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Forget Kindle and other expensive e-book readers,
This review is from: ASUS Eee PC 701 SD-BLK024L 7-inch Netbook, Linux Preloaded, 512MB RAM, 8GB SSD (Black) (Electronics)
For the price, this thing is worth it just for reading e-books - bearing in mind that it can also download new ebooks for you, as it has good internet accessibility. It's about the size of a largeish paperback, and a similar weight. It's got "solid" memory, so no whirring hard drive to heat up and break if you're rough with it. Compare this, which can read almost any format of e-book, to something like Sony e-reader or Kindle, which cost more and have a fraction of the functionality, and there's no contest unless you're really keen on "e-ink". Personally I prefer the tft screen, as I find the backlighting useful in an e-book reader. You can take this little dude to bed with you, read ebooks (including in colour), surf the web, listen to MP3s on headphones, and also have the advantage of a full office suite and a wide range of games (it will run either XP or Linux, both of which give you a lot more than the limited operating systems on e-book readers). So far it seems robust, a very convenient size, a good price, versatile (you can extend the memory) and good quality. It has USB 2.0 sockets, so you can also plug in a DVD drive and watch full videos on it, assuming you've got WinDVD or other suitable software. It hasn't played up and is about as idiot-proof as these things get. Thoroughly recommended!