PadMu is a 13.3-inch (x2) E Ink eReader for Musicians (Video)

PadMu Dual Screen Music Reader

The PadMu is a specialized sheet music reader designed for musicians. It comes in a single version and a double version so you can choose to have one or two 13.3-inch E Ink screens.

It works in conjunction with the PadMu Controller app for Android, which can be used to control the device remotely and open and close files.

At its core, the PadMu is a rebranded Onyx Boox Max so it shares the same exact hardware.

But the problem is it’s the older Max Carta version without the upgraded hardware and newer Android software.

Aside from the onboard PadMu app, I don’t see what the difference is, and the regular Onyx Boox Max Carta is much cheaper now with the Max2 out, currently $549 at Amazon and €549 at Amazon IT.

But the PadMu adds the possibility to use two screens, which isn’t normally an option with the Onyx Boox Max.

The PadMu is shipping now and is currently selling for €719 for the single version and €1428 for the double version from the PadMu website.

PadMu Sheet Music Reader

6 Responses to “PadMu is a 13.3-inch (x2) E Ink eReader for Musicians (Video)”

  1. The PadMU and the GVIDO appear to be the only double page life-size sheet music display devices available now (April 2018) and there is not a big price difference. The choice between the two might depend upon library features (assuming that they both read PDF files).

  2. The competing GVIDO is controlled by a special pen (not a finger) and it is not backlit. It would be nice to know how PadMU compares on those two features.

    • It’s the same story with this. It doesn’t have a frontlight and it has a stylus. I don’t know why they’re using old hardware, though. The newer Boox Max2 has much better hardware and newer software.

  3. At my age my eyesight can only get worse to I want a life-sized electronic music display device and I am unwilling to forfeit the ability to see two pages of sheet music at the same time. Therefore I want dual screens as provided by PadMu and Gvido, even though they are very expensive. I hesitate to buy before learning about the software.
    1. Can one use Mobile Sheets for finding a bookmark (e.g. Baritone sax) with a selected PDF file?L
    2. Do PDF files have to be loaded into a proprietary database and if so, how can bookmarks be passed on to the database (e.g. Baritone sax)?
    3. Are multiple libraries permitted?
    4. Can it handle a library of 3000 files?
    5. How long does it take to find s selected file in a library of 3000 files?

    Are there better or cheaper dual-screen music display devices expected to hit the market in 2019?