Archos GamePad 2 16GB now available

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Announced for the end of October 2013, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 (model with 8 Gb storage) started to sell on ARCHOS online store in time. For the 16GB version we had to wait longer and finally, it is now shipping from the Archos online store.

archos-gamepad-16gbYou can grab yourself one for 199.99€/£.

Is it worth the money?

While the GamePad 2 is a great product, the main issue on the ARCHOS GamePad2 is a relatively poor processor performance, mainly on the graphic processor (GPU) side. Sure it can execute most current games, but they won’t run at full frame rate and coming games that require a high performance device will probably give hard time with the GamePad 2.

We have done a quick benchmark comparing the performance between the ARCHOS GamePad2, a Nexus 7 (2013) and a Tegra Note (Tegra 4 processor based) on 3DMark benchmark v1.2.0.1232 – Ice Storm Extreme.

The results show that the Rockchip RK3188 processor has very limited performance compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and Tegra 4 tablets. The new tablet models like the Google Nexus 7 (2013) or the Tegra Note with an additional controller are interesting replacements for the ARCHOS portable console.

Nexus 7 (2013) 16 GB

AMAZON USAUsually ships in 24 hours$ 219
AMAZON UKUsually dispatched within 24 hours£ 171.99
AMAZON DE245 EUR
AMAZON FRHabituellement expédié sous 24 h211.51 EUR

Snakebyte iDroid:con Rechargeable Bluetooth Game Controller

AMAZON USAUsually ships in 24 hours$ 26.85
AMAZON UKUsually dispatched within 24 hours£ 21.09
AMAZON FRHabituellement expédié sous 24 h25.99 EUR

Considering GamePad 2 alternative: JXD S7800b

Compared to the GamePad 2, the JXD S7800b portable Android game console offers similar features for less money.
Here are the JXD S7800b specifications:

Screen 7 inch IPS LCD, Resolution: 1280×800
5 point touch Capacitive Screen(G+G LCD)
CPU RockChip RK3188, Quad Core, 1.6GHz (ARM Cortex A9 CPU, ARM mali400 mp4 GPU)
RAM DDR: 2GB DDR3
OS Android 4.2.2
Games 100.000 Android games, 9 Emulator games(PS1, N64, Arcade CP1/CP2/Neo-Geo, GBA, SFC, MD, FC), Game Cloud, Tested games download Channel
Games Control 3 ways to control the games: 5-point capacitive touch screen, Buttons(L+R button, Dual joystick), G-sensor
Buttons: Direction buttons, ABXY, LR, Dual joysticks, Select, Start, Vol+/-, Reset, POWER, Home, Back, Menu, Mode switch button
Storage 8GB
Network Wi-Fi(802.11 b/g/n), External Ethernet and 3G Dongle
Camera Back 0.3 MP camera
I/O USB2.0 High Speed
OTG: to connect Keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, 3G dongle, U disk and Hard disk
3.5mm Stereo earphone mini jack
Micro TF card slot, max 32GB
HDMI: HDMI Dual screen display, up to 1080P
Gravity Sensor 3 Axis Gravity Sensor
Charge and Battery Charge and Battery: Built-in 5000mA rechargable Li-polymer battery
Charge with 5V 2A DC adaptor or USB
JXD S7800b tablet

CPU RK3188 Quad core 1.6Ghz, 7" display, 2G RAM, 8GB Storage, Dual Camera
Worldwide Aliexpress$157 / ₤97




Worldwide DinoDirect.com$138.99


Touch-4U179.90 €