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Old 12-28-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
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Insdream SX601 - new ebook reader

I came across another e-reader yesterday, and I have to say that it intrigues me. The Insdream SX601 was developed by Sanxo Technology,which is located in Shenzhen, China's Silicon Valley.

The SX601 has rather unique screen in the ereader market. Instead of the expected Vizplex, it has a gray scale DSTN screen. According to the manufacturer, it's as energy efficient as an epaper screen and its only disadvantage (weaker contrast) is balanced by a faster refresh.

Specs:
  • 6" screen, 16 grayscale level
  • MP3 support
  • MicroSD slot (up to 4GB)
  • speaker
  • headphone port
  • portrait & landscape mode
  • FBReader

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The manufacturer has a photo gallery here. Yes, it does look like a Kindle clone. I also think it looks like the screen image was photoshopped. Yes/No?
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:30 PM   #2
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Damnation, that could've been a good kindle 3 design, but the designers already own this... shoot!
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:59 AM   #3
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I came across another e-reader yesterday, and I have to say that it intrigues me. The Insdream SX601 was developed by Sanxo Technology,which is located in Shenzhen, China's Silicon Valley.

The SX601 has rather unique screen in the ereader market. Instead of the expected Vizplex, it has a gray scale DSTN screen. According to the manufacturer, it's as energy efficient as an epaper screen and its only disadvantage (weaker contrast) is balanced by a faster refresh.

Specs:
  • 6" screen, 16 grayscale level
  • MP3 support
  • MicroSD slot (up to 4GB)
  • speaker
  • headphone port
  • portrait & landscape mode
  • FBReader

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The manufacturer has a photo gallery here. Yes, it does look like a Kindle clone. I also think it looks like the screen image was photoshopped. Yes/No?
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:56 AM   #4
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What crooks!
As if weaker contrast could be balanced by anything. Their screen looks awfully dark.
The most needed improvement for readers is far better contrast, to be able to read comfortably in far from perfect conditions, and preserve our eyes.
Right now our readers need more ambient light than paper books. That is neither ecological nor convenient. And that can make our eyes sore.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:09 AM   #5
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my question is: why didn't they invent a new design? Why they must made it looks like other products? =__=
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my question is: why didn't they invent a new design? Why they must made it looks like other products? =__=
but really where else would you put the keyboard? its a pretty basic design of keyboard under screen, take a photo of your desktop PC its a keyboard under a screen, look at your phone etc.

it is what it is.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:43 AM   #7
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Exactly. "Form follows function", etc.
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:10 AM   #8
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Faster refresh is good...but with my eye problems, I've GOT to have contrast--the darker the text the better...
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:13 AM   #9
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Yes, but the grey plastic on it's upper back isn't "function" but just "Hey look, i'm a Kindle 2", kinda like those Playstation Portable-clones called Popstation etc.
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Yes, but the grey plastic on it's upper back isn't "function" but just "Hey look, i'm a Kindle 2", kinda like those Playstation Portable-clones called Popstation etc.
surely thats the lower back?? anyway my original iphone has a grey top 2 thirds on the back! did the kindle copy it from that?
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:11 PM   #11
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Very interesting!

and a built-in calculator too! Bonus!

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Old 12-29-2009, 08:01 PM   #12
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Faster refresh is good...but with my eye problems, I've GOT to have contrast--the darker the text the better...
Dear BearMountain:

I work for Astak so I am likely biased. But, we have helped a lot of people with eye problems.

You could get an Astak Pocket PRO (www.theEZreader.com). While it is a 5 inch size, they took all the pixels of a 6 inch and put them in the 5 inch. The result is a very easy to read screen with 9 font sizes.

It also has Text-to-Speech so it can read to you. At $199 it is a bargain!
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Dear BearMountain:

I work for Astak so I am likely biased. But, we have helped a lot of people with eye problems.

You could get an Astak Pocket PRO (www.theEZreader.com). While it is a 5 inch size, they took all the pixels of a 6 inch and put them in the 5 inch. The result is a very easy to read screen with 9 font sizes.

It also has Text-to-Speech so it can read to you. At $199 it is a bargain!
But the contrast is lower than on a Sony 505. The 5" screens have lower contrast than the bigger screens -- from my comparisons. I've yet to see anyone come up with objective measurements stating one way or the other. The black is the same on both the 505 and the PP but the background is darker on the PP than on the 505.

Font size if bigger might be useful but I'm not seeing bigger fonts on the PP than on the 505 (but it does have smaller ones).
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The first thought that came to my mind when I saw that picture was "it's a bit 'Kindlish'."
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Dear BearMountain:

I work for Astak so I am likely biased. But, we have helped a lot of people with eye problems.

You could get an Astak Pocket PRO (www.theEZreader.com). While it is a 5 inch size, they took all the pixels of a 6 inch and put them in the 5 inch. The result is a very easy to read screen with 9 font sizes.

It also has Text-to-Speech so it can read to you. At $199 it is a bargain!
I don't mind the suggestion--thanks! The ability to create larger font sizes is definitely a plus (Kindle didn't go all that large to start with, but have added some now--I'm not THAT bad yet, but I definitely want the ability to size way up!)

The text to speech is Very important as well.

Thanks for mentioning it.

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