I've always quite liked Archos, but to be honest I'm having a hard time seeing much of a future for its latest mobile toy, the ChefPad.
Yes, as the name suggests, it's a tablet aimed at culinary types, boasting a spill-proof case, a stand and a bunch of dedicated “Chef's Apps” preloaded to get you started.
On the inside the ChefPad is your regulation entry-level Android tablet, packing in a 9.7in 1,024 x 768, a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 8GB of expandable storage, 2MP front and rear cameras and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
So far, so average, then, but it's on the outside that the ChefPad's kitchen-friendliness comes to the fore. Archos says the silicone case is spill-proof, so you can let your inner chef run wild without fear that your precious slab will fall foul of spilled sauces or dripping dishes.
The bundled stand is adjustable, too, which if you've ever tried to use a tablet on a stand in different settings you'll know is actually quite a useful feature.
As for the Chef's Apps, it's a selection of cooking-related apps filtered from Google Play covering the likes of recipes, drinks, techniques, shopping and so on.
The price is listed online as being a reasonably attractive $209.99 (£138, although an actual UK price isn't listed), and the Archos ChefPad will be available next month.
Nothing to complain about, then, so why the lack of enthusiasm? Simply that the best part of the whole thing – the case and stand – could simply be sold as a standalone accessory.
The “Chef's Apps”, meanwhile, seems to be little more than a filter on Google Play. And besides, if you're dedicated enough to be considering a ChefPad, surely you're also dedicated enough that you'll have a fair few recipe “bibles” you can't just get an app equivalent for?
Anyway, there's no arguing that this is a niche device, but if it hits the sweet spot for you, head for the Archos website to find out more.