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Archos Gmini 400 or Cowon iAudio X5

by Zahary / May 25, 2005 9:38 AM PDT


I am looking for a PVP and am stuck between the Archos Gmini 400 and Cowon iAudio X5. I don't know which one to get. Help Please.

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I'm having the same problem right now as well
by chrised / May 26, 2005 6:43 PM PDT

After doing some serious research all I can do is list the pros and cons of each...

The Gmini 400:
PROS: 1)Larger screen 2)Longer battery life 3)nicer controls 4)supports Compact flash cards (and other w/adaptor) 5)If you grab the remote as well you will get an FM transmitter with a mic. (this will also save battery power on your unit)

CONS: 1)Battery is welded to unit and can only be replaced by Archos 2)the EQ function for audio playback is limited to bass and treble.

The iAudio X5:
PROS: 1)Offers a 5 band Audio EQ and preset SRS effects, etc. 2)As far as an AUDIO unit Cowon probably pays more details to sound performance juding by their mp3 players

CONS: 1)Like he gmini the batter is welded to the unit and must be replaced by Cowon 2)the screen is smaller (1.8" compared to the gmini 2.2") 3)you can NOT lose your adaptor, if you do you are in trouble because you will not be able to interface with your system or anything else for that matter 4)no second source of memory (ie: compact flash) 5)no FM radio or voice recorder 6)poor controls

-------Score: Gmini 5pros/3cons iaudio 2pros/5cons
It seems to me like the Archos Gmini 400 is the winner. Also, I have had the opportunity to speak with both Cowon and Archos, and it seems that the Cowon team isn't as helpful.

Good luck with your purchase. Happy

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On that
by Zahary / May 27, 2005 9:42 AM PDT

Does the Gmini come with an adapter? ( how do you charge it?)

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What the Gmini comes with
by chrised / June 4, 2005 7:51 AM PDT
In reply to: On that

The Gmini 400 ships with earbuds, a power adapter, USB Cable. For the extra $50 it is worth it to buy the FM Remote, which allows you to record voice from the remote, saves battery life when listening to MP3s because you can scroll through tracks without the Gmini screen turning on and it has an FM radio in it. for info check out , and hit the gmini 400 under products.

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clearing up a few things
by sazkin / June 15, 2005 1:45 AM PDT

I am considering buying the x5 and want to clear up a few things about the CONS mentioned in the post:

1) It does have an FM radio and a voice recorder.
2) Poor controls can't be listed as a con (unless they really are absurd) - depends on each individual, some may prefer them to another player's controls.
3) If you lose the adaptor (subpack, as iAudio calls it), you can get another one from the Cowon web site for 10$. So all is not over if you lose it. And, prevention is better than cure!

Comparison with Gmini 400
x5 PROS:
1) Slimmer than the Gmini 400.
2) Longer battery life than Gmini 400 (14 hours for the x5 compared to 10 hours for the Gmini). The x5L comes with a 35 hr battery life.
3) Cheaper than the Gmini 400.
x5 CONS:
1) Battery replacement done by Cowon only for 70$ when you ship your unit to them.
2) Smaller screen than Gmini.

Cost differences (rounded to closest integer):
x5 unit (with fm/voice recorder): $299
carrying case for x5: $19
cradle: $29
lcd remote: $39
TOTAL: $386

x5L (3.5 times battery life compared to Gmini 400)
x5L unit (with fm/voice recorder): $329
carrying case for x5: $19
cradle: $29
lcd remote: $39
TOTAL: $406

Gmini 400
Gmini unit: $350
carrying case: $30
fm transmitter and voice recorder: $40
TOTAL: $420

Note: The x5 cradle and remote do not add additional functionality to the x5 like the fm transmitter/voice recorder does for the Gmini 400. Price without x5 cradle and remote would be $318 for x5 and $338.

Hope this helps.

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I would advise against the Gmini 400
by kurnalbert / June 28, 2005 10:17 PM PDT

I owned a Gmini 400 recently. After a short amount of time (a couple of months) the unit would turn itself of after about 2 minutes regardless of what you are doing. The FAQs and such were no help at all. I e-mailed the customer support team several times who gave really obvious solutions (such as is it the auto-power off). After a while, they were unable to come up with a solution and so told me to return it to the place from which i bought it. Luckily they were fortunate to refund it even though they no longer sold the product. All in all, i would strongly suggest against getting the Gmini 400.

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Both are excellent, but I chose the X5.
by RJF55 / July 12, 2005 3:18 PM PDT

THe radio on the X5 won me over. But the GMini looks cool with its games and being able to be seen on a full size tv.

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