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Old 02-27-2010, 09:04 PM   #1
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More Entourage eDGe Stuff - Weight Comparison

Weight comparison

Entourage Edge ~ 3 lbs 3 oz (price ~ $500 US)

HP Elitebook 14" Core i7 ~ 6 lbs 5 oz (price ~ $2,000 US)

Acer Aspire 11.6" Netbook ~ 3 lbs 2 oz (price ~ $300 US)

Astak EZ Reader 6" ~ 14 oz (price ~ $220 US)

Technical, Computer Science, Microsoft Hardcover Book (equivalent in weight/size to a college text book) ~ 4 lbs 7 oz

Physics paper back book ~ 10 oz
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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The more I use the eDGe, the more convinced I am that the primary target of this device is the university student, as advertised. The eDGe is heavier than the average 10.1" netbook and it becomes uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time. If you are looking for an e-reader device that you can carry with you everywhere, that is comfortable to hold, etc, the eDGe is not it. As a tool for students and professionals who want eInk and netbook-like features, the eDGe is a winner. It excels at what it's designed to do. The other thing you have to consider is price. Compared to the Kindle DX, there is just no comparison. The eDGe would take them all except for battery life, portability, weight, and the wide selection of the Amazon Kindle store. If I had to choose between the two, I would select the eDGe without hesitation.

On another note, I will be buy a large screen dedicated e-reader when a good one comes out that supports good PDF features such as zooming, notes, etc. Something considerably lighter than the eDGe. It would be my "grab and go" reader for technical documents that I'd be able to take anywhere. I'd use the eDGe for more advanced reading and as a netbook.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:51 PM   #3
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Zetaretaculi,

I concur with all of your opinions except the need for another large scale reader. As I have said, I have owned all of the Kindles. The DX was gotten so that I could take pdf textbooks and CutePDF prints with me. I essentially wanted a paperless office. For what was available, it was an adequate solution. Now that I own an eDGe, I would find it to be very poor.

The indexing is as good any desktop pdf reader I have used. I am really astounded by the merging of the annotations and highlights locations in the index. It is rather ingenious and well thought out in its application.

I will probably be supplementing the eDGe with an Alex. I am now spoiled with the use of Android.

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Old 02-28-2010, 01:27 AM   #4
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Paul, the eDGe is the first large screen reader that I own. I have used the Kindle DX minutes at a time by borrowing from friends who own them. The experience is not the same as owning it yourself. It is possible that if I get a large screen reader, I'd be disappointed now that I have used the eDGe. I'd like to try one, though, even if I end up returning it. I am very satisfied with the eDGe but I would also like to have something else as a quick grab and go I could carry around easily which would be in the ounces range, not pounds.

Paul, have you tried opening a PDF in the LCD rather than the eInk? I wonder if that would work or how hard it would be to implement. It would be fantastic to have the choice to open it on eInk or LCD...

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Old 02-28-2010, 01:43 AM   #5
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Paul, have you tried opening a PDF in the LCD rather than the eInk? I wonder if that would work or how hard it would be to implement. It would be fantastic to have the choice to open it on eInk or LCD...
I remember asking entourage about this, and they said you should be able to do it with docs2go. Is docs2go included on the first-release versions of the eDGe?

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The indexing is as good any desktop pdf reader I have used. I am really astounded by the merging of the annotations and highlights locations in the index. It is rather ingenious and well thought out in its application.
Can you elaborate a bit about how this works? It sounds like a really useful feature.

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Entourage eDGe - PDF Review

Here is the review I posted reviewing the PDF capabilities of the eDGe. I started a thread here with that review here.
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:00 PM   #7
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The weight of the edge is definitely a recurring theme in early impressions...I think that's a direct result of the nature and context of this forum - mobile ereaders. Id say, considering how much more advanced this device is, the weight makes sense...i mean think about it, if you carried around an ereader and a 10" netbook together, this device will almost always come in lighter...I've accepted this notion and adjusted my pevious expectations.
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Good point re: mobile users being used to lighter devices, mgm.

This is my first e-reader so I'm coming straight from a Macbook. While the eDGe is heavy, yes, I have nothing lighter to compare it to. So, my first impression isn't so much about how heavy it is but how convenient it is to have the weight more evenly distributed than a laptop. I like that it can stand like a tent, an open book in profile, rest like an open laptop or lie totally flat, and the weight distribution doesn't preclude any position you might want to use it in. I'd rather have something heavier that can stand on its own than something really light that I'd have to hold all the time, but again, this is from someone only coming from a laptop experience.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:58 PM   #9
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Thanks so much for these details; this is very important to me. I'm a PhD student who reads a ton of articles / books in PDF, and annotation is very important, so the Edge looks like it might be perfect (I'm also somewhat interested in the Notion Ink pixelqi tablet) ... but weight is a concern. My Lenovo x61t tablet is, in hindsight, too heavy (4.5lbs w/ large battery); my (now broken-screen, cry cry cry) iLiad is wonderfully light at somewhat over 1 lb... aaaargh decisions decisions.
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