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KINDLE SCRIBE vs BOOX MAX LUMI 2: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE, and the ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2.

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 🙂

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 AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE and the ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2 and AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE

PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Specs & ratings infoAMAZON KINDLE SCRIBEONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2
My Rating
Price (approx)$340
$800
Limited availability
ManufacturerAmazonOnyx Boox
Release year20222021
SCREENKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Screen typeCarta 1200Mobius Carta 1250
Screen size10.2"13.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1830 x 2460 (approx)1650 x 2200
Screen density (B/W)300dpi207dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
CPU1Ghz1.8 Ghz octa-core
RAM1Gb6Gb
Storage16-64Gb128Gb
Battery3000mAh4300mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width196mm228mm
Height229mm310mm
Thickness5.8mm10.9mm
Weight433g570g
Buy
SOFTWAREKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Operating systemKindleOSAndroid 11
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates15+45+
Brush typesPen, Fountain Pen, Marker, Pencil, HighlighterFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint, Pencil, Marker
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB (via conversion), DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, KFX (Kindle), AZW3, MOBI (Limited support), AZW (Limited support)PDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, BMP, GIFPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)AAX (Audible) via BluetoothWAV, MP3
Buy
BUYKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Where to buyAmazon AU
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon UK
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
PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX MAX LUMI 2

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

AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Fantastic writing/sketching feel
  • Frontlight
  • Solid & robust
  • Great reading software
  • Handwritten sticky notes
  • Backed by a major corporation

Cons

  • Limited note-taking app
  • Clunky file transfer/conversion process
  • Uncomfortable to hold for longer periods
  • Location of power button
  • Templates are notebook-wide

The Amazon Kindle Scribe is a great e-reading device but the note-taking app lacks many features that are standard on competitor's tablets.

ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Large 13.3" screen
  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Limited availability
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Writing feels a little 'slippy'
  • Larger footprint
  • Stylus does not magnetically stick to the tablet

The Onyx Boox Max Lumi 2 has a large screen, frontlight and the ability to expand its capabilities with apps from the Google Play Store. But this comes at a cost, with this device being one of the most expensive e-ink tablets on the market. Boox have now ceased production of this model and replaced it with the Tab X

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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