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View Quest BookBox

Tuesday 01 March 2011

G-Rating

Rating of 2

The basics

The View Quest BookBox is a mix between portable media player and eBook reader. It's got a colour screen, can read lots of different eBook formats, and is great for video playback. Read on to find out more.

The good

An affordable device, the View Quest BookBox is cheaper than nearly all the best known eBook readers on the market. It features a TFT LCD screen rather than E-ink – unlike eBook readers – so you'll get full colours rather than black and white. Although not perfect for reading electronic books, the colour screen does pay dividends when it comes to entertainment on the move. The View Quest BookBox features amazing support for different film formats, so you'll easily be able to copy over your favourite movies and watch them on the 5-inch 800 x 480-pixel screen. Although that display isn't great for books, it's perfect for movie use.

The bad

The colour screen may sound like a good thing, but it's just not suited to reading on the move. It's too vivid and painful on the eyes after medium or long term use, and poor viewing angles mean you'll have to hold the View Quest BookBox at the correct angle to get the best out of it. The View Quest BookBox also falls down when it comes to build quality – an area where Kindle excels in the eBook reader market, and Archos excels when it comes to PMPs.

The bottom line

Gadget lovers will no doubt hate the View Quest BookBox. It's just not well made enough to appeal, and struggles to compete when it comes to reading electronic books. That said, the cheap price makes it perfect for an entertainment centre for the kids.
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