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New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
« on: October 18, 2009, 09:42:25 pm »
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Details are scarce, since the official launch won't happen until January 7 at CES next year, but Plastic Logic is looking to crash into the "pro" segment of the e-reader market (currently mostly occupied by the Kindle DX) with its upcoming QUE proReader. The unit uses E Ink Vizplex tech in a shatterproof display the size of a regular piece of paper at 8.5 x 11-inches, and has 3G wireless capabilities courtesy of AT&T and a business-centric ebook store at QUEreader.com which will be powered by Barnes & Noble. There's also a touchscreen interface, but it's unclear if that covers the entire display, or is something more akin to the leaked photos we've seen of the Barnes & Noble reader. The device is "less than 1/3-inch thick," and can handle PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, including tools for "interacting with and managing the content," which sounds beyond the scope of most e-readers on the market currently. We'll have to wait and see how useful the interface really is, and how much damage (if any) that touchscreen sensor does to readability, but a bit of diversification in the ebook space sounds like a good thing on paper. Full PR is after the break.

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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #1 on: October 18, 2009, 10:29:10 pm »
    And if you think the KDX is expensive, wait till you see the price on all that.
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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #2 on: October 19, 2009, 04:27:13 am »
    If they're truly aiming at the business market, the price can be higher; the Kindle DX, to me, is still aimed at personal and student use.  Also, the "shatterproof display" will be worth it to some.  Business people are going to want to jam it in their briefcases with all their other junk and not worry about cracking the display.  Interesting.

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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009, 07:10:56 am »
    I would get one if it does what it claims. I need good pdf, word etc support with the ability to annotate. If this is the one B&N will use it can't be much more expensive than the DX.

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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009, 07:36:15 am »
    If they're truly aiming at the business market, the price can be higher; the Kindle DX, to me, is still aimed at personal and student use.  Also, the "shatterproof display" will be worth it to some.  Business people are going to want to jam it in their briefcases with all their other junk and not worry about cracking the display.  Interesting.

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    I totally agree.  I eagerly awaited my DX, but it did not live up to my expectations for business/tech use so I returned it.  Our attorneys also inquired about it but the lack of security, fragility and limitations nixed its use.  I would think that the shatterproof screen will make this device appeal that much higher and I would think they'd offer at least a basic security model (password) if they are really looking towards the business world.  I also think this would have a wide appeal to students for the same reason.

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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009, 10:25:06 am »
    disgustingly thin, not liking it  ;D

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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009, 10:38:30 am »
    I always hate things that are disgustingly thin.

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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009, 12:04:29 pm »
    thin is another 4 letter word  ::)
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    Re: New Plastic Logic 8.5x11-in touchscreen to challenge Kindle DX?
    « Reply #8 on: October 19, 2009, 01:52:04 pm »
    thin just means it can fit one of the nicer but a bit heavier covers :D
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