Things that are the most craved often seem to be the last to turn up in the markets. The Asus DR-900 is one e-reader that many have almost given up hope on. But then, Asus surprised everyone by announcing they are ready with the DR-900 e-reader at a time when the e-reader was least expected! However, while that may be sweet music to your ears, what strikes a slightly discordant note is that only Taiwan will be blessed with the e-reader initially and it’s not known when the rest of the world will be as fortunate.
Also, it’s not too long a wait that separates the Taiwanese from the DR-900, as the e-reader is all set to go on sale beginning September 29th and will have a sticker price of NT$12,000 or $390. This sounds favorable with the 9 inch Kindle DX that now costs $379.
So what does $390 of your hard earned money get you with the DR-900 e-reader? To begin with, the Dr-900 does not come with the now almost industry standard e-ink display. Instead, it boasts of a 9 inch SiPix e-paper display. Screen resolution stands at 1024 x 768 pixels and is known to support PDF, TXT, MP3 and ePub file formats.
Internal memory stands at a quite expansive 4 GB and if you still need more, there is the SD card slot that you can use. The DR-900 also includes a web browser that works in landscape mode. The e-reader is also capable of accepting handwritten input. For internet connections, the DR-900 has integrated Wi-Fi and 3G, as well as an optional WiMax module.
So far so good, but the next thing that we would be keen to hear from Asus is when it would start streaming into world markets.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email