The new Archos ArcBook is a touchscreen Android netbook that completely misses the mark

Quick, what's known about smartphones and tablets?

  1. They're lightweight,
  2. They're progressively getting more and more powerful, and
  3. They're becoming more and more energy efficient.

Not to mention that they've also been getting thinner and thinner, and that they're getting significantly cheaper, too. Now lets take all of that and throw it away, and instead produce something extremely low-spec and stuff it into a netbook shell, and that's exactly what French manufacturer Archos have done with their ArcBook.

Part of the array of features the ArcBook sports.

Although the promotional images may look great, don't be deceived. This beautiful laptop boasts a stunning 1024 x 600 pixel display on its 10.1" touch-screen, making it similar to.. well.. something bad from five years ago. The chipset is also as impressive as the screen: the dual-core ARM 9 Cortex-based RockChip RK3168 clocked at 1.2ghz is supported by a whopping 1GB RAM, and since the chipset supports both DDR2 and 3 it's unclear which is included.

One decent feature however is the 8000 mAh battery. With these phenomenal specs, the battery would last for quite some time.

Supporting the latest technology of 2008 doesn't come without its benefits-- Archos has included two USB 2.0 ports. If you were at least expecting the latest Android, then don't get too excited. Much to everybody's surprise, it only supports Android Jellybean 4.2.2.

Yes, it can even do e-mail!

It does have a couple of benefits though. It comes pre-installed with OfficeSuite Pro, and 15GB of free Google Drive storage. This will ultimately be necessary as the device only has 8GB flash memory. For those who do not want to depend on the cloud, it also has a microSD slot supporting cards up to 64 GB, as well as the USB drives mentioned earlier.

Priced at $169.99, it is certainly not competing well against more modern devices. For an extra $30 you can get an Acer C720 Chromebook, which is a much more reasonable device for any serious person. Still, at least the CEO isn't dunking the device into a jug of water this time.

Source: Archos via GizChina | Images via Archos

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If anyone were to seriously consider this, then the Lenovo A10 would probably be a better buy for ~£40 extra (better screen, better SoC (kinda), more storage, not Archos).

Disclaimer: Both are terrible devices, but one is simply better than the other (and not an Archos...)

This is Dead On Assembly (TM), it doesn't even need to go the stores as it is just pure junk. My iMito AndroidTV from (2011?) has an older SoC, but with similar specs; this newer SoC can support 1920x1080 (http://system-on-a-chip.findth...t.com/l/308/Rockchip-RK3168) and even Android 4.2.2 so it's weird that Archos went full retarded with a 1024x600 resolution and a older Android version. Also this SoC is from a year ago (May 2013)...

so this is for the person that wants the size of productivity device that can't produce anything? Chrome OS, which has been a resounding failure for even after years it fails to even gather 1% marketshare at least has one thing going for it: it is just a browser that can update itself. This thing has android. worse yet, android on a pc which means you're pretty much dead in the water from the day you buy it until the day you use it as a door stop. it will never see an update.

As long as it runs a web browser and can open GMail and an Office suite of some form, it's enough for almost anyone to do the basics.

68k said,
What a biased article!

It's a review. Reviews, well, review things. If the product is bad, then so is the review. There's no bias about it.

I can guarantee the Chromebook will be significantly faster then this thing. RockChip is an incredibly bad SoC and at that clock speed I can imagine this thing having performance issues like it was made in 2009.

"seriously optimistic" I'd say if a person thinks chrome OS will serve any purpose other than what you can get with chrome on windows, linux, or whatever else runs the browser.