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Sony Puts its 13.3″ eReader On Sale for $799

DPT-S1-PDF-Reader[1]When Sony launched its 13.3″ digital writing slate in the US last March, it cost a staggering $1,100. The price has come down a bit since then, and today you can pick up the Digital Paper DPT-S1 for a mere $799.

Unlike your average ereader, the DPT-S1 was built for the business customer. It features a 13.3″ Mobius E-ink display with dual touchscreens (stylus and IR), Wifi, and 4GB of storage. It does not, however, support very many features to justify the high price.

The DPT-S1 supports reading and editing PDF files, but it doesn’t support Epub nor does it have any apps. It can’t, for example, let you read your emails.

It does, however, make a nifty blueprint reader. Thanks to the plastic-backed Mobius E-ink display, the DPT-S1 is more rugged than your average mobile device. But due to the size and limited production, it is also more expensive, hence the high price tag.

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The DPT-S1 is the only device on the market to use this screen, but several competing devices are in the works. Pocketbook, Netronix, and Onyx have each announced that they are working on a design, but none are close to reaching the market.

Similarly, the Chinese device maker Dasung has developed a 13.3″ USB monitor based on this screen, but that unit is not available either.

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frtkjgn April 1, 2015 um 12:39 pm

Sony should negotiate with Apple to license their fruit logo for this. Not unlikely that that would increase sales without putting the device on sale.

usr April 1, 2015 um 5:52 pm

Great. Now just Sony should make 2nd version with Bluetooth and bring it to EU.

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Feda April 2, 2015 um 10:47 am

I would be tempted to get one for personal use if it had a front light and supported E-pub.

Nate Hoffelder April 2, 2015 um 11:13 am

If it ran Android then I would have gotten one already. I might even have gotten one if it at least supported Epub. But as it is, I can’t justify the expense of just an Epub reader.

Ek July 3, 2015 um 8:00 pm

I bit the bullet and got it. Didn’t like the price and lack of features. But I wanted something great for reading PDFs. The lack of e-reader options on the market designed specifically for PDFs pushed me to pull the trigger. No doubt when this technology matures, this thing will quickly become antiquated.

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