ASUS unveils DR-570 color e-book reader with 122 hours of battery life

ASUS unveils DR-570 color e-book reader with 122 hours of battery life

Summary: Soon the easier question to answer will be which tech company doesn't have an e-reader model. Asus has thrown their hat into the ring with the DR-570 e-book reader, and it's battery life is staggering.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

Soon the easier question to answer will be which major tech company doesn't have an e-reader model. Asus has thrown their hat into the ring with the DR-570 e-book reader, and it's battery life is staggering.

According to The Sunday Times, the Asus DR-570 will host a 6-inch OLED color touchscreen display, plus Flash playback, 3G and Wi-Fi.

But what is key here: the Asus e-book reader is said to be able to run 122 hours on a single battery charge. And that's not standby-mode (supposedly).

No word on prices yet, but it should be available before the end of 2010. Who knows what e-reader pricing might be like then, but with a color screen and battery life that long, it won't come cheap.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • what's the point?

    Going from print, to emulating print with expensive electronics that are more environmentally hazardous to recycle.

    And the price for magazines still isn't any cheaper.

    Does anybody else see the problem with this?

    BTW: When was the last time you read a 6" newspaper?
    • You would think . . .

      that with widespread deforestation going on, more people would be willing to pony up a little more cash to help save the environment. I'd rather see these recycled rather than another vast wasteland where a forest used to be . . .

      And it's not like these things will end up in a landfill anytime soon.
      • Your ignorance is showing

        It doesn't take vast forests for recycled newsprint, sorry to say.

        And obviously you don't know a thing about mass production of today's electronics. Today's electronics are short-lived, especially since the complexity and cost of manufacturing is so high that it's easier to replace a defective unit than fix it. For instance, there's a reason why todays TV's only have a 1 year warranty, as opposed to cabinet TV's that you could buy in the 70's and 80's that would have a 5-10 year warranty on the tube.

        Paper will degrade naturally - even in landfill. Plastic doesn't. And the production of air and water pollution of plastic recycling plants is much worse than throwing a newspaper in the trash.
        • You forgot one more thing...

          Trees can be regrown on the same spot...

          Plastic well it just lasts, and lasts, and lasts... Do some research on the plastic island in the Pacific and how it is killing the wildlife there. EVEN when the plastic breaks up into tiny bits it still kills nature...
          • Also don't forget

            Once the plastic device is created and shipped the only enviournmental cost for reading thousands of publications is the electricity required to run the device and the extremely minor bandwidth of the internet. With Thousand of paper publications you have prining press pollution transport pollution from delivery trucks, jets, boats, and pollution from the premises where the publication is stored, etc. The exact enviournmental impact of the two alternatives would be interesting to study but would require serious research, might have to see if anyone has done it.
          • Frankly, I'm . . .

            less concerned with overall costs than with the sustainability of the amount of paper we're using. I don't think we can keep it up, and something needs to change.

            Whether that something is e-book readers, products like the iSlate(?) [big ???], slates in general, or just reading on a laptop, netbook, or just a smartphone, NAY of those solutions is far more viable than just continuing to chop down more trees . . .
          • It takes 20 years to . . .

            get a tree to reach the stage where it can be harvested. That land then essentially becomes worthless for the next 20 years, vulnerable to erosion and other natural processes.

            Meanwhile, we make FAR more paper products than what you can get from recycling. Everything from paper napkins to paper towels, plates, cups, etc.

            Lest you think that I'm one of the environmentalist wackos out there: I don't believe in global warming, and I think the environmentalist movement goes too far most of the time. This just happens to be one of the few areas I agree with them. You can see visibly how much area has been deforested on the globe in just the last 20-25 years. It's staggering.
        • And you know nothing about . . .

          Glossy paper, the kind thats used in the majority of publications today is extremely hard to recycle. We must get over 15-20 catalogs ALONE each WEEK.

          Unfortunately, one of the worst offenders of this is in my area. Les Wexner (owner of Lerner, Victoria's Secret, etc) and his companies must deforest an entire country every six months or so.

          And quite frankly, as I'm sure someone else will point out, if a piece of electronics doesn't go bad (exceptions being things with moving parts, such as HDD's) during the warranty period, it probably won't fail at all for several years. My Dell Axim X5a still powers up and works just fine. I just can't get it to sync with vista or 7. That's where the disposable aspect comes from. If you could get companies to continue to support a product for more than two years, you'd see a lot less electronics getting recycled when they didn't need to be.
  • The math doesn't work...

    With the current battery and OLED technology, the claim of over 120 hours of battery life while in operating mode is not believable. Wishful thinking by the marketing department, methinks (pity the engineers) ;)