The Onyx Boox Max 2 is now available to purchase on Amazon from one of Onyx’s US distributors.
The current price is $799 with free shipping. That’s $100 more than the Sony DPT-RP1, but the Onyx adds a lot more features for the price, and it doubles as an ereader and an E Ink monitor so it might prove to be a popular alternative.
Like the Sony, the Max 2 has a flexible 13.3-inch E Ink Carta display with a resolution of 2200 x 1650 pixels (207 ppi).
There’s no frontlight, but there is a stylus pen for writing notes on the screen, and the Max now uses a Wacom touchscreen.
The main upgrades with the 2nd gen Max is they’ve added a capacitive touchscreen for finger touch, they updated the software to Android 6.0, and they added an HDMI port for display mirroring.
Additionally the Max 2 has a quad-core 1.6GHz processor with 32GB of storage space and 2GB of RAM, but it lacks the memory card slot that was available on earlier models.
The Max also supports Bluetooth and audio, and it comes with the Google Play store to install apps. It supports common ebook formats, including PDF, EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2 and others.
It would be interesting to see how the touchscreen and other hardware upgrades improve the user experience, and how Android 6.0 differs from the previous Android 4.0 software like on the Onyx N96 that I recently reviewed, but I don’t plan on reviewing this model.