should I buy InkPad X?
#1  allochi 09-01-2020, 06:31 AM

I'm trying to decide what to buy (or not), I have an iPad pro 11", I have the original Sony 13", I like reading with e-paper but I do also enjoy my iPad (I set it on dark mode when I read)

The thing that bother me with Sony after years of usage is no easy way to crop/zoom the content and no front-light, so I'm thinking of buying a new 10" reader with a front light, does it worth it? I don't want to use it as a note taker, I want to read PDFs and web pages, which one should I get

the onyx note is 100 USD more, and I was wondering if it worth it.

Also, I like to ready in inverted mode (maybe a habit from iPad), does InkPad X reader do that?

Thanks for your help.

#2  Cyfranek 09-01-2020, 10:04 AM
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Also, I like to ready in inverted mode (maybe a habit from iPad), does InkPad X reader do that?

There is no inverted mode in PocketBooks, but You can install KOReader for such reading.

#3  Pajamaman 09-01-2020, 10:35 AM
Onyx includes the neoreader app which allows you to divide each page into sections and to change the direction of navigation. This software makes it possible to read comics and pdf even on a smaller screen. It is very good. However, it does not have a reverse night-mode.

You can install koreader which has a reverse mode (or any other app. Onyx is Android.) However, people have mixed results with Koreader on Onyx. Some people say it runs perfectly, others say it doesn't. The Koreader developers are very helpful and will help if Onyx users experience problems, but they must provide logs, etc.

I am an Onyx user, and I read PDF on a 7.8" effectively with the built in neoreader.

#4  ottischwenk 09-01-2020, 10:50 AM
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PocketBook InkPad X
Onyx Boox Note 2
I prefer Likebook Alita

#5  Dr. Drib 09-04-2020, 10:41 PM
I'm in the same boat.

I'm leaning toward the Inkpad X, due to its being primarily an ebook reader. I have no need to use notes.

I'm interested in how effective it is with PDFs, epubs, and mobis.

I just want a large size screen, one that's light in the hands, and a joy to read on.

Does anyone have an Inkpad X and can comment on how it handles as a large-screen ebook and PDF reader?


#6  ps67 09-05-2020, 01:24 AM

I was tempted but then I bought the color. Anyway here there is a very detailed review. There is also some other material in YT. And, if You re interested, is very easy to install KOReader in a Pocketbook.

#7  JSWolf 09-05-2020, 05:35 AM
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#8  Dr. Drib 09-05-2020, 08:00 AM
Thank you, ps67 and Jon.

However, I've already scoured the internet for reviews, videos, etc. - in fact, anything I could find, so I was already familiar with the above. But thank you both.

Is there actually anyone who owns one, or has some hands-on info on this unit?

I like the idea that it's 87g lighter than the Boox Note 2. I also like the 'ribbed/grooved' back on the Inkpad X, one that looks similar to my Kobo Aura One and which gives the Kobo an excellent grip while reading.

I can tell you right now that the only reason I haven't yet bought it is due to the lengthy firmware updates. I would like to see some additional fine-tuning on this model's firmware. It's an ebook reader and that is exactly what I want from a 10.3 inch screen. Nothing more.

#9  pso33 09-05-2020, 10:00 AM

Seeing more interest piled up here, let me document my knowledge of 4 month (base software + koreader mixed use):

- lightweight
- battery: less than 1 week with PDFs, 3 weeks with internal software + eBooks
- reading experience, comparing to my Kobo H2o v2 7": much better to read (I'm above 40) ePubs, eye relief is good (hard to get back to the 7"). For PDFs, the 7" is just unusable compared to this screen! (returning to 7" is like reading through a small hole)
- 32 GB storage (it's a MUST, when you plan read PDFs - they can be large!!!)
- koreader runs...
- ghosting not disturbing (refresh every 6 page), unlike my Kobo 7" that has rather disturbing (in turn, kobo's update is not sluggish)

- the device(screen?) is sluggish whenever have to update *ANYTHING* on the screen !! (here comes koreader, one of its biggest advantage to avoid these disasterous screen updates). Note that this sluggishness doesn't affect reading experience of normal text books with a few pictures (either pdf or ePub)
- koreader bugs (, hopefully improving with time
- this device is fragile, ***forget about carrying it aways from home*** ! (you still need another smaller eReader for a "pocket" use) Hence, you don't need any case... (won't find, which is not a problem...)
- 2-core is not enoguh for complex PDFs (however, no delay with less complex PDFs - e.g. simple text + few normal pictures in them)
- dictionary software is a mess (doesn't do stemming, have to edit manually... koreader solves it better, in turn koreader dicts are small for my locale)

Cutting margins is still recommended at this screen size, you would need the 13.3" to read PDFs without tweaks.

It depends on type of PDF whether own software, or koreader is better (both software have their own strength/weakness)...

My triggering reason to buy this device was the covid/home office (no commuting, can use larger screen), and already had good experiences with koreader on kobo (now I see, koreader SHOULD be the default software for kobo, they work so perfect together...).
Was looking hard at the 10.3" Onyx (latest device), but I already own tablet (with pen) causing that functionality needless (and to be honest, after a tablet experience, those Onyx devices give me the "almost" feeling, so feared to buy), and battery is a typical mess with android in general (andoroid got fat during the past years, every of their release causing my tablet slower and slower - 8 CPU is a minimum for them).
Only the Onyx is a competitor in my local region (middle Europe), other brands very hard to get. Amazed kobo & kindle still missing this obvious need (10" is much more needed than color).

- superior reading experience of ePubs (eye relief) over the smaller screens
- usable for PDFs, but need a very clever use (cut the margins)

#10  Dr. Drib 09-05-2020, 12:03 PM

Thank you for your experience with the Inkpad X.

I see that NewEgg is now showing a slip-on (or slide-in) type of cover for the Inkpad X.

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