Archos Gmini 400

by David Gluzman

It’s been a little while since our last mp3 player review, and for good reason! Back in November 2004 I had raised a fair bit of hell by slamming the iPod. I guess it was expected, since people don’t like to hear about how their cool new product might actually suck! Ooh zing..

I’d been eyeing up Archos for a while, since they first put out one of the first hard drive based mp3 players on the market a few years back. They had been plagued with bugs and poor build quality. So why did I take the plunge and buy a gmini? Simple, it’s $@%$@ awesome.

Gmini 1

We’re talking serious convergence plus excellent build quality, and outstanding functionality. After the initial learning curve of the somewhat un-intuitive (it’s only drawback) interface, you will be up and running within minutes of powering the unit on.

It doesn’t take long to impress a group of gawkers of the Gmini. Immediate responses will be something along the lines of “no-way” and “how much!?” Why should a silly little product raise eyebrows? Well once again let’s just list it off.

  • Same size as an iPod
  • Plays Mp3, WMA and WAV files
  • Voice Recorder (built in mic)
  • Full 2.2″ Color Screen (blows away the iPod photo btw), which you can plug into any TV.
  • Plays Mpeg/DivX video
  • Plug and play 20gig Harddrive (ZERO drivers to install)
  • Software is built into the unit (no software to install to put your music on it)
  • Compact Flash slot built in!
  • Plays downloadable Mophun games (see cellphones)
  • 10 Hours battery life
  • Etc…

Let’s cut to the chase. The Gmini is simply an outstanding little unit. It’s build strong, plays more than just music, and doubles up as a very handy portable storage device (with or without a computer). The music sounds awesome, and you can even buy a FM Radio remote control as an add-on. You simply can’t go wrong..

Gmini 2

Oh and did I mention I’ve had it for 3 months now and there isn’t a scratch on it?

  • Archos Gmini 400
  • by David Gluzman
  • Published on April 1st, 2005
4.5 / 5

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