Friday, November 6, 2009

Archos 9 PCtablet

The Archos 9 is the tablet PC I would buy as a peripheral computer. Actually, it's a PCtablet, not a tablet PC. Archos calls it a netbook, so now I'm really confused.

I would not get this as my main workhorse computer, but as my super note pad and multimedia player. This thing is really thin and light! I like the fact that the screen is 8.9" and it has some nice functional buttons on the sides. If I had to buy a tiny peripheral tablet today, this would be the one on the top of my list.

The Archos 9 doesn't have a cooling fan, so I wonder how warm it gets. How much heat is generated by the 1.8" spinning hard drive and the Intel ATOM Z510 1.1 GHz processor? I currently use a Samsung Q1 Ultra as my super note pad and I'm running Windows 7. I wouldn't mind trading my Q1 Ultra for the Archos 9 so that I can have a larger screen and a thinner device.

If the Archos 9 ends up being a success, then I'm sure the next version will have:
  • More RAM (1 GB just isn't enough these days)
  • A capacitive screen with multi-touch
  • Internal GPS
  • A cooling fan? (maybe it's really not necessary)
  • SSD instead of a spinning 1.8" hard drive
  • Built-in WWAN
  • Longer battery life (although a 5 hr rating is quite impressive for such a thin device)
Let's see what the reviews look like. I wish I could walk into a local Best Buy and play with this device. $499 seems like a reasonable price for this type of tablet. I'm tempted, but I think I'll wait for the next generation and I hope they will include some of the features on my "wish list" above.

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