Onyx Boox Note and Max2, Use Screen Protectors to Avoid Scratches


Onyx Boox Screen Protector

There have been a few reports of the stylus causing scratches on the screen of the Onyx Boox Max2 and the Boox Note.

Some folks have mentioned the issue in reviews at Amazon and in a few different threads at MobileRead.

However, there’s conflicting evidence in the form of this YouTube video that shows the screen being unaffected after a vigorous scribbling test.

Onyx’s styluses have a hard plastic tip so it’s possible that dust and other residue that get on the screen are causing the scratches when getting rubbed by the stylus.

Either way, if you use the stylus a lot you’re probably going to want to put on a screen protector. Or at least use a microfiber cloth to keep the screen clean whenever using the stylus.

Onyx has started selling screen protectors for the Max and Note at Amazon for $3.99 a pop, so they’re pretty cheap insurance for such expensive devices.

I checked my Note and luckily its screen doesn’t show any scratches yet, but I did order a screen protector to be on the safe side.

In the past I’ve said that E Ink and screen protectors are a bad mix because they tend to degrade the quality of the text, but in the case of using a stylus all the time a screen protector is probably a good idea.

5 Responses to “Onyx Boox Note and Max2, Use Screen Protectors to Avoid Scratches”

  1. I turned my back on my 6 year old for a few seconds and when I looked back I could see a line sort of carved into the outer plastic layer. I could only imagine that little hand holding that stylus in a fist instead of how you would hold it to write like an adult. Her experiment probably yielded nothing of value for her other than knowing that pressing ever harder will not write darker/wider than the maximum allowed by the note (or in her probable words “pressing really really hard doesn’t work). Meanwhile I just deal with it and the e-paper still works just fine. Good to know that it’s much tougher than I would have thought….and that I need to keep it the hell away from the child monster :).

  2. Your youtube link about someone (ereader store actually) try to scratching max2 screen apparently is a mistake. They made a video with boox max carta screen (NOT boox max2). So the claim of screen scratching issue on boox note and boox max2 still a risk factor on buying them both.
    After knowing this, do you have another scratch test article as a reference to buy this device? i really want to buy boox note but am wondering will the screen protector hold for long time use.

    • I really don’t think it’s as big of a deal as it’s made out to be. My Note’s screen is still perfect and I’ve pressed down pretty hard testing the stylus sensitivity. I think you have to press really hard to leave marks. The Max2 I got used was covered in dents, and even still they were pretty much impossible to see unless you held the device at an angle in the light. From my experience, using a screen protector and writing with normal pressure it’s not a problem at all.

      • Thank you for your helpful opinion.
        BTW, do you use a used boox note for your boox note video review? Because in your video, you said that one of the speaker is not working.

        And then, would you write an article about the overall experience if you use another wacom stylus for boox note like what discussed in this link:
        https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=297244&page=4

        He recommend using STAEDLER NORIS DIGITAL stylus for boox note. It made me curious, will the writing feel different?

        • The Note in the review was purchased new from Amazon, and the left speaker started working after the last update so it must’ve been a software issue. I wouldn’t mind trying a different stylus if it didn’t cost a fortune but to me that Staedler stylus is a downgrade without an eraser or button so I have no interest in trying it.

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