Waveshare 10.3 Review

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The Waveshare 10.3 e-ink monitor has made its appearance in the e-ink monitor market, priced at an affordable $630. The device brings together a mix of attributes which appeal to users looking for a blend of portability and clarity in their e-ink monitor experiences.

The 10.3-inch screen size of the Waveshare 10.3 provides a compact display area that allows for the focused reading and writing tasks typical of e-ink monitors. This monitor will appeal to users seeking a comfortable and portable screen size, with just enough room for reading or writing without getting overwhelmed by excessive screen real estate.

The monitor offers a resolution of 1872×1404, ensuring that text and images are displayed with a reasonable degree of clarity. This is essential for an e-ink monitor, where clarity of content can greatly affect user experience. The monitor’s pixel density stands at an impressive 227 PPI, higher than many competitors, providing sharp, crisp images and text, which significantly enhances readability.

The Waveshare 10.3 follows the 4:3 aspect ratio, a standard aspect ratio for e-ink monitors that closely resemble the proportions of traditional print paper. This aspect ratio is ideal for reading and writing tasks, offering a balanced and comfortable reading experience.

The monitor does not offer a frontlight, a feature that can be missed by users who frequently work in various lighting conditions. The lack of touchscreen capability may also be seen as a disadvantage by those who are accustomed to interactive displays. For users that require a front-lit touchscreen monitor with a similar form factor, the Boox Mira or Paperlike HD-FT may be better options. The Paperlike HD-F may also be worth considering – this model has a frontlight (but no touchscreen).

Connectivity on the Waveshare 10.3 is basic, with only a Mini HDMI port available. This may limit compatibility with certain devices and could be a drawback for users looking for a wider range of connectivity options such as USB-C or Display Port.

The absence of a built-in speaker is not necessarily a disadvantage, as e-ink monitors are typically used for tasks that don’t require sound. However, it might limit the monitor’s multimedia capabilities for users who require more versatile usage.

One standout feature of the Waveshare 10.3 is its compatibility with VESA mounts. This allows users to conveniently mount the monitor for a more flexible and ergonomic workspace.

Regarding physical attributes, the Waveshare 10.3 impresses with its lightweight and slim design. With a weight of just 433g and a thickness of 9mm, the monitor ensures ease of portability. The compact dimensions, with a width of 228mm and a height of 185.7mm, further contribute to the device’s overall convenience.

To conclude, the Waveshare 10.3 is a sensible choice for those looking for an affordable e-ink monitor that doesn’t compromise on portability or display quality. While the lack of features such as frontlight, touchscreen, and diverse connectivity options might deter some potential buyers, the overall balance of affordability, performance, and compact design makes the Waveshare 10.3 a worthy contender in the e-ink monitor market.

Full Specs

Product The model name of the e-ink monitorWaveshare 10.3
Version The version of the product (set to 'standard' for monitors with only one version)Standard
Buy Where to buy the e-ink monitor
Image A picture of the e-ink monitorWaveshare 10.3
Price The approximate price of the e-ink monitor (in USD)$630
Brand The brand/manufacturer of the e-ink tabletWaveshare
Screen size The size of the screen (measured diagonally in inches)10.3"
Resolution The screen resolution of the e-ink monitor1872x1404
PPI The screen density of the e-ink monitor (in pixels per inch)227ppi
Aspect ratio The aspect ratio of the e-ink monitor4:3
Frontlight Does the e-ink monitor have a frontlight?
Touchscreen Does the e-ink monitor have touchscreen?
HDMI Does the e-ink monitor have a HDMI port?
Mini HDMI Does the e-ink monitor have a Mini-HDMI port?
USB-C Does the e-ink monitor have a USB-C port?
Display Port Does the e-ink monitor have a DISPLAY Port?
Speaker Does the e-ink monitor have an integrated speaker(s)?
VESA Is the e-ink monitor compatible with a VESA fitting/stand?
Weight The weight of the e-ink monitor (in grams)433g
Thickness The thickness of the e-ink monitor (in millimetres)9mm
Height The height of the e-ink monitor (in millimetres)185.7mm
Width The width of the e-ink monitor (in millimetres)228mm
Buy Where to buy the e-ink monitor