DISCOVER E-INK TABLETS

E-ink tablets, also known as eNote, eWriters and ePaper, are the newest generation of e-reading devices.

Not only can you read digital books and documents, but you can also annotate them with a stylus and write in digital notebooks.

Understanding and navigating this marketplace can be somewhat mystifying, with very little impartial advice available.

I know I struggled when I was choosing my first e-ink tablet, so I created this website to share what I have learned and help others to discover which tablets will best fit their needs.

5 Steps To Learn About E-ink Tablets

If you’re new to e-ink tablets, I recommend the following process for getting up to speed with this niche marketplace:

  1. Read my Beginner’s Primer to learn about what e-ink tablets can do (and can’t do) to make an informed decision about whether you need/want one.
  2. Check out my Best Tablets article to see which tablets I currently believe to be the best on the market.
  3. Use my E-Ink Tablet Comparison Table to search and filter for e-ink tablets based on your own unique requirements.
  4. After narrowing your selection, get a deeper understanding of each tablet on your shortlist by reading my reviews (by clicking on the Rating image on the comparison table).
  5. If you have any questions or require additional information, Search eWritable’s articles by clicking the magnifying glass button at the top-right of every page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to fire me an email at dan@eWritable.com.

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Top 3 Recommended E-Ink Tablets

For a more in-depth discussion about why I have ranked these devices as my top recommendations, check out my best e-ink tablet article.

1. BOOX NOTE AIR 3 C: Best All-Round

ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3 C
Overall rating

Pros

  • Colour screen
  • High screen resolution/density
  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Scratchy writing feel
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Onboard GPU & Boox Super Refresh Tech
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power
  • Screen is darker than monochrome e-ink tablets
  • Some ghosting when the screen changes
  • Lots of options can lead to less focused work

Top-of-the-range hardware and software combined with a pleasurable writing experience makes the Note Air3 C one of the most versatile and capable e-ink tablets on the market.


2. SUPERNOTE A5X: Best Dedicated Note-Taker

RATTA SUPERNOTE A5 X
Overall rating

Pros

  • Fantastic substitute for a paper notebook
  • Ceramic stylus tips that never need replacing
  • Lovely writing feel
  • Quick and easy navigation
  • Well-structured notebooks
  • Best handwriting search
  • Excellent after-sales service
  • Nice range of additional tools (Email / Calendar / Word Doc editor / Kindle etc.)

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • Notebooks not easily viewable on other devices when using third-party clouds
  • Partner app requires more work
  • No frontlight
  • No auto-synchronisation

The Supernote A5 X (and smaller A6 X) are perhaps the best digital replacements for paper-based notebooks for those that love to write.


3. BOOX TAB ULTRA C PRO: Most Like a Laptop

ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C PRO
Overall rating

Pros

  • Colour screen
  • High screen resolution/density
  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Onboard GPU & Boox Super Refresh Tech
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 16Mpx camera
  • Optional Keyboard Folio

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power
  • Screen is darker than monochrome e-ink tablets
  • Some ghosting when the screen changes
  • Lots of options can lead to less focused work
  • Some chassis design flaws
  • Writing feels a little 'slippy'

On paper, it's the most powerful e-ink tablet on the market and is very impressive, but I feel that practical use cases will be limited.

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About the author

Me and my e-ink tablets
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Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.