About a year and a half ago, we got our first glimpse at the Dasung E Ink computer monitor. It looked pretty cool and has some great features, but it was pricy. Also, it never came to market in a way that you could easily buy it. Fast-forward to today, and the Dasung display is back and on Indiegogo under the Paperlike name.
I dig the idea behind the monitor, it’s meant to be a screen that you can use to get work done in direct sunlight. I can tell you from experience that you can’t even open a window or work with the lights on if you want a clear view with most monitors. On the other hand, Paperlike will work in direct sunlight with no glare. The 1600 x 1200 13.3-inch screen needs only a single USB port for power and video, and offers a high enough refresh rate for most work tasks.
The same downside persists though; the Paperlike monitor is going for $799 on Indiegogo. That is cheaper than the roughly $900 price that was estimated before, but still dramatically more expensive than other monitors its size, as well as other E Ink based products like the Amazon Kindle.
Once the Paperlike is in retail outlets, it will sell for $995. I use the term “sell” loosely, since I doubt they will sell many of these displays at all with a price that high. I think it’s simply too niche of a product for much success at that price. Get this bad boy down to around $300 and you have a whole ‘nother ball game.