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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