My Dasung Paperlike Pro Arrived – What Should I Do With It?

Dasung is a Chinese startup that has so far released three monitors based on a 13.3" E-ink screen under the brand name, Paperlike.

The third model, the Paperlike Pro, was announced last month. It features the same screen resolution as before (1600 x 1200) but on the upside the Pro works over HDMI and the screen was upgraded to Carta E-ink.

My unit just arrived today. I haven't had a chance to really test it yet, but I wanted to invite requests.

My Dasung Paperlike Pro Arrived - What Should I Do With It? e-Reading Hardware

I can confirm the technical details mentioned above, and I can also add that while the HDMI port is terribly convenient, the frequent crashes are not.

The Pro crashes about every five minutes, forcing me to press the C (for "clear") button to get it working again. (I'm going to ask Dasung why as soon as they wake up tomorrow morning in China.) While the Pro does appear to be a tad faster that its predecessor, that stability issue pretty much cancels out any gains.

It is a nifty toy, nonetheless.

What would you like me to try out?

P.S. There's no touchscreen, one feature I would have liked to have

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

45 Comments on My Dasung Paperlike Pro Arrived – What Should I Do With It?

  1. Can you rotate it to portrait mode and read PDFs? How useful would it be as a dedicated PDF reader?

    • good question!

      It’s going to depend on a computer’s graphics options, but my Win7 laptop could rotate the screen to portrait.

      It’s not so great as a PDF reader, though, because there’s no touchscreen or page turn buttons.

  2. Please make a video to show these problems. I am one of the buyer of this devices and I want to know what problems it has

  3. By crashes do you mean just stops updating? That the crashes are happening about every five minutes makes me wonder if it’s connected to power management settings. While you’re waiting for a reply back from support, you could check your power settings and tell Windows to never shut off the screen (if it isn’t already configured that way), and see if that makes a difference.

    • Every so often the Pro switches to a warning message telling me I should update my Paperlike drivers. That’s a crash.

      I think you’re describing something more like a freeze.

    • We design for screen protection and extended functions about the screen.
      If you are confused about the software, you can sign an anouncment for a software-free monitor.
      We will give you a special version for you.

  4. I have a couple of questions.

    1. Are crashes only with the HDMI connection?
    2. Last time I tried it on Windows 10, the mouse cursor was being drawn at the wrong position–off by a couple of inches. Is it fixed with Pro?

    • 2. I am on Windows 7, so I can’t really answer that. But the cursor looks like it’s in the right position.

    • Did you use first version?

      If the deviation of mouse position is large during the running of Paperlike Driver, please exit the Paperlike Driver to modify the “Dot Per Inch” (DPI) to 100% in display setting.Then Paperlike can be used after logging off windows.

  5. 5 minutes a reminder, because you did not install an enhanced software. This software can adjust the contrast and protect the screen

  6. Hi Nate, please check your email. We sent an email to you yesterday. It isn’t a crashes. Please install software (in U-disk). In order to protect screen well, we set a Screen protection mechanism. You need to click “C” button every 5 minutes if you doesn’t install software.

    • that’s disappointing.

      the whole point of going to HDMI was that drivers would no longer be required. If I still have to install them then you haven’t actually improved on the existing design.

      In fact, the new model is actually a downgrade; now it requires 2 ports on my computer, not one. (it draws power from a USB cable).

  7. Why didn’t you wait until they release a screen with more resolution?

  8. If you’re still interested in trying things out, I’d be interested in seeing if/how this screen might work with the likes of a Raspberry Pi (if you happen to have one floating around).

  9. I’m still interested in this device- but I’m a little confused. I would use it with HDMI only (since there will be no drivers for some of the platforms I use, and I wouldn’t want to have to rely on driver updates for the years to come anyway). Is this usable at all over HDMI?
    I honestly do not understand the reply from DASUNG here. The screen protection mechanism is supposed to protect _what_?
    I guess I won’t order until these things are somewhat clear, even if it means that I will miss the early bird offer.

    I also received an order form from Dasung by email, and it states “1. Paperlike Pro can support Windows 7/ Windows 8/ Windows 10/ Mac OS 10.11-10.12/ Linux Ubuntu-16.04-Desktop-amd64. For such high speed HDMI transmission equipment, due to the different main board, interface and system of host computer, there may be some instability which is not the quality problems of the product.”

    I’m not sure what this is supposed to mean. Yet another problem? What are your experiences?

    • ” Is this usable at all over HDMI?”

      So long as it keeps resetting/crashing without the drivers, I would say no.

    • We design for screen protection and extended functions about the screen.
      If you are confused about the software, you can sign an anouncment for a software-free monitor.
      We will give you a special version for you.

  10. Dasung doesn’t offer a warranty, they it’s too much of a hassle for international customers.

    I’m holding off from purchasing.

    • Dear Daniel. Thank you for your pay attention with DASUNG. If your monitor had some problem, our engineer will contact with you at first. We can use Skype/ Teamviewer to give you help. If we detect it is itself reason or it has a hardware problem. We will suggest you to send back. We will detect and repair it. But don’t worry about it. You can be assured of the quality of our products. We invented E Ink monitor for 3 year. We also want to provide best after-sales service for our user.

