Wednesday, March 3, 2010

ASUS DR-900 e-reader

ASUS DR-900 e-readerASUS is throwing its hat into the e-reader ring with its new DR-900 e-reader. If you are unfamiliar with e-readers, they are basically electronic devices that you can download full books to allowing you to have a multitude of books at your disposal whenever and wherever you want.

ASUS' DR-900 comes in at around 9-inches and is fairly light. As far as size goes the DR-900 ranks in around the same as the Amazon Kindle DX. The images displayed on the black and white screen look very crisp with the DR-900's 1024x768 display. The e-link display takes about one or two seconds to refresh each page.

But the DR-900 isn't all smiles and rainbows. The touch experience with the DR-900 has been reported to be not so great. Light finger taps don't seem to register when typing into the address bar and you have to press pretty hard to select the homescreen buttons. Thankfully there up and down arrows along the right edge that offer alternate navigation.

Some more good news about those little problems is that the DR-900 is still in production. These problems occurred on a prototype floor model so hopefully they are all ironed out by the product's release. There has been no word on when the DR-900 will go into full on production let alone when it will be released. But if you don't want to wait, there are plenty of other e-readers out there to satisfy your insatiable desire to read a book without actually reading a book.

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