Plastic Logic QUE: The Super-Sized e-Reader

Plastic Logic QUE: The Super-Sized e-Reader

If 2007 was the year of the notebook, and 2008 was the year of the HDTV, we think it's pretty safe to say 2009 is the year of the e-reader. Weird, right? Not in a million years would we have guessed that Amazon's highly covered foray into the e-ink market cause such a huge stir, but at this point, it's hard to think of all the e-readers on the market today. Without a doubt, there are far too many to count on two hands, but we suppose the competition is good for the consumer. Sadly, not a single reader on the market (or planned for the market) has a color display, but with competition as heated as ever, that could be arriving sooner rather than later.

The latest company to come clean with its e-book reader plans is Plastic Logic, a company we already knew was going to give Sony and Amazon a run for their dollars. A fresh release from the company informs the world that the QUE e-reader (it's first "proReader") will be fully revealed at CES 2010. That's still a few months away, but it's an indication that it's quite serious about competing. Curiously, it seems this reader won't exactly be vying for the same consumer dollars as the Kindle; instead, it'll be going for the student/enterprise market that is currently served by devices such as the Kindle DX. Don't believe us? Have a look at the QUE's mantra right here:

Extra thin, lightweight and wireless-enabled, QUE is the size of an 8.5 x 11 inch pad of paper, less than a 1/3 inch thick, and weighs less than many periodicals. The innovative QUE proReader features the largest touchscreen in the industry, an intuitive touch screen user interface, and provides access to a file cabinet’s worth of documents, plus your favorite—and most necessary—publications.

QUE stands out in a crowd because it’s a business reader, but it’s also unique for its shatterproof plastic display. This exclusive technology from Plastic Logic, along with E Ink Vizplex® technology produces an outstanding reading experience. Its battery can last days, instead of hours.



The QUE is the size of a of an 8.5 x 11 inch pad of paper, less than a 1/3 inch thick, and weighs less than many periodicals. That's far bigger than most e-readers, but should be perfect for reading magazines and textbooks. The screen itself is a shatterproof plastic display, and there's integrated Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G for connecting to Barnes & Noble's online eBookstore. Further details are to be revealed in Vegas, with the most important being pricing and availability.
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This might one of those overpriced mp3 players (Ipods) people buy more for style than substance. Gotta admit though, the name and look make this an interesting buy.

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The mockups that had previously leaked for this show it as having two screens... an e-ink screen up top, and a smaller color display in the bottom 1/4th of the device.

Having the same size as a piece of paper seems less beneficial when you've also got a plastic inch-wide border and a large amount of screen space reserved for controls and such.

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3vi1:

The mockups that had previously leaked for this show it as having two screens... an e-ink screen up top, and a smaller color display in the bottom 1/4th of the device.

Having the same size as a piece of paper seems less beneficial when you've also got a plastic inch-wide border and a large amount of screen space reserved for controls and such.

 

Hmmm, I thought that was the was the size of the screen itself.

The hand in the picture makes the e-reader look bigger than it is....hey wait a minute. Are you suggesting they used midget hands in the picture?

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Hey, guys know that bigger is better! Especially if it means that you can enlarge the type size beyond the miniscule for tired old eyes.

I'm gathering info on eBook readers and this (based on the promos) is a contender. Of course, if the price is too high, this Constant Reader (to use Dorothy Parker's pseudonym) will seek elsewhere. Cross fingers.

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