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ICARUS eXceL 9.7" E-ink Ebook Reader with Wacom Touchscreen (Handwritting Annotations) and WLAN

by Icarus
2.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Icarus
  • Model Number: E1050BK
  • Display Size: 9.7 inches

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.7 x 11.2 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B007FC2QBW
  • Item model number: E1050BK
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,661 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 9, 2012

Customer Reviews

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I haven't had this Icarus Excel ereader for long enough to really put it through its paces, but so far I like it a lot. I got it primarily for reading--and taking handwritten notes on--pdf files, and it works well. Navigation could be a little easier and it would be really nice to be able to jump between several open documents, but it seems to serve its main purpose well.

I should note that the charger is a USB cable with a plug adapter, but the adapter is for European outlets. That's fine for me, since I have plenty of USB adapters for US outlets, but it is an interesting oddity.
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By AK047 on December 9, 2012
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Great for PDFs, perfect for a student. However, it is not so easy to jump around quickly within a text.
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By Andre on January 31, 2014
PROS: large screen, high resolution, zooming and annotation features. CONS: weight. ** ICARUS is rebranded from Onyx M92. The M92 review: the toolbar can be configured with 'Zooming Icons' which allows one tap access to 4 main functions (1.whole page, 2.full width, 3.full height, 4.rectangle select). Icon 1 and 4 are used frequently in landscape mode. Pressing the dedicated menu button gives plenty more rendering options. Text re-flow is possible. So far M92 ($330) is the best eReader for professionals as of writing (January 2014). Sony 13.3 is not available yet and price estimates of $1000. ONYX vs ICARUS: M92 offers a somewhat functional web browser. ICARUS has web browser? (see other reviewer). A few other 9 inch eReaders also exist but they just do no get these two basic things right: 1.zooming and 2.annotation
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The screen is very sensitive and is not part of the 2 year warranty
After 5 months of usage the screen was broken internally showing varied lines on the screen...
From Icarus support team , I received the feedback that a replacement device is available at a cost of € 259,95.
Since I had already paid more than 350€ for the first device, I requested the suppport team to check the device and that I was not in a position to shell out again € 259,95 to which i got following feedbactk

"We have confirmed a broken screen, you can visit our website [...] and look to our images about broken screens. When your device has a broken screen there doesn't have to be any outside damage because, the inkscreen has splashed through the screen because of heavy shock. We hope this response has sufficiently answered your questions. If not, please do not send another email"
Reference - [...]
I have handled this product carefully and was kept in a leather case ... It was not subjected to heavy shock as claimed..... I have used multiple tablets in the past.. I am really disappointed by the quality of this product and the customer support...
Do buy established products like Amazon Kindle from renowned vendors... i have heard that they replace the screens incase of damage.. lest it be also an expensive lesson for you....
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I agree with others, this product was disappointing. Screen developed lines although I don't recall ever subjecting it to a shock. Then the screen froze and would not respond to the reset button. The supplier is clearly reluctant to help with return even though it is still under warranty, and the manufacturer refuses to give a return merchandise authorization. Even when it was working at its best, it was slow, clumsy and difficult to use.
I will avoid this brand in the future.
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Useful, big enough to read pdf's of books that have never been made into e-books - this was the primary reason and it serves it well. I found it too slow to use it to annotate anything, perhaps future iterations will be more responsive. Battery is really weak, lasts much less than a week. And they send me a European plug, despite the fact that it was shipped here, to the US. That's really lack of consideration from their side, and I have to charge it via laptop, as if there was no charger at all. A bit overpriced, with a hindsight I think I'd rather go for the $100 cheaper Kindle DX, which has similarly big screen, and doesn't have what you don't use anyway - i.e. the touchscreen.
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