Archos Jukebox Multimedia Photo Bundle
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- 20 GB hard drive holds from 5,000 to 200,000 pictures (depending on resolution), or 40 hours of MP4 video, or up to 300 hours of MP3 music
- Expansion slot for included Smart Media and Compact Flash card readers or optional camera attachment; USB 1.1 connection built-in, with optional USB 2.0
- Up to 7 hours of playback with included rechargable Li-ion batteries; charger included
- Built in color LCD with 237 x 234 pixel display; on screen navigation for easy file management
- Bundle includes: Jukebox Multimedia, card readers, stereo headphones, A/V connector cable, USB connector, carrying pouch, CD with MusicMatch, drivers and 5-language manual
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MD) U) ARCHOS JUKEBOX MULTIMEDIA 20
Early Adopters Pick: November 2002. The first high-capacity, portable MP3 player (20 GB) to also store and play MPEG-4 format videos, and capture video and still images.
The Archos Jukebox Multimedia 20 handheld entertainment center is a 20 GB MP3 jukebox player and recorder that doubles as an external hard drive which, with included attachments, easily becomes a SmartMedia or CompactFlash memory card reader. With the optional camera attachment, the Jukebox Multimedia 20 becomes a 1.3-megapixel digital camera and MP4 video camcorder.
Complete MP3 functionality is included in the Jukebox Multimedia 20, including the ability to record directly to MP3 format from any audio source, or use it as a voice recorder with capacity for up to 1,000 hours recording time using the built-in microphone. Listen to your MP3 tracks with the included headphones, or connect the Jukebox Multimedia 20 to your home stereo with the included audio-video (AV) connector.
Rounding out the features of the Archos Jukebox Multimedia 20 is the capability to use its 20 GB storage capacity as an external hard disk drive using the included USB 1.1 connection. The optional USB 2.0 or FireWire auto connection ensures extra-fast data transfer to and from your PC or Mac.
The optional camera attachment turns the Jukebox Multimedia 20 into a 1.3-megapixel digital camera that can store up to 200,000 photos, and an MP4 video camcorder (with MP3 sound) that allows you to record up to 40 hours of full-motion video. It's easy to view videos and photos either on the built-in color LCD screen (237 x 234 pixels), or by using the included AV connector on any TV with composite-video inputs.
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I know you know what it can do so here are some downsides of the product:
1. Battery Life - LCD takes up lots of it, probably get 4-6 hours unless you keep it off the whole time and let ur MP3's play. I recommend that you set the screen to go blank as soon as it will let you set it to save battery energy. This is the only real reason why I gave this product 4 stars instead of 5.
2. Manufacturing Defects - Paint eventually chips in back (no biggie for me-yet) And the black rubbers on the corner aren't properly fastened to the device (of course you can just push them in a bit, but sometimes it bugs you).
Thats all that really bugs me.
Customer service is great if you have a little patience - I've already had to send my device in for a backlight repair (my fault) and it wasn't too much of a hassle.
The screen looks AMAZING for its size - don't worry about it.
Of course dust gets in there sometimes - just get a pressurized aircan and blow it out.
So overall you CANNOT take this thing to the beach (cuz of manufacturing) but its very nice for walking/siting around with.
How else can you get your daily Matrix?
HATE - One of the reasons I bought the unit was that the box promised Firewire connectivity for high-speed data transfer. As I already had Firewire to use with my Camcorder on both my home and office PCs, this seemed like a great idea. It is now January, and Archos has not yet made the Firewire cable available in the US. You can buy it in England or europe, but NOT in America. If you call Archos (and IF they answer the phone) they just give a bunch of Vaporware fluff, promises that the Firewire cable will be on the website "real soon" (which they have been claiming since October).
So, if you want a neat, capable gadget that will do more than an iPod for less money, buy the Archos. But if you expect to be able to get all the speed they promise on the box, well GOOD LUCK!
BUT, that said... the sound output on mp3s is amazing! I've never had such great sound control of a portable... anything! There's a loudness feature, bass booster, reg bass, treble, pitch and more that truly give you the most flexibility I've ever had. And with 20gb, there's really no collection that couldn't fit on this, and at a price which is so much less than the ipod, you can't go wrong. VIDEO: Once I was able to convert or download proper video files, I was amazed that while on the subway or park bench, that watching a tiny screen isn't all that bad. I did have some gripe with the very reflective screen covering which, once you find a good angle to watch the LCD, you could end up with a light reflection that is very distracting. But, generally fine. While in the play mode you can jump ahead in incriments or speed through the files. BATTERY: So far I haven't run into a problem with the battery life. I charge it at night while I'm downloading or just leave it plugged in for an hour or so and it's been fine. DURABILITY: the one difference you'll see right away between this and the ipod is that this item was made to be used, carried, and tossed around a bit. The ipod is sexy and sleek, but you handle it like it's made of glass... not user friendly. As far as "skip protection?" Again, these are digital files played back through the hard drive. I've never encountered a skipping problem if there is such a thing with this format. DOWNLOADING: With mac, you plug in the usb (firewire and usb 2.1 are not yet ready to ship) and a hard drive icon comes up on your desktop. No drivers, no special programs.. you either create a folder as you would on your normal drive and drag and drop. That's it. Done. Then eject the icon, wait for the red letters on the units screen to go yellow, and you're good to go. SUMMARY: I would just love the unit to accept standard Quicktime movies or mpegs that don't need to be converted, and I would love Archos to get someone with MAC knowhow to write a section in the manual specifically for them. But generally, it makes me just want to cry with happiness.:-)
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