What am I missing here? Why is the addition on an ethernet port (facility) a great thing?
Let me get this right.
So, in my living room, I'm to jam my Archos up against my HDTV to connect via HDMI. Drag some kind of table up to the sofa to support a keyboard and mouse, or else sit with my face against the 40 inch screen. Connect an extremely long ethernet cable from wherever in the house resides my router, to the Archos. Not be able to watch TV while I use my Archos.
And this is going to replace my x86 laptops, complete with all my x86 Microsoft software?
Err... how exactly?
Anyone else picture an infomercial when reading this? You know, like the ones that advertise a new juicer and show the old way of juicing that make it look way overly difficult but in actuality it makes the person using it look like a moron.
If you have to jam your Archos against the TV to connect via HDMI, you got too short of a cable.
If you have to drag a table to use a keyboard and mouse, get a TV tray. I have a keyboard with a trackpad so I actually use something really high-tech to set it on, it's called my lap.
If you don't want to use a really long Ethernet cable to connect to your Archos, you can use wireless (the did not remove that feature).
It's nice that they have these features, but you do not have to use them and you certainly don't have to use them all at the same time.
I do agree that I don't see these replacing my x86 laptop or desktop with my x86 software either. I don't see that happening soon either. Some people who only surf the Internet, email, and check facebook might be able to replace their systems though.