Because pages loaded slowly on the Wi-Fi connection, tapping a book from a search results list for example often produced unintended selections, making the whole experience painfully time-consuming and frustrating. In most other respects, the Orizon was much more satisfactory. Like its pocket-size sibling, the Cybook Opus , the Orizon--available with a black or white plastic case--is thin for its 6-inch screen size and 7. The Orizon weighs about the same as that third-generation Kindle, 8. Like the E Ink Pearl panel on the Kindle and other competitors, it boasts 16 shades of gray and a screen resolution of by pixels dpi. The display supports multitouch, so you can make fonts larger or smaller and zoom in on websites by pinching and zooming with your fingertips.

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It has a pearly silver casefront, nicely contoured corners and edges, a very slender frame at only 7. The back top of the device plays host to the power and reset buttons and a slot for microSD, and on the bottom edge is a micro-USB port for charging and computer connection.

Everything is neatly out of the way and discreetly placed except for the giant Bookeen logo on the front , and easy to keep clean and neat thanks to the included soft case. Unfortunately, the Orizon has a strangely glossy screen. Not only is the glossy screen reflective and harder to read, it also registers each and every fingerprint.

Features The Cybook Orizon is loaded up with features. Probably the most notable of these is a capacitive touchscreen, which allows you to tap and swipe to navigate.

Touchscreens and E Ink are difficult together, though. It also allows you to exit menus easily, just by tapping anywhere outside the menu box. As we just mentioned, the Orizon also has Wi-Fi. The latter four are very useful, but the first was The only books available on the store are in German and French, with no English language titles at all. The Australian distributor has told us that it is looking for an appropriate Australian store to partner with, but, in the meantime, this is what we have.

However, as we said, using the touchscreen in Wi-Fi mode can be a bit slow, so you may find it quicker just to purchase your books on a computer and transfer them across using USB.


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