Computex 2010 Show Coverage - Part 6

Ebook Reader Section

Ebook Reader Section


While the ebook reader craze appeared to have cooled slightly since the flood of devices we saw at CES 2010, Computex did have a section dedicated to ebook readers from many brands. We took a look at some of the more interesting ones.

First, we have the greenbook, which like so many others, uses an E Ink display to imitate the look and feel of paper. Formats supported include PDF, eBPUB, HTML, TXT, JPG and DOC. Multiple languages like Chinese, French, German and English are also supported.

BenQ too has an E Ink based ebook reader. Its main attraction of the BenQ nReader is that it can connect directly to eBook Taiwan, a platform for delivering the ebooks to the reader.

The BenQ nReader is not the thinnest of ebook readers and we saw these connectors on it, including a microSD card slot and a mini USB port.

Color ebook readers are not too far off in the future. This prototype from Delta has a 13-inch display with 4096 colors and a 16-level grayscale.

The ASUS DR-900 ebook reader looks very slick and polished. ASUS has chosen the electronic paper display from SiPix and like E Ink, it requires no backlight or constant refreshing of the image. This 9-inch version is also very light at less than 500g.

The extremely thin (less than 1cm) ASUS ebook reader.

The Qisda ebook reader comes in the usual two sizes of 6-inch and 9-inch but with a capacitance touch screen, handwriting support and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. A microSD slot is also present. From these specs, it certainly looks like a capable ebook reader.

This device from Inventec is not strictly an ebook reader, but according to the firm, this Dr.eye device is a handheld mobile internet terminal. It has multimedia capabilities and a camera for photo and video. It weighs little at 250g while being able to do things like allowing users to check email.