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MOBISCRIBE WAVE 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 MOBISCRIBE WAVE, 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 MOBISCRIBE WAVE and the ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2 and MOBISCRIBE WAVE

PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Specs & ratings infoMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Okay
ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2
My Rating
Price (approx)$285
$800
Limited availability
ManufacturerMobiscribeOnyx Boox
Release year20232021
SCREENMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Screen typeCartaMobius Carta 1250
Screen size7.8"13.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721650 x 2200
Screen density (B/W)300dpi207dpi
Colour⨯⨯
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlight✓✓
Wacom compatible✓✓
Buy
HARDWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
CPU1.5 Ghz Quad-core1.8 Ghz octa-core
RAM4Gb6Gb
Storage64Gb128Gb
Battery2500mAh4300mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakers✓✓
Microphone⨯✓
G-Sensor⨯⨯
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetooth✓✓
Fingerprint scanner⨯✓
SD card slot⨯⨯
Rear camera⨯⨯
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof✓⨯
USB-C✓✓
Width148.3mm228mm
Height193mm310mm
Thickness8.1mm10.9mm
Weight0g570g
Buy
SOFTWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Operating systemAndroid 12Android 11
Google Play Store✓✓
Kindle support✓✓
Handwriting search✓✓
Handwriting conversion✓✓
Insert shapes✓✓
Insert images✓✓
Split screen⨯✓
Custom templates✓✓
No. templates50+45+
Brush typesPencil, Fountain Pen, PaintbrushFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint, Pencil, Marker
Screen share✓✓
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, TXT, FB2, AZW3, MOBI, PRCPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPGPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)-WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Where to buyMobiScribe
Amazon DE
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
PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX MAX LUMI 2

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

MOBISCRIBE WAVE Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Waterproof (IPX7)
  • Frontlight
  • Speakers
  • Decent native note-taking app
  • Handwriting search
  • Handwriting-to-text conversion

Cons

  • Small canvas size
  • Sunken screen
  • Stylus (see below)
  • Screen size limits reading capabilities
  • Not as 'snappy' as more premium tablets

The Mobiscribe Wave is compact, lightweight, portable and inexpensive. In addition, it is one of the few E-ink writing tablets that is waterproof.

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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