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Onyx Boox Max Lumi
Onyx Boox Max Lumi
Onyx Boox Max Lumi
Onyx Boox Max Lumi
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8.8/10
Informr score
The Onyx Boox Max Lumi currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While there are some issues with the pen lagging in certain applications, it wasn’t enough to throw reviewers off. Between having the ability to access the Google Play Store and using the Max Lumi as a second PC monitor, there’s a lot of potential use for the tablet outside of just reading and note-taking.

What's good

  • Massive display
  • High refresh rate mode
  • Included stylus
  • Google Play compatible

What's bad

  • Expensive
  • Stylus support hit-or-miss

Onyx seems to be leading the charge with its army of e-ink tablets that can do everything a regular tablet can. So far, they have yet to strike out, quickly carving a comfortable place in this new market as a reputable name. Will the Onyx Boox Max Lumi join the ranks of Onyx’s other tablets?

Design

The Onyx Boox Max Lumi is big. There’s a good chance it’s the largest e-ink device you’ll have ever handled. Despite its size, most reviewers said that its slim profile and lightweight feel in the hand boggle the mind. Whether you’re reading a report, diving into your favorite digital magazines, or catching up on the news, you won’t have to worry about cramping hands or tired arms.

Display

As mentioned above, the 13.3-inch e-ink display is massive compared to most gadgets out there. But the screen isn’t just large, it has a few extra tricks up its sleeve too. A fast refresh rate mode quickly separates it from other e-ink tablets. There are also 16 gray levels, which adds to its ability to show detail in images or document formatting. Reviewers found it perfect for 8.5-by-11-inch documents as its dimensions offer a nearly 1:1 ratio. They also marvelled at the Max Lumi’s ability to open many different formats and document sizes effortlessly including, sheet music, graphic novels, and even maps.

Performance

Performance excited reviewers. While you won’t experience lag-free perfection with this tablet, there are ways it has been majorly improved versus earlier Onyx Boox incarnations. There’s the option for a stark black-and-white mode for ultra-crisp lines and text. Then you have the other option, a high refresh rate mode, which sacrifices fine details but boosts the refresh rate to a sensible point.

The ability of the Onyx Boox Max Lumi to become a second PC monitor is what reviewers raved about the most. The fact that e-ink displays can run smoothly enough for this to work is pretty amazing and a sure boon to anyone looking for a lightweight, battery-efficient second display for mobile use.

Software & Storage

The Onyx Boox Max Lumi uses Android 10 and is compatible with the Google Play store. It also includes 64GB of storage. While that might not seem like much on a tablet or phone these days, that’s a lot of space when you’re primarily using the device for text and images.

Cameras

There are no cameras on this model.

Battery Life

Determining battery life on a niche device such as this can be difficult because it all depends on what you’re doing with it. If it’s being used for reading or note-taking, for instance, it could last all week, once you add other things like video, frequent web browsing, or any sort of gaming that drops substantially.

Audio

There are two tiny, very quiet speakers on the Onyx Boox Max Lumi. While they operate okay in their own right, most reviewers highly suggest using a Bluetooth speaker or headphones when sound quality is important.

Accessories

The Onyx Boox Max Lumi comes with its own stylus. It’s small and black with a pen clip to prevent rolling and has one external button with an eraser feature on the top. Because it’s a Wacom stylus it also supports multiple layers of pressure sensitivity.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic shell
  • 13.3-inch E-Ink display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-core 1.8 GHz processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 64GB of storage
  • No camera
  • 4,300mAh battery good for a week of light use between charges
  • Two speaker audio with the option for Bluetooth and headphones
  • Wacom stylus

The Bottom Line

Onyx leads the pack in its quest for the most diverse e-ink tablet lineup. The Onyx Boox Max Lumi is an excellent addition. While there are some issues with the pen lagging in certain applications, it wasn’t enough to throw reviewers off. Between having the ability to access the Google Play Store and using the Max Lumi as a second PC monitor, there’s a lot of potential use for the tablet outside of just reading and note-taking.

Gizmodo says, “The appeal of the Onyx Boox Max Lumi is that it’s big. Massive, really. I feel like a toddler when I use it to read books and find myself rotating to put it in landscape mode as I would my iPad or Surface.”

PC Magazine states, “A fully functional Android tablet and secondary monitor, the Onyx Boox Max Lumi lets you do everything with E Ink that you would with a big-screen tablet."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
13.3"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gizmodo

I liked using the Max Lumi to control Sonos. But mainly I just liked using it as a big giant iPad alternative—something for writing and editing and consuming media. It’s absolutely stellar at doing those things! The problem is that at $880 it’s incredibly hard to justify buying it.

- Alex Cranz, Gizmodo
PC Magazine

A fully functional Android tablet and secondary monitor, the Onyx Boox Max Lumi lets you do everything with E Ink that you would with a big-screen tablet.

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
Good E-Reader

The Onyx Boox Max Lumi is simply the best, most feature rich 13.3 e-note on the market. It can literally do everything and has a few software tricks up its sleeve. The Onyx Boox Max Lumi is simply the best, most feature rich 13.3 e-note on the market. It can literally do everything and has a few sof...

- Michael Kozlowski, Good E-Reader


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Screen Size
13.3"

The Onyx Boox Max Lumi's screen size is 13.3 inches with 1650 x 2200 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragong 636 Octa-core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4300mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4300 mAh battery.

Boox Max Lumi Specs

Overview
Release Date September 24, 2020
Regions Available USA
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragong 636 Octa-core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Cellular
Networks
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors No
Resolution 1650 x 2200 pixels
Pixel density 207 pixels
Size 13.3 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Up to 42 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 31 x 22.8 x 0.79 cm (12.2 x 9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 570 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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