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5.0 out of 5 stars This is better than it looks in the picture
After plenty of deliberation I finally bought myself an MP3 player. Price was a primary concern, followed by capacity, followed by battery life. Oh yeah - and i couldn't have bought an iPod of any type on principle!!
20Gb - Physically smaller than an ipod mini (in height at least) and a claimed 10 Hr Battery - Archos have a great product here.
When you open this...
Published on 24 April 2005 by IT Joe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Player I've Used
I feel pretty misled by the way I was sold this, promising an easy to use Mp3 with good memory in a compact form.
What you get is effectively a removable hardrive with an earphone jack. Problems began almost immediately, music would not transfer, the tagging got mixed up-I could get little on. Because it uses WMP to move things on, expect the stupid duplication...
Published on 2 April 2007 by C. buckland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gizmo, easy to use,
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This review is from: Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver (Electronics)After reading lots of reviews on lots of other players I decided on this one. The only thing I would say is read the "How to use" manual stored on it before loading it up.
After that, it was dead easy. Just drag and drop to load and it works it treat. I didnt use the headphones with it coz I dont like in ear ones anyway but it sounds great with the ones I already had.
All in all, I love this player. Feels solid and compact and looks ok too.
A good buy.
1.0 out of 5 stars Broke after 6 months,
This review is from: Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver (Electronics)The Gmini at first worked well. But now after 6 months stopped working. The disk seems to be corrupted, and there is nothing that I can do... can't access it nor manually or via the PC.
I am upset, as I thought this would solve my disappointment with Apple iPod and would be a good solution... but seems that it is all the same rubbish.
5.0 out of 5 stars Robust, easy to use, excellent quality!!,
This review is from: Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver (Electronics)Just to give you an idea of what a tough little unit this is, in 2005 I was unlucky enough to suffer a house fire, and amoungst the debris I uncovered my little Gmini, covered in ash and soaking wet(it was in the optional leather holder). After wiping it down and drying it out overnight, I fired it up and it worked first time. It saved my music collection!!
Nearly three years old now, it's followed me around the world,including Iraq, Saudi etc.. being knocked about in kitbags, and it is still going strong!! Great bit of kit!
Some people mention that their units reset after 30 minutes or so. They are designed to do this if no buttons have been pressed! I believe there is a way to switch this function off, although I don't know how.
Downloading music is quick and easy, simply a case of plugging it into your PC, treat it as an external hard-drive, and just transfer your music collection it's THAT EASY!
Sound quality is clear and crisp, and has a good volume. Admittedly, the headphones don't let the XS200 reach anywhere near it's potential (I recommend the Sony MDREX71SLB as replacements, these REALLY compliment the XS200)
The little control stick is quite intuitive once you get used to it, although I found I had to shave some of the leather surround (optonal case) away from the stick for ease of use. But I like it, it selects with a nice positive 'click'.
My trusty unit, after three years, is starting to get just a little bit tired. I find that the battery doesn't hold the charge like it used to (although I am now using a non-standard charger, as my original went up with the house) and it will only play for 3 to 4 hours.
Will I be changing it? No, not yet, I'll buy a replacement battery and archos charger first!! When my trusty loyal XS200 finally does play it's last note, I will DEFINITELY be replacing it with another from the Archos XS family, probably a XS204
Don't follow the crowd, buy one of these and you won't regret it. Quality piece of kit!
5.0 out of 5 stars It's perfect!,
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This review is from: Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver (Electronics)I've had this little thing for almost a month now. When I first saw it and its great reviews I was amazed that I could get such a great player with so much storage for such a low price. I have had no problems with it so far. Some people complained that when they were walking it turned itself off after half an hour: I was on the archos website and I read that it turns off after 30 mins if no buttons are pressed. Maybe this is the problem?
I thinks it's wonderful. Buy it, all of you!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good at first...,
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This review is from: Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver (Electronics)bought this player, very happy at first, great sound, great looks, stupidly easy method of file transfer.
but the unit if subjected to any form of movement (ie walking) will after around 30 mins max shut itself off. i took the unit back and got a replacement but the problems persisted before i finally took a refund.
it seems if you search the internet you can find others complaining of a similar problem.
basically if all you want to do is sit on a train/at your desk etc then this could well be the best thing for you but be warned, dont even consider it if your going to be moving off the spot!
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ctudorpole ihasnt actually got the archos,
This review is from: Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver (Electronics)hi- you might see a review of this mp3 player by ctudorpole, giving it 1 star- however, HE HASN'T GOT THIS MP3 PLAYER- HE HAS AN IPOD MINI!! He's never actually listened to one or seen one, and I told him I was going to get one and he went mental because just because he's never heard of it he assumes it wont work and prefers to jump on the ipod bandwagon. He just cant accept that its better than the ipod!!! Please ignore his review, because hes just mad and doesnt want me to get one because hes never heard it, it is actually an excellent mp3 player. bUY IT!
0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy something else!,
This review is from: Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver (Electronics)I recently bought an Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player and i have had trouble with it ever since. It takes ages to load the songs and the software is terrible. It is a very ugly looking thing. I now wish I had bought an Ipod or a creative Zen (which is actually cheaper on amazon) because they have much better sound quality, software and looks. If you are considering buying one then don't!!! Please dont waste your money!
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