E-ink displays cool your eyes wonderfully and feel amazing. They offer great alternatives to traditional LCD and OLED screens and help save millions of trees every year. It is only natural that you would want to take your trusty e-reader with you when you travel.
The best travel-friendly e-readers and e-paper tablets are lightweight and don’t require too much luggage. If you’re looking to buy a dedicated e-ink device to take with you on your travels, here we have the perfect roundup. These are the best portable e-paper displays and e-readers you can get right now.
Rakuten Kobo Nia
Small e-readers around 6 inches in size are perfect travel companions as they are roughly the same size as modern telephones. That makes it really easy to stow them in bags or backpacks. The Kobo Nia is compact and lightweight and has a 6-inch E INK Carta HD display. I always take that with me personally, whether to the dentist or a 3-day road trip into the countryside.
What you’ll love about it is the seemingly immortal battery life. Even if you forget to bring your micro USB charging cable, it won’t affect your trip. The thing lasts for weeks, it has a front light and you can adjust the color temperature. You also get support for a variety of e-books as well as an internet connection. The 8GB storage can hold thousands of songs so you don’t have a limited library. As a simple reading tablet that you can take with you on vacation, the Kobo Nia is a good companion.
One of the advantages of more compact e-paper machines is the similarly compact price – if you understand me. While you don’t get fancy features like waterproofness and a speaker, the Rakuten Kobo Nia only costs $ 149.99, making it one of the most affordable options out there.
Onyx Boox Poke 3
If you’re willing to pay a little more, the Onyx Boox Poke 3 is just the portable e-ink tablet you should buy with portability in mind. Just like the Kobo Nia, this one is also a dedicated e-reader. But it has a few extra kinks that come in handy. You get the same 6-inch E-Ink Carta HD touchscreen, front light, and color customization feature as the Nia.
Then you also get extras like the generous 32 GB onboard memory. It also has bluetooth so you can plug in bluetooth headphones or earphones and listen to your favorite audiobooks. The star of the show is the fact that the Poke 3 runs Android 10 and gives you full access to the Google Play Store. This is really something!
You’ll also find that the Poke 3 looks a lot more stylish than the other options on our list. In terms of price, the travel-size Onyx Boox Poke 3 is $ 189.99 with a free case included.
Although most e-readers and e-paper displays were previously only able to display shades of black and white, the wind of time is turning. There are a decent amount of colored e-ink tablets out there these days, and they come in a variety of sizes. The cute and colorful Pocketbook Color is one such device.
You can pack the small 6-inch E Ink Kaleido e-reader in your luggage or handbag. You will immensely enjoy your retreat with the Pocketbook Color as it can display manga and graphic novels in 4k colors. Users can even adjust the color settings for each book and there is also a front light for night reading. Although you only get 16GB internally, the pocketbook has an SD card slot to expand the storage.
The pocketbook e-reader runs on Linux and you can install some apps like Dropbox, a chess game, or even a drawing app. It has Bluetooth and WLAN as well as audio books and music playback via Bluetooth headphones. You can purchase the Pocketbook Color for $ 199.99.
Xiaomi InkPalm 5 Mini
Xiaomi is popular in most places for its affordable phones, but the company sells a lot of other things too. Aside from electric scooters and mixers, the brand also deals with e-ink tablets. There are normal 6-inch e-readers and then there is the Xiaomi InkPalm 5 mini e-reader, which (in terms of size) is in a league of its own.
This miniature device has a tiny 5-inch e-ink display that makes it even smaller than most smartphones today. The phrase “cute as a button” describes it well. Looks aside, the inside isn’t bad either. It runs on Android 8.1 and has 32 GB of internal storage. Once you’ve switched the language to English – unless you can read Chinese – you can sideload apps too.
Remove other e-readers, the InkPalm 5 Mini has more than just a power button. There are volume buttons for sound controls, but you can also use them to turn the pages. Since the tiny Xiaomi e-reader is shaped like a phone and weighs only 115 grams, it is the most portable e-ink display for your travels. The Xiaomi InkPalm 5 Mini is priced at $ 179.99.
Boyue Likebook P6
In terms of the low price and the equipment, the Boyue Likebook P6 is an absolute bargain. It’s small enough to fit in a carry-on or backpack. You get full access to the Google Play Store under Android 8.1, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and 16 GB of storage, which can be upgraded to a whopping 128 GB via MicroSD.
Speaking of weight and size: The Likebook P6 has a 6-inch E INK Carta HD display and weighs 164 grams, and the battery is surprisingly large at 1,750 mAh. Given the general specifications and usage, this e-reader should last a few weeks.
Apart from the outdated micro-USB charging port, the small entry-level Boyue e-reader is a dream. In addition, almost all e-paper tablets and displays have micro USB charging. You can buy the Boyue Likebook P6 for just $ 119.99, or what we like to call the bargain of the century!
Namerah is a freelance technology writer with experience in leading online publications such as Android Central. Passionate about anything tech and gaming related, she has been a Goodreads volunteer librarian since 2011. When not writing, she hunts stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or kills dragons in the land of Skyrim.