How Good is the Archos Jukebox
By Anne Ahira
The Archos Jukebox is an audio video player competing in the same arena as the more famous IPod.
This device has several more features than some of the IPod devices on the market, however it is not quite as well known. The question remains is this a good mp3, audio and video player.
Archos Jukebox Gemini 400
This little multimedia player came to market around 2004 and has proven to have some staying power.
Many customers who did not want to follow the trend of IPod, decided on this unit instead. Most were pleasantly surprised by the advanced features of this unit.
- MP3/WMA/WAV music playback
- MP4 Video Playback (Divx and Xvid)
- Photo Viewer
- CF Card Reader
- AV out for viewing on a TV
- Audio in for recording
- Mic for recording
- Color screen
- Portable Hard Drive
- 2.2 inch LCD screen
This device can play back a multitude of media formats! Mp3, WMA, WAV, Mp4 and several movie formats. This is probably one of the most versatile players when it comes to variety of media.
Add to that the ability to connect to your television or projector in order to display movies and videos full screen and you have the total package for entertainment.
While many mp3 players are still only a few GB in size the Archos Jukebox offers a whopping 20 GB hard drive. That is enough space to store or record 300 hours of audio, if you are wondering just what that means it will equal around 5,000 songs!
The screen on the Archos Jukebox is not quite as large as some portable media players, however at 2.2 inches of LCD screen you can be sure it is close to top of the line. This is no small feat considering this device came out over five years ago!
User interface is also an important part of any technological device. For some the operating system was a bit strange but if you are familiar with the Windows 3.1 system you will have no trouble navigating this machine, and connecting it to your PC is as simple as plugging in the USB cord!
Is the Archos Jukebox a suitable rival for the wildly popular IPod? The answer seems to be a resounding yes!
However, the two units are somewhat different and dedicated Apple fans may disagree the Archos offers what every media fan wants, the ability to take music, photos, and video on the go.
If you want to stay away from trends but still enjoy your media on the fly the Archos Jukebox is still a great product.