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Old 01-09-2010, 11:55 PM   #1
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RCA Lexi

This device was actually announced on 6 January, but I didn't have time to go see it until today. From the press release:
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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International CES, Booth 11006-10506 -- Audiovox Corporation (Nasdaq: VOXX) today announced that it has entered the e-Reader market with a new line to be sold under the RCA brand. The product launch will be supported by e-content delivered through Barnes & Noble, the world's premier destination for e-books, magazines and newspapers.

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RCA's Lexi will ship preloaded with Barnes & Nobles Desktop Reader Windows/MAC software for reading, purchasing and managing content and it will also contain Adobe® Reader® Mobile technology, making it interoperable and fully compatible with PDF and ePub formats. The product is expected to hit retailers in May 2010 and has an anticipated MSRP of $229.99.
I did make it to the Audiovox booth this morning but the units on display were mock ups, and obviously didn't work. But I did get some photos; they're attached.

There were 2 models on display, the EB 1060 and the EBW 1060 (it has wifi). They were identical, and only had one button, which was a rocker switch on one side of the touchscreen. The screens are 6" e-ink. Since these were mock ups I can't comment on the affect the touchscreen had on the screen quality. The Lexi is supposed to have an accelerometer; this means it can be turned upside down and used in the other hand.

The Lexi comes with 2GB of storage. The mock ups had a SD card slot, a microphone, a headphone port, and USB (client). The Lexi is going to use Adobe, of course, and the non Wifi model is supposed to be released in May with a retail of $229. The Wifi model will be released later and the retail price is unknown. It will be sold at B&N.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:05 AM   #2
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Looks like a rocketbook, of course. A futuristic REB.
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Looks like a rocketbook, of course. A futuristic REB.
Spooky, it's like a rising from ashes, go REB1100 and become the EBW 11501060.
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Actually peeking under the hood while I was there showed that this was or should have been a working prototype but the battery ran down and nobody recharged it. With E Ink a battery discharge makes it look like a mock up.

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In which case, the aesthetics leave a lot to be desired, IMHO.
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I had a good talk with the people from RCA. It seems like a nice device actually. The units there were not the final device. The poster in this picture



shows the touch spots that will be on the final version including a home button as well as up/down/select .

The price is awfully nice for a 6inch model and the wifi version will allow pushing subscription content to the device.
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You have to wonder what David Sarnoff's ghost was up to at CES ... is this where the visionary's legacy has landed?
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I had a good talk with the people from RCA. It seems like a nice device actually. The units there were not the final device. The poster in this picture



shows the touch spots that will be on the final version including a home button as well as up/down/select .

The price is awfully nice for a 6inch model and the wifi version will allow pushing subscription content to the device.
I was told that the poster showed an early test model that would not be produced.

I'm not saying you're wrong; just pointing out that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
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and apparently the left hand is the only one allowed to turn buttons.
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and apparently the left hand is the only one allowed to turn buttons.
It's supposed to have an accelerometer, so you can flip it upside down and use it.
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On a second word, I think someone mentioned this not being the final device model, could we see a more Rocketbook esque reader pretty much the same size?
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ah! ok. but sometimes you get that perfect propped up reading position...
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I'm wondering if Fictionwise will sell it like they did the 1150. I loved the ergonomics on the EB1150 and Fictionwise gave an incentive like BoB does when I bought it.
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and apparently the left hand is the only one allowed to turn buttons.
Actually the bar on the right is the preferred way to turn pages. You tilt it to right for next page and to the left for previous. The unit can be turned around if you need it on the other side.

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to me that bar felt better than the one on the Irex DR800. could have been just a difference in usage but the Irex one felt very flimsy.
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