ARCHOS 9PCtablet Making the Hands-On Rounds


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Both Engadget and Gizmodo were lucky enough to take the upcoming Windows 7 powered, Intel Atom toting ARCHOS 9PCtablet for a spin. Overall, everyone seems impressed by the form factor and performance, but with one caveat; the $499 ARCHOS 9PCtablet uses a non multi-touch resistive touchscreen as opposed to a capacitive one, which appeared to irk the reviewers for its inaccuracy.

My 2-cents: The form factor is awesome. I love the design — including the carrying case and accompanying ulta slim physical keyboard photographed by Engadget. While Window 7 is nice, I’d love to see ports of Android and Ubuntu MID making their way to this product. However, I think Archos is going to have a tough sell, if they can’t (or choose not to) swap out the resistive screen for a capacitive one before production. Side note regarding the built-in mouse: from what I’m seeing on devices using this setup with a left/right mouse button set on one side and a pin sized track pad on the other, is that miniature track pad is supposed to be used to easily scroll a page up and down with your thumb. You’re supposed to use your finger (or stylus) to tap areas of the screen to navigate around.

Quick Specs:
Intel Atom Z510 1.1GHz processor
1GB of Memory
80GB HDD
Windows 7
9-inch touchscreen
Front facing 1.3MP camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet (via a dongle)
Weight: 800g (1.76lbs)




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  • http://dbone1026.blogspot.com dbone1026

    I would love to get one of these but I can't for the life of me think of why I would need one (that is where the $499 price tag becomes a big issue)…

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    I've got my eye on the CrunchPad http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/tag/crunchpad/

    However, the ARCHOS 9PCtablet looks just as nice — and possibly more powerful hardware-wise than the CrunchPad. $499 would probably be my limit, though, for a couch surfing device (I'm sure there's other uses, but that's the most likely one).

  • Charbax

    Resistive works just fine. Capacitative on 8.9″ just does not exist. You need to calibrate resistive screens maybe the engadget reviewer did not try to calibrate it before using it.

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    Charbax thanks for the info. I know you follow ARCHOS development closely. On the Engadget post their was mention that the drivers for the display are still being worked on.

  • http://armdevices.net/ Charbax

    Resistive works just fine. Capacitative on 8.9″ just does not exist. You need to calibrate resistive screens maybe the engadget reviewer did not try to calibrate it before using it.

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    Charbax thanks for the info. I know you follow ARCHOS development closely. On the Engadget post their was mention that the drivers for the display are still being worked on.