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Yiben p47L (new pocket reader)
#1  rowe 02-24-2022, 12:14 PM
This video claims this is smallest and lightest ereader:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=oqFmITJ_PW0

Sounds like it's lighter than an InkPalm, and the screen is smaller. The case seems bigger though.

The main thing I like about it is it seems to have no additional layers above the e-ink. So should be matte and relatively clear.

The case design seems a bit clunky, and I'm guessing it doesn't have a touchscreen or Android. But might be an interesting alternative to an InkPalm or Hisense Touch.
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#2  rvcjew 02-24-2022, 01:02 PM
Quote rowe
This video claims this is smallest and lightest ereader:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=oqFmITJ_PW0

Sounds like it's lighter than an InkPalm, and the screen is smaller. The case seems bigger though.




The main thing I like about it is it seems to have no additional layers above the e-ink. So should be matte and relatively clear.

The case design seems a bit clunky, and I'm guessing it doesn't have a touchscreen or Android. But might be an interesting alternative to an InkPalm or Hisense Touch.
That looks bigger in every dimension then the InkPalm. Without an actual spec sheet or dimensions though it can be deceiving. The InkPalm is almost iPhone 4 lvls small.

Edit: didn't see you own one forget the size comparison lol. Also why didn't they show any book on it. That is a pretty low res screen but epaper probably matter.

Edit it's 136x75x7.4mm vs the mini at 143.5 x 76.6 x 6.9mm so looks large in the video is all.
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#3  Sarmat89 02-24-2022, 01:28 PM
The low RAM and the supported formats make me think it uses some junk like FB- or CoolReader (and maybe RMSDK for EPUB2 books). Probably buggy firmware also.
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#4  rowe 02-24-2022, 01:44 PM
'That looks bigger in every dimension then the InkPalm' I think he's just got small hands

MicroUSB and no touchscreen is pretty nasty on a 2022 ereader.

Hadn't noticed how low the ram is, it's much less than a Kindle. So even if it isn't running Android I'm guessing it will be sluggish.

Still interested to find out more about it though.
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#5  rvcjew 02-24-2022, 01:48 PM
Quote rowe
'That looks bigger in every dimension then the InkPalm' I think he's just got small hands

MicroUSB and no touchscreen is pretty nasty on a 2022 ereader.

Hadn't noticed how low the ram is, it's much less than a Kindle. So even if it isn't running Android I'm guessing it will be sluggish.

Still interested to find out more about it though. If it doesn't support remote page turners (which I doubt it does) it's ruled out for me.
Idk how you can see such a tiny screen these days my eyes are shot in that regard lol.
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#6  rowe 02-25-2022, 04:53 AM
This Danish site is selling it to the EU:
https://ebookreader.dk/shop/y-ben-p47l-ebogslaeser-1121p.html

No light/wifi/bluetooth/touchscreen

Google translate of the description...

The market's smallest & lightest ebook reader!
Perfect for the traveler.

This compact ebook reader is the ultimate choice when it comes to portability.
With its mere 13cm on the long side and only 100 grams, it is like being born to be carried in the pocket of your trousers or disappear in a bag.
Wherever you are, in the waiting room at the doctor's, airport or platform, you just pull this ebook reader out of your pocket and start reading.
Better than mobile phones or tablets, it is as if the waiting time becomes a short moment.
It is always at hand.
And although it is the lightest and smallest ebook reader on the market, it is also one of the largest.
With a full 4GB of memory, there is room for approx. 6,000 ebooks - more than enough. Imagine having a mini-library in your pocket, ready to read anytime.


Outside in the sun is best.
eBookReader Y-Ben compact ebook reader out in the sun
With a nice clear and distinct e-ink screen, without disturbing light nuisance from mobile phones or tablets and reading outside, it is as born to.


No WiFI, no Bluetooth and no interference.
If you miss getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just want to immerse yourself in your book without disturbing notifications, calls, beeps and blips, then this ebook reader is the perfect choice.

_______________________________________________

REMEMBER to buy a charger for the ebook reader as only one cable is included in the package.
eBookReader USB eBook Reader Charger Kit
You can buy a charger set here.
_______________________________________________

The lightest ebook reader on the market at 100 grams
As light as approx. 2 eggs, the Y-Ben ebook reader is the lightest ebook reader you will hold in your hand.
But small and light does not mean that the features have been compromised.
Push buttons for scrolling and navigating around also make it easy to use.


