BOOX Max2 Pro - Buy?
#1  avinatbezeq 07-15-2019, 08:01 AM
I want to use the browser to read online books such as on Oreilly's Queue (see attached picture). Is the Boox Max 2 up to the job? Is it a good replacement for my iPad Pro 12.9" for PDF reading and annotating (I"m using PDF Expert on the iPad)?

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#2  whopper 07-16-2019, 10:01 PM
I don't know about oreilly queue, but I can tell you that this device have been for me the best ereader I've ever had hands down, since more than 10 years ago that I got my first.

If they only release it with light and flushed screen, it would be perfect.

#3  Faeryink 07-18-2019, 04:09 AM
I have both Ipad Pro 12.9 (2nd gen with Apple Pencil, and Paperlike screen protector installed) and Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro (4 GB RAM, Boox screen protector installed, official wacom passive pen).
I read a lot of pdf and online materials on my Max 2 Pro e-reader. One of the problems you may have is the ability to annotate on the browser. It is possible on the ipad of course, but on the Max 2's browser its not an option. Its fine as long as I am ONLY reading the file in the browser and don't want to annotate it. One of the shortcomings of Onyx is we can't have two apps side by side open, let's say browser in one and a notepad/word document in the other. I have requested this feature so many times from Onyx but no joy so far. On the Ipad no problems you can sideload notes etc alongside the browser.
The workaround I have for working on the Onyx e-reader is to save the web page as a pdf or epub (on my Macbook) and then transfer it to Onyx and use the side notes option.
The application of Paperlike screen protector on the Ipad makes the writing experience a lot better and I also use several digital painting and drawing apps on it. Its reliable and its big. I use Night Shift to cut out the blue light and it makes it a bit easier to work on the Ipad.
I prefer the Max 2 Pro for taking notes and reading. I write over 20 pages a day and work on my novel writing etc. Its not easy to write code on, but I am a beginner (lack of colour coding). Ipad Pro (12.9) is still a good option. I suffer from eyestrain so I find the Onyx e-reader help me a lot. But obviously the capabilities of the Ipad are impressive. I find that the battery on my Ipad drains fast as its power hungry. While Onyx Max 2 Pro the battery lasts a lot longer and it charges more rapidly than my ipad.
In my opinion both Ipad Pro and Max 2 e-reader have their strengths and weaknesses. The writing experience is somewhat down to personal taste, some people prefer the heavier Apple pen to write with while some prefer the texture and feeling on the Max 2. For writing I find Max 2 Pro a nicer experience. I am also fairly content watching youtube/videos in VLC etc on my e-reader, I primarily use Ipad only when I need to work with colour (art work, tutorials which rely on colour highlighting, some art/science books with colour illustrations). In terms of productivity, surprisingly its Max 2 Pro again, and I get double the amount of work done as there are fewer distractions.Perhaps not having the ability to open 2 apps side by side on the Max 2 is a blessing in disguise.
Most people want front light on the e-readers, I don't. I find my eyestrain is worse with front-lit e-readers. So I am holding on to my Max 2 Pro for a very long time as unfortunately most e-reader companies are being forced to develop front-lit ereaders. The research undertaken showed that the benefits of unlit e-readers (which means you would require ample ambient light) surpass that of front-lit e-readers. Yes, sure front light is more convenient but it also comes with a cost. I had to return my frontlit e-reader to Amazon few months back as my eyestrain worsened. In the future, I hope Onyx will release analogous models without and without front light, so we have more choice. Rather than being forced to follow the choice of the majority of the customers.
I would recommend getting a reading light if you would go for the Max 2 Pro option. It helps a lot and also to fine tune the contrast and DPI of 3rd party apps to suit your preference. It takes some weeks to experiment with the e-reader and I do use it as my primary device.

#4  avinatbezeq 07-28-2019, 05:20 AM
Thank you both for your great answers. I've decided to wait till the year's end to see if Amazon releases a 13" reader. If they don't, I'll buy the Boox Max2's successor.

#5  whopper 07-28-2019, 06:48 PM
Quote avinatbezeq
Thank you both for your great answers. I've decided to wait till the year's end to see if Amazon releases a 13" reader. If they don't, I'll buy the Boox Max2's successor.
Don't count on it. Amazon is in the business of selling commercial books, not hardware, so they don't have any reason to sell a 13" device that will mostly will be used for pdf's, studies, etc, that are not for sale on kindle store

They had time ago a 10" ereader and they ditched it. chances of amazon releasing a 13" ereader are 0%

#6  avinatbezeq 08-02-2019, 09:55 AM
If so, I'll buy the Boox Max2's successor (as the Max2 is from Nov 2017, I assume a new one will soon appear)

#7  Faeryink 08-02-2019, 12:58 PM
Well, there are two versions of Max 2:

1. Version with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage released in 2017
2. Version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage released in late 2018 (10th anniversary edition)

I have the version with the 4 GB of RAM purchased in early Nov 2018. Onyx have released the second version in black and its available on Amazon (germany). I am not sure if there will be a newer 13 inch model, maybe you can contact Onyx directly and ask them.

Good luck!!

#8  Bookchin 08-15-2019, 06:23 PM
Don't e-readers with a front light have an option to turn it off?

#9  Bob Willis 08-15-2019, 11:56 PM
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Don't e-readers with a front light have an option to turn it off?
Yes, you could easily turn off the front light if you do not need. You could only choose to turn on the front light when you need to read at bed.

#10  Faeryink 08-18-2019, 01:40 PM
@Bookchin & @ Bob Willis

sure there is a way of turning the front light off on the e-reader. However, I find the additional layer of LEDS presumably makes the screen duller and greyer. It also requires an additional glass layer like on Nova Pro.
I had pretty bad eye strain from Nova Pro (with the front light) and returned it. So its a bit rare but there are people who are rather sensitive to front lights. I stick to my Max 2 (4 GB RAM, 13.3 inch no front light). In the future it is unlikely that there will be ereaders for me as the future is "front lit". Turning the front light off is not a solution. I hope that ereader manufacturers would release models with and without front light so people can choose. Front light is not a feature for me, it is a headache and a way to exclude a minority of users with eye issues.

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