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January 17, 2005

Archos PMA400 30GB Advanced Portable Video Player

Archos PMA400 30GB Advanced Portable Video Player Video Player Portable Video Player Portable Video Player sale purchase Future Tech Gadget Gift geek cool gadget Product Technology Future Cool smallest, Buy Gift Sale Electronics device camera player new gadget future gadget Future Technology News technology Review Archos announced the new Archos PMA400 at the CES 2005. I4U has a PMA400 video report from the show floor showing the new Archos in detail.

Archos offers the PMA400 for pre-order on their site for a whopping 799.99 Euros. The new player ships on January 31st.

Archos describes the PMA400 with:
"The Pocket Media Assistant PMA400 is the the first Linux®-based 30GB HDD device allowing you to record directly from TV, listen to music, browse the Internet and stay connected, for entertainment or productivity anytime, anywhere. A new generation of ARCHOS smart portable devices, the PMA400 combines full audio and video capabilities, WiFi connectivity and a personal information manager in one slim, pocket-sized device."

In some ways that is very competitive to the Sharp Linux PDAs especially because Archos also offers a SDK. See the Archos PMA400 specification below.

Archos PMA400 Specification:
Capacity: 30GB


Interfaces: High-speed USB 2.0, compatible USB 1.1, PC & Mac USB Host port compatible Mass Storage Device Built-in WiFi connection (802.11b technology) IRDA 115 kb/s port
Operating system: Linux Qtopia™ with embedded ARCHOS multimedia applications
Video playback: MPEG-4 SP with MP3 or ADPCM stereo sound, near DVD quality up to 704x480 @ 30 f/s (MTSC), 720x576 @ 25 f/s (PAL), AVI file format
Video recording: MPEG-4 SP with MP3 stereo sound, near SVCD quality (optimised resolution for standard TV through composite video line-in) with up to 512x384 @ 30 f/s, in AVI format
Music playback: Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 kb/s CBR & VBR, WMA (including Microsoft® PD DRM protected files), WAV
Music recording: From any analog source into MP3 or WAV (PCM) format Voice recording with built-in microphone
Photo viewer: JPEG , PNG, GIF or BMP
PIM functionalities: Qtopia™ software to manage your address book, agenda, calendar, calculator. PDF viewer
Games: Qtopia™ embedded games and Mophun™ game engine to play games downloadable from Archos web-site
Display: 3.5" TFT transflective touch screen (QVGA) 320x240 pixels, 262,000 colors and TV output
AV connections: Composite Video/ E Earphone/Line Out jack. Built-in microphone and speaker. TV cradle to connect to TV with analog audio/video In & Out to RCA jacks, S-video In, and IR receiver for remote and IR emitter for tuner control, SCART In & Out for European version. Travel audio-video kit in option to record audio and video analog source on the move
Battery life: Up to 4 hours* for video playback or 9.5 hours* for music Removable battery; additional battery available as an option
Scalability: Download firmware updates from www.archos.com
Power source: Internal: rechargeable Li-Ion batteries External: AC charger/adapter
Dimensions: Approx. 125 x 78 x 20 mm (4.9" x 3.1" x 0.8")
Weight: 280 g (9.9 oz)
System requirements: PC: Pentium® III 800 MHz or higher, Windows 98 SE (with driver downloaded from ARCHOS web-site), ME, 2000 or XP. 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended) with USB port and CD-ROM drive Mac: 9.2 or X (10.2.4) USB Manager version 1.2 or higher with USB port and CD-ROM drive
  1 GB = 1 billion bytes. Formatted capacity is less.


files compatible with MPEG4-SP AVI only; MPEG-4: ISO/IEC standard by Moving Picture Experts Group; AVI: audio/video file container by Microsoft.


*On average

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Posted by i4u at January 17, 2005 6:06 AM