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Archos Launches 9" Tablet with Windows 7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

Archos has launched a 9 inch ultra-mobile tablet PC that runs on Windows 7.

At an event in France yesterday, Archos kicked things off by announcing the Archos 9, a 9 inch touch screen UMPC running Microsoft’s soon to be released operating system, Windows 7. Weighing in at less than 800g, and just 0.63 inches thick the Archos 9 packs Intel’s  Z515 Atom processor, an 80 GB HDD, Bluetooth to tether wireless accessories, and dual DVBT TV atennas.

This sexy looking piece of kit is pegged for an October release (in or around the same time Windows 7 starts to ship and should retail at about €450 ($635).

$635 is a way too much for an MID but at the same time, this thing would be perfect for browsing in front of the television or taking on long flights when boredom is almost guaranteed. Coupled with the fact that many airlines are rolling out in-flight WiFi, it would be a great device to have in your carry on. What do you guys think? Would you fork out more than $600 for one of these or would you just drop heavy hints around your birthday and Christmas?

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    starryman , June 12, 2009 8:19 PM
    I was horny for this but the price changes my mood.
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    burnley14 , June 12, 2009 8:27 PM
    Agreed. Way too pricey for the performance, though I certainly wouldn't refuse it as a gift . . .
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    yourtechsupport , June 12, 2009 8:35 PM
    At that price point I think I'll just get a full size computer, or one of them large-format MIDs due to come out.
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 8:41 PM
    pass
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    IncinX , June 12, 2009 8:47 PM
    But can it play Cryostasis?
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 8:48 PM
    I'm from Argentina, and U$S is 80% of my monthly Salary! it's way too expensive
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 8:53 PM
    i want it.... but with electronic ink....
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    jhansonxi , June 12, 2009 9:07 PM
    It would be a nice companion to a Surface table and just as practical (in other words - FAIL! for most people in the current economy).
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    Grims , June 12, 2009 9:10 PM
    To big to fit in your pocket, so is really no more useful than any other mobile device IMO.

    I but a Viliv S5 for true mobile use.
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    radiowars , June 12, 2009 9:27 PM
    Maybe, If the price was 400$, I would definitely buy it. Archos has a tendency to overprice their products, even though they are pretty awesome.
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    cruiseoveride , June 12, 2009 9:29 PM
    hmmm but does it come in Linux?

    and +1 for the < $400 price point
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    tipoo , June 12, 2009 9:31 PM
    I dont think its all that pricey, this form factor does cost more to make.
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    tonyn84 , June 12, 2009 9:36 PM
    That was the euro pricing, there was an estimate somewhere that said this would hit the US for $500. Seeing as the tablet asus netbook is somewhere around $650 this isn't bad, but borderline considering the guts of the thing.
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 10:00 PM
    A mediaplayer? How long does the battery last?
    $600 is as acceptable as when the battery would last 10+ hours.
    if 10+ hours is crazy, then so is the price!
    An EeePc 901 costs less than 300, and lasts 8 hours (+ has a keyboard,USB slots and a HD)
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 10:13 PM
    interesting but it should have ION chipset :( 
    Good battery and a SSD and i-m going to spend some money :) 
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    keither5150 , June 12, 2009 10:41 PM
    I have an archos 5.

    I would buy a EeePc before buying this one.
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    erikstarcher , June 12, 2009 10:50 PM
    Change it to ATSC tuners and I buy one. This would make a great carputer.
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    graviongr , June 12, 2009 11:13 PM
    I barely use my Archos 605 Wifi enough. It's too large to carry around for general use. Although it does make travel much better with the ability to play movies.

    I surf the net for a few minutes when, and forgive me for being crass here, taking a dump.

    The GPS accessory got too many negative reviews so I haven't tried that... basically I use it in the car on long trips for music, or use it for movies when I ride the train.

    Amtrak rides are about 6 hours to my brothers house, and they have electrical outlets so battery life is not really an issue on the train.
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    h0llow , June 12, 2009 11:15 PM
    no matter how cool this device looks, it's a tad too small for my liking. I remember having to redo windows on one of these for a buddy and it was a bit too stressful between the screen and how small the keyboards are on them. I rather sacrifice the size and get a netbook which I already have :-)
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    falchard , June 13, 2009 2:00 AM
    For that price you can get 1 and a half Toshiba M200's that are actually faster then that Atom.
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