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Archos 1 Vision PMP reviewed: cheap but definitely not cheerful

Archos 1 Vision PMP reviewed: cheap but definitely not cheerful

While fanboi debates rage just as strongly as they ever did, in general gadgets across the board are better designed, better constructed and better performing than we could've hoped for five or so years ago.  That's why it's so nice to find a real humdinger of a review for Archos' 1 Vision PMP, an MP3 player that anythingbutipod describe as having "bad build quality, awkward design, peculiar button placements, an undeniably unnecessary power switch, somewhat peculiar menus and an extra features set that might as well not have been there."

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Archos Vision Series PMPs: 1.4 to 4.3-inches

Archos Vision Series PMPs: 1.4 to 4.3-inches

Not, perhaps, as interesting as the company's new Home Tablets, but Archos also have a line of new and updated PMPs to show at CeBIT 2010.  The Archos Vision Series ranges from the tiny 24g Vision A14VG, with a video-capable 1.4-inch LCD display, FM radio and 4GB of storage, to the 4.3-inch touchscreen Vision A43VB, with 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 30hr battery and a video-output for playing content on a bigger display.

Video demos after the cut

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ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 HD-capable media center outed

ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 HD-capable media center outed

The O!Play HD2 isn't the only media-centric device that ASUS have quietly snuck into their CeBIT 2010 line-up; there's another, somewhat more interesting set-top box on show too.  The ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 is supposedly a "High Definition Media Center", based around an 800MHz Samsung S5PV210 ARM chipset with 512MB of RAM and a 2.5-inch HDD bay.  It can hook up to your network for streaming content, and output 1080p Full HD.

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ASUS O!Play HD2 quietly arrives at CeBIT 2010

ASUS O!Play HD2 quietly arrives at CeBIT 2010

ASUS have quietly added a third model to their O!Play mediaplayer range, the ASUS O!Play HD2.  With no information beyond a name in the CeBIT 2010 press release they've sent us, however, and nothing on the company site, we're left guessing to its complete specifications, though the single photo does reveal USB, eSATA and various forms of memory card reader.

Update: The O!Play HD2 is confirmed to have not only USB 2.0 but USB 3.0 connectivity.

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Archos A70HB Family Digital Assistant tipped for CeBIT 2010

Archos A70HB Family Digital Assistant tipped for CeBIT 2010

Archos have already been pretty upfront about their plans to bring larger versions of their Android-based internet tablet to CeBIT 2010 this week, and according to the show guide they'll slot into the company's new Archos Home Slate category.  As tipped before, the tablets will prioritize family activities, such as group email and calendar access, together with the usual tablet fare such as internet access and multimedia.

ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 adds WiFi-N to 1080p media streamer

ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 adds WiFi-N to 1080p media streamer

Back when ASUS announced their O!Play HDP-R1 media streamer in June 2009 we criticized it for leaving out WiFi.  Now the company have launched a new version, and the ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 does indeed bring WiFi 802.11n to the table.  The HDP-R3 is capable of playing back local 1080p HD content from attached memory sticks and hard-drives, as well as sucking streaming content over your high-speed wireless network.

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