Archos



Archos (IPA pronunciation: [a:rkoʊs]), is a consumer portable electronics company, (FOREX ticker ACOSF), established in 1988, by Henri Crohas. Archos manufactures electronics products - portable media players and portable storage devices.

These devices range from standard MP3 players, to PVPs (portable video players), USB flash and hard drives, digital video recorders to a Portable Media Assistant (PMA) which consists of the features of players as well as wireless Internet capabilities (Wi-Fi) and PIM applications.

The Archos name is an anagram for the company founder's surname (Crohas), also the Greek translation for the name Archos (αρχος) means master. The slogan has changed from 'Think Smaller' to 'On The Go'.

The 'Think Smaller' brand was the company's responses to describe the product they are providing - compacting the biggest of features into the smallest of devices. After the launch of the Archos AV700 portable media player, the slogan was seen as inappropriate for the purpose due to its size, so they decided to change this to a more generalistic, suitable slogan, 'On The Go'.

Archos manufactures a variety of products, each briefly explained below:

* USB Portable Hard Disk Drives (For connecting to computers and aiding data portability)
* Portable MP3 Players (Listening to music on the go)
* Portable Video Player and Recorders (Record from a visual device and play back out and about)
* Portable Digital Video / Photography Snap-Ins (Turning portable video players into cameras / camcorders)
* Memory cards (Previously produced, now ceased)
* Digital Media Player and PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) (Providing feature rich applications on a portable device)

ArcDisk 4GB is a 4 Gigabyte portable USB disk drive, which provides data transfer to personal computers while on the move. The device plugs into the computer's USB socket and will be recognised as a "Mass Storage Device", enabling the user to transfer data to and from the unit and the computer.

The ArcDisk 4GB was introduced Friday, May 13, 2005 and weighs 40g (Grams).

Just after the release of the AV500, the Archos Gmini 500 was born, and yet again Archos have been concentrating more on looks than the basic functionality of the product. This device, along with a lot of Archos' latest devices, has full support for Windows Media's PlaysForSure system which allows users to download purchased music onto the player and play back.

This unit is classed more as an "entertainment centre" than an MP3 player, and includes a built in speaker for listening out aloud. Even though the speaker may not be the best quality, there is also functionality to be able to connect the device up to an existing external Hi-Fi system and listen outward that way.

The player supports all the standard formats, and also contains a photo viewer - images and videos can be viewed on the 4" colour screen within the unit. The Gmini 500 is fully USB 2.0 compliant.

This device was released Tuesday 20th December, 2005, and weighs 320g.

The Jukebox Multimedia was one of Archos' first ever multimedia players that enabled users to record straight from a camera attachment. Also featuring an audio player, an image viewer and video player, as well as the correct cables supplied straight from the box.

The player also has the ability to record audio from a line-in source (cables supplied) straight into MP3 format. The player features a 10GB Hard Disk Drive (Jukebox 10) or 20GB (Jukebox 20) and uses DivX MPEG4 format for video recording and playback.

The player uses USB 2.0 technology, to ensure quick transfers of files and data, and is recognised as a USB mass storage device.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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