When the Boox M96 shipped last July it was equipped with a 9.7″ Pearl E-ink screen and an EM (Wacom) touchscreen. I didn’t like it at the time because of the touchscreen tech, but with the new model I have fewer complaints.
The new Onyx Boox M96C has the same 9.7″ E-ink display with a screen resolution of 825 x 1200 but it has a capacitive touchscreen. That is a useful improvement over the older model.
But other than that, the M96C is largely identical. It runs Android 4.0 on a single core 1GHz Freescale CPU with 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, it has Wifi and Bluetooth.
It ships with Onyx’s own ereader app, which supports a wide variety of ebook formats, and sincealso mentions Google Play we can also assume that you can install other reading apps. The single core CPU might discourage you from doing more, but I have found that a similarly equipped Onyx Boox T68 (same CPU and OS, but smaller screen) was more than capable of running reading apps.
The Boox M96C can be had from, where it is retailing for 350 euros. That’s about $400.
Given that this device lacks a frontlight and has a relatively low resolution screen, I don’t think the high price is justified. That is the same opinion I formed with last year’s M96, and so I will repeat my recommendation.
Rather than buy the M96C, I would get either the Onyx Boox T68 Lynx or the Pocketbook InkPad 840. They are cheaper, offer higher resolution screens, and have a frontlight.
Here are some reviews to help you make up your mind:
- Comparison Review: Pocketbook InkPad vs Onyx Boox T68 Lynx
- Review: Pocketbook InkPad 840
- Review: Onyx Boox T68 Lynx eReader Android Tablet
If the M96C were cheaper, or had a frontlight and higher resolution screen, I might recommend it. But if costs more and offers less. That’s not a good value, IMO.
On the other hand, I was content with the Lynx and I am very happy with the InkPad. I could recommend either device.