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Old 11-09-2010, 01:14 AM   #23
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According to the article, the color is like a faded photo and the video play back is very slow. The price is $440, only $60 cheaper than iPad. It doesn’t look like the technology is ready for prime time. Pixel Qi seems to be a better choice since it retains color quality display of LCD but offers the option to turn off the backlit for reading in sunlight. Based on the rumors on pricing of the Notion Ink Adams; the price difference for a 10” LCD vs. Pixel Qi screen is only $50. Color e-ink might be lighter and uses less power but if it is more expensive and the color is not vibrant, it will not compete well with Pixel Qi or even LCD.
If you want to watch video, you don't use eInk. Screen refresh simply isn't fast enough, and can't be. You won't see smooth motion: at best you'll get a slide show of still pictures.

If you don't mind the washed out color, a color eInk display is fine for static content, like books. The question will be what sort of color the book uses, and whether a color eInk display will reproduce it well enough to be acceptable. For most of the color stuff I would want to view, it wouldn't be.

If the price can be gotten low enough to simply substitute a color eInk display for the current mono screens, and the black and white content doesn't suffer as a result, this might be a next step for eInk based readers: color is there if the material uses it, and if not it's the same display the reader is already used to and appreciates. But those are very big ifs.
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