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Dasung has created an ereader with fast E ink display

2019-03-19

Ereader product development is going through a very active period, especially in China. In addition to traditional e-reader devices solely targeted at reading ebooks, and recent products that can be used for note taking as well, Dasung has created a 7.8 inch product with such a fast E ink display that the company believes it can be used for viewing videos.
dasung not ereader and phone connected
Originally designed for displaying text only, E ink is a special screen commonly used in ereader devices. The devices that have an E ink display are pleasant to view even for long periods. The screen doesn’t emit light (unless a front light for reading in a dim corner is turned on), it doesn’t flicker, and the text is sharp.

Normal E ink displays in ereaders can only show black and white, and a number of gray shades. No colors, and viewing videos has been practically impossible so far. This is what Dasung wants to change: provide an eye-friendly, flicker-free viewing experience for more applications than ebooks.
dasung not ereader is an e-reader and pc monitor
The company has even labeled the product as Dasung Not Ereader to emphasize the fact it can do more than ebooks. The Not Ereader is marketed as a second screen for a PC, or for a phone. Since the device can be connected to a PC, tablet, or phone that are used for viewing web pages and videos, it must manage those cases as well.

A video that shows the Dasung Not Ereader refreshing the screen really fast for documents, ebooks and web pages:

Another video that is playing on the Dasung Not Ereader shows an ice skater moving fast across the ice:


In this sports video, it is obvious that the E ink screen technology can’t provide the same sharp viewing experience as LCD or LED, but still, Dasung has taken a significant step in ereader technology for making them more universal devices.
dasung not ereader with bluetooth keyboard
Writers might be interested in the Dasung Not Ereader because it provides two primary functions writers need: reading and writing. The device can be used as an ordinary ereader, and as a writing tablet. It is possible to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the device and type a new chapter to a manuscript, or a draft of an article. Anyone who wants to take as few electronic devices as possible along for a trip might find this useful.

When the Not Ereader product deliveries start, the price is USD 369 plus delivery costs.
dasung not ereader for audiobooks

Dasung Not Ereader key features and specifications

– Used as a PC monitor: Mac, iPhone, iPad via HDMI cable, and Android mobile device, Windows PC wirelessly (Wi-Fi).
– Powered by Android operating system software.
– 7.8-inch E-ink screen.
– 1872 x 1404 display resolution, 300 ppi, front light.
– Ebook formats PDF, EPUB, TXT, MOBI, JPG, PNG.
– Quad Core Processor.
– Wi-Fi.
– Bluetooth.
– 2GB of RAM.
– Memory card slot.
– Stereo audio.
– 5300mAh battery.

Here is a big 13.3-inch ereader that can also be used as a PC monitor

2017-12-09

A new application has emerged for ereader devices that originally were intended for reading ebooks alone: they are also used as secondary monitors for PCs. So far, tech-savvy PC users have had to hack an ereader to plug it into a computer as a monitor, but now, the Onyx Boox Max 2 provides the feature out-of-the box.
Onyx Boox Max 2 ereader and PC monitor
The Onyx Boox Max 2 is a big ereader with a 13.3-inch E ink screen. A device like this is optimal for reading PDF documents and PDF books (the product can open all common ebook file formats). The Max 2 has been developed with this in mind – it lets users write and draw on the screen with a stylus. The device can also be used like an ordinary touch screen device by touching the screen with fingers.

One more key feature that at the moment separates the Max 2 from competitive products, like the Sony DPT-RP1, is the HDMI port that lets you plug the Max2 into a PC and use it as a secondary PC monitor.

People who stare a monitor their entire work day or can’t setup their PC displays for ideal lighting conditions, can greatly benefit from a E ink screen that doesn’t flicker and provides high contrast. It is, of course, a grayscale display without even the possibility to watch videos – perhaps an important feature for easily distracted workers.
Onyx Boox Max 2 e-reader with stylus for handwriting and drawing on screen
The Onyx Boox Max 2 is available in a few online stores for 800 Euros. The official Onyx stores are listed on the company’s web page.

The product is shipping to customers, some of whom have had time to record hands-on videos of the Max 2. Here is one:

As the video and the reviewer’s reply to questions on YouTube indicate, there are some teething problems in the product that may cause problems for some users, but may not affect others.

Onyx Boox Max2 key features and specifications

13.3-inch E Ink Carta display. Made of plastic, it is light and flexible.
Resolution 2200×1650 pixels, 16 levels of grey.
High contrast 15:1.
Electromagnetic (WACOM) and capacitive dual touch screen. With the included stylus it is possible to write and draw on the screen. The capacitive layer allows touching and controlling the screen with fingers, just like using it as a tablet.
Four buttons: Menu, Back, Next Page and Previous Page.
WIFI
Bluetooth 4.0
1.6 GHz quad-core processor.
2GB RAM + 32GB of storage space.
Android 6.0 operating system software.
HDMI port for connecting the ereader to a PC as a secondary monitor.
Speaker and microphone.
3.5mm audio port for text-to-speech, playing music or audio books.
Ebook and document formats: PDF, EPUB, TXT, MOBI, CHM, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, PDB. Audio: MP3, WAV.
7.5 mm thin.
Weight 550g
4100mAH lithium-polymer battery. Up to 4 weeks of standby time.

Onyx Boox Max 2 e-reader and computer monitor

Via The Verge.