Let's just call it like it is: Archos doesn't have a history of making good tablets. I have fond memories of my Jukebox MP3 player from years ago, but more recently the company's produced a slew of tablets that just didn't measure up.

So when I first sat down with Craig TerBlanche, Director of Marketing at Archos, we immediately got to the point. TerBlanche said he knew that Archos' recent products haven't been well-received, and that the company and brand have a lot of negative connotations to overcome. But this one, he said, is going to do it: the 101 XS is years in the making, and represents Archos's best hardware effort to date.

On paper, there is in fact a lot to like about the 101 XS, the first in the company's new Gen10 lineup. It's light and thin, powered by TI's recent OMAP 4470 processor and 1GB of RAM, and it runs effectively stock Android 4.0. It also comes with a keyboard dock that doubles as a case and a stand for the tablet, and the whole package also costs $399.99.

Can Archos wash the bad taste out of our collective mouths with a great tablet? Or is its reputation still earned? Let's see.