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Old 02-10-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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is the Iliad still a good deal?

so as I am stumbling upon the larger format e-readers I see a few options that would more or less do the job which is for the most part rating two columns scientific articles with reduces eye strain. The problem is the price which is way over my graduate student budget.

so I have seen a few Iliad for around $150 and also some Sony PRS-950. Also a pocket book 902 for $250. The newer models go anywhere upwards of $350. So at this point I'm thinking of getting a used reader and skip the current generation.

I am just a bit concerned with buying a device of a company that is not around anymore, in addition of being a few years old.

As far as functionality I'm also concerned about PDFs browsing speed and if I will need to zoom in and out a lot.

I was wondering if some Iliad owners could give me some feedback and if you guys think it's were to sell the extra money to get a 902.

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Old 02-11-2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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Hi,
I own an Iliad and I'm also a grad student. I use the reader often and I don't think the screen is big enough for two column articles, at least that's the case in my field - anthropology. But I like that it comes with a pen so I can write as I read. I like its zooming feature. The speed is not very fast, though, when reading scanned pdfs. Just some thoughts.
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thanks, does it go from one column to the next or do you have to manually go up and down?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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you can install an alternate pdf view that does that yes. However, getting shell access might be a bit of a pain to arrange.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:32 AM   #5
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I did receive a pre-owned iliad yesterday and installed the shell access straight away. MYIREX (myirex.irexnet.com) is up and accepting new users. The previous owner had already registered the same MAC so i don't know if that would have made a difference.

PS: I did use a network cable not wifi

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Old 03-05-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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i just bought one for $100 on ebay, we'll see how it goes. At that price it was too tempting. I really want a M92 but it's 4 times as much, and a pocketbook 902 is still expensive. I hope it doesn't die on me. it already has shell access and the 1.12 firmware
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