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Kobo Aura One

Kobo Aura One
alaScore 98

254 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 254 reviews of Kobo Aura One. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Aura One is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Kobo Aura One review


Instead of going small with its new top-of-the-line e-reader , Kobo, now owned by online retailer Rakuten , has gone big. The Aura One ($230 in the US, £190 in the UK and AU$350 in Australia) sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that's significantly larger...

The Kobo Aura One sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that's significantly larger than the 6-inch e-ink displays found on all of Amazon's Kindle e-readers, it's waterproof, has an integrated light and built-in support for Overdrive library book loans.

Fairly pricey, may be a little too large for some people's hands and Kobo's content ecosystem can't match Amazon's.

The Kobo Aura One may not make you want to ditch your Kindle, but it does have some differentiating features that make it worth considering if you are in search of a non-Amazon e-reader.

Nov, 2016

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Expert review by: Malarie Gokey (

Kobo Aura One review


Kobo's Aura One is the best ebook reader you can buy.

Big screen is sharp and crisp ; Supports any ebook format ; Long battery life ; Night mode eliminates blue light ; Waterproof

No page turning buttons ; Pricey

I thought ebook readers couldn’t get any better than Amazon’s Kindle Oasis, but Kobo’s Aura One has beaten the former best. You’ll still prefer the Oasis if you’re deeply embedded in Amazon’s Kindle ebook system, but if you don’t, the Aura One is...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Timothy Torres (

Kobo Aura One


The Kobo Aura One is a solid waterproof ebook reader with an extra large display.

Big, bright screen. Adaptive backlight. Waterproof. Supports EPUB files. 8GB of internal storage.

Pricey. Screen has slightly shadowy edges. Lacks memory card slot.

Kobo Store and Conclusions The Kobo store is home to more than four million titles, including magazines and newspapers. In a random comparison, every major title I searched for was available from both Amazon and Kobo. Books are generally cheaper...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Rose Behar (

Kobo Aura One vs. Kindle Oasis: Perfect opposites


In almost every way that matters, Kobo and Kindle's latest premium e-reader offerings stand in stark contrast to each other.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (

Kobo Aura One Review and Ratings


The Aura One stands apart with a big display, waterproofing, and a nighttime-friendly display mode. Despite some quirks, it's a fine choice for shoppers not locked into Amazon's or B&N's e-reader ecosystem.

Roomy 7.8-inch display ; Terrific setting for adjusting color temperature of backlight ; Waterproof

Touch screen occasionally didn’t respond well ; No MicroSD card slot

Inside the Aura One's inner component sanctum lie 512MB of RAM and a Solo Lite processor. That, coupled with the E Ink Carta display, meant we expected to see smooth navigation and page turns.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Henry T. Casey (

Kobo Aura One E-Reader Review


The Kobo Aura One isn't just a Kindle alternative for those who are looking for larger screens. From its excellent ambient-light adjustment to its beach-ready, waterproof design, this 7-inch e-reader is a stud. Sure, we'd like the Aura One more if its...

Excellent ambient-light sensors ; Waterproof design ; Larger display than Kindles ; Grippy back

Not the best book selection ; Laggy keyboard

The Kobo Aura One is a waterproof, 7.8-inch e-reader that offers excellent ambient lighting, but could be faster.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

Kobo goes big with its 7.8-inch Aura One e-reader


The Canadian company has never been afraid to take risks with the often-boring world of e-readers, and for that reason alone it is a welcoming presence. Without Kobo pushing the boundaries of screen size, build quality and features like waterproofing,...

Big screen ; Blue-light night reading adjustments ; Waterproof

Expensive ; Diminished Battery

No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot for a devoted e-reader, and Kobo doesn’t have the same benefits as Amazon’s aggressive hardware subsidizing (though the fact that it’s now owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten undoubtedly helps) or a...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: James Peckham (

Kobo Aura One review


Bigger doesn't always mean better

Larger, beautiful screen ; Interesting night time reading idea ; Waterproof design

Hard to hold ; Expensive for some ; Lacking Amazon's store

The Aura One is one of the best premium ereader devices, but a larger screen on a Kobo may not be for everyone.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: (

Kobo Aura One review


The best replacement yet for your tired old paperbacks

A screen as big as a paperback book ; Clever lighting, which won't keep you up at night ; Your new waterproof bathtime companion

You can't buy your books from Amazon ; That bigger screen means more to lug around

The best ereader yet and it's not a Kindle, which is arguably its only downside

Sep, 2016

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Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (

Kobo Aura One review: A great Kindle alternative


With its massive display and excellent blue light filter, the Kobo Aura One is the perfect eReader for reading at night

The Kobo Aura One may have its downsides, but this is still one of the best Kindle competitors we’ve seen in recent years. Its ComfortLight Pro feature goes one better than the Kindle Voyage’s ambient light sensor and its waterproof protection means...

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black
On/Off switch:Y


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Backlight display: Yes
Color: Yes
Display Diagonal:7.8
Display Resolution:1872 x 1404
Technology:E Ink Carta
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):730.4


Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, FRE, ITA, POR, TUR
Menu languages:German, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, TUR

File formats

Document formats supported:CBR, CBZ, HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXT, ePub
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, MJPEG, PNG


Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:512
Internal RAM type:DDR2
Internal storage capacity:8
Memory capacity (e-books):6000
RAM capacity:512

Ports & interfaces

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


Battery life (max):730.4
Power source type:Battery


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor frequency:1

Weight & Dimensions