This is an objective information page for the Boox Note Air2+ e-ink tablet, with details of hardware and software specs, features, and capabilities.
My subjective review can be found here.
|PRODUCT||BOOX NOTE AIR 2 +|
|Specs & ratings info|
|SCREEN||BOOX NOTE AIR 2 +|
|Screen type||Carta HD|
|Screen resolution (B/W)||1404 x 1872|
|Screen density (B/W)||227dpi|
|Screen resolution (Colour)||n/a|
|Screen density (Colour)||n/a|
|HARDWARE||BOOX NOTE AIR 2 +|
|CPU||1.8 GHz octa-core|
|SD card slot||⨯|
|SOFTWARE||BOOX NOTE AIR 2 +|
|Operating system||Android 11|
|Google Play Store||✓|
|Brush types||Fountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker|
|File formats||PDF, 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|
|PRODUCT||BOOX NOTE AIR 2 +|
Anyone wanting a solid A5-sized E-ink tablet with a decent hardware spec and access to the Google Play Store.
NOTE: For a time, Boox also manufactured a Note Air2 (without the plus) – the small differences between the NA2 and the NA2+ are explored here. The Boox Note 5 also has a very similar specification to the NA2+ and these differences are explored here.
- Qualcomm 1.8GHz CPU and 4GB RAM
- 10.3″ (A4-sized) screen with resolution of 1404×1872 (227dpi)
- 64 GB of local storage space
- 3700mAh 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.)
- G-sensor (for auto-rotation)
- Included with the tablet is the Boox Pen Plus
- Boox Pen Plus has no buttons or eraser
- Boox Pen Plus is magnetic and can snap to the Note Air2+
- 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
- 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 Ultra.
- 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
- 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 Note Air2+ 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
- Boox Neo Reader also supports extracting text from documents via OCR
- 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 Note Air2+’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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Further information on Boox buying options can be found in this article
BOOX NOTE AIR2+ BLOG POSTS
- My Review of the Boox Tab Ultra C Pro
- Boox Tab Ultra C Pro: Unboxing & First Impressions
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About the author
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.