This gives you a full color display to view a wide array of content and lets you experience e-paper like you never have before. How does this new technology developed by e-Ink Holdings stack up in a battery of real world tests? Is it truly the next step in evolution of e-Readers? We dive into the issue and find out all of the answers. The Ectaco Jetbook Color is a 9. It truly gives you a vivid color e-paper that mimics real paper and really is a paradigm shift in the way people will experience reading on an e-Reader.
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For years, e-reading enthusiasts have awaited the first commercially available color e-book reader that promises to run for days or even weeks on a charge, just as black-and-white e-readers do. But where the LCD screens used on laptops and tablets can draw on millions of hues to render color, color E Ink is limited to about 4, That limitation probably helps explain the unsatisfying quality of color photos our testers displayed on the JetBook see the photo below.
Colors were muted in the extreme: for example, it was hard to tell whether royal blue was actually blue or some shade of green. In the image above, the digital photo at left loses almost all of its color saturation when displayed on the Ectaco JetBook Color, right. It's so muted as to be difficult to ascertain what some of the original colors were. In brighter light, colors gained a little more vibrancy, yet they remained very unsaturated.
Not quite. In our standard e-book reader tests of the readability of plain text, the Ectaco JetBook Color was only mediocre, on a par with the lower-rated e-book readers in our Ratings , available to subscribers. If only. The screen is touch-capable, but only with the included stylus, not with your finger. The response to tapping with the stylus was so slow that we frequently tapped multiple times while waiting for something to happen. Also, content is limited. Ostensibly an educational device, the JetBook comes preloaded with text-heavy and rudimentarily presented educational content, including science and math reference material and various Oxford dictionaries.
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ECTACO jetBook Color
While it offers a sunlight-friendly E Ink display that shows some color, we ran into a plethora of problems that we're not sure this device can grow out of. Click to Enlarge Weighing in at 1. But by comparison, the Amazon Kindle DX is only slightly smaller and lighter The black also available in white plastic face of the JetBook Color felt grainy, but didn't pick up any fingerprints. It is adorned only by a silver JetBook logo above the screen. Beneath the 9.
Ectaco Jetbook Color Review
Trusted Reviews may earn an affiliate commission when you purchase through links on our site. Learn More. There are plenty of colour ebook readers around, but they invariably use LCD screens. E-ink Corporation, the company behind all the top ereader screens, already has a colour version of its own screen tech though, and it was showing it off in the Ectaco jetBook at CES The Ectaco jetBook reader is different to most ereaders found on UK shelves. Its screen is 9.