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Onyx Boox 60 May 17, 2010

Posted by CK in IT, Mobility.
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Being sick of waiting for the Que and shocked by its price tag, I decided to look out there for something else. It took a lot of page views to find the right one, but I think I eventually did. This morning I received the Boox 60 e-book reader by Onyx. It is the same product you can also find re-branded as the BeBook Neo.

Pros: The screen is fairly good to look at (albeit too small, I’ll get to that in the “cons”). Construction feels good and solid. PDF rendering is superb (it was the main reason I chose it, they are partnering with Adobe). Reflowing documents works like a charm. Overall, my first impressions are very positive.

Cons: 6 inches is definitely not enough to read full-page documents. This can be largely improved by switching to landscape viewing, increasing font size, or zooming a lot. The problem with increasing font sizes is that, due to text reflowing, images are not being displayed anymore — or at least not in the PDF I was looking at. Also, some settings are often reset, maybe I’ve missed something though.

I haven’t tested yet things like the WiFi, playing MP3s and the like. I’ll get back with a more complete review after a few days of using it.



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