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Archos 9 PC Tablet review

4/10 AVG.
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4/10
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The Archos 9 PC Tablet currently has an Informr score of 4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
8.9"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Techradar

The greatest flaw is its usability. The touchscreen often proves unresponsive, rendering even the most basic tasks a frustrating experience. Selecting the wrong option in menus is all too easy, while dragging windows around is a shaky affair. A tiny touch-sensitive panel on the right side of the dev...

- TechRadar Team, Techradar
Wired

The near-fatal flaw with the Archos 9 is in the realm of data entry. A tablet is only as good as its touchscreen, and the Archos’ is one of the least capable we’ve used. While you can theoretically use your fingers to operate the device, this is in reality a fool’s errand of the hi...

- Christopher Null, Wired
CNET

Unfortunately, nailing that recipe is apparently tougher than it looks, and the final result fully satisfies neither as a Windows PC nor as a handheld multimedia device. The most crippling design decision may be the choice of the 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 as the CPU. Though we've squeezed decent perfor...

- Dan Ackerman, CNET


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Screen Size
8.9"

The Archos 9 PC Tablet's screen size is 8.9 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a ATOM Z515 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
60 GB

Internal memory is 60 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Archos's performance ratings are 3 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

9 PC Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date October 22, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor ATOM Z515 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 60 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 3 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.6 x 13.4 x 1.7 cm (10.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 in)
Weight 800 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8.9 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Resistive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, HTML, JPG, TIFF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps Lotus Symphony, vTuner, Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Live, Skype
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Critic Reviews


Techradar

The deeply flawed usability, combined with the reflective screen, unfortunately make this tablet impossible to recommend

from Techradar

The greatest flaw is its usability. The touchscreen often proves unresponsive, rendering even the most basic tasks a frustrating experience. Selecting the wrong option in menus is all too easy, while dragging windows around is a shaky affair. A tiny touch-sensitive panel on the right side of the...More

The greatest flaw is its usability. The touchscreen often proves unresponsive, rendering even the most basic tasks a frustrating experience. Selecting the wrong option in menus is all too easy, while dragging windows around is a shaky affair. A tiny touch-sensitive panel on the right side of the device can be used as an alternative means of control and fares slightly better. Users will still long for a touchpad or a mouse, however.

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Wired

Downright awful touchscreen, needs more RAM and performance is dismal

from Wired

The near-fatal flaw with the Archos 9 is in the realm of data entry. A tablet is only as good as its touchscreen, and the Archos’ is one of the least capable we’ve used. While you can theoretically use your fingers to operate the device, this is in reality a fool’s errand of the...More

The near-fatal flaw with the Archos 9 is in the realm of data entry. A tablet is only as good as its touchscreen, and the Archos’ is one of the least capable we’ve used. While you can theoretically use your fingers to operate the device, this is in reality a fool’s errand of the highest order. Accuracy is a problem, but pressure sensitivity is an even bigger one. In mere minutes of use, you’ll find you’re jabbing at the onscreen keyboard (conveniently loadable at the push of a hardware button, thankfully), only to find you are missing the right letter half the time.
Performance is another issue. Remember, this isn’t a souped-up phone, it’s a stripped-down PC with an Atom processor and a 60-GB hard drive. It’s the meager 1 GB of RAM that’s the problem. Delays of more than a minute for applications to load are not uncommon with the Archos 9, and its performance benchmarks are truly rock-bottom. Without enough RAM to run Windows (and there’s no upgrade available, so you’re stuck with that 1 GB), the 9 often borders on frustratingly unusable.

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CNET

Hardware frustrations make it a tough sell

from CNET

Unfortunately, nailing that recipe is apparently tougher than it looks, and the final result fully satisfies neither as a Windows PC nor as a handheld multimedia device. The most crippling design decision may be the choice of the 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 as the CPU. Though we've squeezed decent per...More

Unfortunately, nailing that recipe is apparently tougher than it looks, and the final result fully satisfies neither as a Windows PC nor as a handheld multimedia device. The most crippling design decision may be the choice of the 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 as the CPU. Though we've squeezed decent performance from the N270/N280 Atoms, as well as from the newer N450 version, any product we've tested with the slower Z-series Atom CPU has been frustratingly sluggish, and this is no exception.
Our second major issue comes from the touch screen itself. Devoid of a keyboard, or even more than a couple physical control buttons, you're at the mercy of the touch screen and onscreen commands to get anything done with the Archos 9. Unfortunately, we found the resistive 8.9-inch screen to be less responsive than we would have liked, even when using the included dummy stylus, and the custom onscreen keyboard (handily summoned by a physical button on the bezel) required very firm finger taps to use.

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