E INK Onyx Boox Mira 13.3-inch monitor review

The Onyx Boox Mira is a dedicated monitor with an E INK screen. It can be used as a primary monitor or a secondary monitor. It has an HDMI port on the monitor, which can be used to connect to your computer’s video card or to the video out port. The purpose of this display is to provide something that comes close to a true paper experience, while being pleasing to the eyes and not reflecting the glare of the sun.


The Onyx Boox Mira features a 13.3 inch Mobius E INK flexible electronic paper display with 16 levels of gray. The resolution is 1650 × 2200 with 207 PPI and has a capacitive touchscreen. It features white and amber LED lights to provide a rugged lighting experience and the warm lights are a perfect match for the proverbial candlelight effect. It has 2 buttons and 1 scroll wheel, to facilitate navigation and provide full screen refresh. There is no internal processor, no RAM or internal storage. This is a dedicated monitor, not a portable ebook reader or digital note-taking device.

Inside the box is a USB-C to USB-C cable and a mini HDMI to Full HDMI. The back of the Mira is silver and it also comes with a case that has a kickstand. When you close the case, it is held closed with the help of magnets. There are four holes which are pre-drilled and this is used for a VESA mount. At the bottom are two rubber stoppers, and on the sides are the USB-C ports, HDMI ports, and some of the switches. The front of the device has a white frosted bezel and a gray e-paper display. The screen is not flush with the bezel and is sunken, which provides a really crisp display, as there doesn’t appear to be a layer of glass.

You need to download software to get the most out of Mira. You can download it for Win64, Win32, Mac and Linux. Once you have downloaded and installed it there are many benefits. It has 28 different speed modes to create and tailor the experience to your needs. Speed ​​modes will need to be fine-tuned to find the optimal settings for specific tasks. Some are geared toward seamless internet browsing, while others are geared toward programming, where latency will play a role. You can optimize watching videos, reading books, or any other task that you would need from a secondary display. Most people who broadcast, for example, need to watch their chat, and you won’t have a problem refreshing it as each comment streams in. I really like the video mode, you can watch videos at around 25 frames per second. You don’t get the same kind of experience as a normal monitor, which typically has 60fps, but it’s really cool to see how far E INK has gone, with some software tweaks.


Dasung has generally cornered the market when it comes to primary or secondary monitors. The company has released 6 different models over the years, and the Dasung 253 looks particularly interesting with the 25-inch display. Onyx has its own 25-inch monitor, called the Mira Pro, although this product is basically only available in China at the moment.

The Mira, with its 13.3-inch display, will work with most desktop setups. It’s the perfect size to function as an extension of your laptop, netbook, or other portable device with an HDMI port. If you have a typical PC or MAC and need a secondary display for your workflow, the Mira will meet your needs.

Why buy the Mira? It does not emit any backlight, so it is very easy on the eyes. It has the same e-paper screen as the Kindle or Kobo e-readers, it’s just a lot bigger. Many people suffer from eye strain when looking at traditional LCD / LED or OLED screens, you will not have this problem with this product.

Onyx Boox Mira

$ 799.99

Onyx Boox Mira

Internet experience

4.5 / 5


  • Great design
  • Easy to use
  • All accessories are included
  • 28 different speed modes

The inconvenients

  • Expensive
  • Can only be used as a monitor
  • No SD

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