.com for developments.


If this is the case, the superb, as normally i would stay well away from archos stuff, you have to buy plugins etc etc just to do the stuff its stated to do out of the box normally.

however, if you CAN run other OS`s on them, thats brilliant.
#13
dontasciime
If they are crippled like the rest of the range with the need to purchase plugins to get the full benefit of the device then there are better alternatives if it does everything out of the box then bargain.


Are my posts on mute?
#14
You have to watch out for stuck pixels on these, luckily I bought mine from QVC and they accept no quibble returns. The official line from Archos is a cluster of 4 or more.

Other than that great little unit! Android donut has just been released int he new firmware. There are also plenty of hacks available for free apps
#15
Yeh this is still available...

I have an Archos 5 60GB model which I picked up a little while back for £120. I think overall I'd describe it as "ropey" but here are some of my thoughts:

Pros:
- Excellent screen
- Touch screen is really nice & easy to use
- Good support for various audio formats
- Opera internet browser works really well
- Kickstand is a bloody good idea and is great for watching videos
- Very well designed, has had lots of people cooing over it!

Cons:
- Prone to occasional crashing
- Battery charge takes forever without the aforementioned dock
- In built speaker is terrible and pretty much redundant
- Wi-Fi often finds it hard to connect to a network - can only get 1 bar when next to a laptop with 5!
- Extra video/audio format support requires you to shell out extra
- No support for Flash 10, so a lot of youtube videos straight up don't work.

That being said, it still does its job admirably - I use it primarily for listening to music and watching videos, with the occasional bit of web browsing. And £150 for the 120GB model is definitely a hot deal!
#16
negbobsquarepant
Are my posts on mute?


They are now ;-)
#17
thecheekymonkey
If this is the case, the superb, as normally i would stay well away from archos stuff, you have to buy plugins etc etc just to do the stuff its stated to do out of the box normally.

however, if you CAN run other OS`s on them, thats brilliant.


Link is here http://www.archos.com/support/support_tech/updates.html?country=gb&lang=en&#firm :thumbsup:
#18
I'll wait till after 6pm tonight;-)
#19
steveymp
I'll wait till after 6pm tonight;-)


?????
Am I missing something? :?
#20
I always get confused by this, but just to clarify, this is the "Internet Media Tablet", rather than the confusingly titled "Internet Tablet" with Android. As far as I know, this one doesn't run Android OS, unless there's a hack someone would like to point out to me...?
#21
steveymp
I'll wait till after 6pm tonight;-)


My thoughts exactly :thumbsup:
#22
Jagron;7671026
?????
Am I missing something? :?


That's when we get the iSlate (or whatever) announcement from Apple, along wiht usual megahype and ridiculously high cost.
#23
jonnymartyr;7671040
I always get confused by this, but just to clarify, this is the "Internet Media Tablet", rather than the confusingly titled "Internet Tablet" with Android. As far as I know, this one doesn't run Android OS, unless there's a hack someone would like to point out to me...?


Correct - this is the old model now. The new generation are much better and run on Android (although frustratingly can't access full Android marketplace for Apps).
#24
KingCampo
That's when we get the iSlate (or whatever) announcement from Apple, along wiht usual megahype and ridiculously high cost.


Okay, thanks :thumbsup:
#25
had an archos 501 and it played everything i threw at it (avi's, etc) is this the same? i have an iTouch and i'm fed up of converting everything the mp4!
#26
KingCampo;7671056
That's when we get the iSlate (or whatever) announcement from Apple, along wiht usual megahype and ridiculously high cost.

Lol - I'll be amazed if its under £500
#27
Can this be used as a photo viewer instead of downloading to a laptop out in the field
Cheers
Andy
#28
andrew262
Can this be used as a photo viewer instead of downloading to a laptop out in the field
Cheers
Andy


Yes, I've got the wedding pics on mine. You will need the dock thing mentioned in a previous post for USB support though (It comes with a USB cable with A-type connector on one end for downloading movies etc from PC).
#29
steveymp
I'll wait till after 6pm tonight;-)


Ditto, cost permitting. I was looking at these last week and they have terrible reviews, I'll go for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (Android) or the Archos 9 over this one if the iSlate is over-priced
#30
Will this play Divx or Xvid straight out of the box?
#31
I bought one of these from fleabay last week. I was swayed by the fact that I hadn't had a music player for 7 months and that this could showcase songs and video to people for my business.

