The e-book reading market is all heated up, making it a good time for new readers to enter the ring and offer something new and interesting. This is exactly what the new and sleek enTourage eDGe has done. And it does have what it takes to put previous devices back in the storage.
Ever heard of a dual book – an e-book reader/tablet PC/audio-video recorder/player? The enTourage eDGe has it all and is the world’s first DualBook. A comprehensive device that allows you to read your E-Books, surf the internet, and make digital notes the enTourage eDGe also allows you to watch movies if you wish to. In fact, the enTourage eDGe is a revolutionary device that anyone has ever seen before.
Equipped with a MicroSD card and a mini USB flash drive, the device allows you to easily download movies from the internet, which you can store in the SD card for later viewing. Another interesting aspect of eDGe is that you can move files from all operating systems, including windows. The enTourage eDGe is the new notebook and can take over the dual responsibilities of an E-Reader and a laptop with ease, which happens to be the biggest limitation of other e-readers.
Its LCD touch screen measures 10.1 inch diagonally, and has a virtual keyboard with type easy keys for sending instant messages and e-mails. This is a great device for students, who can record lectures using its built in audio recorder, practically ruling out taking notes forever. It is also equipped with a video recorder with which you can record still images or movies. Its wi-fi capabilities make it easier to carry and browse the internet on the go. The enTourage eDGe works on the Android operating system from Google, so you could add Android apps easily.
The dual screen capability gives the enTourage eDGe an added advantage in the market and is also its biggest selling point. The e-reader side has an e-ink display on which one can even take notes using a stylus apart from reading e-books. The coolest thing is the dual navigator, wherein one can toggle between the two screens easily. A student can chose the portrait or landscape mode for his viewing and place the stylus on the right or left side as per convenience.
The enTourage eDGe weighs around three pounds with a dimension of 8 1/4 by 10 3/4 by 1 inches. So it’s compact enough to fit easily into the backpack while light enough to be carried around wherever you go. And then, it has good battery backup too. The lithium ion battery can retain its charge for 16 hours giving you the liberty to go all day without charging the battery.
However, there are other similar products available in the market too. For instance, there’s the new Apple iPad and Amazon’s Kindle. One thing a buyer needs to keep in mind before purchasing any e-book reader is whether they have access to all the publications they need to read. EnTourage eDGe makes it easy; the company behind it, enTourage Systems is in the process of creating an e-store in the lines of Amazon.
Much ahead of the product being launched, the company is in talks with the publishers like McGraw Hill and John Wiley & Sons, as well and will store articles that are frequently adopted by professors for course use from the Oxford University Press. The e-store will also have classics, magazines and periodicals.
And lastly the most important and unique offering from enTourage eDGe is that it backs up data into its servers, ensuring easy accessibility of user documents. It also ensures that the data is protected and is never lost.
Priced at $499, the Edge plans to replace textbooks and notebooks. A student would never feel the need to take notes again. The enTourage eDGe is on its way to do it.
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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