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E-Ink are better for eyes from my own experiance 75 72.82%
E-ink are not any better for eyes compared to LCD from my own experiance 26 25.24%
E-Ink are worse for eyes from my own experiance 2 1.94%
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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E-ink technology versus LCD ?

Do you think E-Ink technology is better than LCD for eyes or not?
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:37 PM   #2
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Absolutely. E-ink is way, way better for reading than LCD.
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Depends.
I love e-ink in the sun and by daylight, but in my dimly lit bedroom or in the dark I prefer my backlighted (ipad with the perkament background on ibooks and the backlight not very bright) above a light on the ereader (PRS350).
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:33 PM   #4
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I cannot vote because there is no proper option to choose from.

It is not so cut and dry as LCD is better or worse then eink. There are mitigating factors like and iPad LCD is not as good in the sun. But in the house, the iPad LCD is fine. So there is just one example of how the options in the poll don't actually work.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:50 PM   #5
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I cannot vote because there is no proper option to choose from.

It is not so cut and dry as LCD is better or worse then eink. There are mitigating factors like and iPad LCD is not as good in the sun. But in the house, the iPad LCD is fine. So there is just one example of how the options in the poll don't actually work.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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Do you think E-Ink technology is better than LCD for eyes or not?
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The objections to this poll on the grounds that sunlight is an issue miss the point. Sure, e-ink is better in sunlight, and LCD better in the dark.

But the question is, which is better FOR THE EYES. If you can't read one or the other because of lighting conditions, the issue of which is better for the eyes does not come up. You have to assume into the poll that the pollster is talking about the effect of either under optimum lighting conditions for the particular device.

My own objection to the poll is that e-ink is not a plural noun, and thus does not take a plural verb.

Aside from that, it has been scientifically proven that if the LCD is properly adjusted, it is no worse for your eyes than e-ink. Over time, with either, you will need glasses.

But my EXPERIENCE is that e-ink is easier on my eyes. I'm a Baby Boomer. It follows, therefore, that my EXPERIENCE trumps any damn stinking FACTS...
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:29 PM   #7
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I dunno, I think there is more to e-ink than just ambient lighting vs light shining in your face.

For one, in ink, each letter is actually a filled in letter. On an LCD, even good one, it's still a bunch of little dots with spaces in them, it's really only an optical illusion that they look like solid letters to you.

I suspect the quality of the screen is important. On my PSP or DS, which you can actually see the lines between the dots, my eyes start hurting a lot quicker than on my computer LCD monitors.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:18 PM   #8
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Not to discourage you from doing an opinion/experience poll, but on these things I'd personally prefer to rely on controlled studies and expert opinions.
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My option isn't there: neither. Both have their place. If I try to read my e-ink device in the livingroom I must squint too much, and if I try to read my lcd device during the day, Imust squint too much.
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If I have enough light reflected on the e-ink screen, then in my experience e-ink is better for my eyes. But let us not start another war over this.
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I know this topic will likely get contentious with some people posting studies that LCDs in NO WAY cause eyestrain, and vice versa. However, I loved the way you phrased the poll as a personal preference.
As for me, I am a corporate attorney and I stare at a lovely flatpanel LCD computer monitor for ~10hrs a day. I used to go home and read on my palm pilot or blackberry. And then my lovely and beautiful partner got me a Nook. I find now that I can read for hours on top of the LCD screen use because it feels, to my eyes at least, like I am looking at a DTB page. I get headaches far less and find that I can really enjoy e-reading again in a way that I had not been able to since becoming an attorney nearly five years ago.
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In reality I haven't read that long with the iPad but I've noticed that my old PRS-505 is better on my eyes. Anyways having both is never bad =P
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So lets get some nice mod to delete the poll and just answer the question in posts instead.
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Having used a Kindle, albeit for a short time, an iPad, iPhone and any number of LCD's and since we are talking about reading, then I would say that the e-ink screen kills the LCD and from everything I have read (sorry no references to back this up) I gather that the general belief follows my "Opinion", for what it's worth.

In fact I find the iPad/iPhone the hardest one to read of the bunch, I find I can only stand to read for a couple of hours (I do a lot of reading at work). The iPhone is just too small for my eyes. Its not that the iPad is too bright, I don't know how to describe it, but too sharp? I can't think of another way to say it.

Because I work in Graphic arts, my days are spent in front of one type of screen or other. In the old days when we were still doing page layout on mono screens, we thought we had died and gone to heaven when we got a paper white portrait monitor (SONY, if I remember right, 25 years ago) to do the typesetting.

I found the Kindle to be closest to reading a paper book compared to the LCD, but does this mean everyone will also, I doubt it but you didn't ask for scientific reasoning, just an opinion.

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I have both and I found that I am really adjusting well to my nook color LCD. If you would have asked me a month ago, I would have said eink all the way But after some adjustments to the brightness and the background color, you can really fine tune it in.

I love both techs. never thought I would say that but you really do adjust. My nook eink comes in handy for outdoor reading and my nook color for low light reading.
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