I've already loaded it with my band covers, made a playlist to show them to a director and put on some videos I've made. It works a treat for all of that. I pretty much agree with that list someone put up about its pros and cons. Also, since I have the 250GB version, the other con is the weight. Quite heavy. As for the plugins, I think fleabay can help nicely there. :)

Lastly, I think this deal is good for the slimmer version, but there was a store on fleabay selling brand new 250GB Archos 5 models for £186. Methinks peeps might want to know that :p
banned#32
£197.19 now!
#33
ste666
can someone post a direct link to this item, i cant find it, thank you


http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001EJODGS/?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

but deal is expired anyway.
#34
The Archos 5 offer is very good value for money. Last year they were going for £270-£300. To get the best out of it you need to invest a few quid in plug ins and the mini-dock/charger for approx £23. Spend extra on a 'DVR station' that sits next to your tv (£70 ish?) and you really add to the functionality e.g. a dinky remote controller, recording from tv etc . Problem is you can easily end up spending more than you think on a product that Archos are probably going to cease supporting any time soon if not already e.g. no more firmware updates.

The 'new' Archos 5 android internet tablet (the 160Gb model costs £299) was launched last October and at the mo does essentially the same as the 'old' version. However, the new model will be the likely focus for future development and support from Archos. In addition, the android operating system gives the potential for future apps to be developed and released which will add to the functionality. You pays your money......

Just to confuse things further, later today, apple is expected to unveil their version of a tablet/slate device. Apple have made mistakes in the past , but they may do for the tablet/slate market what they did to the mp3 player and smartphone markets. Some say that a huge tablet/slate market does not exist and the newer smartphones and laptops provide essentially the same functions as tablet/slates. Who knows?

If you purchase the Archos 5 120Gb for £149 on the basis that it will do a good job for you now and are ok with the fact that future support for it will be distinctly iffy, then go ahead. Otherwise, it may be prudent to hold off a while yet to see what emerges during 2010. Myself, l have an Archos 605 (forerunner of the Archos 5) plus a DVR station and thinks it's a great bit of kit, in fact one of the most useful i've ever bought. But it does have its limitations as to what it can stream over the wifi (no BBC iplayer and Youtube for example). I'm going to wait until the Archos 5 android internet tablet prices come down and then look at the market again. Good luck!
banned#35
topazz
The Archos 5 offer is very good value for money. Last year they were going for £270-£300. To get the best out of it you need to invest a few quid in plug ins and the mini-dock/charger for approx £23. Spend extra on a 'DVR station' that sits next to your tv (£70 ish?) and you really add to the functionality e.g. a dinky remote controller, recording from tv etc . Problem is you can easily end up spending more than you think on a product that Archos are probably going to cease supporting any time soon if not already e.g. no more firmware updates.

The 'new' Archos 5 android internet tablet (the 160Gb model costs £299) was launched last October and at the mo does essentially the same as the 'old' version. However, the new model will be the likely focus for future development and support from Archos. In addition, the android operating system gives the potential for future apps to be developed and released which will add to the functionality. You pays your money......

Just to confuse things further, later today, apple is expected to unveil their version of a tablet/slate device. Apple have made mistakes in the past , but they may do for the tablet/slate market what they did to the mp3 player and smartphone markets. Some say that a huge tablet/slate market does not exist and the newer smartphones and laptops provide essentially the same functions as tablet/slates. Who knows?

If you purchase the Archos 5 120Gb for £149 on the basis that it will do a good job for you now and are ok with the fact that future support for it will be distinctly iffy, then go ahead. Otherwise, it may be prudent to hold off a while yet to see what emerges during 2010. Myself, l have an Archos 605 (forerunner of the Archos 5) plus a DVR station and thinks it's a great bit of kit, in fact one of the most useful i've ever bought. But it does have its limitations as to what it can stream over the wifi (no BBC iplayer and Youtube for example). I'm going to wait until the Archos 5 android internet tablet prices come down and then look at the market again. Good luck!


