E-readers and CES 2010: Defining a reader

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Looking back at the recent bunch of e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, they use E-Ink displays. However looking over the concept designs that were on show at CES 2010, which came to a close yesterday, they will come with LCD screens. As this is the same displays used on notebooks PC Advisers asks if they can still be classed as e-readers.

If you were to ask an expert what they think is the point of an e-reader, chances are they will say that it is its display. We know that current models do not use backlit technology, instead choosing to try and copy what a normal newspaper looks like. Most would agree that this makes it much easier to read than a backlit LCD screen on a notebook, which are often way too bright.

While at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, PC Advisor saw a number of these new type e-Books, but none offered the same screen quality as the current batch. The problem is, these e-reader manufactures probably saw a rival offer an LCD alternative so thought that this will be the next evolution to the e-reader and thought they would follow suit.

If we were to define an e-reader, then it would fall into the category of an MID or table PC. However, those devices can display the same content, but the screen has not been optimized for the user to be able to read the content easily

However, we have to remember that CES is all about companies putting their latest ideas out there. They can gauge what sort of reaction the product gets, if negative then they will go back and have a re-think, let us hope that they do this with these latest e-readers.

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