Archos MP4 Player – A Review of the Archos 43 Vision

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When talking about PMPs (Personal Media Players), you can’t leave the best Archos MP4 player out of the conversation. The Archos 43 vision is a remarkable work of art that’s designed to give you an enhanced video experience while enjoying the option of listening to MP4 and MP3 music, viewing images, files, and a host of other excellent features.


The Archos 43 Vision gets its name because it sports a large 4.3″ touch screen. The display is beautiful, with crystal-clear pixels that render vividly and bright. The tradeoff with having a large screen is a decrease in battery life, but this Archos MP4 player clocks in at about 6 hours of battery life during continuous video use. For a PMP, that’s really good. Your battery life will be much greater when only using it for music, as the display turns off when it’s not needed. You can expect to get about 18 hours of battery life when using it exclusively for audio playback.

The screen features touch technology, and it’s quite intuitive to use. It’s very easy to navigate through the active menu system, even when your music library is vast. This Archos MP4 player is straightforward and fashionable while maintaining a futuristic elegance.

The screen is a 4.3″ color TFT LCD which displays at 480 x 272 pixels. Its dimensions measure 4.41″ x 2.87″ x 0.39″, and it weighs 9.88 ounces.


Where this Archos MP4 Player shines is in its video playback ability. The Archos 43 Vision gives you a very pleasurable experience while watching movies or TV shows; picture quality is stunning. One real bonus is the fact that this Archos MP4 player supports multiple various video file types, which means you won’t have to worry about your files being compatible with the Archos 43 Vision. Also, video quality is often lost when converting video file types, so you can be sure that your video will be displayed in its original, full quality.

Transferring files between your PC and the Archos 43 Vision is as easy as it gets with the included drag-and-drop software interface.


While the most emphasis has been put on the Archos 43 Vision’s ability to playback quality video, let’s not forget that it’s also the premier Archos MP4 player. With a capacity of 8GB, you can store anywhere between 3,000 and 4,000 songs on the device enough to last for a week! Archos has outdone itself on the “nice to have” features list as well, including the ability to view the album art of any song you add to it, as well as the lyrics so you can follow along (or sing along, if you like!) to your songs. I have found this feature to be extremely useful and convenient, especially when I can’t understand some of the lyrics in a song. The Archos 43 Vision helps me solve that problem immediately.

This Archos MP4 player also comes with a micro-SD card which allows you to increase the capacity of the unit to almost unlimited levels. And the built-in equalizer is customizable which means you can tailor any song any way you like. Personally, I like more bass when I’m in the car.

But what I think is cool is the fact that the Archos 43 Vision has built-in speakers, a feature that I haven’t seen in any other Archos MP4 player, let alone any MP4 player currently on the market. The speakers are small, but they sound perfect for their size.

Other Features

In addition to the host of features I’ve already discussed, this Archos MP4 player boasts the ability to store and display image files in a JPEG, GIF, or BMP format. Once again, the pictures look beautiful on the screen. Built-in software also allows you to view images in a slideshow format and queue up music to be played in the slideshow background.

Another feature which I love is the built-in voice recorder, which lets you record voice memos or just about anything else you want. Be it class lectures or business meetings, this feature always seems to come in handy when I need it most.

The 43 Vision is an Archos MP4 player that I highly recommend. Not only is it gorgeous from the outside, but its software, user-friendliness, sound quality, and video quality are simply unparalleled. Pair those qualities with the fact that it’s much more than just a music player it’s a multimedia player and you’ll see why I have rated the Archos 43 Vision as the best Archos MP4 player on the market.