We live in a world of big screen e-readers or digital note taking devices, almost all major brands focus on these types of products. Sometimes people just want to read books and have full access to Google Play, so they don’t need to be locked into a specific ecosystem. Onyx just released the Poke 4 Lite, which might just be the best e-reader for the money. It retails from the Good e-Reader store for $149.99 and is available in black or white.
The Onyx Boox Poke 4 Lite features a 6-inch E INK Carta HD touchscreen with 1024×786 resolution and 212 PPI. The screen is not flush with the bezel and has no glass layer. This is quite an interesting design decision, as it won’t reflect overhead lighting in the home or office, or the sun. This is because e-paper absorbs light, but the vast majority of e-readers have glass screens that reflect light. The only way around this is to use a matte screen protector and no OEM makes their own so it’s hard to find one optimized for a certain screen size The body of this device is blue with a black band that surrounds the bezel.
This eReader features a front-lit display system and a color temperature system with an array of LED lights that project light evenly onto the screen and not into your eyes. There are 64 levels of control via the scroll bars, so it can be optimized for your environmental conditions.
Under the hood is a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2 GHZ with Arm Cortex-A53. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for all your books. You can transfer data via the USB-C port and also recharge it, speaking of charging, it is powered by a 1500mAh battery. There is no speaker or microphone, this is meant to keep costs down. However, it has Bluetooth 5.0, so it’s easy to use headphones or wireless headphones to listen to audiobooks, music or podcasts.
The Poke 4 Lite runs Google Android 11 and Google Play comes pre-installed on it, so you don’t have to do any janky workarounds. This will give you access to millions of free and paid apps. The default reading app is perfect if you want to upload your own books, as it supports a wide range of formats. This includes pdf, djvu, azw, azw3, doc, docm, docx, epub, fb2, fbz, html, mobi, odt, prc, rtf, sxw, trc, txt, chm, and ppt. One of the great things about Onyx is that it supports all major languages upon setup, so it’s extremely accessible to a global audience.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.