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ONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2 INFO & SPECS

This is an objective information page for the Boox Max Lumi 2 e-ink tablet, with details of hardware and software specs, features, and capabilities. 

My subjective review can be found here.

DATASHEET

PRODUCTBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX MAX LUMI 2
My Rating
Price (approx)$800
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx Boox
Release year2021
SCREENBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Screen typeMobius Carta 1250
Screen size13.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1650 x 2200
Screen density (B/W)207dpi
Colour⨯
Screen resolution (Colour)n/a
Screen density (Colour)n/a
Frontlightβœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“
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HARDWAREBOOX MAX LUMI 2
CPU1.8 Ghz octa-core
RAM6Gb
Storage128Gb
Battery4300mAh
Super Refresh⨯
Keyboard folio⨯
Speakersβœ“
Microphoneβœ“
G-Sensor⨯
Ceramic Tip⨯
Bluetoothβœ“
Fingerprint scannerβœ“
SD card slot⨯
Rear camera⨯
Front camera⨯
Waterproof⨯
USB-Cβœ“
Width228mm
Height310mm
Thickness10.9mm
Weight570g
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SOFTWAREBOOX MAX LUMI 2
Operating systemAndroid 11
Google Play Storeβœ“
Kindle supportβœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“
Insert shapesβœ“
Insert imagesβœ“
Split screenβœ“
Custom templatesβœ“
No. templates45+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint, Pencil, Marker
Screen shareβœ“
ADE support⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3
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PRODUCTBOOX MAX LUMI 2

BEST FOR…?

Anyone not constrained by a budget and wants a large screen, great hardware specs and a wide range of features. Also useful for those that view/annotate a lot of PDF files because many PDFs have a fixed A4-sized layout leading text to be too small to read comfortably on smaller screens.

NOTE: The Max Lumi 2 has now been superseded by the Boox’s new and improved 13.3″ tablet, the Tab X. However, I think the Max Lumi 2 is still a decent tablet if you can find somewhere that sells it and get a good deal on it.

HARDWARE

  • Qualcomm 1.8GHz CPU and 6GB RAM
  • 13.3″ (A4-sized) screen with resolution of 1650Γ—2200 (207dpi)
  • 128 GB of local storage space
  • 4300mAh Internal battery
  • Frontlight (both warm and cold light can be adjusted)
  • Two rear-facing speakers and an in-built microphone
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB-C for charging and additional hardware expansion via an OTG connector (Flash drive etc.)
  • Fingerprint scanner

STYLUS

  • Included with the tablet is the Boox Pen Plus
  • Boox Pen Plus has no buttons or eraser
  • Book Pen Plus is magnetic, but the Max Lumi 2 isn’t, so the stylus cannot be magnetically snapped to the tablet
  • Boox Pen Plus requires tips to be changed (around once every 6 months, depending on usage)
  • Boox Pen Plus does not have batteries or need charging
  • Optional upgrade to Boox Pen2 Pro, which has an eraser at the top (everything else is the same as the Boox Pen Plus)
  • Other Wacom-compatible styluses can be used

OPERATING SYSTEM

  • Android 11.0
  • The user interface comprises a set of buttons on the left for Notes, Library, Store, Storage, Apps & Settings. It is not as customizable as Boox’s newer Tab range, which includes the Tab X.
  • A swipe down from the top of the screen brings up the Control Center, which includes options for frontlight adjustment (warm and cold), screen refresh, screenshare, screenshot, screen recording, page orientation and split screen
  • A swipe up from the bottom brings up the E-ink Center for configuring the refresh mode
  • Native apps that are built into the O/S are:
    • Boox Notes – Digital note-taking app
    • Boox Neo Reader – Reading and annotation app
  • Other pre-installed apps include:
    • Boox Drop – for pushing files to Boox devices.
    • Calendar Memo – tracks the notes and documents you accessed day-by-day
    • Gallery – view and open local image files
    • Music – view and open local audio files
    • Neo Browser – Boox’s Internet browser
    • Push read – RSS feed reader
    • Recorder – Record voice and other audio
  • Full access to the Google Play store, so any Android app can be installed.
  • Performance of Android apps can be variable because most will not have been optimised for the lower refresh rates of e-ink screens

