ARCHOS 18 Vision 8GB MP3/MP4 Player with FM
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- 1.8” colour screen
- Elegant black casing with soft-touch feeling
- 8 GB to store and listen to up to 4,000 songs
- Play MP3, WAV, FLAC, APE
- Store thousands of JPEG and BMP photos
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With the ARCHOS 18 vision, you'll have a nice and elegant MP3/MP4 player that you can always fit in one of your pockets. While holding the product in your hand, you will surely appreciate its nice soft-touch black case. The ARCHOS 18 vision is approximately the same size as a credit card and is equipped with a bright 1.8 inch TFT screen and intuitive buttons allowing you to easily navigate through the different menus and files.
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Now perhaps its me but I have tried quite a few times to put them in order and looking at them on my laptop,in the Archos drive, all the cd's and the tracks thereon are in order, but once I disconnect and check the Archos, some of the tracks are missing, or jumbled up.
This is a real frustrating problem as the cd's have to be listened to in sequence. The intructions are a little sparse to say the least, and I cant seem to rectify this issue.
The unit feels good to the touch but the interface seems far to cumbersome for my liking.
Would I buy another ? Well I am considering replacing this with a more standard Sony MP3 so you'll just have to draw your own conclusions.
The price is extremely competitive, especially for an 8GB memory which I have yet to fill up. The battery life is brilliant, I think I have only charged it 4 times in around two months and I use it for at least 2 hours a day, if not more. The unit is compact and sleek and has a nice feel to it. The controls are pretty easy to get used to and you can create a favourites list just on the player, or more of your own playlists when plugged into your computer.
It is very easy to add/remove music, just a case of drag and drop really. The order of tracks is sometime s alittle muddled but I think that is mostly down to my own poor labelling of files, so if your music is well organised I wouldn't anticipate any issues.
Sound quality is excellent, the supplied earphones are fine, I only replaced them because I prefer ones that clip over my ears - the other sort just fall out! There is no charger as it charges when plugged into your computer via USB cable, but you can get a charger for around £4 if you need one.
Highly recommended as budget MP3 player with ;lots of extra features, including FM radio.
The main advantages of this Mp2 player are:
- No software need drag and drop straight into the file directory.
- Simple interface.
- Well mapped out buttons.
- Built in FM radio (although I don't use this very often it seems good enough).
- Small lightweight with a good battery life (I only have to charge it once a weeks and I use it for about 4/5 hours a day).
There are a few problems with it such as:
- No lock button so buttons can get pressed in your pocket by accident.
- Audio quality could be better but it still good.
- Video function is a novelty but the screen it too small for it to be much use. The same goes for the picture function.
It all its a good Mp3 player and that's what I think is important.
1. It is impossible to play tracks in correct order, either using filename or ID3 track number tag. The track order is always jumbled up in no discernable order.
2. Tracks always fade in and fade out at the end, no way to disable this.
There is no firmware update for the player. I eMailed Archos support about these two issues and recieved no response. It's a shame, the company and their players used to be really good, now they just don't seem to care.
Either of the following solutions presume you have already transferred the tracks to the player (this is more straightforward).
If you use separate folders for each CD or artist then create a new folder (eg TEMP) within that CD/Artist folder on the music player. Drag each track one by one, in the order you wish, to the TEMP folder. CUT the TEMP folder from within the CD folder and PASTE to the MUSIC folder. Then delete the old CD folder which now should be empty. Rename the TEMP folder to be the same as the CD/Artist name etc.
If you do not have separate folders for each CD/Artist then I think the only way to sort the tracks would be to rename the MUSIC folder on the music player to TEMP. Then create a new folder and call it MUSIC. Then drag the tracks one at a time from the TEMP folder to the MUSIC folder. This method presumes the tracks in the TEMP folder are sorted alphabetically and also depends on how the tracks are named. Once the track number comes before the track name itself it should work correctly. It will be tedious but may be worth your while - if you've nothing else to do for the next few years!
Original Title Of This Review: not fit for purpose
All I wanted was a simple mp3 player. I wasn't interested in fancy videos etc so I though a cheap mp3 player would suit my requirements. This player is NOT in that category.Read more ›
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