After 4 years and several moderately useful designs, Dasung is finally launching an E-ink monitor with the one feature that I have wanted since the first time I saw the Paperlike at CES 2015.
It has a touchscreen.
Now live on Indiegogo, the Paperlike Pro (Touch) is a 13.3″ E-ink monitor that connects to your PC or mobile device over HDMI. It has a screen resolution of 1600 x 1200 as well as a capacitive touchscreen. The pre-order price is $800.
The Paperlike gives you all the pleasing reading experience of a Kindle’s screen, only scaled up to the point that you can get real work done. As you can see in the video, it’s a pretty cool device. It’s going to finally give me something I wanted, which is to sit back and read with the screen in my lap. (Yes, I can do that with an Onyx Max, but after getting burned once when I paid retail for a disappointing and marginally functional Max unit, I am not going to buy Onyx again.)
I just wish that Dasung had passed on launching the earlier models and instead waited until they could launch this one.
The thing is, I have two very good Paperlike monitors on my desk. A lot of people bought those earlier monitors, and they work great. But those models were also so expensive that a lot of the people who bought one of the previous models will have trouble justifying the purchase of the new Paperlike Pro (Touch).
This could limit sales, possibly to the point that Dasung won’t have enough orders for a production run.