Most consumer devices with E Ink displays are Kindle and Nook-like gadgets designed for reading eBooks. But the Onyx Boox Note and Onyx Boox Max 2 have bigger, higher-resolution displays than any Kindle. And they have another feature you won’t find on most eReaders: support for pen input, allowing you to jot notes or scribble drawings.
Onyx unveiled its two latest E Ink slates at CES in January. Now they’re both available for order in Europe.
The eReader Store is selling the 10.3 inch Boox Note for €462 and the 13.3 inch Boox Max 2 for €671.
Update: The Onyx Boox Max 2 is also now available from Amazon for $800.
While they’re not available from US retailers yet, it’s probably worth keeping an eye on Amazon, which currently sells a handful of other Onyx Boox devices, including another pen-enabled model called the Onyx Boox N96ml.
That model has a smaller, lower-resolution display and a bigger bezel than the new Boox Note. But it’s also cheaper, with a retail price of $339. The Onyx Boox Note is expected to sell for $550 when it comes to America, and the Max 2 is expected to be even pricier, with a list price of $800.
The new Onyx Boox Note has a 10.3 inch, 1872 x 1404 pixel E Ink Carta display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 4,100 mAh battery, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, a USB Type-C port, stereo speakers, a microphone, and a Wacom digitizer and stylus, as well as capacitive touchscreen support.
You can use it to read eBooks, but it can also be used for annotating books or other documents, writing notes, or viewing content that might be tough to read on a smaller devices such as blueprints or periodicals.
The Boox Max 2 has a 13.3 inch, 2200 x 1650 pixel E Ink Mobius display, Bluetooth 4.0, a headphone jack, and a micro USB port. otherwise most of the other specs are the same as for its smaller sibling… with one important exception.
You can also use the Onyx Boox Max 2 as a secondary display for a computer. It has an HDMI input that lets you use it like an E Ink monitor.
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Having used some similar devices, it is really difficult for me to recommend this. The older Android version and general lag from a weak ARM processor make for a poor experience. Any benefit from the e-ink screen is gone when everything is so slow. Is there some reason that a modern ARM processor won’t work with an e-ink display? Throw in the price and you would be better off with ipad or ipad pro–yeah I know not an e-ink screen, but can do so much more.
You should try it, it’s freaking awesome.
I hope they get back to the future
It’s strangely tricky to find out the pixel dimensions of a Kindle Paperwhite, but it’s a 6in display at 300 ppi, so I would bet it’s almost identical to the Onyx Boox Note resolution (but 6in vs. 10in. suggests the Onyx is more like 200 ppi).
Use Pytagoras to derive ppi from the 10″ length of the diagonal.
I might accept the compromises of ebook readers (slow, low functionality, no colours, only 16 grey tones, price) to enjoy the large matte 4:3 display and long battery life but the following prevents my purchase: Android 6 is unsecure, no long-term updates to current Android versions leave it unsecure, Android is not my preferred OS (I prefer Windows / Linux), the asymmetrically large bottom bezel is ugly, having front buttons at all is ugly, the front advertisement BOOX is distracting. I want a secure device with which I can fully concentrate on the contents. I see tiny improvements of making buttons and advertisements slightly less distracting from one generation to the next, but distracting is distracting. Compare to good tablets: no front buttons, no front advertisement, symmetric bezels, hence no distraction. If a product cannot speak for itself but needs a large advertisement on the front, it is not worth buying. Simple.
How many years will the battery last? For how long and at which price are battery replacements available?
wow I get to through my money on something thats ridiculously expensive and un responsive software
“Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro”
Oh my Christ that name.
These do look pretty cool though, especially the one that takes in HDMI input. Anyone here have experience with the older N96ml? Reviews seem to be pretty good.
Nice. I hope they support smaller margins than what was being used in the video.
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