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
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.
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
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.