Thanks, good advice:thumbsup: I think i will wait and see.
#36
I've got a 30gb Archos 5g (i.e. with a SIM I can connect online) and to be honest, it's a nice piece of kit. I use mine daily to watch shows / movies at lunch that I've DL'd and drag-n-dropped from my PC. I was worried about the codec sitiuation before I bought the 5 but I've only come across a couple of movies it won't play and when that happens I just get another version. Mine gets used daily as a music player (currently listening to The Cure "Boys don't cry" and it perfoms the job admirably.

The major drawbacks with the 5 are:

1. Archos have dropped support for these and couldn't give a monkeys. When originally sold they touted this a perfect "You Tube" device and being better than the competition (i.e. Apple) as the 5 could play Flash video. Not any more! As new versions of Flash have been released Archos have not kept up and most of You Tube is now usless on the 5 as it won't play the videos. Thanks for nothing Archos.

2. The level of Archos support is appauling.

3. The need to buy extra chargers / docks. Luckily mine came with a main charger but the extra battery dock is a joke, Once that's in place any slight knock and the system is rendered inoperable. And by knock I am refering to using the touch screen!

4. Web browisng Instability. Just playing music or movies is (usually) fine but online even with WiFi can be a flaky and re-booting experience.

Overall though, I am happy with my 5 and it means I can still avoid using i-Tunes!
#37
They all will be refurbs now, BE WARNED. I returned mine (bought one off CDISCOUNT when they had a massive sale) three times within the period of month, each came with deadpixels and a massive amount of issues - no support, screen not as advertised (should be high quality glossy type not the cheap TN matte), hdd prone to go wrong at any time, requires additional plugins etc.

To sum up, the idea is nice but the execution is *****.
#38
If you can find stock PC World and Curry's are doing them for the same price.
#39
Wait at least an hour and a half before you buy anything. We're about to see what the 'competition' will unveil over at Cupertino :)
banned#40
Archos is trying to be the French Apple. Selling as a fashion accessory where words like "envy" and "domination" lead the charge. As such, price and control are the salient features. Because of this control [freak] factor, when the "old" 5 and 7 series began showing signs of "multi-faceting" and not attaining some of their declared prowess, Archos started swimming like a shark. Stop and they'll drown - at least for some sharks.

As a result, through pros battling cons, the fort held and when the calvary finally arrived in the form of the "Android" 5 Series, General Archos emerged still smouldering but intact-ish, like a Pheonix rising from its own ill-conceived funeral prye.

There are now two "5 Series". The older somewhat inadequately lubricated version and the new well-lubricated Android verion. As such, because control of the unit has now been relinquished to the Andriod OS, the 5 Series finally had their due injection of live-giving transfusion … and Archos, like all businesses, are able to say, "Problems, what problems". If one is a French melancholic romantic, one would willy-nilly bare all to these ……. Victors of Vietnam.

Buy the older 5 Series with the following caveats:
You only want it for Audio and some Video
Any alien, oka non-Gallic, OS and it’s the guillotine fer yer warranty - no exceptions, if's and but's. The hacked frimware released through Archos, no less, is "as is". Au Revoir sucker. "… but, but this hacked firmware cures some Old Series 5 ills… please…." 'Buy the new Android 5, hokay and if you've the older series 5, do not look at us, we only make and sell the stuff, not use it. Sacrebleu .."
WiFi-ing, Surfing and similar advance human technological activities are at your own risk… of tearing out your hair, heart and more.
Your Archos goes pop under warranty, its wait, wait, wait, wait, wait to get an RMA and then it's wait, wait, wait, wait - yer git the drift, yes?
A very good, very fashionable, very expensive, very addictive MP3/MP4 player with pretentions to many other claimed abilities. Get the old 250GB version off "the bay" for around £190 or less where some have no VAT [but only 90-day Yankee-importer warranty] but beware of the Shark MK2's who flog "New", factory/Sadam/Chinese/god-knows, refurbished ones. Yes, when it comes to Archos, you'd better go "legit" local expensive sharkos for the local big retailer warranty or … use yer loaf to get streetwise and start sliding and squeezing. You buy for utility and satisfaction but when one is after fashion and association with near divinity, there has to be a price, yes? A slimmed pocket makes for a fashionable bodily profile, if nothing else. Now, open wide … widerrrr ….

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