Ectaco Unveils the Jetbook 2 eReader w\New Triton 2 Color E-ink Screen

Ectaco Unveils the Jetbook 2 eReader w\New Triton 2 Color E-ink Screen e-Reading Hardware When Amazon killed off the Kindle DX earlier this year I took it as a sign that large screen ereaders were on the way out. I didn't think they were worth the expense when compared to Android tablets or the iPad.

It seems that Ectaco never got that memo. They've just unveiled the Jetbook 2 ereader in Russia, and they plan to have it on the market by March 2013 (I don't have news yet on plans for other markets).

The Jetbook 2 looks to have an updated screen but otherwise is identical to the current model. It has the same general design, ports, card slot, and CPU as the current model, and from what I can tell unfortunately it even has the same Wacom touchscreen (more on that later).

The one major change with this new model is reportedly the Triton 2 screen. I'm still waiting to hear back from E-ink for more technical details on the screen, but according to the Russian language ebook blog who scooped me on the story this screen has better contrast and is noticeably less gray than the screen on the current Jetbook model.

Ectaco Unveils the Jetbook 2 eReader w\New Triton 2 Color E-ink Screen e-Reading Hardware

You're supposed to be able to see the differences in this photo, but I'm not sure whether the bezel might be influencing our perceptions.

For example, look at the black segments next to the black bezel and white bezel. Do you notice how the segment seems darker when set next to the white bezel that when it is next to the black bezel? That is a result of your eye tricking you into thinking perceiving the black as being darker.

Ectaco Unveils the Jetbook 2 eReader w\New Triton 2 Color E-ink Screen e-Reading Hardware

 

The new screen is still 9.7" in size, and the resolution remains unchanged, but just making the screen less gray is a great improvement. My Jetbook Color had a screen so gray in color that it was darker than any of my other ereaders, including the original Kindle. It was so gray, in fact, that I took to calling it Dorian (it didn't have 50 shades so I could not call it Christian).

Ectaco Unveils the Jetbook 2 eReader w\New Triton 2 Color E-ink Screen e-Reading Hardware

With luck this new ereader will be on display at CES 2013 next month. And with even more luck (bad, this time) some unfortunate students will be stuck with using it in the classroom instead of some more capable device like the iPad, laptops, or Android tablets.

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9 Comments

  1. Mike Cane16 December, 2012

    Geez, you’re lazy. Cut out the screen pattern from the two bezels and put them side by side. I did. There really isn’t that much of a difference in color with most of the rectangles.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder16 December, 2012

      I think the point I made about the bezel was more important.

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      1. Mike Cane17 December, 2012

        There is no substitute for Science.

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        1. Nate Hoffelder17 December, 2012

          Yes there is: just make shit up and hope no one notices.

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    2. Dmitry4 January, 2013

      real go0d point.
      the matter is if they made it pure b&w but at least 12″ diagonal (and letter-sized) even with the same 1600×1200 resolution, I would buy one immediately.
      I’m sick of glowing TFT (not really readable in broad sunlight) and I want long battery life.
      But the most of all I want to get rid of scaling of PDFs I need to read.

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  2. Xyzzy16 December, 2012

    I think that the camera flash is affecting the top of the black-bezel reader’s screen too much to really compare it to the white-bezel’s screen — if you look at it, you’ll see the same effect as the flash has at the top of the OLPC in the previous post. (I have no idea why the white reader doesn’t have the same problem.)

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    1. Nate Hoffelder16 December, 2012

      The white bezel was already a glossy white.

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  4. tortillarat14 March, 2013

    If you cut some of the black one’s squares in half and overlay them on the white one’s, the white one’s do appear to be bolder and brighter.

    I do wish more large-screen e-readers were out there, color or not. I’d like to have a large e-ink display for technical books.

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