E Ink displays are most commonly found in eBook readers like the Amazon Kindle. But sometimes they show up in tablets or even phones. And Chinese company Dasung has been selling E Ink monitors for a few years.

Now Dasung has introduced its largest E Ink display yet – the Dasung Paperlike 253 is an electronic paper display  that measures 25.3 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. It will likely go on sale in 2021, although Dasung hasn’t announced the price yet.

Don’t expect the Paperlike 253 to be cheap though. The company’s 13.3 inch E Ink display sells for $999. The new model has a bigger, higher-resolution display and looks more like a traditional PC display, so I’d expect it to carry a higher price tag as well.

That’s one reason E Ink monitors aren’t more common. Another is that these tend to be grayscale displays that can only show 16 shades of grey and which have slower screen refresh rates than a typical LCD or OLED display.

But they also use less power than most full color displays and don’t require a backlight – you can view the screen using nothing but ambient room lighting or use a frontlight to shine a light on the screen to make it easier to see in dimly lit environments.

Many folks who experience eye strain when using LCD screens find E Ink displays to be more comfortable to look at. And if you’re doing things like composing documents or writing code rather than watching videos or playing games, then the lack of color and the low screen refresh rate might not be a problem (for what it’s worth the Paperlike 253 seems to have a higher screen refresh rate than a typical eReader, which makes sense since this thing doesn’t have to run on battery power).

via /r/eink and ei2030.org

 

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  1. Game changer for many people. Need economies of scale and further development in color e-ink.

  2. Doesnt the price have something to do with eink patents? It doesnt appear to be a tech barrier rather a political one.

    1. Not political but economic. I say this as someone who not only wants an eink monitor but is willing to overpay for one (probably not this one, it’ll probably cost as much as a car), no one wants to use one of these. So if you’re manufacturing tech for thousands of people while lcd/amoled manufacturing is for billions of people, not only is the latter vastly cheaper, but the cost curve bends 1000x faster as each subsequent generation iterates with lots of new demand and lots of competition to build. The positive feedback loop is very powerful.

      With eink monitors, the feedback loop is negative. Some people will never understand the benefits even if the pricetag were identical because in their minds, it does less, no video, no games, no color, but price is much higher, so even people kind of interested get turned off by the price, so the price goes higher to make a profit off a shrinking pool of customers, and subsequent generations of the tech take longer to come to market, have no competition and no incentive to R&D costs down.

      I’m glad to see eink phones and tablets proliferating a little faster, hopefully competition there will eventually make large monitors cheaper, but I’m not holding my breath.