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Ectaco 5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Back for another. 09/03/2012

This review is from: Ectaco 5" High Resolution e-Book Reader (jetBook-Lite)

Pros: uses user-replaceable AA batteries,

has better screen than eInk (the text is blacker),

reads huge number of formats including Adobe ADE DRM ePub,

uses SD memory cards (therefore, limitless memory),

has 100 pre-installed public domain books (many interesting)

Cons: heavy (due to the weight of the four AA batteries),

no 3G or WiFi (you download books onto your computer and move them to your SD card),

high fail rate among new units (so get a warranty)

Other Thoughts: I bought my first jetBook Lite from Newegg in December, 2009, for $117.00; and I am so happy with it that I have bought another as a backup for less than half - $56.95.

Note: My first unit just stopped working after a month, so I sent it back to Ectaco for a replacement. I gather that the jetBook Lite has a higher fail rate for new units than its competitors, so I recommend that you buy a warranty from Newegg or your favorite third party.

To my knowledge all other eBook readers use a lithium battery which drains even when not in use. This means that their clock is running, and that they have limited life expectancies. With rechargeable AA batteries, the jetBook Lite might last forever.

I prefer the jetBook Lite's screen over eInk because the text is blacker.

There is no limit to its "memory" because you use SD cards instead of an internal memory.

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Ectaco 5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great value! 03/23/2010

This review is from: Ectaco 5" High Resolution e-Book Reader (jetBook-Lite)

Pros: 1) low price
2) TFT screen
3) The battery compartment makes a good handle.
4) It comes with many attractive public domain books.
5) SD card slot
6) bookmark and "jump to page" abilities

Cons: 1) Some units (including mine) freeze up and need to be replaced.
2) The English dictionary is poor, with few words one doesn't already know.
3) Cannot handle hyperlinks to take you to chapters or endnotes.
4) You haven't finished your spending with the price of the unit.

Other Thoughts: I received this for Christmas from Newegg for $117. Since then I have spent $50 for rechargeable batteries and charger, an SD card, an SD card reader, etc. - bringing the total to $167.

My first unit froze up, requiring me to return it to Ectaco for a new device (which Ectaco sent promptly). This second device froze once, but that problem solved itself by sitting for an hour without the batteries installed.

I have read nine books since Christmas, most being books which came with the device for free. The English dictionary has only 10% of the words I have looked up.

The unit is very comfortable to hold because the battery compartment serves as a handle. The TFT screen is quite satisfactory, preferable to eInk IMO.

I find the fonts and the font sizes to be easy to read. Pages turn very quickly. The page-turning buttons are not inconvenient.

I'm very glad I chose the jetBook Lite.

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Russell M.'s Profile

Display Name: Russell M.

Date Joined: 11/28/09

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 03/23/10
  • Last Review: 09/03/12
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