Thursday, January 7, 2010

The enTourage eDGe is presented at CES. Revolutionary? Yes! Green? Not sure yet.

We're hearing for a while about the potential of multifunctional devices to become the "Kindle Killer", and now we've got one of the first examples unveiled - the enTourage eDGe™.

GalleyCat reported that the new device, described as "combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one", was presented on the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The shipping of the enTourage eDGe will begin next month and the price is $490. In return you'll receive "a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time." The promise as you can see already is that it does it all.

The advantages are many - big screen (9.7 inches), usage of e-Ink technology, built in WiFi, built-in 3 GB of usable memory, BlueTooth capability to add an external keyboard and much more.

And what about green advantages? well, two months ago, Asghar Mostafa, president and CEO of enTourage System said that "we set out to develop a product that would revolutionize consumer electronics, changing the way we work, live and play". The device definitely look and feel as a revolutionary one, but we can't really say if it's also a sustainable one.

On its webpage it says, for example, that "the lithium ion battery can last up to 16 hours of reading without recharging. One of the big advantages of the enTourage eDGe™ is that the battery can be replaced if it's ever necessary." But actually both the Kindle and the Nook have rechargeable and replaceable battery, so there's not much progress here.

I wish that once we'll see among the presented features of a new device "lower carbon footprint", with examples on its "green" features that make it eco-friendly. This will definitely be a true revolution when it comes to reading devices.

You can see more about the enTourage eDGe on this video:

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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