Mine arrived today, and I second that opinion.
I wasn’t too sure about this ereader. It looked awfully clunky in the photos, but in person it is actually quite nice. As you can see, it has all the buttons along one long edge, which at first seems like a bad idea. But it works.
That one wide bezel might make the ER-701 look off-balanced, but the effect isn’t nearly as noticeable in hand. When I’m holding this ereader, the wide bezel just works. The bezel doesn’t seem so wide when it’s underneath my thumb. BTW, this ereader isn’t as well balanced as I like. It seems to be more heavy towards the edge away from the buttons. But it’s not an issue once I put the cover on; then I can maintain a grip just fine.
Now that I’ve played with it for a bit, I can confirm that this is running firmware that I’ve seen before. I’m pretty sure that this ereader was designed by Gajah, a ebook reader developer based in Singapore. They use the same menus and reading app on all their ereaders, and that includes all the rebranded models like the ER-701.
The formatting of the ebook app was never very good, but this is still a feature rich ereader. You can rotate it so the buttons are on all 4 sides of the text while reading, but it appears the menus only use 2 of the directions. It has a video and audio player, photo viewer, and a file manager. The backlight can be set quite dim,and it looks dark enough that I can use it for night reading.
Format support includes Epub and PDF and it does support Adobe DE DRM. It has 6 font sizes, bookmarks, and you can play background music while reading. You can also set the type and background to any of 6 different colors, so if you wanted the traditional white text on black background of night reading mode you could do it.
I have to say that this is a lot better than I was expecting. It was less than $50, so my expectations were quite low. The ER-701 far exceeded them.This is definitely one of those cheap ereaders that break the stereotype. I’m looking forward to posting a review.
- 7″ (800×480) screen
- 1.5GB Flash Storage
- microSD card slot
- headphone jack
- Ebook formats: Epub, PDF
- Video & Audio formats: not stated