December 1, 2020

PocketBook InkPad 3 Pro: 16 shades of grey on the big screen

PocketBook InkPad 3 Pro-e-book in the premium segment. It is interesting in the presence of moisture protection (IPX8), a touch screen with backlight that adapts to lighting, Wi-Fi and built-in applications, including a subscription service for books, games, notes, RSS reader and something else. The model has already appeared on sale at the recommended retail price of 7 099 UAH. Based on the diagonal-7.8 inches-the book is largely aimed at schoolchildren and those who are studying, since on this screen you can already see the page of the textbook and do not scroll it anywhere.

What does it look like?

PocketBook InkPad 3 Pro has four buttons on the front panel (“home”, “forward”, “back”, the context menu button) and a power button at the bottom. Next to it, the microUSB connector is archaic for modern electronics, but not for e-books. Plastic-non-sticky, not glossy, in shades of gray. It feels like the same one that was in the readers five years ago, the model was provided with a Logo from the heart – both front and back.

Dimensions of the model-195x137x8 mm, weight 225 grams. It doesn’t fit in a small lady’s purse, but it does fit in a medium one. In the hand is good, reading on the weight is in principle convenient, modern smartphones weigh a little less.

What screen?

Traditionally for readers, we are talking about E-Ink Carta HD technology. This is a modern generation of E-Ink displays with increased contrast (15:1), response speed and resolution. The model got a 7.8-inch matrix with a pixel density of 300 ppi (resolution of 1872×1404 points) and adaptive lighting. It’s enough for books. The adaptability of the backlight concerns not only the brightness, but also the color rendering. The screen gets colder during the day and warmer at night.

What can PocketBook InkPad 3 Pro do?

The reader runs on its own proprietary OS, the volume of the built-in drive is 16 GB, RAM-1 GB. I don’t know how much the system’s demand for resources has grown over the past three or five years (since I haven’t handled new models of e-readers), but even with a Gigabyte on Board, the device doesn’t “fly”. It works significantly faster than the readers of the mid-decade, this is a fact. The speed of flipping through books is not annoying. Moving through the menu takes place at the speed of a budget smartphone, you can live. The device supports 17 text formats and four image formats.

How much does the battery hold?

The model is equipped with a 1900 mAh battery. The manufacturer promises a month of work. I had the reader in my hands for about three weeks. During this time, I read two small books (just over 500 pages), played games for probably a day in total. Finishing the review and 60% charge. The manufacturer has also provided options for saving battery – you can reduce the time to lock the screen and disable it. By default, there is no blocking, and it turns off after 10 minutes.


PocketBook InkPad 3 Pro is the most thoughtful and rich in features e-book that has passed through my hands. In the literal sense, I did not find anything in it that I would like to improve (except for the speed of work, but this is a matter of display technology) or change.