PocketBook recently released a new 10.3-inch ereader and eNote called the PocketBook InkPad X Pro. It’s PocketBook’s first notetaking device, and it’s also their first Android-based ereader.
PocketBook has uploaded some “how to” videos to their YouTube channel showing the new InkPad X Pro in action, and I’m not sure the videos are doing a good job of making the device look appealing.
I’ve been critical of the InkPad X Pro since PocketBook announced it and said they’d be using an older version of Android from 2017, Android 8.1. The overall specs are kind of disappointing as well, especially compared to Onyx’s Android devices.
However, the InkPad X Pro has some unique things going for it. First off, it has physical page-turn buttons, unlike all the other 10″ eNotes on the market, and it’s also the only one using a flexible Mobius screen from E Ink instead of the cheaper and easier-to-break Carta screens that everyone else is using.
When eNotes first started coming out, they used Mobius screens for increased durability since they don’t crack like standard glass-backed E Ink screens. They also come with the benefit of being lighter. The InkPad X Pro only weighs 350 grams, which is nearly 100 grams lighter than the Kindle Scribe.
One downside with Mobius-equipped devices is they are more expensive. The PocketBook InkPad X Pro sells for $420 on Amazon, which is $20 higher than the Kobo Elipsa 2E and Onyx Note Air3, and $80 more than the Kindle Scribe.
I’m not sure how many people are going to be interested in a device that runs such an old version of Android and costs more than most other eNotes, especailly the new Note Air3, which is superior in just about every way, and it runs Android 12 instead of Android 8.1.
Given that, I have no plans on spending $420 to review the InkPad X Pro, but it’s interesting how much you can learn just from watching the videos that PocketBook has uploaded. First off, the InkPad X Pro clearly has an indented screen, which is something that you don’t usually see on eNotes. Onyx’s first Note model had an indented screen, and it was possible to scratch and leave permanent indentions when pressing down too hard with the stylus, so it makes you wonder if that’s going to be an issue on this model too.
Another detail, it comes with one of those super cheap plastic styluses that Onyx’s devices used to come with. It works well enough but they couldn’t make it feel any cheaper if they tried, and it doesn’t magnetically attach to the side of the device like the stylus that comes with most other eNotes.
The device also looks pretty slow and laggy in the videos. There’s usually a noticeable delay when selecting things, and you can’t help but notice they speed up the video every time the keyboard is in use so you know that’s got to be painful to use, and highlighting looks as clunky as ever.
There are some things to like about the InkPad X Pro, but it’s hard to see it being able to compete with more established eNotes at this point.