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Kobo Aura (N514)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Kobo Aura (N514). 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. People are impressed by the design and screen. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but there are some negative opinions 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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Kobo Aura (N514)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other eReaders on People really like the battery and design. The performance and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the price. There are some negative comments about the reliability and screen.

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durability, screen, reliability

50% of the reviews on 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 -)

May, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Kobo Aura (N514)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) from 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 Reviews about the size and screen are overall positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the price and reliability.

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reliability, price

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

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

May, 2015

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

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.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

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

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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...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

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: T3 Online (

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 (

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 (

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

Expert review by: Michelle Starr (

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.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: John Gillooly (

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.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: mfereday (

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...

Oct, 2013