I am a student and purchased this to read PDF textbooks. Here are my thoughts... The user’s manual is itty-bitty and doesn't include Quickstart guide for valuable information regarding microSD card size allowed, battery life, etc. The eReader's screen protector was stuck to the screen. And as I peeled it off, I noticed it had smeared ink on it. But there seemed to be no damage to the screen. When attempting to power the eReader on, the battery was completely drained. So I plugged it in using the wall plug to charge it. (It can be charged with the provided mini USB adapter also.# A blue light turned on indicating that it was charging. However there doesn't seem to be a way for me to tell when it's fully charged. The on-screen battery meter stopped moving after a little more than three hours. The menu options are logical and you can use both arrow and number keys to make your selections. The first thing I did was set the time. The buttons are easy to push. But when setting the time the number keys are not allowed; you must use the arrow keys. I plugged it into my PC, with Windows 7 installed, while the eReader was on. The "Generic volume" was not properly installed. I had not inserted a microSD card into the eReader. From my PC's "My Computer" window, I was unable to explore the files and folders on the device, called "USB-MSC". And I was unable to eject or safely remove the device. When I unplugged it and plug it back in, the eReader’s “USB” display appeared and my computer recognized the external storage. The device comes preloaded with one e-book, one video, one song, and two pictures. And all that is stored in the device’s main memory in the index folder. The eReader didn't come with any software. So I loaded several PDF document and textbooks to the device using the drag-and-drop method. These files ranged from 106K #1-page# to 149 MB #1406-pages#. A one-page periodic table file took four seconds to load. The orientation of the periodic table was landscape on a portrait screen. One touch of the refresh button changed the orientation to landscape. Upon attempting to load the largest textbook, the eReader gave me a blank screen with a loading bar at the bottom for over a minute before it warned me that the file was too large and couldn't be opened. An 80 page e-book only took three seconds to load. The reader optimizes space by stretching the document to fit the screen. Zooming options seem to go to 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, then 2/3 of the screen. But just as the other reviewer said, you cannot scroll down while zoomed in, which is unfortunate since most of my books have a dual-column layout. The display is clear and much better quality than I expected for such an affordable device. It will serve as an adequate replacement for my broken Literati by Sharper Image. It also provides a convenient way for me to watch Kahn Academy, Coursera, and other open courseware lectures, which are small, 8MB video files. Overall, it meets most of my expectations, exceeds others, and fails expectations I didn't know I had #cover, PDF scrolling, using number buttons to enter the time, etc.# because their absence was unimaginable.
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