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BOOX TAB ULTRA C vs MOBISCRIBE ORIGIN: 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 MOBISCRIBE ORIGIN.

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 MOBISCRIBE ORIGIN.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the MOBISCRIBE ORIGIN and ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C

PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE ORIGIN
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE ORIGIN
Not yet rated
My Rating
Price (approx)$600
Limited availability
$240
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx BooxMobiscribe
Release year20232021
SCREENBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE ORIGIN
Screen typeKaleido 3Carta ?
Screen size10.3"6.8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1860 x 24801080 x 1440
Screen density (B/W)300dpi265dpi
Colourβœ“
(Kaleido 3)
β¨―
Screen resolution (Colour)930 x 1240n/a
Screen density (Colour)150dpin/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE ORIGIN
CPU1.8 Ghz octa-core1.8 GHz quad-core
RAM4Gb2Gb
Storage128Gb32Gb
Battery6300mAh2050mAh
Super Refreshβœ“β¨―
Keyboard folioβœ“β¨―
Speakersβœ“β¨―
Microphoneβœ“β¨―
G-Sensorβœ“β¨―
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“β¨―
Fingerprint scannerβœ“β¨―
SD card slotβœ“βœ“
Rear cameraβœ“β¨―
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width184.5mm132mm
Height225mm173mm
Thickness6.7mm9.65mm
Weight480g228g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE ORIGIN
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 8.1
Google Play Storeβœ“β¨―
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβœ“β¨―
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates40+50+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, MarkerPencil, Fountain Pen, Paintbrush
Screen shareβœ“βœ“
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIPMOBI, PDF, EPUB, TXT
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPDF, EPUB, TXT, FB2, AZW3, MOBI, PRC
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3PNG, JPG
Buy
BUYBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE ORIGIN
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
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE ORIGIN

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.

MOBISCRIBE ORIGIN Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Frontlight
  • Decent native note-taking app
  • Handwriting search
  • Handwriting-to-text conversion

Cons

  • Small canvas size
  • Sunken screen
  • Stylus feels cheap
  • Screen size limits reading capabilities
  • Not as 'snappy' as more premium tablets

The Mobiscribe Origin is perhaps the most portable of E-ink tablets, with a 6.8" screen and weighing just 228g. It has since been superseded by the Mobiscribe Wave and Mobiscribe Wave Color, which are waterproof.

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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