Onyx Boox Max3 review

The ink is back. And this time, he’s playing videos. The Onyx Boox Max3 leaves nothing to chance, in terms of hardware, with a huge 13.3-inch E ink screen in A4 format and a stylus, so that you can take notes, annotate, annotate and generally give to your office a paperless makeover.

Built around Google’s Android 9 Pie operating system for phones and tablets, and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset, the Boox Max3 has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and comes with a USB card reader -C to microSD. It also has 5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

Most importantly, it syncs with cloud apps like Dropbox, plays videos through its web browser, and can support any app downloaded from the Google Play Store. It even reads you e-books and converts scribbled notes or spoken words to text. It is serious.

Is this a tablet disguised as a reading light?

Onyx Boox Max3 price and availability

  • Now at $ 860 / £ 695 / AU $ 1,273
  • Comes with a Wacom stylus

Costing $ 860 / £ 695 / AU $ 1,273, the Boox Max3 went on sale in September 2019 on the Onyx website. This price also includes a personalized Wacom stylus.

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  • Thin but heavy
  • Easy to hold and does not collect fingerprints

The Boox Max3 weighs 490g, which is a lot for a reader. This weight is largely explained by a massive 4,300 mAh battery, although it is never particularly heavy and can be easily held in one hand by pinching one of its corners.

At 310 x 228 x 6.8 mm, it is really thin, although the bezel is not particularly narrow at 11 mm wide. The white matte finish of the bezel and back makes it easy to hold and does not collect fingerprints.

At the bottom there is a USB-C port and, rather unusual, a mini HDMI to connect it to a PC or Mac to serve as a monitor extension. We don’t know who’s going to want to do it, but at the design level, the Boox Max3 is nonetheless an immaculate and well-built device.

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Pin up

  • 13.3 inch 1650 x 2200 screen
  • 207 pixels per inch or approximately 3.7 megapixels
  • No front light

At 13.3 inches, the E Ink Mobius display panel is a whopper. With a resolution of 1650 x 2200, the Boox Max3 offers around 3.7 megapixels of detail, or 207 pixels per inch (ppi) if you want to make comparisons with a smartphone (if you do, know that the Samsung Galaxy S10 has 550ppi and the iPhone 11 Pro has 458ppi).

More importantly, however, the large screen is supposed to mimic the feel of paper when used with the stylus. For the most part, it works, as we explain in the stylus section.

Exceptionally for a player, the screen of that player also supports video, which we cover in more detail in the software section, but in short, it will not correspond to your phone.

It should also be noted that there is no front light here, which limits your ability to read in the dark. And like all readers, the screen is black and white.

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Battery life

  • Massive 4300 mAh battery
  • Supports fast charging
  • Weeks of life without Wi-Fi

There’s no problem here, with the Boox Max3’s built-in 4,300mAh battery that does everything for days on end. It is probably too big, especially since the advantage of E Ink screens is their incredible energy efficiency.

During our week-long test, the Boox Max3 fell below 50%, but only because we continued to re-enable Wi-Fi (which the software insisted on deactivating on every occasion, which was a bit irritant).

The device charges using the USB-C slot at the bottom and supports fast charging.

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