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Chinese company Dasung was one of the early players in this space, and the company cleverly lets you know that its E Ink products weren’t just for reading eBooks by branding them as “Not-eReader” devices. And while the company’s latest may not be an eReader, the Dasung Not-eReader 133 is two other things: an Android tablet and a PC monitor.
Launching in China for 5,399 CNY (about $740), the Not-eReader 133 has a 13.3 inch E Ink Carta 1250 greyscale display with a resolution of 2200 x 1650 pixels for 207 pixels per inch, support for capacitive touch input, and a front-light with adjustable color temperature.
You can use the Not-eReader 133 as an tablet, thanks to its Android 9-based software, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also uses Dasung’s “Turbo Ink” technology to increase the refresh rate of the E Ink display for a more responsive experience than you’d get from a typical eReader.
Just keep in mind that you’re still not going to get the smooth 30+ fps animations you’d really want for watching videos, playing games, or smooth scrolling from an E Ink display. And increasing page refresh speeds on electronic paper displays like this typically comes at a cost: it involves a partial screen refresh, which may result in “ghosting,” where remnants of the previous image remain on the screen until the next full screen refresh.
While we’ve seen a number of E Ink tablets in recent years, the Dasung Not-eReader 133 stands out due to its HDMI input, which allows you to use the device as an E Ink monitor for a laptop, desktop, or other devices.
The Not E-Reader 133 also has a 3.5mm audio jack, a microSD card reader, and a USB Type-C OTG port with support for 18W charging. You can also use the USB port to connect peripherals like a keyboard or external storage.
The tablet/monitor has a 6,400 mAh battery and support for dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, and the Dasung Not E-Reader 133 measures 316 x 228 x 8mm (12.4″ x 9″ x 0.3″).
Dasung hasn’t announced pricing or availability details outside of China yet, but many of the company’s other products are available worldwide, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Not E-Reader 133 follow suit.