3 September 2013 by Shantha Kumari
Archos, an anagram from the founder Henri Crohas last name was established in 1988 in France. One of the major players in the portable multimedia player segment, it has concentrated on manufacturing tablets, mp3/,mp4 players, PDA's, netbooks.
The Archos mp3 players boasts of a hard drive or flash storage capacity. With memory ranging from 2GB to around 8GB, these mp3 players lets you have carry around the entire music collection. There are higher capacity models such as the Archos jukebox which has around 200GB storage capable of storing more than 5000 songs.
Typically the best mp3 players have an LCD or touch screen display which makes for easy navigation and viewing of the various settings related to its operation. The screen size varies between 1.8 to 4 inches and displays the videos/photos in vivid colors. The smooth and simple interface allows you to navigate through the folders or the playlist. The USB allows easy transfer of music/videos/photos making it a pleasant experience. The integrated audio equalizer makes listening to all of your favorite songs and podcasts with optimal sound.
The rechargeable battery with capacity of around 15 - 20 hrs of playback makes it workhorse for long duration listening/viewing. This is a plus point if you want to use the audio recorder facility to record any lectures or meetings or live jigs for later hearing using the internal microphone. This also allows for recording directly from FM radio.
Some of the best Archos media players have an apps store for accessing online music or video content. The normal supported formats are mp3, wav, mpeg, avi, flv, jpeg, bmp, gif. The rather uncommon RMVB (RealMedia Variable Bitrate) format for videos is also supported. The .txt and .lrc (for lyric files) can also be displayed in these mp3 players so that you can have a karoake going on when listening to the music videos.
Considering the above mentioned points we at Reviewgist have consolidated the top Archos mp3 players and listed them along with their specifications as below.