Archos Jukebox Multimedia 20 GB Handheld Entertainment Center
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- Mass storage device lets you store and play digital audio and video
- Transfer images directly from your storage card to the internal 20 GB hard drive
- Record and playback video (MPEG4 format)
- Connection is via USB 1.1 with optional modules for USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity
- Features full-color LCD display
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Early Adopters Pick: Nov ember 2002. The first high-capacity, portable MP3 player (20 GB) to also st ore and play MPEG-4 format videos, and capture video and still images.
The Archos Multimedia Jukebox combines a modular MP4 video player and recorder, a MP3 music player and recorder, a digital photo wallet, a digital camera camcorder, and data storage in a compact device that fits in the palm of your hand. The jukebox allows you to enjoy 40 hours of near-DVD quality MP4 video with MP3 sound anywhere.
The jukebox is also a fully functional MP3 player-recorder. You can record directly into the MP3 from any audio source (stereo set, computer, etc.). The built-in microphone enables you to use the jukebox as a voice recorder providing 1000 hours' capacity.
The jukebox can store 200,000 photos for easy viewing. View videos and photos on the built-in color LCD, or connect your Jukebox to a TV and view videos and photos at full-screen size.
Since the jukebox is based on a 20GB hard disk, you can connect it to your computer and it will be mounted as an additional hard disk on which you can store any type of data. The optional USB 2.0 or FireWire auto-connection ensures extra-fast data transfer to and from your PC or Mac.
Top customer reviews
One of my favorite features that MP3 players still do not include to date is speed capabilities. You could 'speed up' or 'slow down' an mp3. It also had EQ capabilities. Yet another feature that mp3 players still do not include today, including my super expensive and advanced IPhone.
It was very easy to move files on and off this unit as well through its USB 2 connection cable.
I still have this mp3 player in my possession however the screen stopped working after I tried to open it up to fix the head phone jack connector which kept losing connection after a while. It still operates and I use it as a backup 20GB hard drive.
I could output the video on screen to see what I am doing but I own a newer model Archos, so I just use that instead.
It tells you how to use the unit but not how to get data on it.
Basically connect if via usb and it acts like another hard drive attached to your computer.
The navigation system on the unit is a little clunky. Couldn't figure out how to make a song stop playing at first.....
For the price it beats the Ipod. I wanted the additional functionality for photo, card reader, and tv out.
Screen is smaller than I expected.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase.
I was undecided about buying this or the Nixvue Vista (I should have gone with the later). I was also a bit incredulous regarding the bad reviews of this product, as I have an ARCHOS Jukebox; it's never given me any trouble.
The scoop is that I got it (from another store - not Amazon) took out of the box, charged it as per instructions, the thing powered up for about 5 seconds and then... it DIED! For as much as I tried the thing would not power up no matter what.
I called ARCHOS tech support, only to be placed on "eternal hold" for 30 minutes, I never got in touch with a single person. I tried again that same night just to get the lame response of charging the unit fully and giving it "another try"... like I didn't do that in the first place!
I'm in the process of returning this product to the store.
Last time I'll EVER buy an ARCHOS product, they are very unreliable (you might get a good one or you might not... wanna gamble?). Tech support and answering times are the worst I have ever experienced for any product that I have purchased in the last 20 years.
I can classify this as a big waste of time and money
* For what it is, and compared with other MP3 players, this is a wonderfully versatile gadget.
* Great sound, especially with Sony MDRV300 headphones
* Very easy to download and organize MP3 files
* Makes a great portable hard drive
* With camera, takes reasonable photos and videos of brightly-lit scenes
* Internal microphone makes for a very inobtrusive digital sound recorder
* With the SmartMedia adapter, provides pocket-storage for digital camera photos without requiring the use of a host PC
* Rubber corner bumpers do an effective job of shielding unit from damage
However, there are some negatives:
* Peculiar construction and packaging is not as polished as Zen or iPod - lots of tabs, poorly finished holes, and flaps.
* Playback skips or stops when exercising vigorously and the Archos is belt-mounted
* Camera module is not "fast" enough to capture moderate- or low-light scenes
* Internal microphone picks up internal hard-drive noise
* Audio-In does not adequately pre-amplify some external microphones
* Battery life is not fabulous, though OK with LCD off.
* Some gaps in supplied software, particularly for DVD capture and conversion to displayable format on internal LCD
* Occasional "hangs" when using USB 1.1 cable; far fewer experienced when using available USB2 / Firewire cable.
* Sound suffers when connected to a component system, etc., using supplied audio/video cable
Most recent customer reviews
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