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alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 reviews of KOBO N204. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The usability and screen also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the KOBO N204 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of KOBO N204 from 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 Opinions about the design and screen are overall positive. The performance and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability and size.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Kobo Aura HD Espresso brown

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (

Kobo Aura HD Review


Kobo Aura HD's high-resolution screen and superior reading light elevate the e-reading experience and make this device worth the extra money.

Excellent high-res screen ; Light evenly distributed on the screen ; Comfortable design ; Includes browser and games

Design doesn't feel premium ; Text washes out when light is at full brightness ; Light is somewhat harsh ; Screen doesn't respond consistently

The Kobo Aura HD’s high-resolution screen improves the reading experience by making fonts crisp and clear at any size. Unfortunately, the Nook and Kindle E Ink readers already do a pretty good job of this and the Aura’s display doesn’t surpass them by...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Wired (

Light Up My Life


Yet, Kobo lives on — not just surviving, but thriving. The Japanese company's success in the e-reader market can be pinned equally on its strong international presence and its willingness to create a product specifically tuned to the wants and needs of...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Anna Attkisson (

Kobo Aura HD


The Kobo Aura HD offers the most crisp and clear e-reading experience around, but you'll pay a tablet price.

High-res screen offers best reading experience; Bright backlight; Gamifies reading; Large 4GB of built-in storage

50 more than the competition; E-books more expensive; Can't share book passages or lend books; Very small periodical selection

Click to EnlargeThere is no doubt that the Kobo Aura HD offers the highest resolution display with the brightest backlight option available. We found it quite pleasurable to read for extended periods with this E Ink e-reader. But hardware is only half...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Kobo Aura HD


Kobo strikes gold with the well-designed Aura HD, a premium ebook reader with high-quality edge lighting and a super-sharp display.

Large, sharp screen. Fast page turns. Soothing edge lighting for dark rooms. Excellent font customization options. Informative current progress display. Plenty of storage plus a memory card slot

Thicker and heavier than competing readers, thanks to the larger screen. Hard plastic housing feels a little flimsy. Inconsistent touch response on occasion

E Ink-based readers are beginning to take a back seat to color tablets, but they're not going away anytime soon. Too many people like the non-glare screens, weeks-long battery life, light weight, low cost, and reading-focused experience you get with...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: (

Kobo Aura HD Review


The Kobo Aura HD is the first and only (as of this review) ebook reader to use a new high resolution screen from E Ink that is slightly larger than usual. Instead of the typical 6-inch display, the Kobo Aura HD has a screen that measures 6.8-inches...

The high resolution 265 dpi screen is absolutely gorgeous, text is very clear and readable, especially small text ; The frontlighting is evenly distributed and has a nice whitish tone ; Like Kobo's other ebook readers there are plenty of customizable...

The same major complaint as with the Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo: There's too much wasted space at the bottom and the top of the screen when reading, which negates many of the benefits of the larger screen. An option for fullscreen mode and removal of...

I know that some people won't agree with this, but if I'm being completely honest with this review I could sum up my experience with the Kobo Aura HD in one sentence: The screen and frontlight are exceptional and offer a truly great reading experience,...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Agnieszka Tarkowska (

Kobo Aura HD review


Shaken out of its brown card box, the flagship Aura HD initially disappointed us by not having the tactile quilted feel of the Kobo Touch.

Although rather plasticky just like the Amazon Kindle, the Kobo Aura HD felt to us like a better quality product – even with all the snags and problems we experienced getting our own books onto it. In the end comfort of reading is what e-readers are...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Tom Morgan (

Kobo Aura HD review


It has a market-leading screen, but the Aura HD isn't perfect and the Kindle is cheaper

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Kobo Aura HD


Is this the one that beats the Kindle?

Very sharp screen, Bright and even built-in light, Useful reading stats

Costs nearly as much as a tablet, No standby sync

May, 2013

Expert review by: (

Kobo Aura HD Review


The limited edition hardback to the Kindle's cheaper, lighter paperback, the Aura HD is well worth considering

Kobo is going after hardcore bookworms with its latest e-reader, the Aura HD, and it's hasn't scrimped on specs to win them over. With a Kindle Paperwhite-slaying 265ppi E Ink Pearl screen, storage e

May, 2013

Expert review by: mfereday (

Kobo Goes HD : Kobo Aura HD


A last minute invitation saw me attending the launch event for Kobo's latest eReader device.

Jun, 2013