Friday, March 12, 2010

Geeks On Fire! Takes on EBook readers: Round 3 - The Plastic Logic Que

This is my third entry into my on going series on Ebook Readers. You can read the first and second I did on the Bookeen Opus HERE and the Samsung E6 HERE

Size: 11 in x 8.5 in x 0.3 in Standard paper size. Which is large in the ebook world, Comfortable to hold in your hands, but it's not exactly designed to fit in your pocket.

Display: 8.53 in x 6.4 in Nice and big. Perfect for reading just about anything comfortably.

Connectivity: WiFi and 3g...very very nice. This thing also uses mini usb, which is uber standard. You could find cords that match this everywhere. It also comes packed with bluetooth. The Que, connection wise is perfect.

Format it reads: ummmm...everything? PDF files, Microsoft Office® documents, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations, as well as ePub, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, Text and HTML. If it reads word, I'll assume it read Lit files also.

Storage: 4gb and 8gb versions. Nothing to scream about, and doesn't appear to be expandable. It will do though.

Cost: QUE starts at $649.00 for the 4GB QUE model with WiFi to $799.00 for the 8GB model with WiFi and 3G. I hate you Plastic Logic. Seriously the only thing keeping you from making the IPad appear even more useless is the price point. You drop this thing for $299 and it's game over. People would buy an ipod touch for ipoddy things, and they would buy a Que reader for everything else...why so high....why?????

Conclusion: This is just about the perfect reader. I could go for something little smaller, but the options that it offers more than make up for the portability drawbacks. The ink screen means super long battery life, and the formats it supports means you can read just about anything. The partners it has is impressive as well. There isn't much not to like about the Que, except the price. Which is ridiculous. If the price was lower, this would be a no brainer.

Chance of me asking for this from The Asian Overlord (my wife): at it's current price point - None. If it ever gets in the $300 range, I'll be buying for sure.

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