He joined Ziff Davis in May as technical editor of PC Magazine, became editor-in-chief in September of that year, and held that position for the next eight years, while adding the titles of publisher and publishing director. The model also supports gapless playback. In fact, the buttons are almost counterintuitive at times, and you can find yourself bouncing out of a menu when didn’t mean to, or accidentally exiting out of a video you were watching. There is also an optional FM Radio attachment available for this player so users can play and record directly from FM radio. The controls are sheer simplicity:

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The screen automatically switches off when you’re listening to music, so assuming you don’t need to sneak a peek at your display that often you should be able to get about ten hours of audio playing time out of it. None of the other players, though, have true Atchos compatibility It also features the ARCLibrary for organizing media files within one’s media collection.

The built-in audio recorder can record Atchos files with excellent fidelity, up to 48 kHz, through either the line-in or microphone jacks. Colors are bright and saturated, and sharpness is very good within the limits of the by pixel screen.

On a inch LCD TV, the images were bright and crisp, but darkly lit scenes and shadows showed artifacts from the highly compressed images. Finally, its battery life is excellant.

Gear Eye: The Archos Gmini 400

arcuos Show more Show less. This page was last edited on 8 Julyat Both constant bit rate. Obviously if Apple popped a color LCD screen into the current iPod there wouldn’t be much competition in the aesthetics department, but we’ve definitely seen worse portable audio and video players.


The Gmini’s battery life is surprisingly good.

Archos Gmini 400 Silver/Black ( 20 GB ) Digital Media Player

More portable media player reviews: Software must be compatible, of course, as with any PC or Mac. Navigation is not as slick as the Ipod, but it works well enough after a bit of use.

The Gmini could drive our Sennheiser headphones to almost painful levels, in excess of dB. In fact, the buttons are almost counterintuitive at times, and you can find yourself bouncing out of a menu when didn’t mean to, or accidentally exiting out of a video you were watching.

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Just hook it up over USB 2. We prefer these adjustable tone controls to the fancifully named presets found in most other players.

Since then GliGli has ported the applications to the Gmini and Camcorder. What did work played well for the most part; in fact, the only noticeable problem was the audio and video being out of sync on one of the videos.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Small, heavy, but worth it, especially used: We reformatted a half-hour TV show and a Likewise, if you really care about video a lot, then, actually, the answer is also no, since you’d probably be better off with a larger personal gmiji player or even a Portable Media Center.

The Gmini also connects to an external audio source for out-aloud listening, and also connects to external video sources too, for watching videos from the device on televisions, etc. My only complaint is that the Archos Gmini don’t record video. archoa


The Gminii display, those small for some older eyes, is eons better quality than the Sansa, for instance. We played the videos on our inch rear-projection TV, and they looked surprisingly good, on a par with a VHS tape. A firmware exploit discovered by user GliGli provided the possibility for product enhancement by the community of Gmini enthusiasts.

And it’s all well and good that you can play games on this thing it uses Mophun’s video game engine—get it, “mo’ fun”? Its an excellent machine, but if you must have it repaired, call the UK office, and have them arrange to have you ship it to either the UK or France.

Archos Gmini series – Wikipedia

The tone controls are simple: The device does not support image viewing, however. The power jack and USB gnini are on the lower left side of the player, and a door opens to reveal the CompactFlash socket. You wouldn’t exactly want to have two or three people trying to crowd around watching, but it works. Playback autonomy on gmlni device is stated at 4 hours, when viewing videos, and up to 10 hours when listening to music.