Foxit eSlick enters the eBook market

by Mark R

The eBook reader market will be getting a new competitor with the eSlick from Foxit. It may not be the Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader, but it does have enough features to call itself an eBook reader.

The eSlick has a 6-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 600, 128MB of internal memory, and an SD card slot that can support up to 4GB of expandable memory. Fortunately, the eSlick also comes with a 2GB card, as well as a set of headphones.

Unfortunately, the eSlick can support few formats, but they are useful ones like PDF, TXT, and MP3, and it comes with a conversion tool for all of them. However, if you want to get eBooks, the eSlick doesn’t have any built-in Wi-Fi so you can download them from Amazon or something.

As for the eSlick’s power source, it is a rechargeable lithium battery that my source reveals is good enough for 8,000 page turns. I wish I had more info than that, because I don’t think any measurement of a device, even an eBook reader, should be given in page turns. Let’s just say that if you are a slow reader, the eSlick will last a while before needing a recharge.

We’ll see if consumers will take to the eSlick like they have the Kindle. At a price of $229, it may be a low-budget option, because one can’t ever argue with a low price.

I think eSlick might be in trouble with its choice of mascot on its screen. It bears a strong resemblance to Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. Pixar, you might want to gear up for a lawsuit.


2 reviews or comments

jerome Says: January 6, 2009 at 4:19 am

The reason they gave power consumption in page turns (said to be 8,000) is because eSlick doesn’t use power to maintain a page display. It uses power when an image is changed. At least this is what they are saying ;)


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