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Best New E-Readers From CES 2011

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We all know about the iPad and Kindle. Whether on the TV, the side of a bus, or a billboard, you can hardly turn a corner nowadays without seeing an ad for the game-changing devices. They’re everywhere. And while I’m certainly not anti-iPad/Kindle (I absolutely love them), I think it’s important for any traveler to know about and consider all available options.

That being said, there were a truckload of tablets revealed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (more than 80!), so I wanted to share a few that I’m most excited about:

Aluratek Libre Air
This e-reader offers a 5-inch screen, access to 1+ million book titles from Borders, and has a reflective light LCD screen for faster page turns. The screen is an inch smaller than the Kindle—talk about portability! Cost: $130. Release Date: February 2011.

NEC LT-W Cloud Communicator
Can’t give up that classic feel you get with opening a book? This color-screen e-reader, with dual 7-inch non-glare screens (think: clamshell opening) almost makes you feel like you’re holding an old-school book. Y’know, if old-school books were computerized. Cost: Not available. Release Date: Not available.

Vizio Tablet
As makers of exceptional entertainment electronics, there’s no reason to expect anything other than awesome from Vizio’s first shot at a tablet. With a sleekness comparable to the iPad, this device will also feature an 8-inch screen, Micro USB and HDMI port, multiple external speakers and volume control, and even an infrared blaster at the top, so you can program it to also function as a universal remote. (How cool is that?) Cost: Not available. Release Date: Summer 2011.

Enspert Identity Tab E301
From a little-known company and with a responsive 7-inch touchscreen, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and 5MP back-facing camera, mini-USB, micro-HDMI, microSD, and headphone jack, this tablet stands to make waves when it hits the market. Cost: Under $300. Release Date: First Quarter, 2011.

Notion Ink Adam
Another relative unknown in the market, the two features I absolutely love about this 10.1-inch tablet are: its 3.2MP swivel camera (so you can rotate it from facing you for video chat/self portraits, or facing away from you like a traditional camera); and its ability to toggle between LCD viewing (think: traditional computer monitor) or reflective mode (think: muted, E Ink–esque display ideal for using outside). Cost: $375 Release Date: Available now.

Of course, the above are just a taste of all that CES 2011 had to offer this year. Be sure to check out our recent Best New Travel Gadgets feature for more great products.

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Joshua Pramis is an online associate editor and resident tech guru at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis.

Composite of photos courtesy of Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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