ViewSonic Introduces VEB620 And VEB625 Ereaders

ViewSonic Introduces VEB620 And VEB625 Ereaders

We fully expect the amount of E Ink-based ereaders to dwindle in the coming years now that the iPad has been introduced, bringing full-color reading and 10+ hours of battery life to reality. But we're not quite there yet, and the ultra-cheap ereader market is still thriving. With Amazon's Kindle setting the bar at around $259, other companies with less marketing dollars are having to approach things differently, mostly by hacking prices and trying not to hack too many features in the process.

ViewSonic is a name not normally associated with the ereader market, but that very company has just introduced a new pair of them to compete the barebones reader space. The VEB620 and VEB625 both have 6" 800x600 E Ink displays, 2GB of storage space, an SD expansion slot, native support for PDF/ePUB/RTF/TXT files, and the latter even has Wi-Fi built-in. Both are available now in Europe, but there's no clear word on when they will ship to America. As for pricing? The 620 is £175, while the 625 is listed at £205.



We must say, both are styled fairly nicely for ereaders, and while they won't check your e-mail, they'll definitely let you get a lot of reading done; ViewSonic says that the Li-ion battery will last for 6500 page turns, or enough to read around 20 books straight.
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I really don't see how you can say e-ink readers will dwindle if it's easier to read on say the Kindle compared to the iPad.  There's only an iPad craze going on. The only time they'll dwindle is if these tablets are easy on the eyes and you can go outside and read no problem.  This will be a big thing for older people or people who don't have greatest vision.   Also, a tablet is basically a keyboard-less netbook (I think there was an article here earlier saying if tablets are cannibalizing the netbook market and I'd have to agree).   Of course, the iPad is restricted thanks to the OS.  So if you want to multitask, you might as well get a netbook :P

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Looking past the IPad, I believe the whole onslaught of slates and tablets will replace these things.

We will probably see these things become cheap items you buy at the checkout counter in bookstores and airport gift shops.

There are going to be way to many tablets to count, mostly running on Windows. Then soon they will figure out a way to let all E-books be converted to any OS.

Plus you wouldn't be able to read Ironman on this Black and white pad even after shilling out 260 bills.

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ViewSonic has a good quality reputation in it's monitors. One that has been so for many years. (I have a ViewSonic 22" flat Panel now and it's premium quality) If I was gonna BUY a reader, (my daughter just gave me a Kindle) I would consider this brand because I know they make quality goods.

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Ereaders were an innovation in how we read.r. They never really got much hype, save for Oprah and her armada of loyal fans. They proved their worth. 

But now, these tablets have innovated off of the Ereaders. I think that most Americans, specifically, believe that if it's electronic and can connect to the internet, then it should be able to do similar functions to that of a computer. That's where the tablets come into play. 

Sooner or later tablets will be used for the generation's next innovation. 

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