Onyx Boox Tab X Assessment: A4 E-Ink E-Reader With Notetaking Chops

{Hardware} can solely get you to date. In the case of merchandise like these, the software program expertise is simply as essential. Onyx Boox has loaded up the Tab X with Android 11, which is a few iterations behind the most recent Android model — however in my view, this does not actually play into the expertise all that a lot.

Editors word: This e-ink pill doesn’t show shade past blacks and grays, but when the consumer captures screenshots and exports them from the pill, they seem in (partial) shade.

That is extra of an e-reader that occurs to run Android 11, as a substitute of being an Android pill with an e-ink display. The Tab X can run all of the notetaking and studying apps you need, straight from the Google Play Retailer. I attempted out the Kindle app for apparent causes, and it labored nicely. Nevertheless, the common consumer doubtless will not fairly really feel the necessity to obtain any app in any respect, particularly for the fundamental performance you count on from this system.

Onyx Boox’s software program suite is fairly stable. The Boox Neo Reader app, which is the default studying app for this system, has all of the performance you are anticipating from an e-reader. It opened the recordsdata I threw at it with none points. The notes app can be fairly candy to make use of, and until you might have a reliance on a notes app already, you will do exactly tremendous with it. Onyx Boox additionally provides a 5GB cloud backup plan much like Apple’s iCloud, bundled with the system.

Onyx Boox’s pores and skin on high of Android 11 would not depart a lot to be desired. My private favourite function is the App Optimization button that lets you choose the show decision on a per-app foundation, for non-system apps. This was notably useful in optimizing my expertise with respect to battery life.