Make no bones about it: the Archos 3 Vision is a killer alternative to the powers of the spanking new iPod nano, with a spec sheet that’ll sate tech heads, music buffs and mobile video junkies alike. And at just a penny shy of £90, it offers killer value too. Read our full Archos 3 Vision review now and get the complete picture.
Ok, the Archos 3 Vision isn’t without its niggles here and there. The touchscreen is sticky, volume control is a pain and you won’t find an SD slot as you do on the likes of the Archos 2.
But in all, these are gripes which we’re more than happy to live with. The Archos 2 was a rather shonky attempt to slap down Apple’s best–selling MP3 player. The Archos 3 Vision is an excellent effort which will sate please with an unquenchable thirst for media on the move. That’s thanks to cracking file support, including FLAC, MP3 and WMA. Ok, there’s no AAC, but MP3s are where it’s at in this DRM–free world. Sound quality was peachy, especially with FLAC, although as with all dinky MP3 players, we advise binning the bundled buds and splashing out on something a tad tastier instead.
The good times keep on rolling too. The 400×240, 3-inch screen is crisp and clear and when we watched the same episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm on the Archos 3 Vision and the iPod nano, Larry David’s balding pate was far shinier and sharp on the Archos.
The lightweight body, at just 63g, is actually very sturdy and the inclusion of an FM radio kept us happy when our 80s megamixes didn’t. Plus the Archos 3 Vision looks the part too. That’s important if you want to brag about your neat new gadget down the pub, make no mistake.
Those little niggles though, do mean this isn’t quite a 5 star stonker. The volume can only be adjusted by tapping the screen and the lack of expandable space is a shame. However, 8GB is ample for quick journeys and all but the most hardcore of music and movie fans.
At just £89.99, you’ll struggle to find a better MP3 player than the Archos 3 Vision. Ok, little issues can cause annoyance, but for features like this, at this price, it really is a winner.