The most striking aspect of the Onyx Book 60 e-reader is its 6-inch touch screen that supports 16 grayscales and uses Vizplex e-Ink display. It is based on the Wacom technology which is known for it’s easy to the eye feature and is a far cry from the glary capacitive touch screen that you get to have on a Sony e-reader. With the Onyx Book 60, you need to have a stylus that acts the mandatory pointing device and also double up as a pencil for freehand drawing and sketching or for making annotations.
Other features of the gadget worth mentioning are its Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with the Webkit Browser. It also includes a search and dictionary function and supports text to speech conversions. The device also provides a zoom in and out feature for PDF formats as well as changeable fonts and font sizes. The Onyx Book 60 also supports folders.
The product supports all common and available formats that e-books are available in and this includes the Adobe Digital Editions as well as PDF, TXT, HTML, MOBIPOCKET, EPUB, CHM, and the PDB format. In addition the device supports JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF format to display graphics. MP3 and WAV format compatibility endows the device with multimedia capability.
At $349 the device has a price tag higher than other similar device in the market like the Kindle or the Nook. The Onyx Book 60 surely presents some great features like the Wacom touch screen and the ability to zoom in and out on PDF docs and annotate them. But the steep price along with a rather smallish 6-inch screen shaves off some of the popularity factor from this otherwise feature rich device.
Dulin’s Books is the distributer of the Onyx Book 60 e-reader in the US.
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