Ebook readers seem to be heading the way of netbooks in the near future – and by that, we mean having them come in dime a dozen formats. Well, enTourage Systems stands out from the crowd thanks to it bringing the first dualbook in the world known as the enTourage eDGe. This time round, the company has announced that they will be introducing the Documents To Go software from DataViz which will be pre-loaded into all enTourage eDGe units. In this partnership with DataViz, the multi-functional enTourage eDGe will further evolve its role into being a comprehensive solution when it comes to reading, note taking, Web surfing and working from virtually anywhere.
To get a better idea on what the enTourage eDGe is, it merges an e-paper and LCD screen to form a dual-screen device which will bring together the functionality of an e-reader, tablet netbook, notepad and audio/video recorder and player in a single device. Augment that with the potential productivity power of Documents To Go and you will be able to view, create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on-the-go. Not only that, the enTourage eDGe will also be able to view Adobe PDF files right on its display just as though you were looking at it on a computer, making it a snap to make changes to your documents on the spot. Bored? You can always listen to music over it or watch a couple of videos, battery-life permitting.
enTourage Systems also has its own e-book store, although this one pales in comparison to what Amazon is offering with its Kindle. Still, having some form of software backbone is better than none, and enTourage Systems have no where to go but up from here. All sharing between devices and document storage happen on the companyâ€™s servers so that material created or saved on enTourage eDGe units will receive a higher degree of protection. Powered by the Google Android operating system, the enTourage eDGe can be pre-ordered now, retailing for $499 as it ships on February 1st onwards.