DEVICE: iRex iLiad DEBUT: July 2006 PRICE: $599
THE SKINNY: iRex is a Dutch company that rolled out the first version of its e-readers about two-and-a-half years ago. The company's three main offerings include the iLiad, which is designed for regular book readers, as well as the iRex iLiad 2nd Edition (which includes books, newspapers, documents and enabled Wi-Fi) and the iRex 1000 series (designed for business professionals who need to access a lot of digital documents). IRex's only North American dealer for its iLiad is eReader Outfitters.
SPECS: The iLiad is 8.5 by 6.1 by 0.63 inches, and sports a 768-by-1,024 resolution display and comes preloaded with 50 books, including canonical choices like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, works by Jane Austen, Dostoevsky, Voltaire, Cervantes, Dickens, Shakespeare and others. The diagonal electronic paper display is 8.1 inches and supports 16 levels of grayscale. The iLiad uses an Intel 400MHz XScale processor with 64 MB of RAM, and allows 256 MB of internal Flash memory (128 MB available to the user and expandable via USB, MMC or CF cards). Exclusive to PCs, it supports five languages (Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish) and supports pdf, html, txt, jpg, bmp, png and MobiPocket prc.