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)