NoteSlate 13-inch tablet set to ship this summer; $99

Looking for a large, open-source tablet that is still budget-friendly? Say hello to the 13-inch NoteSlate with approximately 180 hours of battery life. And it's in color! Sort of...

Looking for a large, open-source tablet that is still budget-friendly? Say hello to the 13-inch NoteSlate with approximately 180 hours of battery life. And it's in color! Sort of...

By color, I mean one electronic ink shade at a time. With a choice of black or white backgrounds on the matte monochrome display, users can scribble in black, white, green, red and blue. The 0.6-pound has some standard tablet requirements like an SD card slot, USB connectivity, a headphones jack and various control buttons.

The starting firmware will support MP3 playback, and the next upgrade will add PDF and text viewing. The NoteSlate even sports a magnetic pen holder so you never lose the darn stylus.

I could see this working in a variety of professional settings, ranging from designers and artists to being used as a menu at restaurants. It's not as fancy as an iPad, but the price is nearly unbeatable.

The NoteSlate is set to launch in June for $99. A multi-color version is expected soon. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but with a grand total of four colors, you can expect the cost to escalate.

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