I have been blown away by the Kindle display. I thought for myself, "I want to have this display on a notebook!", since I read a lot on my PC - I thought it would be great with bash-only distro of linux (since there are text browsers like Links) - and I spend a lot of hours coding, which means just staring into text, and my eyes often hurt. I understand it would be black and white only.

But all I found are prototypes that never materialized.

So, my question is, are there some e-ink notebooks that I can actually buy?

  • I've not seen one yet, and after using a Sony Reader with high-speed e-ink (which is a HUGE improvement over earlier ones like the Kindle, etc.) I can see why. It's just laggy enough to drive one batty trying to use it as anything other than a book. Oct 23 '10 at 11:25
  • Well, I am prepared that I won't be able to play flash games on my dream device, but I though it might be OK for text-oriented stuff, like coding or running text-only applications. Oh well. Oct 23 '10 at 11:31
  • You can now ask at hardware recommendations SE. (well, check here) I've added similar question there.
    – miroxlav
    Mar 30 '16 at 13:22

The whole point of e-ink is to display stuff that doesn't change a lot - it takes energy to prepare the display (move ink in capsules) but than you don't need energy to keep the display on. This is perfect for books, when you need a minute or two to read a page.

It is not designed for constantly refreshing displays.


There is a list (some are prototypes, some are not) here

  • The article you linked to specifically mentions that it's not an E-Ink display, it's some form of TFT LCD. Aug 7 '12 at 1:43
  • @Mark Henderson. So it did. Revised.
    – Magpie
    Aug 7 '12 at 18:47

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