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SUPERNOTE A5 X vs BOOX NOTE AIR3: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the RATTA SUPERNOTE A5 X, and the ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3.

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 RATTA SUPERNOTE A5 X and the ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3 and RATTA SUPERNOTE A5 X

PRODUCTSUPERNOTE A5 XBOOX NOTE AIR3
Specs & ratings infoRATTA SUPERNOTE A5 XONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3
My Rating
Price (approx)$525
Limited availability
$400
ManufacturerRattaOnyx Boox
Release year20202023
SCREENSUPERNOTE A5 XBOOX NOTE AIR3
Screen typeMobius CartaCarta 1200
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 Γ— 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)226dpi227dpi
Colour⨯⨯
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlightβ¨―βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWARESUPERNOTE A5 XBOOX NOTE AIR3
CPU1.3 GHz quad-core2.4 Ghz octa-core
RAM2Gb4Gb
Storage32Gb64Gb
Battery3800mAh3700mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβ¨―βœ“
Microphoneβ¨―βœ“
G-Sensorβ¨―βœ“
Ceramic Tipβœ“β¨―
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβ¨―βœ“
SD card slotβ¨―βœ“
Rear camera⨯⨯
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width178mm193mm
Height245mm226mm
Thickness7.2mm5.8mm
Weight375g450g
Buy
SOFTWARESUPERNOTE A5 XBOOX NOTE AIR3
Operating systemChauvet (Android-based)Android 12
Google Play Storeβ¨―βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβ¨―βœ“
Insert imagesβ¨―βœ“
Split screenβ¨―βœ“
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates25+40+
Brush typesNeedlepoint, Ink Pen, MarkerFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen shareβœ“βœ“
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, TXT, CBZ, FB2, XPSPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, WEBPPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)-WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYSUPERNOTE A5 XBOOX NOTE AIR3
Where to buyRatta Supernote
Supernote EU (not UK)
Supernote Outlet
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Boox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTSUPERNOTE A5 XBOOX NOTE AIR3

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

RATTA SUPERNOTE A5 X Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Fantastic substitute for a paper notebook
  • Ceramic stylus tips that never need replacing
  • Lovely writing feel
  • Quick and easy navigation
  • Well-structured notebooks
  • Best handwriting search
  • Excellent after-sales service
  • Nice range of additional tools (Email / Calendar / Word Doc editor / Kindle etc.)

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • Notebooks not easily viewable on other devices when using third-party clouds
  • Partner app requires more work
  • No frontlight
  • No auto-synchronisation

The Supernote A5 X (and smaller A6 X) are perhaps the best digital replacements for paper-based notebooks for those that love to write.

ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

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

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • Lots of options can lead to less focused work

Top-of-the-range hardware and software combined with a pleasurable writing experience makes the Note Air3 one of the most versatile and capable e-ink tablets on the market.

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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