E-Readers are still a fairly young type of product, which means the market is currently glutted with different company's takes on the idea. Some of them, like the Barnes & Noble nook, are really cool looking gadgets that could end up establishing an e-reader dynasty. Others, like the Sony Reader, are about as exciting and inspired as a pair of flannel pajama bottoms. I'm not sure yet which category Cyberus' new ID700WTA “Smart Info Engine” falls under, but I've got strong suspicions it could end up being awesome.
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The ID700 isn't a dedicated e-reader, of course. Cyberus bills it as being a hybrid reader and personal media player. I think they need to stop splitting hairs and just call the damned thing a tablet PC, but that's just me. The ID700 has a 7” LCD screen, and comes with a protective folding cover that makes it look slightly more like a book. While Cyberus doesn't run their own e-book store, this reader can handle most e-book formats and, as an added blessing, can read PDF files.
If you're not in the mood for a read, you can always browse the Internet on the ID700's LCD touchscreen (it has WiFi capability) or watch movies/listen to audio in all of your favorite formats. Cyberus finally took the plunge and made a reader/PMP that seems to be half-dedicated to people with vast, varied media collections. It can handle AVI, MPEG4, DIVIX, XIVID, WMA, JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, TXT, and PDF files.
That's right, torrent-fiends, someone finally built a media player that actually suits your needs. And the price on this one seems very reasonable; Cyberus says it's set to MSRP for $279. As a warning, I have no experience with this product yet. You're going to want to wait until several good reviews get posted before you make a buying decision.
On paper though, the ID700 seems like the tablet/player/reader we've all been waiting for. Time and testing will tell if Cyberus can actually deliver on all of these lofty promises.