Onyx has started selling a new Boox reading light. It’s the kind that you wear around your neck that rests on your chest with the light pointing outward.
Seeing it is like traveling back in time to when ebook readers didn’t have frontlights. Back then ebook reader reading lights were quite common.
Fittingly the pictures show the reading light in use with the new Onyx Boox Max3, which happens to be the one current Onyx model without a frontlight.
One interesting thing about the light is it has four different color temperatures so in a sense it’s kind of like dual color frontlights on ereaders these days.
While E Ink frontlights continue to suffer from color inconsistencies and unevenness issues, they sure are a lot better than the old school alternative of having to carry around a book light or using a lighted cover (they used to sell covers with lights attached). I’d take the Kobo Libra’s funky frontlight over having to go back to using a reading light any day (or evening, as would be more likely the case).
Onyx’s description for the reading light is pretty funny:
No more holding a flashlight by your hand or by your mouth, or wear a headlamp on your head, nodding your head like a robot to adjust the light directions when you are reading or busy in repairing. This flexible neckband hug light helps you just focus on what you are doing without worrying about the light, whenever for reading in bed or in garden/patio, walking dog, repairing, crafting, working and many others.