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Kobo Aura (N514)

Kobo Aura (N514)
alaScore 97

312 reviews

Sep, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 312 reviews of Kobo Aura (N514). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and screen. The performance and usability also get good comments, whereas many are less positive about the reliability and price.

portability, usability, performance, screen, design

price, reliability

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 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 312 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Aura (N514)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design and price. The performance and usability are also appreciated. The reliability and durability get negative reviews.

portability, usability, performance, price, design

screen, durability, reliability

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

This summary is based on the product: KOBO N514-KU-BK-K-EP AURA 6IN EPD W/ XGA DISPLAY W/ BLACK & BLACK - (Gadgets Ebook Readers) -uk -)

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Aura (N514)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and screen are generally positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the price and reliability.

usability, portability, performance, screen, size

reliability, price

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Tab Kobo Aura eBook Reader schwarz

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Aura e-reader review: A Kindle competitor with a classy design

 

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.

Oct, 2013
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Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

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...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Heater (engadget.com)

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.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Anna Attkisson (laptopmag.com)

Kobo Aura Review

 

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

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.

Sep, 2013

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

Kobo Aura

 

The Kobo Aura is a new backlit eReader from its new owner, Rakutan. With a 6-inch E Ink panel, 212-pixel per inch display, 4GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards, the reader is ready to handle your entire eBook library plus more....

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Mike Wuerthele (electronista.com)

Review: Kobo Aura eBook reader

 

Diminutive and thin reader gives good .epub, PDF support

Light- Good hand feel- Little glare off screen- Genuinely dedicated reader

Poor "lending" support- Slow detailed-content page turns- Smaller e-bookstore than its main rivals

Dec, 2013

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

Expert Review

 

Review Date: October 2013 – Review unit purchased from Kobo.com Overview The Kobo Aura is the latest ebook reader from Kobo. It has a 6" E Ink Pearl screen and is the little brother to the 6.8-inch Kobo Aura HD that was released earlier in the year.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: T3 Online (t3.com)

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.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Sam Loveridge (trustedreviews.com)

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...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

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

Sep, 2013
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