Archos TV Connect now available in Europe for €150

The Archos TV Connect is an Android box that you stick on top of your TV to run games, stream videos, or interact with other Android apps on your TV. It also comes with a wireless remote which you can use as a keyboard, game controller, or media remote.

Archos introduced the TV Connect in January, promising that it’d be available by February for $130. That didn’t happen, but half a year later, you can now buy the Archos TV Connect in Europe for about €150.

Archos TV Connect

Archos is hardly the only company to release an Android TV Box in the last year. But the French company has made a bit of a name for itself by offering affordable Android tablets over the past few years, so if you’re wary of buying a model from an unknown Chinese company, the Archos name might mean something… although like I said, the company’s reputation is for cheap devices, not necessarily high quality devices.

On paper, the specs for the TV Connect look decent, if a bit dated. The device features a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage plus a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of extra storage.

It also features a micro USB port, a USB host port, Ethernet jack, and mini HDMI output. You can use those ports to connect the device to your TV, router, external storage, a mouse or keyboard, or other peripherals.

It also supports WiFi and the wireless remote connects to the TV Connect over Bluetooth (something that caused a few problems during a demo at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, where wireless signals were constantly getting crossed).

Unlike most cheap Android boxes, the Archos TV Connect also has a front-facing camera and a built-in mic, which means you can place the device atop a TV and use it to make video calls over Skype or other VoIP services.

While some similar devices have lower price tags, faster processors, or both, the Archos model at least has its unusual remote control for gaming, typing, or controlling on-screen action.

via AndroidPC.es

  • Vcoleiro1

    Finally !

  • Koen De Croo

    would love to see you review it properly!

  • Sam Minter

    If they are accommodating to the open source community and try to cut the price as close to $120, they could have a hit on their hands.

  • David Gosnell

    Nice, but why oh why couldn’t they have sourced a slightly less ugly remote – e.g. like the one for the (otherwise comparatively underpowered) Zoostorm Play?

  • Zaatour36

    I completely forgot about this!

    Man, MTK 6589 beats it in speed!

    Why did they even bother going into production when they know its slower then the market avg???

    • Vcoleiro1

      I’d be very surprised if this isn’t faster than the mtk6589

      • Zaatour36

        The TI OMAP 4470 is slower than the MTK6589

        As in Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which has the TI OMAP 4470 processor, scored 7868 on Antutu.
        http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Amazon-Kindle-Fire-HD-8-9-Tablet.85965.0.html

        However, the MTK6589 will score around 12,500!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRuEWwsU1QU

      • Vcoleiro1

        Ok, firstly, the 4470 has much better graphics performance than the MTK6589 due to its TI 2D graphics accellerator co-processor which I don’t believe the MTK has.

        Secondly, If read up on those Antrutu scores you would find that people are reporting an issue with it due probably to the frame locking (to 60fps) which hurts the Antutu score. You need to look at the other scores and other versions of that test .

        See this demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks71WpqWACQ#at=74

      • Zaatour36

        yeah, I’ve heard some issues about AnTuTu, but saw major difference in speed between devices when testing. So it gives an estimate of how fast it is.

        In terms of graphics, I don’t think MTK is good on that.

        We’ll see how it will the Archos preforms, and I hope it will be fast

  • hopper

    Great, a link to where it is now selling would be nice.

  • brianadams

    If they raise it to 2GB of ram 16GB of storage and a quad core in I’ll pay the $195.00 they ask, otherwise no. to little for to much.

    oh, and the controller is nice,