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Topic # 105151 28-Jun-2012 03:53 Send private message

I'm surprised I can't find anything in the forums about the Laser range of ebook readers?

They're amongst the cheapest on PriceSpy:
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?j=1192249,1144082,1101959,927392,998833,837693

Has anybody tried any of them?




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  Reply # 647348 28-Jun-2012 06:21 Send private message

None of the ones there would be considered a true e-book reader IMHO as they are all LCD not e-ink. This means you are looking at maybe 10 hours of battery life not a month or more of battery life. Also all the negatives of reflections in sunlight, possible eye strain etc.
If you are going to get a LCD device you would be better off going for a real tablet so that you can get the advantages of a tablet as well. However personally I would say if you want an e-book reader then get a kindle/kobo/nook or similar.







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  Reply # 647368 28-Jun-2012 07:31 Send private message

For those prices you can get the Anazon Kindle from our order page... And get a real reader ;)





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  Reply # 647373 28-Jun-2012 07:51 Send private message

freitasm: For those prices you can get the Anazon Kindle from our order page... And get a real reader ;)

+1 for the Amazon Kindle.

My wife absolutely hammers hers, but it has stood up well after 18 months of constant use.  The eInk screen is unbeatable for reading IMO.







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  Reply # 647374 28-Jun-2012 07:53 Send private message

Nety: None of the ones there would be considered a true e-book reader IMHO as they are all LCD not e-ink. This means you are looking at maybe 10 hours of battery life not a month or more of battery life. Also all the negatives of reflections in sunlight, possible eye strain etc. 
If you are going to get a LCD device you would be better off going for a real tablet so that you can get the advantages of a tablet as well. However personally I would say if you want an e-book reader then get a kindle/kobo/nook or similar.


I'm thinking that too (battery/LCD/etc), but for also movie playback and stuff it could be useful. And then I'd forget about considering about getting a tablet as well as an ebook (my phone can handle my android app desires instead). However after seeing the Nexus 7 featured....  nah, I'm going for that tablet! So a proper real ebook reader is then the right choice for me, Probably the Kobo Touch (sorry freitasm.... !).




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  Reply # 647379 28-Jun-2012 08:00 Send private message

dman: I'm thinking that too (battery/LCD/etc), but for also movie playback and stuff it could be useful. And then I'd forget about considering about getting a tablet as well as an ebook (my phone can handle my android app desires instead). However after seeing the Nexus 7 featured....  nah, I'm going for that tablet! So a proper real ebook reader is then the right choice for me, Probably the Kobo Touch (sorry freitasm.... !).

Good Luck with that!

Reliability of the Kobo eBook readers has not been the best from what I've heard, and then there's the selection of titles available.  Look into it carefully before you buy as Amazon's selection of free and paid-for titles is the best on the planet AFAIK.







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  Reply # 647382 28-Jun-2012 08:20 Send private message

I'd normally be reading a lot of economics books from Mises.org, and most are free without DRM so I'm not too bothered.

And I'd purchase the Kobo in Auckland soo... should have local support if something goes wrong?




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  Reply # 647488 28-Jun-2012 10:52 Send private message

Kindle. 

There is a reason they are the most widely used ebook reader there is. 

Sooner or later you are going to want to buy books, those books are going to be on Amazon and Amazon has regular ebook sales. 






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  Reply # 647495 28-Jun-2012 10:58 Send private message

dman: I'd normally be reading a lot of economics books from Mises.org, and most are free without DRM so I'm not too bothered.

And I'd purchase the Kobo in Auckland soo... should have local support if something goes wrong?


I have a Kindle, going on 18 months now and had no issues, but I have heard of Amazon shipping new Kindles out quick smart for people that have had an issue. They seem to be really awesome, and lots of Bricks and Mortar retailers could learn a thing or three from Amazon.

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  Reply # 647718 28-Jun-2012 16:45 Send private message

I've had a Kindle for around 18 months and love it!. Recently brought an ipad thinking perhaps that it would serve as a multi purpose tablet/ebook reader. Gave wife the Kindle and used the ipad for 15mins and eyes felt terrible, after the Kindle it was awful. My wife also struggled with reading on the ipad.

So ended up buying a second Kindle.

Lesson learnt was to buy devices that are designed to do what they are designed to do - don't try and multi task with the same machine - it'll end in tears!



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  Reply # 647735 28-Jun-2012 17:44 Send private message

crackrdbycracku: Kindle. 

There is a reason they are the most widely used ebook reader there is. 

Sooner or later you are going to want to buy books, those books are going to be on Amazon and Amazon has regular ebook sales. 




Personally a little piece of me rebels against the idea of a Kindle like I rebel against following the crowd in getting an iPad ;-)




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  Reply # 647742 28-Jun-2012 17:55 Send private message

dman:
crackrdbycracku: Kindle. 

There is a reason they are the most widely used ebook reader there is. 

Sooner or later you are going to want to buy books, those books are going to be on Amazon and Amazon has regular ebook sales. 




Personally a little piece of me rebels against the idea of a Kindle like I rebel against following the crowd in getting an iPad ;-)


My rebellion against the tyrannical forces which force me to ware pants are thwarted on a daily basis, but who knows tomorrow might just be the day.

Seriously, it's an ebook reader.  




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  Reply # 647831 28-Jun-2012 21:04 Send private message

I have one of the Laser e-book readers.

I am not that happy with the touch screen sensitivity or with the manner in which books to be read are selected. However it does make a great device to watch video files provided that you use a set of earphones to listen to the soundtrack, the internal speaker lacks any volume.

Personally for the e-reading experience I much prefer this android tablet and Aldiko or my Sony reader.

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