FILE TRANSFERS

  • There is native support for synchronising notebooks and files with Boox Cloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Baidu Cloud, Nutstore, and other WebDAV-compatible cloud services.
  • Notebooks are exported as PDFs.
  • You can also browse cloud drives from the tablet
  • In addition, notebooks only (not documents) can be synchronised with Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Youdao Cloud Note.
  • As there is access to the Google Play Store, there may also be options to synchronise with other clouds using third-party apps.
  • Notebooks can be manually exported as Bitmap or Vector PDFs, or in Boox’s proprietary .note file format. Single pages can be exported as a PNG.
  • Notebooks can also be manually exported directly to third-party apps (e.g. GMail, Google Keep etc.) that are installed on the tablet via Android’s ‘share’ functionality.
  • There is also an option to manually share notebooks on Boox’s cloud server which can be viewed on other devices using a QR code (link expires after 24 hours).
  • Documents, books and webpages can be pushed to your Boox device using the SendtoBoox website and Chrome extension. Files can also be transferred from the Boox device via this method.
  • Files can be transferred to and from a Boox device over local WiFi and Bluetooth.
  • Files can be transferred to and from a Boox device via a USB cable (this includes flash drives and SD card readers via an OTG cable).

READING & ANNOTATING

  • Boox Neo Reader is the native reading and annotation app
  • Boox Neo Reader can be used to open and annotate a large number of file formats including PDF and EPUB.
  • Boox does not have native support for DRM-protected files, however, you may be able to download an alternative e-reader from the Google Play Store.
  • Boox Neo Reader has a lot of configuration options for layout, font size, contrast etc.
  • Annotation can be handwritten directly onto the file. There is also support for text highlights, and text-based sticky notes attached to a text highlight
  • Handwritten annotations can be saved for viewing on your Boox device, however, only annotations in the PDF file format will embed the handwriting so that it can be exported for viewing on other devices
  • Boox Neo Reader supports custom dictionaries and text search
  • Boox Neo Reader support text-to-speech (TTS)
  • With access to the Google Play Store, other e-reading software can be installed, such as Kindle and Kobo, however these apps do not support annotation
  • Supports opening WAV and MP3 files with the audio player
  • The Boox Max Lumi 2 supports split-screen view so, for example, you can have an open book on the left and a notebook on the right to take notes as you read (however, you have to manually switch to landscape mode because there is no g-sensor)
  • Boox Neo Reader also supports extracting text from documents via OCR

DIGITAL NOTE-TAKING

  • Boox Notes is the native note-taking app
  • Notes are organised using multi-page notebooks (called notepads by Boox).
  • Notebooks can be organised with folders.
  • Brushes include fountain pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, paintbrush and marker. There are 16 colours to choose from (which will be displayed as various shades of grey on the Max Lumi’s monochrome screen) and line width can be set between 1 and 20.
  • Pressure sensitivity is supported with the fountain pen, pencil and paintbrush tools.
  • There is also an eraser and undo/redo buttons
  • The lasso-select tool supports moving, copying, resizing, rotating, and flipping (180 degrees) handwriting. You can also add ‘tags’ and links to handwriting and change the colour.
  • Various shape and line drawing tools are included.
  • Notebook pages can be moved and copied within and between notebooks
  • Multiple layers are supported.
  • Over 40 templates are included (which are effectively an uneditable bottom layer) and you can add custom templates
  • Various elements can be inserted into notes, including text, voice recordings, images, file attachments, internal links and links to webpages.
  • Handwriting can be converted into text and then inserted into the note or copied/pasted elsewhere.
  • Handwriting search is also supported.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • Boox products are supplied with a 1-year warranty that covers any hardware defects (not caused by the customer)
  • Boox releases regular firmware updates for their products
  • Boox is a Chinese company whose support team are not native English speakers, so some patience may be required.

BUYING OPTIONS

  • The official Boox website is BOOX.COM, and their official store is SHOP.BOOX.COM
  • BOOX also have several official Amazon stores (US, UK, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Italy)
  • Boox do not have an Amazon Store in Canada, but the authorised reseller E-READER.CA has very good reviews
  • When buying from the official Boox Store, returns must be sent to one of the Boox distribution centres (US, Germany or Hong Kong), and the customer must pay return shipping costs and customs tariffs. There may also be a restocking fee.
  • The returns policy is often quicker, cheaper and simpler when buying from Amazon (usually a 30-day return to an Amazon warehouse in the customer’s country for a full refund or replacement)
  • However, the official Boox Store often has slightly better deals, such as special offers or free/discounted cases with the purchase of a tablet
  • There is usually an additional cost for the folio/cover.
  • ONYXBOOX.COM is NOT an official Boox store (although they are an authorised US reseller)
  • Because the Max Lumi 2 has been replaced with the Tab X, there is limited availability for this particular model.
  • Further information on Boox buying options can be found in this article

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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.