If you want to embrace the new color E Ink technology, then getting a color e-reader based on it is a good idea. However, the prices are pretty steep in that field and you might even pay $500 for the pleasure of using such a slate. One of them is the Jetbook Color e-reader by Ectaco, that costs exactly this amount.

Ectacto uses Havon readers paired with their very own firmware, created for English and European markets. The result is an e-reader that has a chance at conquering Europe, because it’s localized in 15 different languages. The problem here is that the product won’t be popular in the US, at least not theoretically, since practically the device will also be launched in the States.

There’s also a $350 price tag for the product, but that’s only reserved for schools. Jetbook Color packs educational software (test taking, scheduling, reference sheets and educational apps), that the schools will be fond of. As far as specs go, this e-reader comes with an 800 MHz Freescale CPU, a 9.7 inch display with a 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution, that may seem impressive but in fact applies to grayscale graphics. The color resolution is 800 x 600 pixels.

WiFi, a microSD card slot and support for various e-book formats round up the specs list.