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. The portable game console has been available for a short period until the store shown “Out of stock! Next shipment second week of December“. ARCHOS history on product launch, it is still uncertain if this delay could be met and when the console will be available thru other channels.
ARCHOS GamePad 2 16 GB model delayed to 2014ARCHOS France announced a few weeks ago on Twitter that the 16 GB model won’t be available before 2014.
ARCHOS GamePad 2 reviewWe are not yet done with a proper device review, but you can find some testing bits in our ARCHOS GamePad2 forum posts:
Check our ARCHOS GamePad 2 videos:
Considering GamePad 2 alternative: JXD S7800bCompared to the GamePad 2, the JXD S7800b portable Android game console offers similar features for less money. We are currently comparing both models and should soon be able to provide a side by side comparison.
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|
|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
|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
CPU RK3188 Quad core 1.6Ghz, 7" display, 2G RAM, 8GB Storage, Dual Camera
|Worldwide||Aliexpress||$157 / ₤97
Other options, faster tablets plus a game controllerThe main issue on the ARCHOS GamePad2 is a relatively poor processor performance, mainly on the graphic processor (GPU) side. Sure it can execute most current games, but they won’t run at full frame rate and coming games that require a high performance device will probably give hard time with the GamePad 2.
We have done a quick benchmark comparing the performance between an Nexus 7 (2013) vs the ARCHOS GamePad2 on 3DMark benchmark v188.8.131.522 – Ice Storm Extreme.
High performance tablets like the Google Nexus 7 (2013) with an additional controller are interesting replacements for the ARCHOS portable console.
|AMAZON USA||Usually ships in 24 hours||$ 219||AMAZON UK||Usually dispatched within 24 hours||£ 171.99||AMAZON DE||245 EUR||AMAZON FR||Habituellement expédié sous 24 h||211.51 EUR|
|AMAZON USA||Usually ships in 24 hours||$ 26.85||AMAZON UK||Usually dispatched within 24 hours||£ 21.09||AMAZON FR||Habituellement expédié sous 24 h||25.99 EUR|