Onyx Boox Max3 as an E Ink Monitor Evaluation (Video)

The Onyx Boox Max3 is the newest system from Onyx. Like earlier Max fashions it has a non-frontlit 13.Three-inch E Ink display, however they’ve up to date the design on this newer mannequin they usually upgraded among the parts and up to date the software program to Android

One of many major differentiating options on Onyx’s Max mannequin is the addition of a micro HDMI port so you should use the system as a secondary laptop monitor along with being an ereader and digital notepad.

Personally I’ve little interest in utilizing an E Ink monitor, however I do know that some achieve this I needed to strive it out and publish a video evaluate displaying how the Onyx Max3 performs when utilizing it as a secondary monitor.

Present E Ink know-how is finest suited to studying functions due to the low refresh charge and lack of colour.

If you recognize this moving into and have affordable expectations, the Max3 can be utilized for primary duties like textual content enhancing, coding, net looking, and many others.

However the reality is utilizing the Max3 as a monitor shouldn’t be going to be a nice expertise for most individuals. Frankly, it’s shocking that there’s a marketplace for E Ink screens in any respect contemplating the big quantity of ghosting (afterimages) and lag.

The lag is particularly off-putting at first when making an attempt to maneuver the cursor round however you do get used to it after awhile. Messing with the mouse pace settings may enhance issues some.

Onyx suggests having the Max related to an influence supply when utilizing it as a monitor as a result of utilizing it as such requires extra battery, however it would work with simply the HDMI cable plugged in.

The Max3 comes with an HDMI cable (full measurement to micro) and USB-C cable within the field, so it comes with every part it is advisable use it as a monitor, besides it doesn’t include an influence adapter.

It’s additionally value noting the touchscreen can’t be used to work together with the secondary show in any respect for issues like scrolling and choosing.

Monitor Mode Settings

There are three completely different refresh modes to select from when utilizing monitor mode: Textual content Mode, Velocity Mode, and X Mode. You’ll be able to alter the distinction and refresh frequency for every setting.

The minimal refresh setting is 1 minute. There’s additionally the choice to manually refresh anytime utilizing an onscreen refresh icon, which might be disabled in settings in the event you don’t need to see it.

There’s additionally the choice to rotate the display orientation in settings.

Because the title implies, Textual content Mode works finest for text-based functions by enhancing distinction, however the distinction bump makes most photos look black.

X Mode is the quickest setting nevertheless it places a visual grid over the display that appears horrible. I do not know why anybody would need to use this mode.

Velocity Mode is a pleasant compromise between the 2, with readable textual content and visual photos.


I might not advocate shopping for the Onyx Max3 for use solely as an E Ink monitor. It’s method too costly for that contemplating the wonky efficiency of E Ink on the whole. The system is a significantly better ereader and digital notepad than it’s a secondary monitor.

Frankly the monitor mode function appears extra like an afterthought. Onyx hasn’t put as a lot effort into making it work as easily because it might. Dasung’s E Ink Paperlike screens seem to have much less lag and higher refreshing from their movies, however I haven’t reviewed one so I can’t say for sure.

Regardless, the Max3 is a greater worth in the event you plan to make use of it as an ereader too as a result of it’s less expensive than Dasung’s screens, and it does work nicely sufficient for duties like primary textual content enhancing so the monitor function might be helpful for some issues in the event you don’t like gazing an LCD display all day.

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