Top 10 Note Taking e-Readers 2020: Ranked

Top 10 Note Taking e-Readers 2020: Ranked

Are you looking to purchase a new digital note taking device? This comprehensive Top 10 list takes a look at all of the very best that money can buy. It is a mix of small and large screen devices from brands you know and trust.

Every year Good e-Reader releases our buyers guide, this is designed to give you the truth behind all of our picks, we focus on the positives and negatives.

1. Onyx Boox Note Air
2. Remarkable 2
3. Supernote A5
4. Fujitsu Quaderno A4
5. Onyx Boox Max Lumi
6. Boyue Likebook Alita
7. Xiaomi W7
8. iReader Smart 2
9. Boyue Likebook Ares
10 iFlytek AI Note

You can purchase all of the e-readers on this list in our online store

Join the Good e-Reader Subscription Program! We would be happy to have your support.


  1. Gregory Smith on September 17, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    How can it be in the top 10 – if it’s only available in China for limited quantities? Lousy video

  2. Luke Lahlum on September 17, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    My man’s thinks everyone knows Chinese

  3. blperoc on September 17, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    The Boox Note 3 looks to be the best to me. I have one on order. Boox Note Air is awesome but it is basically a lower powered Boox Note 3 with a better case. The Note 3 has more Ram, double the storage, and a better battery. If you want only form over function than the note air wins but if you read the fine print the Note 3 wins….granted the Note 3 also costs $70 more.

  4. DenIT0 on September 17, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Why did you put chinese e-readers -___-

  5. Keshav Woottum on September 17, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Are you paid to advertise chinese only products?

  6. Karin Yong on September 17, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I have done thoses 3 thinge.

  7. 曹春天 on September 17, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    sony is great

  8. Umesh Shah on September 17, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    what about the supernote A5X? where does that rank?

  9. Alexander Gora on September 17, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Which ones have warm light?

  10. wisdomain on September 17, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Why even bother showing me the first 3 that are exclusively in Chinese? Stop wasting my fooking time.

  11. Junyan JIANG on September 17, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    time to learn chinese ;D

  12. Amanda Hoffman on September 17, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    That feeling when you’re watching tons of a videos AFTER buying an e-book 😅😅😅

  13. Charlotte Ong on September 17, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    What about MobiScribe Origin?

  14. bung0o on September 17, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Is there a single one of these I could buy or???

  15. Ian Board on September 17, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve had an air for a couple of weeks and really like it so far. I have only one complaint: there still isn’t a decent case for it!!! The thing is, the device itself, while gorgeously finished, is a bit slippery and feels ‘precious’ enough that you are paranoid about dropping it. Until I get a case, I’m just leaving it in the box while using it.
    Come on, Onyx!

  16. abd md on September 17, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I have to accept DPT S1 is a lot better ereader, very light weight compared to 100g more (which does make difference) onyx max. But to note taking I don’t think any ereader can come close to remarkable. rM gives closest paper feel. I have used Sony dpt, onyx Boox max3 it was more like writing on plastic. You don’t want to use it after using rM.

  17. herms16 on September 17, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Mention the price

  18. H. H. on September 17, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you for the detailed comparison! How would you rate Note Air against the new Kobo Elipsa? I’m torn between the two.

  19. honeychurchgipsy6 on September 17, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I’m struggling to see why a device that has "extremely limited functionality" and is very expensive (The Quaderno) gets a higher place than either of the Likebooks? What am I missing here?

  20. Bjorn Kretzmann on September 17, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Let’s be honest, amazon has a strangehold on the ebook market so it’s always going to be the best unless things change.

  21. Chosen Mimes on September 17, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    why even bother to name devices that aren’t available. so frustrating.

  22. Katrine Gadegaard on September 17, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    As much as I love my Note Air, it is not without cons. Specifically the pen and screen protector you get you can basically just put in the trashcan. So:
    1. Get a better pen. Pretty much anything will be an upgrade, but my favorite is the Samsung galaxy tab s6 lite pen, which also features magnets like the default pen (it may be too small if you have big hands though).
    2. Get a better screen protector. It’s a lot down to preference, but I love the ESR Paper-Feel screen protector. It has a really nice paper feel without being too rough. It’s very similar to the reMarkable 2 feel. It also diffuses reflections even more than the naked Note Air screen, unlike most other screen protectors that will actually make it more reflective. The main challenge is that you can’t get it in the right size, so you’ll have to buy one that’s too big (for instance the iPad Pro 12.9) and cut it to size yourself. The only one I know of that you can get in the right size for the Note Air is from DooDroo, but that one is extremely rough/coarse, too much for my taste at least.

    With those two upgrades it’s a phenomenal writing experience and a very powerful and versatile device.

  23. Kyle Aitken on September 17, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Waste of a watch, if you are doing a video in English to the western world who cares about chinese only products?

  24. huey manolo on September 17, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Sounds like you hate all of them

  25. Erick Brba on September 17, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I thin I’ll buy an iPad 😐

  26. FoCuSsports on September 17, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    why you even ranking chinese only devices? yikes

  27. Michael R on September 17, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    e-readers are to F expensive and the screen does not justify the price in the least. Not to mention quality and features are severely lacking. I would like to see a video for the best value e-reader with a small price tag.

