EnerGenie's ePP2 “E-Paper Printer” Ebook Reader Could Replace Your Inkjet
Germany-based Energenie certainly isn't a well-known name for ebook readers, and it looks like the company has taken that status to heart with its new ePP2. Touted as an “e-paper printer,” the Android-powered device shows up as a printer when plugged into your PC or Mac, allowing you to easily load up and tote around textual materials for viewing on its 9.7” e-ink display, and to garnish them with notes using the included stylus.
The point here, in Energenie's words, is to “reduce printing costs and get one step closer to a paperless future.” Of course, you could already “print” stuff to your tablet and bypass paper. You would use virtual PDF printer software and load the resulting PDF files to your mobile device of choice. The ePP2, though, makes this somewhat tricky process a lot friendlier for less-technologically-aware folks.
As far as the other specs go, one sticks out almost immediately. With a grand 1600x1200-pixel resolution, the 9.7” e-ink display puts most normal ebook readers to shame. The other specs are more down to earth, with an 800Mhz CPU, 256MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a modded version of Android 2.3 running the show. Before you balk at these, keep in mind that e-ink screens in general are very ill-suited for video playback or games of almost any kind. The horsepower is on par with your typical Kindle, and that's just fine.
Meanwhile, the 2350mAh battery is good for up to 10,000 screen refreshes, and the ePP2 altogether weighs roughly 1.3lbs (0.6kg).
Unfortunately, a lot like a certain fruit-flavoured company's products, you'll have to pay a premium for the ease of use that Energenie has programmed into the ePP2. With a price looking to be around 399 to 499 Euro, or USD $530 to $660, Energenie ought to look at making a cheaper version of the ePP2. Better yet, perhaps they could have Google integrate the USB printing functionality into official (read: mass-deployed) Android builds. Doing either would help get the company's vision of a “paperless future” out there quite a bit faster.