Review: Astak 5″ Pocket PRO EZ Reader

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Text-to-speech mode and parting thoughts

By Chris Meadows
December 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

There is one last aspect of the Astak that I need to review before shipping it back in. That is one of the major ways it differs from the Sony, and one of the ways it is similar to the Kindle 2: text-to-speech read-aloud mode. Note that with the version of firmware with which the Astak shipped, [ on]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Formats and shortcomings

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2009 // 8 Comments

Photo Note: My auto-focus digital camera had a little trouble getting good shots of the screen; no matter what I do, the shots tend to turn out slightly off-focus. The shots may look blurry, but suffice it to say that’s a problem with my camera—in person, the reader is quite as crisp and clear [ on]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Ergonomic Factors

By Chris Meadows
November 1, 2009 // 1 Comment

I have spent the last two weeks reading e-books on the Astak, and am ready to give my first impressions. The Screen First of all, the 800×600-resolution screen. I love the screen. Of course, it is probably the same screen that any non-touch-sensitive e-ink reader has, but compared to the Sony [ on]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: The Unboxing

By Chris Meadows
October 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I got an evaluation copy of an Astak 5” e-book reader. I’ve been reading books on it over the last week, when I haven’t been busy doing other things, and I’m just about ready to start writing my reviews. But first of all, here is the unboxing video I recorded the other [ on]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Preconceptions

By Chris Meadows
October 13, 2009 // 6 Comments

Last night, Paul Biba startled me with an offer: he had received a review unit of Astak’s 5” Pocket PRO EZ Reader, but did not have the time to review it. Did I want to? Did I ever‽ This will make a great opportunity to compare this competing e-book reader to what I remember of the Sony. With [ on]

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