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Old 09-14-2009, 08:50 PM   #1
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reading in direct sunlight - text is very faint

anyone else notice that when reading in direct sunlight, the e-ink screen doesn't do a good job of drawing the page..?

when it is in direct sunlight the text looks very faint and washed out.. i even tried it with about 2/3 of the screen (diagonally across) in direct sun and the rest in the shade... the result was that the portion in the sun was faint and the rest was normal.

what was really strange was it only needed to be in the shade for a split second or so and the screen would draw properly again. so it didn't have to do with the screen being too hot..? i ended up turning the book sideways so the sun wasn't directly on it each time i turned the page..

anyone else notice this?
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:49 PM   #2
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I have the 700 and I've never noticed this problem.

but, eink is sensitive to heat/cold. this isn't the first time I heard someone say it was faint when the screen was hot.

in the cold (below 0) page refreshes can take a couple of seconds sometimes
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:42 AM   #3
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A few people reported that. It seems to affect a minority of units, so there's probably a bad batch of screens.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:42 AM   #4
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Can you take a picture of it? I'm curious as to what it looks like.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:27 AM   #5
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i actually noticed this a little bit today. there was a post about this a day or 2 ago too.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:41 AM   #6
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My 505 does this. I've worked around it pretty easily. I'll just hold the cover so the shadow covers it. It was a little tricky when I was in the Bahamas, but not enough to keep me from reading on the beach
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Strange, I got a PRS300 and when I tried in direct sunlight last saturday it looked very good, black text, high contrast.
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Strange, I got a PRS300 and when I tried in direct sunlight last saturday it looked very good, black text, high contrast.
It seems to be only a certain number of units affected.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:50 PM   #9
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i'll try it again sometime soon.
i would guess it's not a matter of a certain batch of screens, but rather it only works under certain conditions.

It might be that when in direct sunlight the screen does get very warm and cools down within a second of being shaded.

It was a very warm day with the sun feeling warm on your skin, so, now that i think about it more.. it must be a heat thing. the fact that the screen refresh slows down in the cold is very telling too.


Next time i'm outside in the sun i'll try again and take a photo of it if it happens.


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Old 09-15-2009, 08:02 PM   #10
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A similar problem was reported for a small number of Pocketbook 301 units (a Netronix 600 OEM). According to the people in the know, it was caused by a bad batch of LG screens, which affected not only Pocketbook but also Sony and Amazon. On the photos from nrg you can see that he got an LG screen as well (model number LB060S01, PVI screens are ED060SCx).
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:36 PM   #11
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Some forum members have been known to shade their readers by putting them in a baseball cap.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:46 AM   #12
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Reading in the sun

I just spent the past hour reading my PRS-300 outside in direct sunlight. As black and crisp as ever. I actually find it a little better in direct sunlight. It was the same on my Bebook.

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Old 09-16-2009, 08:47 AM   #13
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If you have a reader that has a Vizplex screen and problems in direct sunlight, swap it out as it's defective. We've learned that LG has made some Vizplex screens that have sunlight problems. These screens are defective.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:58 AM   #14
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Yup, my 505 screen fades in direct sunlight, too. I have a leather flip jacket for it now, though, so it's easy to shade the screen using the top flap as a canopy.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:07 PM   #15
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i tried today to get the text to fade in direct sunsight and couldn't do it.. i think it basically has to do with heat - not sun... it wasn't as warm today, but i read with direct sunlight on it for 15 minutes.

i think if the weather is HOT and you have direct sun.. most screens would suffer.. not just a few.]
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