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Kobo Aura (N514)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and usability are on the whole positive. The design and screen are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the storage, while some have doubts about the value for money.

portability, screen, design, usability, battery

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Aura (N514) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Aura (N514)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com.

screen, usability, design, battery, storage

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

This summary is based on the product: Kobo Aura Digital Text Reader

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Kobo Aura

 

E-reader prices were supposed to go down, but apparently Kobo didn't get the memo.

The Kobo Aura is a lightweight, attractively designed Wi-Fi-enabled e-reader that has an integrated light, high-res e-ink display, and a touch-screen interface. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory, supports EPUB files, and is...

Screen and lighting scheme isn't as good as the less expensive Kindle Paperwhite's; loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC; while more "open" than Kindle, lacks access to Amazon's best-in-class e-book...

With its more portable design, the Kobo Aura is a worthwhile -- albeit pricier -- Kindle Paperwhite alternative for EPUB fans who don't want to be tied to Amazon's proprietary ecosystem.

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Kobo Aura

 

Kobo's latest Aura ebook reader brings the Aura HD's technology down to a smaller device size and lower price point. It adds a few tricks of its own, but it's still not enough to switch from a Kindle.

Very lightweight. Flush screen. Beautiful edge lighting. Memory card slot. ePub support. The best font customization options in the business

Inconsistent touch response. Visible ghosting on some page turns. Slightly weaker ebook ecosystem compared with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A bit too expensive

The Kobo Aura ($149.99 direct) ebook reader brings some interesting new technology to the table, along with some of what made the more expensive Aura HD a winner—except now at a smaller size and a lower price point. It's not quite a Kindle killer...

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Kobo Aura

 

The Kobo Aura e-reader offers a bright backlit display and a personalized reading experience in a very light design, but for a premium price.

Lightweight and easy to hold; Interesting Beyond the Book feature; Minimal flickering during page turns; Expandable memory

Expensive; E-book prices higher than competition; No magazines or newspapers; Some light leakage from top of display

Kobo is incredibly keen on E Ink e-readers, offering five different models, priced from $79.99 for the Kobo Mini up to $169 for the Aura HD. The Aura is just one step down from the Aura HD, and will cost you a fairly hefty $149. For that price, you get...

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Kobo Aura review: is spending $150 on an e-reader ever worth it?

 

Outside the US, Kobo is a major player in the e-reader space. Here in the states, however, mentioning the name will almost certainly elicit baffled

Great build quality for an e-reader ; Best-in-class frontlighting ; Integration with Pocket

Expensive ; Touchscreen can be unresponsive

Kobo's built a terrific e-reader, but the high price is tough to justify.

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Kobo Aura review

 

The new Kobo Aura is the brand's latest attempt to take on Amazon's Kindle but does if offer enough to take the ereader crown?

Dedicated backlight button ; Pocket for reading offline ; Very compact

Glass front attracts smudges ; Store can't match Amazon ; Over-emphasis on sharing

Were the Kobo Aura cheaper than its main competitor, the Kindle Paperwhite, we might be more inclined to recommend it. It does, after all, have compact, pocketable dimensions and a very easy to use backlight.

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Kobo Aura

 

A backlit ebook reader that easily competes with the Kindle Paperwhite

Textured back adds grip ; Even backlight ; Long battery life

A little expensive ; No standby sync

Reading Life is a quirky final feature. It has a selection of reading-related achievements that you can unlock, Xbox 360 style. We can’t imagine any user over the age of 18 actually using this feature, but it could be a way to encourage the younger...

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Kobo Aura review

 

Has a lower resolution than the Aura HD, but it's a great value eReader and a worthy rival to the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Kobo Aura

 

If you want to pay a little more, the Kobo Aura provides a slick and intuitive user experience compared to its peers.

Sleek form factor ; Portable and lightweight ; Built-in front light ; HD display ; Longer battery life ; Integration with Pocket's "read-it-later

A little more expensive compared to Sony PRS-T3 and Kindle Paperwhite ; New library software fiddly to navigate

It's kept the frills to a minimum, and the overall result is a very sleek and comfortable e-reading experience.

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Labs Brief: Kobo Aura

 

Kobo's e-reader is really good at what it does, but price is an issue.

Ultimately this is a great piece of hardware, but it is held back somewhat by the fact that its main competition just beats it out in the price stakes.

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A New Kobo Aura : Kobo Aura

 

Back in April of this year, Kobo raised the bar on screen quality with the release of its Kobo Aura HD product. This model featured a 6.8-inch WXGA+ Pearl E Ink touch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 1080. Now Kobo has produced another model in the...

Available in a choice of black or pink, with my review unit being of the former hue, the Kobo Aura is certainly significantly smaller than its HD sibling. In fact, with its dimensions of 150 x 114 x 8.1 mm, it could almost fit within the screen area of...

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