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ONYX BOOX Max2 is the “world’s first” dual mode eInk tablet w/ HDMI input

eInk is a wonderful thing. I love reading on my Kindle as it feels like I’m reading actual paper. Long has the technology been around, but for as long as we’ve had it, it’s been mostly confined to eReaders. ONYX has made a few of those eReaders in the past, generally in much larger sizes, up to 13.3-inches. By baking in previous versions of Android, ONYX has made quite unique eReaders too, but their latest has another trick up its sleeve. By adding an HDMI input to the latest ONYX BOOX Max2 eInk display you gain a myriad of awesome abilities.

eInk uses very little power to display, which is why eReaders like Kindles can last so long on a single charge. At 13.3-inches, the eInk display on the BOOX Max2 is quite large. This makes the screen area almost the size of an A4 sheet of paper, giving you the feeling that you’re reading an actual book. With a resolution of 2200×1650 pixels, the BOOX Max2 has a 207PPI density so your text is as crisp as if it were printed.

The BOOX Max2 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by an unknown Quad-core 1.6GHz CPU. It also features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Because of this, you can store multiple PDF files, documents, and books on the BOOX Max2 without the worry that you’ll run out of space.


ONYX also has a built-in capacitive touchscreen so you can annotate and draw on PDFs and books, as well as take notes. This means that whether you’re in a long meeting or just have a lengthy contract to edit and sign, the BOOX Max2 is perfect for you.

The digitizer is built by Wacom so every stroke you make with the stylus feels natural. Because of the touch, you can also feel like you’re flipping the page as you finish reading each one and move to the next.

The BOOX Max2 is running Android 6.0 so it has Google Play support, which means you should be able to load your favorite eReader on there with no problem.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 aren’t the only technologies that make the BOOX Max2 connected, however. The BOOX Max2 also features a Micro HDMI input so you can display your laptop, desktop, or even iDevices on it according to ONYX’s website. This means that you’re not just carrying around a 13.3-inch eReader with you, but a 13.3-inch secondary monitor. Obviously, the refresh rate and the resolution are not that of higher-end actual screens, but as something to read news on while you’re browsing Facebook? Why not. 

ONYX also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, presumably so you can play MP3 or WAV files from the eReader

Battery life looks to be fantastic as well, with claims of up to 4-weeks in standby mode from the 4100mAh Li-Polymer internal battery.

The ONYX BOOX Max2 can be purchased for €671.34, or about $790 USD. The eInk display is currently on pre-order, and orders are expected to start shipping around December 27th. Do note that orders will be coming from overseas if you live in the US, so do allow for ample delivery time.

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