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Kobo eReader

alaTest has collected and analyzed 218 reviews of Kobo eReader. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. People really like the screen and battery. The portability and price also get good comments, but the durability and reliability get critical reviews.

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performance, reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo eReader is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo eReader

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Kobo eReader from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the usability, but many are less positive about the performance and price. Reviews are divided on the portability.

usability

price, performance

50% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: KOBO N647B-KBU-B Wi Fi eReader (Black)KOBO N647B-KBU-B Wi Fi eReader (Black)

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo eReader

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Kobo eReader from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the screen and portability are generally positive. The price and performance are also appreciated, whereas the size and design get critical reviews.

usability, performance, price, portability, screen

reliability, design, size

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo N647-KBU-B Wireless e-Book ReaderKobo N647-KBU-B Wireless e-Book Reader

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Wireless eReader Wi-Fi review: Kobo Wireless eReader Wi-Fi

 

Borders has been selling Kobo e-readers for a while and in recent weeks has been offering a version with built-in Wi-Fi for $99, discounted from its list price of $139.99.

Compact, lightweight, and affordable e-book reader with built-in Wi-Fi; integration with Borders e-book store (powered by Kobo); expansion slot for additional memory; decent battery life (up to two weeks); compatible with EPUB file format.

Somewhat generic feel to the whole device; sluggish compared with Kindle; screen contrast could be better.

Though the Kobo Wireless eReader is a serviceable e-book reader with built-in Wi-Fi, it's worth spending the extra money to get the Kindle or the Nook instead.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Kobo Wireless eReader: Improved, but Still Requires Patience to Use

 

The Kobo Wireless eReader aspires to compete with the big kids in the e-reader arena. This iteration represents a marked improvement over its predecessor, offering higher contrast, a sharper E Ink display, and better performance. Unfortunately, the...

Lightweight ; Easy to hold ; Improved display contrast and sharpness

Screen refresh still slow

The Kobo eReader's main appeal is to those who prefer ePub files; for now, this is the least expensive Wi-Fi-connected ePub-compatible model, and it handles the format well.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo eReader review:

 

Not to be left out of the fast-growing e-reader and e-book arenas, Borders now has its own e-reader, the $150 Kobo eReader. With it, you can read e-books purchased from Borders' online store , which is powered by Kobo Inc.

Relatively compact, lightweight, and affordable; integrates nicely with Borders e-book store; built-in Bluetooth; expansion slot for additional memory; $20 gift card bundled with unit; good battery life (up to two weeks).

No Wi-Fi or 3G wireless; somewhat generic feel to the whole device; no competitive advantage over similarly priced Barnes & Noble Nook; screen contrast could be better.

The Kobo eReader isn't a bad little basic e-book reader, but it's just not a compelling deal now that the more full-featured Barnes & Noble Nook has matched its low price.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Kobo eReader E-Reader Review - PCWorld

 

Sony's first wireless e-book reader, though pricey, offers first-rate newspaper support--but only if AT&T's service cooperates.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Kobo eReader

 

The e-book reader market just keeps growing, with all sorts of products—some of which are too expensive for mainstream buyers. The Borders-backed Kobo eReader is different. It rings in at a reasonable $149.99 (direct), which puts it $110 below the...

Low price. Offers a comfortable reading experience. Sensible control layout. 100 preloaded classic books

Book downloads require a PC or Mac. No AC adapter in the box

If you don't need wireless book downloads, the Kobo eReader makes a fine digital reading companion—and it comes at a compelling price point.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Kobo Wireless eReader

 

Attractive design. Very lightweight. ePub file support. Simple to operate. Integrated Wi-Fi

Shorter battery life than some competitors. No AC adapter in box. D-pad isn't always the easiest way to navigate

Expert review by: EveryReview (everyreview.com)

Kobo Glo Review

 

If you are one for reading books at night or in the dark when a partner is asleep or you don't wish to disturb people the backlight of the Kobo Glo is a great feature that may sell this ebook reader to you.

Backlight, - Light weight

Kindle has better contrast, - Not 3G Option

May, 2012

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

Expert Review

 

The Kobo Wireless eReader is the 2nd generation device from Kobo and has just started hitting shelves in the US and Canada in time for the holiday season, and is expected to make it to Australia by Christmas too.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Shane McGlaun (i4u.com)

Kobo Wireless eReader Review

 

Today I am going to check out the Kobo Wireless eReader. This eReader is very similar to some of the other devices on the market today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The little reader is compact and easy to use. If you are looking for an eReader on a...

Easy to use ; Nice screen ; Good battery life

Slow page turns ; Little text on a single page

The Kobo Wireless eReader is a nice eReader with a good price that most people will enjoy using. The only downsides are the slow page turns and the small amount of text on screen at one time.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Jon Fingas (electronista.com)

Review: Kobo Wireless eReader

 

Kobo goes wireless in a hotly contested market.

Competitve price ; Simple, comfortable interface ; Light, very comfortable design ; Universal ePub support; some drag-and-drop ; E Ink battery and eye benefits ; Part of a multi-device ecosystem ; SD card slot ; Two-week battery offline

Kindle and Nook do more with Wi-Fi ; Wireless drains battery quickly ; On-screen keyboard slow to use ; Usual e-paper slowness ; No file support beyond ePub and PDF ; Bluetooth of limited help

Note: since the Wireless eReader is similar to the original version, some of the review will be familiar. The new review reflects the Internet focus, and all photos are of the new model.Design and the e-paper displayOther than the options of

Nov, 2010