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For example, if you’re not careful, you’ll likely misplace your playlists. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The GMini provides only 8 hours of power per charge. Since post-Windows 98 operating systems recognize the Archos Gmini as an external hard drive, setup was a snap on our Windows XP test machine. Archos needs to streamline Musicmatch’s database maintenance or figure out some other way for the Gmini to gather ID3 information. The Good Small and light; tons of features for audio recording and playback; acts as a photo wallet.

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Our line-in recordings sounded great, but you’ll have to improve the player’s live capture by attaching a powered microphone.

As with the Gminithe unit also displays images with its built-in image viewer. The Bad Clunky interface; needs Musicmatch to catalog file tags; slow Musicmatch interaction.

Archos needs to streamline Musicmatch’s database maintenance or figure out some other way for the Gmini to gather ID3 information. The mobile world might finally get exciting again in Without giving too much away up front, we felt it performed well enough to be taken seriously. The first audio device to hold a color LCD screen as well as photoaudio and video playback capacities, the Gmini was introduced October I found some pictures to even be unrecognizable.

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There is also a browser feature within the unit to enable users to copy, move, and rename files, and has a battery life of 10 hours. There is a slot in the top of the device that accepts CompactFlash cards. The Archos Gmini played songs loud and clear through our test headphones, but the company would not tell us the device’s signal-to-noise ratio, output, or total harmonic distortion.

The process slows down the transfer rate see the Performance section.

All of those buttons work well enough, and we really like their blue backlighting, though we have yet to see a navigation control that’s easier to use than Apple’s scrollwheel. By using this site, you agree to arrchos Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. The model also supports Windows Media PlaysForSure standards, so purchased music can be synchronized with the player. The Gmini ‘s CompactFlash slot resides on the device’s side, behind a hard-to-remove rubber flap.

Archos Gmini series

Again, the unit wastes no space. It works flawlessly, and is very intuitive.

Among the included accessories are an AC adapter, a arcgos for recording from RCA outputs, and headphones with an in-line variable-resistor volume control. You can then categorize this recording the same way you would any other music file.


The Gmini is a series of portable audio and video players released by Archos in and The camera is 1. The device also provides a very lackluster picture viewer. The Gmini is fully USB 2.

In addition to these other features, the Archos Gmini contained a CompactFlash gminj enabling the user to slot in a memory cardincreasing the unit’s capacity, play files stored within the card, and transfer files from the card to the unit. This unit is classed more as an “entertainment centre” than an MP3 player, and includes a built in speaker for listening out aloud.

The Bottom Line The Archos Gmini is an excellent portable hard drive and photo wallet, but Musicmatch hampers its file transfers. Archos packages the Arcbos with two unique accessories. The Gmini features a built-in microphone and a line-in jack, and can record audio straight to MP3 format kbs from microphone, kbs from line-in jack.

Archos is definately on the right track with this device. Free stuff referrals made easy! Review Sections Review Specs. Just after the release of the AV, the Archos Gmini was born.