  11. Hi Nate,
    it would be interesting to find out, if the monitor crashes after you’ve installed the drivers as suggested by Dasung. I know it is dissapointing that you still need to install drivers, but it would be nice to know, if the monitor crashes (even with the drivers installed) like the previous model did, or if this problem (which makes the monitor practically unusable) is not present in the paperlike pro

  12. How often does it refresh and can you watch videos with it ? Will you do a video review ?

    • right now my unit (without the drivers) refreshes about 15 times a second. It’s not a complete refresh, though; there’s a lot of ghosting. So after a few minutes the screen starts to look fuzzy.

      you can watch videos but I don’t think you’d want to or would get much out of it

  13. Does the refreshing cause a lot of nuisance ? So I guess you wouldnt say it’s worth getting for that money ? Unfortunately I would love to have an E-paper monitor but it’s way too overpriced. Definitely going to check out your final review

  14. I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind:

    1.) How did you get your hands on a Pro while its on pre-order?
    2.) After you install the drivers, does it work as the company intended/advertised? Or does it still have issues?…I bought the first gen last year and that one seems to be dying or something because the screen is starting to fade out, as if its running low on ink. Is that a problem with all Dasung monitors or is that just mine specifically from overuse?
    3.) How is the image quality on the Pro?…are images more clear on the Pro?…on the first one I have, whenever i view a dark image, the screen gets extremely dark, and i can’t see the image at all or anything else even when i close the image. i have to search for a white background on google to clear up the dark ghosty shadow the dark images leave behind. So basically, can you view dark images properly?…for instance, how does the Steam (game platform) website look on the Pro?…on the regular one, I can’t see anything on the Steam website.
    4.) Could you do a video review showing these things (or just answer them here if not):
    -show what you mean by the “crashes”
    -show how a video looks on the Pro….I am not intending to watch videos for entertainment, but every now and then, I have to look at informative videos (tutorials) so enjoyment isn’t an issue

    • “How did you get your hands on a Pro while its on pre-order?”

      I have a special relationship with Dasung. (I am why anyone outside of China even knows about the Paperlike.) I found their first prototype in the back of the E-ink booth at CES one year, bought one of their first units, and I have been writing about the products ever since.

      2, The drivers fixed the crashing problem. I think it works well while lying on my desk. I can’t tell you how well it works Long term until after I install the monitor arm (it’s arriving today).

      3, The Pro has a higher resolution than the 13.3″ laptop I am typing this comment on. That’s great, but the big problem is that the Pro only has 16 shads of gray.That’s just not enough detail for displaying colorful images.

      “On the first one I have, whenever I view a dark image, the screen gets extremely dark, and i can’t see the image at all or anything else even when i close the image.”

      Pressing the “C” button should take care of that (it’s basically a refresh button). It does for me.

      4, I plan to.

  15. Does it work with a keyboard? I’ve been looking for a tablet that can handle basic emails and also be good for actually typing manuscripts when traveling. Most tablets aren’t really designed with keyboards in mind.

  16. Looking forward to more news, last year I was looking to also start a plug and play hdmi plus usb power project (for raspberry/orange pi) with the new gen screen and had a meeting with eInk. They then promptly blew me off, but it is good to see such a device come to market!

  17. Try it on any non-Ubuntu Linux, please. This should show properly if it works without the drivers at all.

  18. Hello, Nate! I want to buy a Dasung Paperlike to watch videos and play games. You can run 3D-game (racing, shooter, etc)? Please make a video. How comfortable Dasung Pro is to playing? The frame rate is sufficient to show video and games, but how much is the delay between pressing a key and the action on the screen, full latency time? I’m afraid that the latency time is too long.
    Ideally, I want Dasung Pro to look the same as Nook Simple Touch: https://youtu.be/9fbD753xE-U

    • This monitor really only has two modes for gaming: low-detail and high refresh rate, or high-detail and low-refresh.

      Neither is suitable for 3d-gaming – or videos for that matter.

      • But the video shown by DasungTech (starting with 0:55 https://youtu.be/haSHxao6oWA?t=55s ) shows that the display is capable of showing the video stunningly fast. And the frame rate is sufficient to make it comfortable (no worse than on Nook Simple Touch). I think the games will look the same. But the question is, how long is the delay between pressing the button on the keyboard or the mouse and the action on the screen. How low is it in high refresh rate mode? Half a second? Quarter of a second? Less?

        • You really can’t trust manufacturer’s promo videos. They lie.

          I shot a quick video to show you what these monitors can do with gaming and videos. I am not going to officially publish this video – there’s too much background noise) but I wanted to show you what the paperlike can really do.
          https://youtu.be/Fqo7pANn6CM

          • Thank you so much! Now I understand what Dasung Pro is capable of. It’s really not at all what I expected. Such a monitor is only suitable for working with text (programming, reading, etc.). I’m very thankful to you!

          • Hi again!
            In your video, fast mode has a very high contrast, there is no gray scale. Because of this, any image looks awful. I watched a video review of another person and he shows that in Dasung there is a third display mode. Resolution drops to 800 * 600, but there is no excessively high contrast, as in another fast mode. In the video review, he calls it “quality button”. What can you say about this? Perhaps you just did not find this display mode? For me it sounds promising. Here, starting at 5:13 https://youtu.be/mw7striJjFo?t=5m13s

          • yes.

            I skipped that mode because I am not going to tout a thousand dollars 13″ monitor with a resolution of only 800 x 600.

  19. Any chance you know how it compares to the 13.3 inch Onyx E-Reader as a second monitor when it comes to performance, etc ?

  20. Consider using an iPad connected with their HDMI adapter to create an e-ink ipad device. I have a number of book readers and Bible programs for my iPad. Would love to have an e-ink display for these. I do have a nook, Kindle paperwhite and KindleDX. I

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