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Archos 13 Laptop released in Europe

Posted by Charbax on 11th June 2010

Archos is now releasing what may look to be one of the only or cheapest Intel Atom D510 Dual Core based 13.3″ 1366×768 Netbooks with 6-cell battery, 1.6kg weight, Windows 7 Home Premium and a slim form factor. It is released now available in Europe at 399€ (including the 20% EU VAT taxes, the US dollar pricing equivalent is thus $384 in the USA for this laptop without the European VAT taxes) on Archos official web store.

Here are the specs:

PROCESSOR Intel® Atom D510 Dual Core (1 MB L2 cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
SYSTEM MEMORY 1GB DDR2 667/800 MHz
SCREEN 13.3” WXGA 16:9 format
RESOLUTION 1366 x 768 pixels
HARD DRIVE Capacity : 1601 GB SATA
2.5” format
COMMUNICATION Ethernet : RJ 45 Fast Ethernet 10/100 port
WiFi: PCI-E card, IEEE 802.11b/g/n supported
Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR compliant)
AUDIO Intel High Definition Audio Interface
2 built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
FRONT & SIDE PORTS 3×USB 2.0
1×VGA output
1×MMC/SD/SDHC memory card reader
1×Power adapter/charger connector
1×Mic input
1×Audio output
1×RJ-45 LAN
1×RJ-11 port
BATTERY 6 cells
WEBCAM Integrated 1.3MP webcam
DIMENSIONS Avg. 333 mm x 230 mm x 27 mm (13,1” x 9,1” x 1,06”)
WEIGHT Avg. 1.6 kg
PACKAGE INCLUDES ARCHOS 133 PC (UK, DE or FR keyboard), Battery, AC Adapter with Power Cord, Quick Start Guide.

Found via: ArchosLounge.net and Slashgear.com

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Financial Times writes a positive review of Archos 7 Home Tablet

Posted by Charbax on 10th June 2010

Read the review of the Archos 7 Home Tablet by Financial Times at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/31bd6756-6f71-11df-9f43-00144feabdc0.html

the Archos 7 excels at video and music playback. Despite their tiny size, the two mini-speakers flanking the display pump out good volume and movie playback is smooth and bright. Users can download new content using the Archos 7′s built-in WiFi networking technology or over a USB cable from a desktop machine. In video playback mode I got about seven hours out of the battery between charges.

the only time I really noticed any lack of power was when I opened multiple applications at the same time – something that the iPad cannot do at present anyway.

Overall, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is good value for money

Pros: Low price, convenient size, lightweight, good battery life, runs Android OS.

You can discuss this review in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=34345

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A5A Firmware update 2.0.15 and 1.9.10

Posted by roylovelock on 6th June 2010

Version 2.0.15 – June 3rd, 2010

Display: add accelerated 3D openGL support
Fullscreen: add statusbar notification when an application is requesting fullscreen with ability to enable fullscreen for this application. Fullscreen enabling/disabling can be performed through power menu (on long power button press).
Archos media center: faster display
Thinkfree: v2.0 with full edit features
Thinkfree: can now be un-installed by user. Note that sometimes during this process an invalid shortcut might remain on the home screen. If this happens this shortcut can be removed by a long press and drag towards tray trash icon.
Display: add transparency to notification tray background

Version 1.9.10 – June 3rd, 2010

Video: fix some MJPG files not playing correctly
Audio: add support for .M4B files
Audio: improve speaker sound quality
Tethering: fix user password support and do not filter devices pretending not to be phones (e.g. Windows Mobile)
Internationalization: add Hebrew glyphs in font and corresponding virtual keyboard layout
Location: fix location manager sometimes preventing device suspend
System: better management of background applications under high memory pressure.

you can discuss here
http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=34032

roy

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