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.

Design

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.

Video

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.

Audio

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.

Photography Gadgets – Small Items, Big Results

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Do you want to improve your photos with very little effort? Then consider adding some gadgets to your basic photography kit. Gadgets range from simple, inexpensive, “dollar store” items to high-end tripods. What each item has in common is that they are all tools to help you, the photographer, take more imaginative, quality images with less effort. Be resourceful and assemble a camera kit that will take your images to the next level.

Close-Up Lens Set:

Sometimes considered a set of filters rather than lenses. Either way, this is a great little gadget to keep in your camera case. They are much smaller than carrying several macro lenses, and much, less expensive. If you are just dabbling in photography, are on a budget, don’t want to carry around a lot of extra equipment that gets heavy, but wants to experiment with close-up photography, then I suggest adding this item to your kit. I have taken some amazing shots with this little item.

Zip-Close Storage Bags:

These are another handy item to keep in your camera bag. Keep several different sizes, such as snack, sandwich, quart, and gallon. I even keep a two-gallon bag in my kit. They can protect various size items in your kit from bad weather as well as condensation. Keep them handy for those extreme occasions.

Lens Paper: Also known as lens tissue.

This is a small item that can mean the difference between a great shot and an, “Oh, that’s too bad” shot. Also, don’t skimp on this item! Using an inappropriate paper, tissue, or cloth, can scratch your lens.

Vest: A photographer’s vest.

However, if you are on a budget and just starting out, it is possible to get a vest at almost half the cost. How? Look for a fishing vest and modify it to your personal needs. This is another subject that can have a more lengthy discussion in another article.

Cheat Sheet:

Cheat Sheets are little-laminated cards sold in camera stores that distil the thick instruction books of specific camera models onto one small durable card. They are quick reference guides and store easily into your camera kit, or in a pocket of your photographer’s vest.

Stabilizer Strap:

A stabilizer strap not only keeps your camera from flinging around during the time it is on your body but not being used, it also distributes the weight of the camera and is more comfortable on the neck and back. I highly recommend this item.

Emergency Poncho:

Again, a non-traditional item in a non-traditional place. The mega-discount stores and dollar stores usually carry these disposable items for a dollar or so. They are smaller than a deck of cards and easy to tuck into your camera bag. If you are out and about with your camera and get caught in a rain storm, this little item can save you hundreds of dollars in camera damage.

Multi-tool (Swiss Army Knife):

This little tool packs a lot of gadgets into one small item. It is an essential piece of equipment to have in your camera kit. Items such as screwdriver, scissors, knife, pick, pliers come in handy in the field.