Reader from Asus and a little about SiPix technology

    ASUS has announced at CeBIT 2010 its new DR-900 reader.

    Boomburum , as usual, has already talked a little about her . The characteristics are traditional: the reader has a 9-inch screen, is equipped with 4 GB of memory, a music player, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a Wi-Fi controller. You can connect a 3G module. Screen resolution - 1024 × 768. It understands PDF, TXT, ePUB and MP3.

    But it’s interesting, in general, not this (especially since we have already seen all this). And the fact that this is one of the first readers made using SiPix technology. Under the cut a couple of paragraphs about what kind of animal it is and what are its advantages / disadvantages

    As is known to lovers of electronic readers, screens made using E-Ink technology occupy almost 100% of the market. And where there is no competition, there is no reduction in prices. But then SiPix entered the market, offering cheaper screen technology. So what are the differences?

    E-Ink screens use two suspensions to form an image: black and white. Microcapsules SiPix screens are filled with a suspension of only one color - white. Black dots of an image are created by immersing a white suspension in a black liquid. As a result, the technology is simplified, and as a result, cheaper. However, the result of this approach is that the SiPix reflectivity is worse than that of E-Ink screens. As a result, the Sipix screens will seem a little grayer.

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    So, should we expect a price drop? At first, I think the prices will be the same as for traditional books or even higher. If only because launching and debugging production costs more than skimming the already established one. But the fact that players like Asus enter the market gives hope for a fast formation of sales and, as a result, for a drop in prices. In addition, the design of the device from Asus I really like. What do you think?


    UPD :in the commentary several times it sounded that, they say, why is he so gray needed. Let's not rush to conclusions. Firstly, a little gray does not mean that it is completely gray. The first generation of e-ink was also grayer than the current one. And nothing, the devices were great. Secondly, let's wait for real reviews from the same boomburum. I think he will take comparative photos with the same PRS-505.

    Remember the situation with HD-media players. While there were only chips from Sigma, prices were sky-high, but chips from realtek appeared and Asus released the wonderful Asus O! Play.

    So the situation with electronic ink displays is only improving. And from all this, only we, the users, will benefit.

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