Entourage Edge combines Netbook, e-reader

Entourage Systems is a first-time CES exhibitor readying its release of the Entourage Edge, a hybrid gadget combining two trending technologies: e-readers and Netbooks.

Entourage Systems, Inc.

Entourage Systems, Inc. is a first-time CES exhibitor readying its release of the Entourage Edge, a hybrid gadget combining two trending technologies: e-readers and Netbooks.

Asghar Mostafa, president and CEO of the McLean, Virginia-based company, has a strong entrepreneurial background, mostly building technology businesses. Although a variety of people might find it useful, Mostafa sees the Edge catering to college and high school students who could benefit from a lighter backpack.

Amazon vied to fulfill the same need with its Kindle DX, but college students are reluctant in accepting the technology, especially because of its price point.

Entourage Edge delivers what the Kindle DX does, but with the capabilities of a Netbook. As a result, the company is calling it a "dualbook," possessing two screens with independent functions and the added the ability to work together.

The Edge is slated to cost $490, close to the price of the Kindle DX or a Netbook, and will be available to consumers February 2010.

CNET News reporter Ina Fried got a hands-on review of the Entourage Edge, including a video demonstration of the device.

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