  28. adoudy on September 17, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    why this rank is totally different with the one you made in April???

  29. Nocturnal Guy on September 17, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Watching this on my Surface Pro 7. My e-book reader, e-Reader and digital note taking device.

  30. Giovanni Panaka on September 17, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Not sure why you even have to put the Chinese only devices in the review

  31. ihavecojones on September 17, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Anybody noticed that the iFlyTek lady had her torso consored? WTF China?

  32. Matthew Hughes on September 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you for making this video. Your videos are awesome!

    Why didn’t QuirkLogic Papyr make your list?

    May I have your opinion please?

    I am planning to purchase my first enote device this month for work.

    I have watched many reviews online over the past week. I feel I have narrowed the devices down to these three but I am open to other ideas as well.

    QuirkLogic Papyr (13.3") (Chrome, Google Drive, PDF) (includes stylus, no case) $700.00

    Supernote A5X (10.3 Unbreakable) (WORD, PDF, Gmail, Chrome) (backordered till mid-april) (includes leather folio with attached pen holder, engraved ceramic pen) $530.00

    Onyx Book Note Air (10.3" with front light) (android apps) (includes case, screen protector, 1 tip, and pen holder) $480.00

    I am nervous to purchase the wrong device and have a paperweight. I plan to use it every day.

    Considering my needs listed below, which device do you recommend?

    The features I desire are:

    -Close to standard paper size.

    -A screen-writing experience that is not glass like an iPad is.

    -Note takinging primarily function.

    -Download PDFs over the internet.

    -Writing on PDFs and exporting, uploading and emailing them.

    -The ability to output red color on final PDFs.

    -Folio or carrying case.

    Which enote device do you recommend for these needs?

    Thank you for your help.

  33. Víctor Vargas Ch. on September 18, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Based on what you’re saying, they all SUCK! 🤣🤣🤣

  34. Ice-Bear Imnida on September 18, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Regarding ReMarkable 2, I have three of them and it works in single account.

  35. Nathan Mountford on September 18, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Whyyyyyyy…. whyyyyy…. are you presenting to us CHINESE ONLY tablets????

  36. Roger L. on September 18, 2021 at 12:09 am

    e-readers with Android OS is the best choice.

  37. Sandy Mladosich on September 18, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I don’t mind having interface controls in chinese as long as the e-reader can display books in english. Does someone know something about this?

  38. Sakher Al Hadi on September 18, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Remarkabel should be Nr. 1 in my opinion

  39. BABYLON on September 18, 2021 at 12:14 am

    remarkable 2?

  40. Isabel Carrión Alonso on September 18, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Great video, thank you so much!!

  41. draw with me and kay stepbystep on September 18, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Hello, so I am a disabled artist, I have a bunch if art supplies I lug around with me and strap to my stuff so I can just go outside to draw. It’s very very inconvenient and hard for me to do this. I then bought a samsung tablet 10in prior to learning of eink tablets with the WACOM screens. Needless to say my drawing experience on the samsung has not been enjoyable at all. I saw that they now have eink color tablets available for people who draw, and read…and both are me!!! I love the thought of everything being so compact and easy to take with me ON MY OWN!!! I am on a very tight and limited income due to being disabled and medical expenses, is there a 10" eink tablet that allows you to draw and comes with blank templates and allows you to use google play?? Also is it affordable for someone like me in my situation?? After just my monthly dr bill’s and medcine, I have $200 left and that gets put towards food, but I cant eat much so I end up having like $100 left?? I currently have like $300 I could put towards a eink color drawing device with a large screen that has a wacom screen and is possibly android. Could you please help me with some reccomendations?? Id love nothing more to be able to draw when I want to and be able to do this on my own without having to wait for someone to help assist me in getting all my stuff together just so I can draw. Thanks soooooo much for your help I really appreciate it. Stay safe.

  42. pondwithducks on September 18, 2021 at 12:15 am

    wish they would talk about function more than style

  43. Joseph Ng on September 18, 2021 at 12:16 am

    wow it feels good to know chinese hshs

  44. J T on September 18, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Why are you reviewing devices clearly not meant for the market you are in?

  45. Mohamad El Attar on September 18, 2021 at 12:18 am

    You pronounced Xiaomi wrong you pronounce it as showmi but the "show" is taken from the word shower

  46. Sandy Clyburn on September 18, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Have a great day everyone

  47. wingzofsteel on September 18, 2021 at 12:22 am

    My Boox Onyx is the worst purchase I have ever made. The android apps are unusable because of slowness and latency. I bought it exclusively to run Onenote. Will it run it? Yes. Is it usable? NO. Hand-written notes are frustrating and slow because of the latency. Native screen refresh is too slow as well.

  48. Bradley Davies on September 18, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Why are you showing me sooo many Chinese only devices! Stop wasting our time.

  49. Dude G on September 18, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Why there is no onyx Boox note 3?

  50. Dice Blue on September 18, 2021 at 12:24 am

    you’re still saying way-com a year later
    0:57 ffs why are they censoring her chest? jfc