Txtr Beagle: A Smartphone Accessory That Doubles as a Cheap eBook Reader

By , dealnews Senior Feature Writer

Thanks to the ongoing war between Amazon and Barnes & Noble, today’s eBook readers are as cheap as they’ve ever been. Likewise, they now pack more features than ever: from built-in backlights to 3G connectivity, these readers continue to influence how people consume text. However, a new German company by the name of Txtr is hoping to rattle the industry with its ultra-cheap eBook reader: the Txtr Beagle. Priced at $13 — no, that’s not a misprint — it has the potential to become the least-expensive eBook reader to date … but it comes with some serious compromises.

For starters, at 5″ it features a much smaller eInk display than many of today’s traditional readers. The Kindle Paperwhite by comparison packs a 6″ screen. Furthermore, the Beagle isn’t touch-sensitive, and it lacks: a backlit display, WiFi, 3G … and just about every feature we’ve grown to love in our eBook readers. More importantly, the Beagle can only load eBooks sent from your smartphone via a Bluetooth connection.

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Best HDTV Deals: A Pair of 47" 1080p 3D LCDs from $598, HDTVs from $400

By , dealnews Senior Feature WriterThanks for tuning in to this week’s best HDTV deals. We’ve found sales on a variety of television sets that are great for living rooms, including two 47″ passive 3D HDTVs starting at $598. We also found other HDTV deals starting at $400.

  1. Vizio 47″ 120Hz 1080p 3D WiFi LCD HD Television
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $598 with free shipping
    Lowest By:$1Is It Worth It?: At $598, the Vizio E3D470VX packs many of today’s most wanted features like a 3D processor (two sets of glasses are included), built-in WiFi for streaming Vizio’s Internet Apps service, and a healthy four HDMI inputs. However, although CNET says the E3D470VX has “excellent features for the price,” they also warn against its 2D picture quality, which they say “produces a significantly lighter shade of black.” Continue reading “Best HDTV Deals: A Pair of 47" 1080p 3D LCDs from $598, HDTVs from $400”