By January 2, 2010

Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet unboxing video

Archos media player products have been around for years but the Archos 5 is the first model that we’ve had the opportunity to review here on tracyandmatt. There is a little confusion around the Archos 5 name and branding as there are actually two distinct models that are called Archos 5, the one we have here is the one with the proprietary Archos operating system and user interface but there is also another model which features Android OS.


The Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet


The Archos 5 is pitched as being more than just a media player, as the name suggests, the Archos 5 is also a well spec’d and featured internet tablet too. It has Opera web browser pre-installed and is Flash capable so can play back YouTube videos for example. There’s also email support with automatic setup for Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo mail but if you have any other email service this can be manually configured using POP3 or IMAP. Sadly no Exchange support though.

Media playback is what the Archos 5 excels at though, it’s play virtually any video or audio format that you care to upload to it and the 4.8″ screen displays content beautifully while the built-in 120GB hard drive (60, 150 and 250GB versions also available) ensures that you have plenty of space for your media.

On top of the basic media functionality there’s also internet radio and support for flash-based games and a number of pre-installed games.

Check out the unboxing and demo video below for a tour of the Archos 5 and I’ll have the full review for you within the next few weeks.


Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet unboxing video



Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet specification:

Display characteristics: High resolution screen, 800×480 pixels, 4.8” TFT LCD, 16 million colors
User interface: Touch screen, ON/OFF, vol+ and vol- buttons, retractable virtual keyboard
Processor(s): Central Unit:
– Main processor: ARM CortexTM-A8, 32 bit, In-order, dual-issue, superscalar core @ 600 MHz
– Additional processor: 32 bit DSP @ 430 MHz
RAM memory: 128 MB* (Low-Power Double Data Rate SDRAM)
Mass storage memory: Hard drive, capacity according to the product version
– 60 GB* (stores up to 80 Movies, 600,000 photos or 30,000 songs1)
– 120 GB* (stores up to 160 Movies, 1.2 million photos or 60,000 songs1)
– 160 GB* (stores up to 210 Movies, 1.6 million photos or 80,000 songs1)
– 250 GB* (stores up to 300 Movies, 2.5 million photos or 145,000 songs1)
Operating system: Linux
Program language C – requires special developer-edition firmware15
Connectivity: On board WiFi (802.11 b/g), USB 2.0 host with optional accessories
PC accessories: Possible attachment of numerous standard USB PC accessories**** (keyboard, mouse, memory key, memory cards reader, camera and other future computer accessories)
Video playback**: MPEG-42 ([email protected] AVI, up to DVD resolution)
WMV ([email protected], up to DVD resolution) included WMV protected files
M-JPEG (in QVGA resolution)

With optional software plug-in:
HD support: MPEG-4 (ASP 720p) & WMV HD (MP 720p)
MPEG-2 [email protected] up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound (5.1)
H.264 up to DVD resolution with AAC

Audio playback**: Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR, WMA, Protected WMA, WMA pro 5.1, WAV (PCM/ADPCM).
AC3 stereo audio and 5.1 sound files (via SPDIF output of DVR Station)
Flac and OGG Vorbis audio files

With optional software plug-in:
AAC3 and AAC+ stereo audio files

Photo viewer***: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
PDF viewer: Reads PDF documents (may not implement all PDF features)
Video recording6: Via the optional DVR Station or DVR Snap-on. Records NTSC/PAL/SECAM in MPEG-4 AVI format with stereo sound, VGA resolution (640 x 480) @ 30 or 25 f/s
Audio recording: Via the optional DVR Station or DVR Snap-on: Stereo line-in, WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM) format
Voice recording via the optional FM remote and its built-in microphone in WAV format (IMA ADPCM)
Email client Compatible with Email accounts supporting POP3 and IMAP services Import/export of vCard contacts
Interfaces: USB 2.0 High-Speed Device (compatible USB 1.1 at a lower speed): Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Media Transport Protocol (MTP)
USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) with optional Mini Dock, Battery Dock and DVR station
Connections: WiFi (802.11 b/g) connection. Free Web Browser (Opera® Web browser with Adobe Flash® 9 video support) upon registration
3.5 mm mini jack for headphones
Accessory connectors to connect to the DVR Station and other ARCHOS accessories
Miscellaneous Built-in speaker
Built-in leg stand
Battery life: Music playback time: up to 22 hours4
Video playback time: up to 7 hours4
Power source: Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
Device charges via computer USB port
External: Power adapter/charger (via optional accessories)
Scalability: Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
Updates can also be downloaded at
Dimensions & weight: Approx 127,5 x 78,3 x 12,9 mm (for 60GB* model) – 250gr
Approx 127 x 78,8 x 19,4 mm (for 120/250GB* models) – 300gr
In a possible use mode, in connection with an external computer through the USB B connector available on some optional accessories:
Minimum system requirements: Microsoft® Windows® Vista, XP, ME, 2000 or higher
MAC OS X and Linux (with Mass Storage Device Support)
USB 2.0 interface
Package includes: ARCHOS 5, headphones, ARCHOS USB cable, DVR Station adapter, screen cleaning cloth, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice.

(*) 1GB= 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity is less.
(**) Certain bitrates, resolutions, and/or file variations may not be compatible.
(***) Certain resolutions and file sizes may not be compatible.
(****) Certain PC accessories may not be compatible.
(1) On average; songs based on 3.5 mins/song & 64 Kbits/s WMA, video based on 1000 Kbits/s MPEG-4 audio/video encoding and 1h30/movie (for near DVD Quality), photos based on JPEG, VGA.
(2) MPEG-4 [email protected] AVI (MPEG-4: ISO standard by Moving Picture Experts Group; AVI: audio/video file container by Microsoft) without GMC and Quarter.
(3) Does not read AAC protected files.
(4) Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings.
Test run on an ARCHOS 5 60 GB with low backlight.
(15) Firmware available for developers, requiring a sufficient expertise. May not be available immediately.


Posted by: Matt

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