Chinese company Dasung has been working to make larger and more responsive E-ink displays for seven years. They made waves online in 2015 with their 13.3″ E-ink reader, and now they’re back with a product that is almost twice that size. The Paperlike 253 is a 25.3″ 3200 x 1800 16:9 monitor that can connect to devices via HDMI, DisplayPort, or USB-C, making it just as easy to use as other monitors.
Although I doubt that anyone will buy the Paperlike 253 for anything other than viewing text and other static elements, the monitor does have a high enough refresh rate to play video at a decent clip. Dasung hasn’t revealed the exact refresh rate of the monitor, but looking at its demos it’s responsive enough for daily use.
Here’s a longer video about Dasung’s journey and the tech behind the Paperlike 253. The demo starts at around 2:52, with video playback at 4:08.
The Paperlike 253 retails for $2, 300 (USD). That’s a ton of money, but I’d argue that preserving your eyes is worth way more than that. Dasung recently completed an Indiegogo crowdfunding program for the Paperlike 253 and claims that it will deliver the first batch of orders in August 2021. The pre-order for the device is closed as of this writing, but you can enter your email on Dasung’s online store to be notified when it’s available again.