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Hanlin e-Reader V5 | July 14, 2010

By P.B. 

  

A week ago I bought my first e-book reader – Hanlin eReader V5. It cost  5.500 Czech crowns (about US$275 US Dollars) including VAT. The set includes a case of leather, e-Reader, USB-cable, power adapter, manual, screwdriver, headphones and 2 GB SD card with 250 e-books in Czech language (by Czech authors J.A. Komensky and K. Capek, then  J. London, etc.)

Here is my general impression after 4 days of owning this device.

Advantages appear to be as follows:

  • it is easy to understand how this product works;
  • the reading is comfortable (good quality of a display) and a user can set a size of letters (it depends on the format of a document –  PDF has 5 possibilities, TXT offers 3 possibilities);
  • usage of e-Ink technology (see a note at the end of this article) enables to read approximately 8000 pages without charging batteries;
  • supports many formats: PDF, DOC, HTML, JPEG, GIF, MP3, ZIP, RAR and some others;
  • the technology supports both reading and  listening modern English books, which  is very good for studying;
  • the 2 GB SD (Security Digital) card is included, but it is possible to use 16 GB SD card (internal memory 384 MB); notice: Secure Digital (SD) is a non-volatile memory card format developed by Panasonic, SanDisk, and Toshiba for portable devices.
  • provides a reasonable size of the e-Reader;
  • supports bookmarks (up to 7 bookmarks in one book, which may be deleted by a user);
  • gives a possibility to go directly to a specific page (for example, page 721);
  • the system remembers last 16 files;
  • besides reading and listening to the books it also provides listening to the music or showing     pictures.

 Disadvantages seem to be as follows:

  •   sometimes problems with special characters (č, š, ř, ž…) arise;
  •   slow functioning (it is better to create a tree of folders with books – it runs faster);
  •   cutting off letters in words at the end of the row varies (e.g. „udělat“ can be cut ud-ělat, uděl-at, etc.);
  •  doesn´t support searching  in your library;
  •  when a user applies functions for reading and listening together, the audio is not always of good quality (I have tried only one source – maybe it has happened by chance);
  • doesn´t support touchscreen;
  •  not all paper books (especially by Czech authors) are in a form of e-book.

 General conclusion

  • it is expensive (but it depends on your considerations);
  • e-Reader can comprise more e-books (depends on a memory card)
  • it is very good for holiday or for usage when traveling by city transport;
  • in the future, when more sophisticated functions are amended, it will bring great conveniences for common people.

 

NOTE: E-Ink is used with electronic paper (e-paper) or electronic ink display, which imitates the appearance of ordinary ink on paper. E-paper reflects ambient light like ordinary paper rather than emitting its own light. An e-paper display can be read in direct sunlight without the image appearing to fade. Moreover, in this case the contrast seems to be the best. On the contrary, in the places that are not well lit the problem with contrast could appear.

Through this new technology the display takes the energy from a battery only when it draws its content. It lasts just a fraction of a second. For the rest of displaying time no feed power is needed. This feature let the e-Reader offer hundreds hours of reading without charging, e.g. with standard Li-pol accumulator it makes about 8000 pages of text.

E-Reader can show videos or photos but the quality of showing them is not good.

 


9 Comments »

  1. Nice rievew, I like it. Keep going … thanks.

    Comment by azizk — July 14, 2010 @ 9:46 am

  2. It’s Nice Post, keep posting and have a nice day… 09:10

    Comment by The Best Blogger — July 21, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  3. One remark. I thing that better is to use term hyphenation, than cutting of words.

    Comment by Kalolis — July 21, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    • Maybe you are right. According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, 2000 „hyphenate“ means
      „to join words or syllables with a hyphen“ .
      Galina Vitkova

      Comment by gvitkova — July 22, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  4. Definitely right
    http://www.englishclub.com/writing/hyphenation.htm🙂.

    Comment by Kalolis — July 23, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

  5. I have just read helpful information about e-book Readers offered by Amazon Kindle and at http://www.MALL.cz/e-book/. Both sites are worth visiting for those who want to have a quality e-Reader.
    28th July 2010

    Comment by gvitkova — July 28, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

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  7. you can always tell the quality of USB cables by looking at the thickness of the cable. thicker usb cables have higher quality ,;:

    Comment by Rust Paint — December 3, 2010 @ 7:55 pm


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