Friday, March 5, 2010
The Archos 9 tablet PC review
The Archos 9 is thin and sleek (0.67 inches thick!). Compared to my current Samsung Q1 Ultra (which has a 7" screen), the Archos 9 (which has an 8.9" screen) has a nicer overall design. I'd gladly trade my Q1 Ultra for an Archos 9.
The device didn't get very warm in my hands and I was impressed by its performance running Windows 7. With a price tag of $549.99, it competes with the upcoming Apple iPad but the difference is that the Archos 9 is a full tablet PC running Windows 7. It also has a webcam so that you can run applications like Skype. Plus, it features a built-in kickstand so that you can tilt the device at various angles. The Archos 9 has a removable battery and a battery life of approximately 5 hours.
The Archos 9 has a passive touch screen (resistive touch) instead of a capacitive multi-touch screen, so keep this in mind when you think about making a purchase. I have to think that future models will come with a capacitive touch screen. If you're an early adapter of technology and gadgets, then I think you'll really like the Archos 9. I'd probably get one, except that I already have too many gadgets right now.