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Kobo Aura H2O (2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1329 reviews of Kobo Aura H2O (2014). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and durability. The portability and screen are also appreciated, but there are some negative views about the price and performance.

usability, screen, portability, durability, design

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Aura H2O (2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Aura H2O (2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Kobo Aura H2O (2014) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the price and screen. The durability and portability also get good views. There are some mixed reviews about the performance. There are some negative views about the design.

usability, portability, durability, screen, price

design

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: KOBO N250-KU-BK-K-EP AURA H2O 6.8IN EPD BLK&BLK XGA 1430X1080 FRONT LIGHT - (Gadgets > Ebook Readers)KOBO N250-KU-BK-K-EP AURA H2O 6.8IN EPD BLK&BLK XGA 1430X1080 FRONT LIGHT - (Gadgets > Ebook Readers)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Aura H2O (2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Kobo Aura H2O (2014) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and durability. The usability and performance also get good feedback.

portability, performance, usability, durability, screen

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Aura H2O 6.8-Inch Comfort Light, Water Resistant E-Reader (Black)Kobo Aura H2O 6.8-Inch Comfort Light, Water Resistant E-Reader (Black)

Jun, 2018

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Malarie Gokey (digitaltrends.com)

Kobo Aura H20 review

 

The Kobo Aura H2O offers one of the most authentic reading experiences of any ebook reader and it even has a cool design. The reader's special features are what set it apart from Amazon's offerings.

Even though the ebook reader seems to be fading fast, Kobo and Amazon are still producing high-end devices for that market. If you prefer reading on an ebook reader to reading on a tablet, the Kindle Paperwhite and Aura H2O are really your best...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Victoria Song (pcmag.com)

Kobo Aura H2O

 

Whether it's the sandy shores of Cancun or your bathtub, if you like to read near water, the Kobo Aura H2O is a waterproof ebook reader worthy of your attention.

Thinner and lighter than previous model. Improved waterproofing. Adaptive lighting. Detailed reading stats.

Still a bit large for smaller hands. No memory card slot. Relatively expensive.

No matter where you stand, $180 is still a lot to shell out for an ebook reader. If you don't care for the beach or find yourself reading in the tub all that often, the Wi-Fi-only version of the Paperwhite is a better value and our Editors' Choice. For...

May, 2017

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Kobo Aura H20

 

In the bathtub, at the beach or next to the pool: Those are just three of my favorite places to read. The 6.8-inch Kobo Aura H20 is the first E Ink e-reader designed to be safe in all three situations. Thanks to its bright front-light, it's also good...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Anna Attkisson (laptopmag.com)

Kobo Aura H20 Review

 

Water resistant, bathtub friendly; Bigger display makes reading easier; Gamified reading experience

No periodicals; Smudge-prone exterior; Lacks parental controls; Overpriced e-books

Finally! An E Ink e-reader that's ready for a bath, assuming you can afford this device.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Séamus Bellamy (techhive.com)

Kobo Aura H2O review: This e-reader is pool and bathtub-ready

 

This water-resistant e-reader can survive being submerged in water.

Water and dust resistant (rated IP67) ; Well built ; Capable of reading a wide array of file formats ; Expandable storage

Backlight can make text look murky ; Heavy for its size ; Port cover seems fragile ; Expensive for what it delivers

Nov, 2016

Expert review by (zdnet.com)

Kobo Aura H2O 2017, First Take: A waterproof e-reader that's easy on the eyes

 

Kobo has been active in the UK e-reader market for long enough to achieve good recognition, although it's much less well-known than Amazon with its Kindle devices. Kobo's latest offering updates an earlier device, hence its rather odd name -- 'the new...

Expert review by : Eric Chiu (toptenreviews.com_old)

Kobo Aura H2O Review

 

With the Kobo Aura H2O, you can read in the tub or by the pool without worry. This durable eBook reader has an HD touchscreen and lots of built-in and expandable storage space. It is a major improvement over previous Kobo models and proves that the...

The Kobo has a stellar high-resolution display.

You can’t subscribe to major newspapers from the Kobo.

The Kobo Aura H2O's design and display strengths make it a viable alternative to other big-brand eBook readers.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by (the-ebook-reader.com)

Kobo Aura H2O Review

 

The Kobo Aura H2O is among the first ebook readers to be waterproof and dustproof. In fact it's officially IP67 certified to be waterproof in up to one meter of water for thirty minutes.

The high resolution E Ink screen looks fantastic, and the newer Carta screen helps makes text appear darker ; It has an evenly distributed frontlight with a wide range of brightness settings, and brightness is easily adjusted by sliding a finger along...

No multitouch support, no pinch-zooming ; The frontlight is more yellow in tone than on other ebook readers, although frontlights can vary greatly from device to device ; No easy option to export notes and highlights ; Can't adjust line spacing with...

In my opinion the Kobo Aura H2O is the best Kobo ebook reader yet. It has one of the nicest screens in the industry and Kobo nailed the design elements. Kobo's software continues to get better, and the hardware is top of the line.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Dave McClintock (computershopper.com)

Kobo Aura H2O Review and Ratings

 

Pricier than Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite, the H2O packs a larger, sharper display—and it's waterproof. Serious e-readers will like it for reading in the bath or at the beach, but know that it's a premium-price device, with full-color Android tablets...

Waterproof, within limits ; Brighter, whiter screen with built-in lighting ; Display is big, at 6.8 inches ; Light for its size ; Superb font controls and onscreen keyboard ; EPub support ; Expandable storage

Price is high, versus Kindle Paperwhite and many compact Android tablets

When we wrote this in early October 2014, we hadn't yet had the opportunity to test Amazon’s new-for-2014 high-end e-reader, the Kindle Voyage. On paper, some of its features are quite compelling, but we note it will start at $20 more than the Kobo...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Ashley Feinberg (gizmodo.com)

Kobo Aura H2O Review: A Gorgeous, Waterproof Screen That No One Needs

 

The aftermarket-treated Waterproof Kindle is just about perfect: an already fantastic e-reader with the added bonus of being built like a rock. But all that comes with one hell of a price tag—$240, specifically. The new, waterproof $180 Kobo Aura H2O,...

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications

Color

Color of product:Black

Design

Color of product:Black
On/Off switch:Y / Yes
Water-resistant:Y

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Backlight display:Y / Yes
Color:No / Y
Diagonal:6.8
Display Diagonal:6.8
Display Resolution:1430 x 1080 / 1440 x 1080
Technology:E Ink / E Ink Carta
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Features

Languages support:German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese / German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese, TUR
Menu languages:German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese, TUR
Rotating:N

File formats

Audio formats supported:No / Not supported
Document formats supported:CBR,CBZ,EPUB DRM,HTML,MOBI,PDF,RTF,TXT / ePub, HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXT
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPEG XR,PNG,TIF / GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Video compression format: No
Video formats supported:Not supported

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:4 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory capacity (e-books):6000
RAM capacity:512

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:N / No
Headphone out:N
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Power

Battery Capacity:1500
Power source type:Battery

Processor

Built-in processor:Y / Yes
Processor frequency:1000

Technical Details

Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN, POR
On/Off switch: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.346 / 5.08
Height:0.382 / 6.77
Weight:7.3 / 8.22
Width:5.08 / 7.05