Archos Gmini XS200 20GB Digital Audio Player - Silver
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- Audio Line-In Interface: No
- Bluetooth: No
- Built-In Microphone: No
- Built-In Radio: No
- Built-in Camera: No
- Colour Display: Yes
- Compact Flash Card: No
- Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
- Direct Radio Recording: No
- MP3 Playback: Yes
- Memory Stick: No
- Miniature Card: No
- Multimedia Card: No
- Photo Viewer: No
- Screen Size in Inch: 2
- Screen Size in Inches: 2
- Secure Digital Card: No
- Smart Media Card: No
- Storage Capacity in MB: 20480
- Storage Medium: Hard Disc Drive
- USB Stick Design: No
- Weight in Grams: unknown
- xD-Picture Card: No
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Top Customer Reviews
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 and actually hold it in your hand - the pictures on the website dont do it justice.
Very solid (feels like metal but I might be wrong)
Its very compact and can easily be used one-handed.
Just Drag and Drop
It needs no drivers for any windows platform over 98.
No silly management software needed either.
Still testing battery life but 8+ Hrs continuous play achieved before i went to bed and it was still going strong.
Simple to Use, plenty of options
It's not an iPod! Yay!
Poor Headphones - if you are an audiophile, fine enough otherwise.
Few optional extras (no cases etc readily available)
No Better, equally sized, equally priced, option - simple decision
The Gmini is a gorgeous, expensive looking and feeling product in its own right; it's light yet substantial, elegantly designed and perfectly tactile. The Archos was everything I'd wished and more. Interface worries need not concern all but the most butter-fingered simpletons - they're intuitive and effective. Paired up with a set of Sennheiser PX100 headphones (another bargain) it sounded fantastic. I have 500+ CDs and am struggling to stuff the little Gmini, even though I use 256kb/s MP3s.
I-Pod? There is an alternative. Buy one now!
Once getting this the first thing that struck me is how small it really is, but there is so much more to this player. Unlike many MP3 players today (All players by Creative for example) the Archos offers drive letter support. No software or drivers is needed, you simple connect the player to your computer via USB, drag and drop all your music into the player and in a few minutes you're ready to go. This means the device also acts as a portable storage device for music or any anything else.
Using the player is amazingly simple, at first i thought because there is just three buttons that functionality would be limited but this is not the case, using the small button in the middle primarily actually works very well. Archos have done a great job with this player and as it's both smaller and cheaper than many other 20gb players this is a great buy.
Let me clear something up, archos made the FIRST hard drive mp3 player and they have the best sound. They have been advancing when the ipod was just a dream with a price tag.
I got an archos multimedia 20 before the ipod was out, it was 20gb and had a colour screen, damnit, you could watch movies on it..
THe only thing I have ever seen complaining about archos products are things like the earphones or what it looks like etc.
FACT! it looks a DAMN site better than an ipod
FACT! Looks dont even matter
FACT! This may suprise you, but Im buying an mp3 player for the sound and no matter what I got, I am going to buy better earphones.
Now I got the gmini just last week and Im in love with it. Its not just smaller than an ipod, its almost half the size of an ipod MINI and is 20gb (the ipod mini is 5gb)
Now, considering a charge lasts me all day with music in my ears, lets not forget, 20gb of music.
It is also the LOUDEST mp3 player I have heard.
And being a musician (if you dont believe me check out [...]) then I can hoenstly say the sound beats everybodys hands down. The bass response is amazing and the dynamics almost confuse me with something this small.
I live for music and I will die with it in my ears.
It frustrates me then that people fall for commercialism and jump on the ipod band wagon...
To sum up then, this is without a shadow of a doubt the best mp3 player on the market today. do not be fooled by the non-recognizable brand, these guys are geniuses. they have taken a massive 20gb hard drive and placed it into this machine. please dont waste your money on something that is the £5 cheaper (iPod mini 4gb), but has 5x less memory. do what you know is right and buy one of these now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2009 by J Goudie
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... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2008 by A. Graves
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... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2007 by Matthew Cameron
This player is great, so easy to use, great battery, great functions and design. Its tiny but robust, and the best quality for price there is. Read morePublished on 19 May 2007 by Frankie P
I feel pretty misled by the way I was sold this, promising an easy to use Mp3 with good memory in a compact form. Read morePublished on 2 April 2007 by C. buckland
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... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2006
I've had the Archos Gmini XS200 for just over a year. When I bought it was brilliant. It's small, relatively easy to use, and the sound quality is great. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2006 by Jim Smith
Ordered the gemini on sunday it arrived Wednesday I am now paying for this efficiency by battling my way through girlfriends CD collection if only it wasn't so easy to do I... Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2006
While millions of sheep continue to flock around the ipod, people who are interested in getting the best mp3 players on the market are buying mp3 players like this one. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2005 by Mr. Dave Sugrue