Archos 7 Home

Here’s what was cool about the Archos 7 Home, as well as what left us cold...

By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012

The Good

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Video player plays most media formats

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Available for around £65

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No flash support

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Back of device gets hot real quick

The Bad

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No camera

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Slow processor

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Low pixel density screen

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Frustrating to use

Introduction

As I said, the Archos 7 is very cheap; this computer will cost you no more than about £80. The price tag is unequivocally this Tablet’s biggest selling point.

The Archos 7 Tablet is an attempt by a respected company to make a ‘budget’ Tablet, which is no bad thing; however, they really haven’t done a very good job of it, as we will find out...

 

The Specs

It is unclear whether the Archos 7 is thus named because it is the 7th in a series of Archos Tablets or because the screen measures 7 inches. Now, given that Tablet PCs haven’t been around long enough for there to be a 7th model, the screen thing is far more likely, but it is pretty unclear nonetheless. Whatever, I’m just nitpicking. I’m in a nitpicky mood today. Enjoy.

 

When the iPad and its ilk first brought Tablet PCs into our lives, they left in their wake a slew of imitators, all claiming to offer the same product at a vastly decreased price. The sad truth is that the majority of these cheaper models were complete arse, combining sluggish touchscreen functions and geriatric WiFi with infuriatingly slow Internet response time.

 

Today, I’d like to think that all that has changed and that the ‘budget’ Tablets emerging now are at least as good as the mid range products that were around back then. I’d like to think that, but I’d be wrong.

 

Horribly wrong.

 

 

The Price

It is very, very cheap. This is the one saving grace of the Archos 7. (NOTE: In the time since this review was first written, the £80 price tag has dropped to £60, but I still don't recommend it).

 

The Performance

Hooboy, let’s see here... As I said, the Archos 7 is very cheap; this computer will cost you no more than about £80. The price tag is unequivocally this Tablet’s biggest selling point.

 

Also, believe it or not, the video playback is actually very good, which comes as something of a surprise. The audio is of a generally decent quality as well. The Archos 7 Tablet also doubles as an eBook reader, which is a very welcome touch.

 

Aside from that, almost nothing Archos boast about with regards to their new Tablet rings true. They talk about the amount of connections the thing has (but then do little more than supply you with a micro USB port and leave you to it), then they don’t even provide a micro cable. So right away you have to buy extra things to plug into your Archos 7. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that you don’t have much money in the bank if you’re considering this Tablet and, based on that assumption, a cheap Tablet that requires you to buy extra stuff is missing the point somewhat.

 

Archos boasts that this Tablet can easily hook up to your home network using its WiFi. I’m sorry, but can it b*llocks. The WiFi is painfully slow and temperamental on the (rare) occasions when it does deign to work and the rest of the time you’ll have a better chance at being kidnapped by The Lock Ness Monster and taken for tea and biscuits at Bigfoot’s house, than you will of actually being able to check your emails.

Archos also claims that this product is “a must have for any technology fan”. No, Archos. An iPad is.

 

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that you don’t have much money in the bank if you’re considering this Tablet and, based on that assumption, a cheap Tablet that requires you to buy extra stuff is missing the point somewhat.

Oh yeah, This Tablet crashes more often than a Costa Cruise ship captain playing Grand Theft Auto with the cheats put in, so it isn’t only the slow Internet and lack of decent WiFi you have to worry about.

No Flash support, no PDF reader, no cellular ability, no camera and next to no upgrade options amounts to a pretty bad deal, even for £80.

 

Once you’re done reading this, head over to Amazon and read the customer reviews for this Tablet. People are lining up to warn you not to buy it, even as a flawed yet affordable compromise. The reviews beg you to avoid it like Zac Efron doing Shakespeare.

 

What Other Users Say

Almost half the reviewers on Amazon rated this at only 1/5 or 2/5, it has an aggregate score of 3/5. User ‘Great Moments’ said it best “The resistive touch screen is a pain and it often fails to respond. I tested three Archos 7 tablets and found all three had the same problem”. He goes on to trash the constant freezing, abysmal WiFi and total absence of Flash support, just like everybody else.

 

Our Verdict

You could buy this Tablet, but only ever under the following circumstances:

 

You're making a fully working movie theatre for Action Man.

Your cat has really expensive taste and won't chase the light reflection from anything worth less than £70.

You have an office on the top floor of a windy building and need a paperweight.

You lost your Frisbee over next-door's garden.

Your best mate is a techhie and you delight in buying duff products just to send him into a nerd rage.

You need bait to lure out an endangered species of computer virus.

 

You could get this for someone on April Fool's day. If you do, their reaction will almost certainly be worth £80. Either way, this Tablet is certainly not.

 

 

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