SPECIFICATIONS:

eBookReader Y-Ben compact ebook reader specifications
HARDWARE
Screen - 4.7 "E-ink screen
Resolution - 960 x 540 - 300PPI
Colors - 16 shades of gray
Touch screen - no
Processor - RK2818 - ARM + DSP 600MHz
Storage memory - 4GB
Built-in light - No.
Battery capacity - 350mAh Li-Polymer battery
Battery charging - USB Port by computer. NOT QUICKCHARGE compatible.
Wi-Fi - No.
BlueTooth - No.
Connection - Micro USB 2.0
Buttons - On / Off / Scroll up / down / forward / back / OK / M / Refresh / refresh

SOFTWARE
Operating system - Ucos
Document formats - PDF, EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM, PRC
Images formats - PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP

GOAL
126.6 x 67.5 x 5.98 mm

WEIGHT
≤ 100 grams
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#7  Quoth 02-25-2022, 05:54 AM
Is it actually an eInk brand screen?
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Screen - 4.7 "E-ink screen
Resolution - 960 x 540 - 300PPI
The 5" Sony PRS-350 and 5" Kobo mini were both 800 x600. (4:3 aspect, 200 dpi. The old 6" 800 x 600 eReaders are 167 dpi)
It's 5.3:3 approx = 16:9, which while typical for a phone or tablet now to suit video, might be a less good aspect ratio for ebooks?
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#8  rowe 02-25-2022, 09:11 AM
The ratio is similar to the InkPalm and Hisense A5. Both of which I preferred on a small reader. It's a bit like reading newspaper columns.
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#9  Quoth 02-25-2022, 05:48 PM
Quote rowe
The ratio is similar to the InkPalm and Hisense A5. Both of which I preferred on a small reader. It's a bit like reading newspaper columns.
Yes, it's a little like newspaper or some bibles. My ancient 4.3" Android phone is useable when I've nothing else to read. Not sure if 16:9, but certainly that direction.
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#10  rowe 04-08-2022, 03:11 PM
My hands on review...

The Y-Ben is extremely basic, it’s like a very early e-reader but miniaturised and with a modern screen.

I’m comparing against the Xiaomi InkPalm here as I think the InkPalm has been the best pocket reader since it was released in early 2021…

Y-Ben advantages:
- Lighter (100g vs 115g) so more comfortable to hold during long reading sessions
- Smaller
- Doesn’t really need a case to protect the screen as it’s recessed (so practically it’s significantly lighter and smaller)
- Matte screen finish (the InkPalm screen is gloss - it comes with a matte protector but it makes the screen less sharp)
- I think the battery life will be much better (much more lightweight OS and feature set)
- Can be switched to English in the user settings (the InkPalm needs a little hacking)

InkPalm advantages:
- Modern industrial design (the Yi-ben feels very 90s)
- Better software (you can install any Android reading app)
- Front-light
- Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth
- Larger screen (5.2 vs 4.7)
- Higher resolution screen (284 vs 235ppi)
- Modern USB-C connector (Y-Ben is micro USB)

The reader software on the Y-Ben is so basic that to change the font, text alignment, or line-height to your preferences you have to make the amends off device. I’m using Calibre to do that - a bit of a pig to setup but fairly easy to apply to other books once you’re happy with the settings.

I’d prefer to not have the top info bar present on the Y-Ben when reading (it shows the book title, time, battery level, page number, and page count). This isn’t changeable in the user settings. I might try to hack this

Direct from the factory in China the unit cost is $68. Postage to the UK was $80 by Fedex. I was quoted 3-5 days - it actually took nearly a month but the delay was mainly due to Covid lockdowns in China. They don’t have e-commerce, you email johnsontj@5v-china.com and can pay via paypal with buyer protection selected (he seems a nice guy - helpful and responsive).

I’ve already read a few chapters on the Y-Ben and quite like it. It might wear off, but there’s actually something charming about it being so basic. I’m planning on using it as my main pocket reader ongoing, and just using the InkPalm as a bedside reader.

Comparison image on a cross-post to reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ereader/comments/tzautf/yben_p47l_pocket_ereader_hands_on_review/
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