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KOBO ELIPSA 2E vs BOOX NOTE 5: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the KOBO ELIPSA 2E, and the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5.

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 KOBO ELIPSA 2E and the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5 and KOBO ELIPSA 2E

PRODUCTKOBO ELIPSA 2EBOOX NOTE 5
Specs & ratings infoKOBO ELIPSA 2E
Okay
ONYX BOOX NOTE 5
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$400
$550
Limited availability
ManufacturerKoboOnyx Boox
Release year20232021
SCREENKOBO ELIPSA 2EBOOX NOTE 5
Screen typeCarta 1200Mobius Carta 1000
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)227dpi227dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREKOBO ELIPSA 2EBOOX NOTE 5
CPU2 GHz1.8 GHz octa-core
RAM1Gb4Gb
Storage32Gb64Gb
Battery2400mAh3000mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width193mm176mm
Height227mm249mm
Thickness7.5mm5.8mm
Weight390g385g
Buy
SOFTWAREKOBO ELIPSA 2EBOOX NOTE 5
Operating systemKoboOSAndroid 11
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates35+45+
Brush typesBallpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, HighlighterFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBIPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFFPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)Kobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYKOBO ELIPSA 2EBOOX NOTE 5
Where to buyRakuten
Amazon AU
Amazon BE
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
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
Boox Shop
Amazon IT
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTKOBO ELIPSA 2EBOOX NOTE 5

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

KOBO ELIPSA 2E Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

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

Cons

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

The Kobo Elipsa 2E 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'.

ONYX BOOX NOTE 5 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Pleasant writing feel
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • Fingerprint Scanner

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Variable performance of Android apps
  • Limited availability

The Boox Note 5 has a solid hardware spec, with some awesome native apps and the option to extend functionality by installing apps from the Google Play Store. However, the Boox Note Air2+ trades the fingerprint scanner for a bigger battery and g-sensor. It also costs less and is more widely available, so would be a better choice for most users.

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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