Pocketbook Touch Lux 4, ebook reader First Impressions
my first ebook reader…
Note: this post is part of my new series of posting every day for December.
Getting an ebook reader was a long dream of mine. While I had a tablet before I mainly used it for watching videos, social media, and other stuff that makes you dumb.
A dedicated ebook reader is much better for focusing on the task you really want to do: reading. No distractions in the way, and special screen for long reading sessions.
Today the dream has become reality, when the PocketBook Touch Lux 4 arrived. I had the experience to try an earlier version out of this series, and it hits all the things I wanted from an ebook reader:
- While I don't like touch screens, I don't mind it here. It also has physical buttons, which I love. They kept it simple, a home button, 2 buttons for previous/next pages, and one for the menu.
- As far as I know - a review mentioned it - it runs Linux, but not Android, which is also a huge plus for me, as I dislike Android.
- It has a minimalist feel to it, both hardware and software.
- Being able to upload books via cable.
Unboxing without video
The reader comes in just a big enough box so it can have the device and the micro USB charger/connect. The manual is short, basically show where is what, and you get the address where you can see the manual, but it's also on the device. There is an important message about using a cover with the reader, which I haven't bought yet, because what I want wasn't available in that shop where I bought the device.
This PocketBook reader is a 6 inch in size, with touchscreens and 4 physical buttons at the bottom, plus the on/off button. The screen is E-Ink Carta. It's a small device, fits nicely in my hand without getting tired or need to overreach certain part of the screen. The bottom corner of the reader are rounded, which makes using the physical buttons more comfortable.
This is the black edition, it also comes in a silver and emerald one. The whole thing has a nice grip to it, doesn't slip easily. What's amazing for me, how little it weights, only about 150 g. It's much lighter than most paperback books.
It has wi-fi connection and you can upload books through your PC too with a micro USB cable. It comes with 8 GB of storage space which is more than enough for a few books. But if you want to expand that you can just use a memory card, which you can insert mid-bottom. The device supports 17 ebook and document format, and we probably won't have problems reading stuff.
When I first could try out an ebook reader, I couldn't believe how good is the screen looks. They said it's like paper, and indeed it is! I still have to get used to the scrolling and other animations, because it is different from tablet touch screen. It's just the technology though.
When I first started up, it has a setup process. You can setup time and date, wi-fi connection, and your email access for the send the book by email service.
For my surprise I had an update. This device came out last December if I remember correctly. I had no problem updating via wi-fi.
The main screen is simple. It shows your recent books and your newly aquired/uploaded books, both with covers. Plus there are shortcuts for your library, store and a web browser.
At the top of the screen you can see the date, the wi-fi connection, battery state, and in a middle a button for the following:
- Turning wi-fi on/off, if you want to save battery, turn it off when you don't use the internet.
- Turn on sync.
- Task manager for switching between books, and screen, plus locking the device and turning it off.
- Setings, with the usual stuff.
At the bottom, there is a similar button like at the top, and it contains shortcuts for a book store, some games, RSS reader,and some services that you can use to send books to the reader.
I'd say pretty interesting bunch. I feel it's definitely somewhere in the middle between "just a simple ebook reader" and a "real tablet with dumb time wasters". I haven't tried any of them. I am curious how well the RSS stuff is though.
What I like, there are already free books on the device, for free. Since it supports many languages, you have books for these. Most of them are the classics, like Alice in Wonderland or Madame Bovary or Oliver Twist. If you want, you can delete these books, and the best way is if you connect it to your PC, in that way it is much faster.
The buttons are directly under each other, not like on a normal keyboard, but when I used it, actually it is much better. The typing seems a little bit slow, but I don't think you will type a novel. It is absolutely usable!
It's weird at first, when you are reading and switching pages, or when you are scrolling. After a while I realized it's not because their is not enough memory in the machine (512 MB), but because it is the E-Ink technology, probably. I haven't read much about it, so I will do that.
I sometimes miss stuff on screen, but I was always clumsy with touch devices. What can I say, I love physical keyboards and buttons much more.
First impression, verdict
After the first few hours, I love this little thing, and I can't wait for filling it with books! The device is easy to hold, the software is minimalistic and very usable. I haven't run into weird issues or things that I don't like software wise.
A more indept post will come sometime this year or maybe just in January, to see how the day-to-day usage is (battery, is there any lag or bugs, etc.)