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At the Consumer Electronics Show in 2010, Darren and Shannon bring you their first impressions of the hottest gadgets to tickle their technolust. Stay tuned for gaming netbooks, open source set-top boxes, low-end and high-end ebook readers, hybrid gaming controllers / musical instruments and Linux lovin' smartphones.

jetBook-Lite, the double-A driven $150 ebook reader

No lie we love inexpensive gadgets. Even better when they do one thing and do it well. That's exactly what we found when we picked up Ectaco's jetBook-Lite. Supporting ePub, Mobi, PDF, the DRM-laden PDB from Barnes & Noble and more this 5" ebook reader sports some unique features.

First of all it doesn't use eink. Remember TFT displays? With the jetBook they're making a come back, which means instant page-turns. It's got your standard SD card slot for expension and portrait & landscape modes with 23 hours of battery life on, get this, standard AA batteries. So when it dies in the airport you'll be back up and running with four fresh cells. The battery compartment on the back has a nice grip to it, perfectly balancing the reader in your hand.

Seeing as Ectaco is an electronic dictionary company it also features multi-language dictionaries and comes pre-loaded with the CIA World Factbook and a plethora of free books.

We're told it runs Linux. Hopefully we'll get one in soon for some happy hacking.

CES 2010 Part 1: Gaming Gadgets, ebooks, smartphones & set-top boxes

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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