Archos PMA400

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Storage : 20GB, 30GB
Display: QVGA touchscreen LCD
Video: AVI containing MPEG-4 Simple Profile Video and MP3 or ADPCM
Audio: MP3, WMA, Protected WMA, WAV
Photo viewer: JPEG, GIF, BMP
PDF viewer: Reads PDF documents
Video recording: (Into AVI, MPEG-4 SP + MP3) from external sources, like cable or satellite television tuners
Audio recording: (MP3 or WAV)
Connectivity: USB 2.0, 802.11b Wi-Fi, USB Host, IrDA
Outputs: 3.5 mm jack for earphones / line-out, built-in speaker, composite video
Input: built in microphone, line-in, mic-in, composite video, S-Video
Battery life: max. 9.5 hours
Weight: 280 g
Release date: January 2005 (since discontinued)

The Archos PMA400 is a personal digital assistant (PDA) from Archos, with a hard disk drive and audio and video playback and recording capabilities, so it also functions as a portable media player (PMP). The PMA400 was the most expensive within the line of products that they supplied.

Based on the Linux Qtopia Embedded operating system, the device is more like a personal digital assistant than a normal media player. The PMA400 features the following:

Though it remains Archos's only dedicated PDA, some of its features can be seen on the later 604WiFi including touchscreen and web browsing.


The original firmware had some major bugs that are now being gradually fixed in an open source firmware by the openPMA project. Added functionality from openPMA are:

  • Audio support from openPMA: Ogg vorbis, Musepack
  • Many Zaurus packages are compatible or have been adapted
  • Access SMB/CIFS network shares using Samba (software) and a GUI frontend
  • Act as a SMB/CIFS server allowing other computers on the network to access the internal hard disk
  • The MediOS extension originally developed for the AV and Gmini series is available enabling the user to run NES, Sega Mega Drive emulators and Doom interpreter.

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