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Kobo Aura HD

alaTest has collected and analyzed 202 reviews of Kobo Aura HD. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Views about the size and performance are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the durability and price.

screen, usability, portability, performance, size

price, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Aura HD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Aura HD

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Kobo Aura HD from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the design and screen are generally positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. The durability and price get less positive comments.

portability, usability, performance, screen, design

price, durability

75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Aura HD

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Kobo Aura HD from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com. People really like the performance and size. The portability and screen are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the battery. Many are less positive about the price.

usability, screen, portability, size, performance

price

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

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 (wired.com)

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: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Kobo Aura HD Review

 

There 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 the equation....

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

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Kobo Aura HD review: a high-end e-reader with 'niche' written all over it

 

This reader's got solid specs, but price and size constraints will likely hamper wide appeal.

Big, high-res screen ; Strong front light ; Lots of storage for an e-reader

Pricey ; Big footprint ; Software still lacking

When Kobo first unveiled the Aura HD, it felt as though the company was shooting itself in the foot by announcing it as a limited edition, niche product. After playing around with the device, it's easy to see how the company came to that decision....

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

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.

Tap the Aura HD's Percentage Read indicator on the bottom left screen corner, and a window pops up saying how far you are in the current chapter, along with an estimation as to how long it will take you to finish the chapter, how long the next one is,...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Jonathan Fincher (gizmag.com)

Review: Kobo Aura HD e-reader

 

A few months ago, we sat down to compare the top e-readers released in the past year and find out which would work best for our avid readers out there. Naturally, the latest Kindles and Nooks scored high marks, but surprisingly the one device that...

. Kobo isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind when people think of e-readers, but after spending some extensive hands-on time with the Aura HD, we see an argument for that to change.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: cellphones.ca (cellphones.ca)

Kobo Aura HD

 

The new Kobo Aura HD reader is positioned as a premium e-ink reader. The manufacturer goes so far as calling it the Porsche of e-ink readers. According to the reviewers, this claim is largely met. Rather than attempting to undercut Amazon on price,...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: The eBook Reader Blog (the-ebook-reader.com)

Expert Review

 

The Kobo Aura HD is the newest ebook reader to hit the market, and it comes with a unique screen that is larger than typical E Ink ereaders, plus the resolution is higher. But is the screen good enough to win over would be Kindle Paperwhite buyers?

May, 2013

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (computershopper.com)

Kobo Aura HD Review and Ratings

 

The Aura HD, with a large, sharp monochrome display, is a premium-priced e-reader pick for bookworms who don't care about tablet/app functionality and appreciate ePub compatibility.

Large, sharp E Ink display ; Angled back is comfortable to hold ; Bright-white illumination

High-resolution display translates to smallish navigational text ; Hefty and larger than competing e-readers ; Larger display levies major price premium

Any tablet or e-reader is, at the heart, 90 percent a screen, so by that measure alone the Aura HD offers a little something more than the rest of the e-readers on the market today. The extra heft and cost of the Aura HD may be a worthwhile trade-off...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Jay McGregor (gearburn.com)

Kobo Aura HD hands-on review: the hottest eReader yet

 

The new Kobo Aura HD has been launched at an invite only event in Millbank Tower, Central London. The new eReader is being launched as not just the rival t

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: No
Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No

Color

Color of product:Black / Brown / Espresso / Ivory / White

Design

Color of product:Black / Brown / Espresso / Ivory / White
On/Off switch: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Backlight display: Yes
Color: No
Diagonal:6.8
Display Diagonal:6.8
Display Resolution:1440 x 1080
Resolution (black and white, standard mode):265
Technology:E Ink / E Ink Pearl
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / Y

Energy Management

Battery life (max):30

Features

Dictionary: Yes
FM radio: No
Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN, POR
Menu languages:German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese / German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese
MP3-player: No
Rotating: No

File formats

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

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:4
Maximum memory card size:32

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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

Power

Battery life (max):30

Processor

Processor frequency:1000

Software

Bundled software:Web Browser

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Dictionary: Yes
FM radio: No
Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN, POR
MP3-player: No
On/Off switch: Yes
Rotating: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.461 / 5.04 / 6.93
Height:0.461 / 6.93
Weight:8.47
Width:0.461 / 5.04 / 6.93