Pixel Qi At Computex: E-Ink Meets LCD

Posted: Jun 3 2009, 12:20pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 2:43pm CDT , in Notebooks and PCs


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E-Ink is awesome, the Kindle DX is proof enough of that. But it's also monochromatic, and that's something that won't really fly on a laptop. Unless you build a laptop that can switch freely between an E-Ink and LCD display, that is. That's just what Pixel Qi did with their new 3qi display laptop, currently on display at Computex.

In addition to having the coolest screen in the business, Pixel Qi claims that their new notebooks will be capable of holding an astounding 40 hour charge. We could be seeing laptops with the new 3qi display before 2010, and from everything we've heard these new 'magic' laptops should weigh in on the low side of the cost spectrum.

The ability to switch between an E-Ink display for simple writing or text reading, and a color LCD screen for gaming, web browsing or media viewing is truly awesome. It's a great way to extend the battery capacity of a laptop, and I hope we see some netbooks come out with 3qi screens very soon. With any luck, we'll even see a touchscreen hybrid monitor it the market before too long.

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