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Old 02-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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The M92 is just too fragile

I've got a crack developing in the top right of my screen. I just got the screen replaced a month ago, and this is happening again already. I put the device through normal use--the most trauma it ever experiences is getting carried around in my backpack in the case that it came with.

I get that the large screen size makes it more fragile than smaller e-readers, but this is just ridiculous. I'm not throwing the thing against the wall, after all, I'm just taking it to work and back.

Do not buy the M92. It's an expensive device that is far too easy to break, and the cost of repair is prohibitive.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Fragile things should not be put in a backpack. It's as simple as that.
Have you ever heard about such strange things like executive cases?
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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I carried a laptop in a backpack for years with little more in the way of protection than I have used for the M92. That laptop is still running fine six years later with only minor cosmetic damage.

A device that is too fragile to survive normal use is too fragile to fulfill its purpose. Expecting anyone who gets an e-reader to carry it in a briefcase at all times is unrealistic and, frankly, pretty silly.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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It is silly to transport it adequately but it is not silly to repeat the same mistake again and again and expect a different outcome?
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:00 PM   #5
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I carry my M92 in my backpack or trunk bag on my bike like every day.

I pack my backpack or the trunk bag very full so that I was often afraid that it would break as I carry normally at least my laptop, a bottle of water, some books and some notebooks.

However, until now it did never break. I guess that even packing the backpack or the trunk bag very tight helps, as then all the pressure is put on the outer plastic frame. However, if you put something uneven in front of the (covered) display of the M92, then its sure to break.

Btw: I broke my M92 screen once as I was reading in bed. I left it there and one hour later, I sat myself directly on the display, as it was covered by a blanket
Of course, the price of repairing the screen is very high, but Booxtor - from whom I bought the M92 - explained somewhere in the forum that the eink screen itself costs approximately 150€. So, you can't blame anyone for extraordinary high prices for repairing. Just pay more attention to how you carry it and everything will be fine.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:04 PM   #6
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It is silly to transport it adequately but it is not silly to repeat the same mistake again and again and expect a different outcome?
Once can be a fluke. Twice is a poorly designed product. Now anyone who wants a reader that can endure reasonable use can learn learn from my mistakes and avoid wasting their money.
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Call it poorly designed. The fact that I can carry it with me every day and it never broke shows that its endurable enough for most use cases. However, if you are not handling it with some caution, nobody can help you. The display is made out of glass, so what did you expect? Just put something plain and sturdy in front of the screen and it will not break.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:20 PM   #8
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I often carry my M92 along with my laptop in my backpack. I have once carried it that way inside trains and planes when traveling abroad. Nothing happened. I don't think it is fragile.
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I've got a crack developing in the top right of my screen. I just got the screen replaced a month ago, and this is happening again already. I put the device through normal use--the most trauma it ever experiences is getting carried around in my backpack in the case that it came with.

I get that the large screen size makes it more fragile than smaller e-readers, but this is just ridiculous. I'm not throwing the thing against the wall, after all, I'm just taking it to work and back.

Do not buy the M92. It's an expensive device that is far too easy to break, and the cost of repair is prohibitive.
Consider scenarios where sharp edges could press against the screen (even when it is in its case) and try avoiding these. Example: if you have a laptop or notebook in you backpack try to always store the device with its screen against the laptop/notebook.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
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The M92 has several shortcomings, but fragility is not one of them. For month, I have been carrying around the device (in a backpack) without even noticing scratches. Granted, I use the protective cover and wrap it in a blanket, but I would not consider that an exaggerated cautionary measure for something with a glass screen and a purchase price around 350€.

I think you must have had extremely bad luck with the device breaking twice.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:39 PM   #11
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What I am thinking is that the way you have your backpack packed something is pressing too hard against the M92 and you went and did the same thing a second time without bothering to rearrange things in your backpack. I have a messenger bag that I carry my 650 in sometimes and never a problem.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:44 AM   #12
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I might have had good luck, but my M92 fell from 2m height to the floor. It survived. I carry it in backpack and no problem.
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