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Kobo Aura (N514)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1141 reviews of Kobo Aura (N514). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and size. The performance and portability also get good feedback, whereas 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 Aura (N514) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) 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. People are impressed by the durability and performance. The price and portability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the screen. There are some negative views about the reliability.

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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 (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 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and screen. The performance and portability also get good comments, but many are critical about the price and reliability.

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

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Nov, 2017

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Aura e-reader review:

 

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

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.

Ecosystem, Other Features, and Conclusions The Kobo Store contains more than three million books now, and it has more curated lists to help you find books than it did before. New to the store are Kobo Collections, which group books together along a...

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: Dave McClintock (computershopper.com)

Kobo Aura Review and Ratings

 

The Aura costs $30 to $50 more than its main competitors. In terms of design, software, and build, it justifies the pricing, but it's squeezed by cheaper E Ink readers on one side and color tablets on the other.

Even screen lighting ; Smaller, lighter than Amazon and B&N equivalents ; Superb font controls and onscreen keyboard ; Supports ePub ; Smart Pocket integration ; MicroSD slot

No audio features ; Pricier than competing models

Granted, we haven’t reviewed the 2013 refresh of Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite yet, but the Kobo Aura’s size, weight, font controls, onscreen keyboard, Pocket integration, and Web browser put it at the top of the e-reader category in terms of hardware...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Kobo Aura e-reader

 

Kobo's new mid-level Aura is as seamless an e-reader as we could want

Great design and screen ; Seamless e-reading experience ; Reading Life awards are a nice extra

Weak Wi-Fi ; Slightly clunky bookstore browsing

Kobo’s $190 Aura e-reader continues the company tradition of getting out of the way of your reading. The Aura’s design is unobtrusive with some nice aesthetic cues, and the hardware is fast enough to be responsive to user input. Apart from its slightly...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Kobo Aura review

 

Can the new Kobo Aura ereader take on the Kindle Paperwhite?

Dedicated backlight button ; Pocket for reading offline ; Very compact

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: No

Color

Color of product:Black / Pink

Design

Color of product:Black / Pink

Display

Backlight display:No / Yes
Color: No
Diagonal:6
Display Diagonal:6
Display Resolution:1014 x 758 / 1024 x 758
Gray scale levels:16
Technology:E Ink Carta / E Ink Pearl
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Energy Management

Battery life (max):1440 / 1460

Features

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

File formats

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

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / No
Internal RAM:256
Internal RAM type:DDR2
Internal storage capacity:4
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory capacity (e-books):3000
RAM capacity:256

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 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):1440 / 1460
Power source type:Battery

Processor

Built-in processor: Yes
Processor frequency:1

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.319 / 0.335
Height:5.91 / 6.26
Weight:6.14 / 6.35
Width:4.45 / 4.49