Just a couple of years ago, we would have laughed at the idea of getting an E-ink monitor, because most displays were still in black and white only, larger displays were prohibitively expensive, and nobody wanted to wait for several seconds to get a full display refresh.
But there’s been some good progress in recent years with color displays, faster refresh rate, and prices coming down somewhat which has led to the launch of devices such as the Onyx BOOX Tab Ultra C 10.3-inch color E-Ink Android tablet and a range of color eReaders such as the PocketBook Color. But DASUNG is going further with the launch of the world’s first color E-ink monitor.
DASUNG E-Ink color monitor specifications:
- 23.5-inch color E-ink Kaleido 3 color screen with 3200 x 1800 resolution
- 4096 colors through DASUNG X-Color Filter
- “Ultra-fast Turbo Refresh Tech”
- Optional frontlight and/or curved display (depends on model)
- Landscape and portrait mode orientation
- Video Input – HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C
- Audio – Stereo speakers, 3.5mm audio jack
- Wireless – Dual-band WiFi connectivity for Miracast and Airplay support
- USB – 3x USB Type-A (output) ports, 1x USB Type-B (input) port
- Power via DC jack
- Weight – 3.78 kg to 4.63 kg depending on selected model
The company actually already released a 23.5-inch E-Ink monitor, but only with a greyscale E-ink screen, a few years ago, so some of the specifications will be similar. GoodEReader has a review of that model, and refresh rates are impressive and close to regular monitors, but it depends on the mode selected, and some “staining” may appear in the faster “video mode”.
But back to the new color model. The company claims the display allows for smoother browsing, document editing, online learning, and even video watching as demonstrated in the video below. Surely not good enough for gaming, but it’s still not bad considering that it’s an E-Ink monitor, and such an E-Ink display should really help with eye strain compared to a traditional display.
DASUNG has just launched their 25.3-inch color E-Ink monitor on Indiegogo starting at $1,529 including worldwide shipping. Early backers can get quite a good deal (for an E-ink monitor) as the greyscale model currently retails for $1,898 with a front light. Shipping for the color E-ink monitor is scheduled to start in December 2023 or January 2024 depending on the exact model, and the monitor will come with a height-adjustable stand, an HDMI cable, a USB-A to USB-B cable, and a power adapter.
Via Hacker News
Updated: This article was initially published on July 31, 2023 and updated once the color E-Ink monitor launched on Indiegogo
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