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Pocketbook Inkpad X Review

When it comes to selecting an e-reader, it can be a challenge to find the right balance between portability and screen size, feature set, and price. The Pocketbook Inkpad X confidently enters this arena, boasting features that make it stand out from the crowd while providing a seamless reading experience.

The Pocketbook Inkpad X demands attention with its large 10.3″ screen, making it one of the larger e-readers available in the market. This extra screen real estate, coupled with a resolution of 227ppi, enhances text sharpness, making long reading sessions comfortable and enjoyable. Its E Ink Carta display ensures a paper-like reading experience, reducing strain on the eyes, a feature that all avid readers will appreciate.

Despite its large screen, the Inkpad X manages to maintain an incredibly slim profile, with a thickness of just 3.7mm, and lightweight design at 300g. The combination of size and slimness contributes to the overall elegant design. This is a device that feels as good in the hands as it looks, which is especially important for extended reading sessions.

As for aesthetics, the Pocketbook Inkpad X comes in a sleek grey colour. Its matte finish is aesthetically pleasing, giving it a premium feel and allowing it to fit comfortably in any setting, from the office to the coffee shop or your bedside table.

The inclusion of both frontlight and warmlight technology is a testament to Pocketbook’s commitment to providing a comfortable reading experience. The frontlight ensures that you can read in any lighting condition, while the warmlight, providing a warmer hue on the screen, can reduce potential blue light exposure. Although the Inkpad X doesn’t offer auto-brightness, the manual adjustment is simple, allowing you to customize the lighting to your preference.

Under the hood, the Inkpad X features the PocketbookOS, offering a smooth and intuitive user interface. The compatibility with a wide range of file formats, including EPUB, PDF, MOBI, DJVU, CBR, CBZ, FB2, DOC, DOCX, HTML, RTF, TXT, CHM, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and MP3, makes it a versatile device suitable for not just reading ebooks, but also viewing images and listening to audiobooks or music.

Storage capacity is a crucial factor to consider in an e-reader, and the Inkpad X doesn’t disappoint with its ample 32GB of space. However, the lack of a Micro-SD slot might be a minor setback for those who want even more storage. Nonetheless, 32GB should be more than enough to house a vast library of books and other media.

Connectivity features are also well-catered for, with the inclusion of Bluetooth, enabling you to connect to wireless headphones for private listening, particularly useful when using the text-to-speech feature. However, the absence of waterproofing is a letdown for those who enjoy reading by the pool, in the bath, or even in a humid environment.

The Inkpad X employs a touchscreen interface complemented by physical page-turn buttons. This combination ensures maximum comfort and convenience, allowing readers to choose their preferred method of interaction. Auto-rotation also adds to the versatility of the device, allowing you to switch between portrait and landscape mode depending on your preference.

The Pocketbook Inkpad X, priced at $450, sits at the higher end of the e-reader market. However, when considering the larger screen size, high resolution, substantial storage, and overall feature set, it offers good value for money.

In summary, the Pocketbook Inkpad X brings a notable offering to the e-reader space. Despite its minor limitations

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Full Specs

Product The name of the product/modelPocketbook Inkpad X
Version The version of the productStandard
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Image A picture of the productPocketbook Inkpad X
Price The price of the product (in USD)$450
Brand The brand/manufacturer of the productPocketbook
Screen size The size of the screen (measured diagonally)10.3"
PPI The number of pixels per inch (PPI) NOTE: on colour devices, this is the monochrome PPI227ppi
Storage capacity The storage space of the e-reader32Gb
Operating System Which O/S the device runs by defaultPocketbookOS
Writing Whether the e-reader has writing/note-taking capabilities
Frontlight Whether the product has a frontlight
Warmlight Whether there is temperature control for the frontlight
Auto brightness Whether the brightness of the e-reader changes automatically based on the exterior ambient light
Bluetooth Whether the e-reader support audio via Bluetooth headphones/speaker
Speakers Whether the e-reader support audio via an onboard speaker
Touchscreen Whether the e-reader has a capacitive touchscreen
Waterproof Whether the e-reader is waterproof to IPX8 rating
Play store Whether you can install apps from the Google Play Store (e.g. Kindle, Koreader etc.)
Flush screen Whether the screen is flush with the casing of the e-reader
Page-turn buttons Whether the e-reader has physical buttons for turning pages
Auto-rotation Whether the e-reader automatically changes the screen orientation
Text-to-speech Whether the e-reader can convert text to speech
Micro-SD slot Whether the e-reader has a slot for a MicroSD card
Colour screen Whether the e-reader has a colour screen
Ads Whether the e-reader shows ads on the sleep screen
Wireless charging Whether the e-reader supports wireless charging
Mobile connectivity Whether the e-reader can connect to the cloud over the cellular network
Weight The weight of the product300g
Thickness The thickness of the e-reader3.7mm
Height The height of the e-reader249.2mm
Width The width of the e-reader170.4mm
File formats The file formats that are supportedEPUB, PDF, MOBI, DJVU, CBR, CBZ, FB2, DOC, DOCX, HTML, RTF, TXT, CHM, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, MP3
Colours Which colours this e-reader is available inGrey
Buy Click on the button to buy