Obsidian is definitely usable once you get past the initial startup screen (use X-mode). Obsidian’s speed is fine but the Boox takes kind of forever to start up / turn on so I don’t find myself reaching for it much. Syncthing works fine I’m pretty sure. The Boox works okay in sunlight but isn’t as good as the Oasis I think.
Lots of people talking about the takes forever to start thing. I think this is due to the very short default timeout for automatically turning it off completely. It’s perfectly fine to just put it to sleep, and it starts immediately.
startup definitely takes awhile, but recommend turning off the “deep sleep” mode or whatever (or setting it for 3 days or a week if I remember the options right). I just use the screen off after 15m option.
I am currently considering the new Boox Air 2 and would love your honest views - is the Obsidian / Boox integration (e.g. using handwriting) good enough that you’d recommend it? The intention behind buying the device would be to:
Replace the Kindle
Take Obsidian on the road (i.e. being able to take phone calls while holding this device and scribbling down notes into my vault)
Smooth two way sync and plugin compatibility would be fairly essential to me. Curious to hear your thoughts!
I took my boox to Worldcon and it was … really awesome. I didn’t write directly into my vault, I wrote PDFs (because of speed) but I dropped the PDFs right into my vault where I was able to transcribe them easily once I got home.
Ok, I need some real talk regarding the Boox devices.
I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on a Boox Nova Air C. I’m a heavy iPad user and deep into the Apple ecosystem, but I love the e-ink on my Kindle Oasis for reading and I’ve been keeping an eye on Boox devices as they intrigue me.
I’ve been looking for a device for ages that I can use casually in the evenings that isn’t as stimulating as the iPad or iPhone and is a bit kinder to the eyes and brain.
Coming from using an iPad for Obsidian, email, reading twitter, reddit, news, and articles I’ve saved for reading later. I’m wondering if I’ll find the Boox slow and frustrating.
I know it’s going to be useless for watching video, but I’m interested in hearing about how people use these e-ink devices aside from reading books which my Kindle has covered.
Very interested in reading about experiences with the device.
Use it just like an Android tablet. Obsidian works well with it and you can change “modes” if you want it faster (with slightly less visual quality - I don’t notice it really) or normal high quality mode (which is slower than a tablet, but only a second or so).