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Archos PMA 400

Archos PMA 400
alaScore 79

13 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Archos PMA 400. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability and portability. The price and sound also get good feedback.

design, sound, price, portability, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Archos PMA 400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Bill Machrone (

Archos Pma400


Audiophile-quality sound. Very good photo and video playback quality. Can be integrated into home AV setup, with TV cradle for easy hookup. More PDA functions than you'll ever use.

Expensive. The touch screen sometimes slows you down.

The PMA400 is a tour de force from Archos: superb audio playback, a big 3.6-inch screen for viewing photos and video, built-in video recorder, Wi-Fi networking, and a full complement of PDA functions. All this in a 10-ounce device that, regrettably,...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Stéphanie Chaptal (

Archos PMA 400: Pushing the Handheld Envelope


Archos' AV 400 already did it all: digital recording, TV capabilities, MP3 play and more. Now, for $300 more, you also get wireless, game console and PDA capabilities - which don't necessarily add up to justify the PMA 400's $799.95 price tag.

Adding a personal assistant to this excellent AV player wasn't essential. For $300 more than the price of the more basic Archos AV 400, you don't get many applications compared to, say, a Palm Zire 72 with a Wi-Fi extension card

Apr, 2005

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Archos PMA 400

Nov, 2003

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


The PMA400 boasts a touch-sensitive screen and Linux Qtopia OS alongside 802.11b Wi-Fi gubbins which allows network, web and email access

If you're new to personal organisers, the PMA400 is as capable as any dedicated palmtop. But the main selling point remains video: it's brilliant and more user-friendly than ever before.

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

The Pocket Media Assistant PMA400 is the first Linux-based 30GB HDD device allowing you to record directly from TV, listen to music, browse the Internet and stay connected, for entertainment or productivity anytime, anywhere. A new generation of ARCHOS smart portable devices, the PMA400 combines full audio and video capabilities, WiFi connectivity and a personal information manager in one slim, pocket-sized device. This product provides Linux Qtopia with embedded ARCHOS multimedia applications. Browse the Internet and Access Emails.


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:MP3 / PCM / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Digital AV recorder
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital audio recorder / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / Video capture from external source / Voice recorder
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB / IEEE 802.11b / Infrared (IrDA)/IEEE 802.11b / Infrared (IrDA) / USB

Digital Storage

HDD Capacity:30GB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Type (JK):TFT
Output Type:Color


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Archos Pocket Media Assistant

Motion Video

Video Capture Formats:MPEG-4 SP
Video Playback Formats:MPEG-4 SP

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / GIF / JPEG / PNG