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BOOX TAB ULTRA C vs KOBO ELIPSA: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C, and the KOBO ELIPSA.

This is currently a simplified comparison consisting of a table of side-by-side specifications, and review cards of each tablet, outlining their pros and cons. If a tablet has a rating then you can also click on it for a full and detailed review of the tablet.

I do write detailed ‘versus‘ comparisons, however because I am only one person it is impractical for me to compare every single e-ink tablet against every other one! So if you think that this page would benefit from being fleshed out with additional information and my own thoughts and opinions, then feel free to drop me an email at dan@ewritable.com – I will prioritise pages that get the most requests πŸ™‚

Additional E-Ink Tablet Resources

If you’re new to e-ink tablets, you may wish to take a look at:

I have also created a gigantic e-ink comparison table (which is also searchable/filterable, so you can whittle down your search to the tablets that best meet your needs).

And a list of (what I believe to be) the best e-ink tablets can be found here.

Now, onto the comparison between the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C and the KOBO ELIPSA.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the KOBO ELIPSA and ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C

PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA CKOBO ELIPSA
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA CKOBO ELIPSA
Not yet rated
My Rating
Price (approx)$600
Limited availability
$400
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx BooxKobo
Release year20232021
SCREENBOOX TAB ULTRA CKOBO ELIPSA
Screen typeKaleido 3Carta 1200
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1860 x 24801404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi227dpi
Colourβœ“
(Kaleido 3)
β¨―
Screen resolution (Colour)930 x 1240n/a
Screen density (Colour)150dpin/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“β¨―
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA CKOBO ELIPSA
CPU1.8 Ghz octa-core1.8 GHz quad-core
RAM4Gb1Gb
Storage128Gb32Gb
Battery6300mAh2400mAh
Super Refreshβœ“β¨―
Keyboard folioβœ“β¨―
Speakersβœ“β¨―
Microphoneβœ“β¨―
G-Sensorβœ“βœ“
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβœ“β¨―
SD card slotβœ“β¨―
Rear cameraβœ“β¨―
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width184.5mm193mm
Height225mm227.5mm
Thickness6.7mm7.6mm
Weight480g383g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA CKOBO ELIPSA
Operating systemAndroid 11KoboOS
Google Play Storeβœ“β¨―
Kindle supportβœ“β¨―
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“β¨―
Split screenβœ“β¨―
Custom templatesβœ“β¨―
No. templates40+35+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, MarkerBallpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, Highlighter
Screen shareβœ“β¨―
ADE supportβ¨―βœ“
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIPPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBI
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3Kobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)
Buy
BUYBOOX TAB ULTRA CKOBO ELIPSA
Where to buyAmazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon PL
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Rakuten
Amazon AU
Amazon BE
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon NL
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA CKOBO ELIPSA

To compare even more e-ink tablets, click here for the full comparison table.

ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C Review Card

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
  • Optional keyboard attachment
  • Onboard GPU & Boox Super Refresh Tech
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Some chassis design flaws
  • Heavy
  • Writing feels a little 'slippy'
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power
  • Screen is slightly darker than Monochrome Tab Ultra

A powerful and versatile COLOUR e-ink tablet that is as close as you can get to a regular tablet/laptop.

KOBO ELIPSA Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great e-reader
  • Read DRM-protected ebooks (via ADE)
  • Innovative advanced notebooks
  • Frontlight
  • Good handwriting recognition
  • Backed by a major corporation

Cons

  • Sub-par writing experience
  • Easily damaged
  • Not very versatile
  • Stylus requires batteries
  • Cannot export highlights/annotations
  • Feels a bit 'clunky'

The Kobo Elipsa is a lightweight 10.3" e-reader with some innovative note-taking features but the tactile writing experience is lacking, and the whole ecosystem feels a bit 'clunky'. Kobo have now replaced the Elipsa with Elipsa 2E.

About the author

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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.

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