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I recently purchased this mp3 due to its immensly low price compared to other 3gb mp3 playes with a decent sized screen. The mp3 player itself is quite small and happily fits in my trouser pockets. It can be syncronised with windows media player 10 or, as i prefer to use it, as an external hard drive, which also means that it can be used for holding data. It charges off USB which is really useful as almost anyones house i go to has a usb cable lying around that i can use. This mp3 player is a great purchase, but does require some correct treatment, eg. trying to turn off the unit while the usb is plugged in causes mine to crash, it has a couple of little quirks like this that i tend to try to bear in mind while i am using it and as such i never have any problems! Due to the price it is somewhat no frills, and does not have a radio or any other features like that, but as it is an mp3 player i dont see the need for any special features anyway! i purchased myself a pair of creative earphones for use with this and the sound quality the mp3 player kicks out is awesome! I rarely use it over a volume of 50 (max = 100)
Having recently had the Archos bought for me as a present, I was a little sceptical. I found the packaging and extras not very useful, and the instructions for the player were actually on the MP3 player. There was no obvious instruction contained within, however I found it was not too difficult. Through Windows Media Player I opened and synced it up. Having had the Iriver 100 for about 3 years previously (a stunning machine for those interested in buying a cheap but a reliable MP3 player) it had only contained 256mb. This has 3gb. Having about 11 gigs of music on my system this means that only four changes will give me a cover of all my music. The features are minimal however from my perspective there is no need to have huge functions as they tend to over complicate as well as taking up valuable hard drive space. Decent headphones are necessary as the ones that come with are not up to scratch. The music is stored sensibly as you create your own folders and sub folders. One of the best things about this MP3 player is the look of it. Although not a materialistic person, this, having not purchased it myself, was quite important. It is sleek, metallic looking with ease of buttons located. I would recommend a carry case with it as it can get scratched fairly easily. With a lithium battery and that it recharges through your PC makes it easy.
The principal function of the Gmini XS 100 is, of course, to play music. Because it has a real hard disk inside of it, you can store hundreds of songs. Using a standard audio cable, you can also play your music through a home entertainment system. You can bring your entire CD collection with you anywhere and play it over anyone's sound system.
Putting music onto your Gmini XS 100 is as easy as 'drag and drop' for your unprotected music files. And for protected purchased music from PlaysForSure web sites, it is as easy as clicking the Sync button in Windows Media Player. Plus, with its USB 2 high-speed port, transfers are finished before you know it. The Gmini XS 100 is also ID3 compatible. This means that the ARCLibrary will sort your music so that you can listen to it by artist, album, title, year, or genre. Click on Shuffle, and listen to your music at random.
Finally, you can always use the Gmini XS 100 as a portable hard drive to carry your important files with you. You can even use the Archos double-browser to rename, create, copy, move, and delete files and folders.