Last year blogger Michael Kozlowski of Good e-Reader decided to launch the “ultimate” eReader by starting a crowdfunding campaign for a 13.3 inch E Ink device with a high-resolution display, pen and finger touchscreen input, and Google Android software.
Like a lot of people, I was kind of skeptical, of the endeavor, which is why I didn’t write about it in 2016. But I was pleasantly surprised to notice today that some units started shipping to backers in February.
The 13.3 inch eReader is still available for purchase from Indiegogo for $729, but don’t expect super-quick shipping: some people who placed an order with expected delivery in September, 2016 are still waiting.
It features a 1600 x 1200 pixel E Ink Mobius display, a Freescale i.MX6 SoloLite processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, an SD card slot for up to 32GB of removable storage, and a 1,270 mAh battery that’s said to be good for up to 4 weeks of usage.
The system comes with a pen that supports 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, letting you make hand-written notes on your reading materials or use the tablet as a sketchpad.
The system measures 310mm x 233mm x 6.6mm (12.2″ x 9.2″ x 0.26″) and weighs 350 grams (12.3 ounces)\.
Good e-Reader may be selling the tablet under its own name, but this is actually a branded version of the Netronix ED0Q02 running Android 4.0 software.
If you’re willing to spend a little more for a very similar device, you can order an Onyx BOOX Max 13.3 inch E Ink eReader with pen input from Amazon for $769.