Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Kobo Glo

alaTest has collected and analyzed 843 reviews of Kobo Glo. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and screen. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

performance, usability, portability, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Glo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 843 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 155 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 125 of 155 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (688)

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Kobo Glo


alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Kobo Glo from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Reviews about the screen and size are generally positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, portability, performance, size, screen


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo eReader Glo - eBook reader - 2 GB - 6" monochrome E Ink ( 1024 x 768 ) - touchscreen - microSD slot - Wi-Fi - black night(N613-KBO-B)Kobo eReader Glo - eBook reader - 2 GB - 6" monochrome E Ink ( 1024 x 768 ) - touchscreen - microSD slot - Wi-Fi - black night(N613-KBO-B)

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Kobo Glo


alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Kobo Glo from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on People really like the price and screen. The usability and portability also get good views, but some have doubts about the reliability.

performance, portability, usability, screen, price


57% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Glo Ereader 6" E Ink XGA Pearl ScreenKobo Glo Ereader 6" E Ink XGA Pearl Screen

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: (

Kobo Glo


Kobo is not a name that's synonymous with e-readers in the U.S., but the company has seen some success with products such as the super-high-resolution Kobo Aura HD. Unlike its slightly larger cousin, the Kobo Glo is meant to go page-to-page with the...

May, 2013

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (

Kobo Glo Review


The Kobo Glo's lighted e-ink display is better quality than the Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook with GlowLight, but the e-reader's other attributes may not be enticing enough to lure e-book lovers away from the big boys.

At $130, the Kobo Glo costs $10 more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, $10 more than the Kindle Paperwhite with ads, and $10 less than the Paperwhite without ads. Its biggest win is that the Glo’s light is evenly distributed across the screen,...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Kobo Glo review: A worthy Kindle alternative


Barnes & Noble calls the integrated light in its Nook Simple Touch e-reader a GlowLight . Amazon dubbed its self-illuminated Kindle reader the Paperwhite because it aimed to approximate the look and feel of real paper. Now Kobo has introduced a new...

The Kobo Glo is a lightweight, Wi-Fi-enabled e-reader that has an impressive front-lit, high-res e-ink display with a touch-screen interface. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory, supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any...

Kobo's selection of e-books lags behind Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's. Loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC.

The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Kobo Glo


The Kobo Glo is an impressive ebook reader with solid edge-lighting and a surprisingly robust app ecosystem.

Lightweight. Sharp on-screen fonts. Bright edge lighting. Memory card slot. Well-stocked store is simple to navigate. Compatible with ePub format.

Slightly stubborn touch screen. Pedestrian design. No headphone jack or audiobook support.

Apps, Other Features, and Conclusions Kobo's ecosystem is surprisingly robust. There are apps available for the iPhone and iPod touch, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows PC, and Mac. The Kobo Instant Reader, meanwhile, works as a plug-in inside your...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lights up the market


More InfoHands-on with Kobo's Glo and Mini e-readersNook Simple Touch with GlowLight reviewAmazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewThere's nothing

Excellent front-light display ; Expandable storage ; Lightweight

Uninspired design ; Slightly cheap feel ; Pricier than the competition

Kobo's got a solid e-reader on its hands, but the company may have already missed the boat.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Roberto Baldwin (

Review: Kobo Glo


If you've happened to venture into an independent bookstore in the past few years, you may have noticed an e-reader for sale that isn't produced...

Best-looking light-up screen. High-level font and page-refresh management. Physical light switch will have you all aglow. Support for ePub format. Kobo offers the Glo with four differently colored backs

Navigating the on-device bookstore is wonky. Kobo has most books you want, but not all of them — Amazon is still the ecosystem king. Light is too bright for really dark rooms

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Chip Chick (

Kobo Glo Review – The Best Front-light eReader Yet?


In two areas the Kobo Glo clearly outdoes its competitors. Firstly, it offers better and more even lighting than both the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight, and the Paperwhite. It also offers a MicroSD card slot that the Kindle Paperwhite lacks. Does...

Lighting is very bright and very evenly distributed, text is very sharp, ePub support, no ads, as lightweight as it gets for an eReader with a backlight, dedicated button for controlling the lighting system and battery is solid and on par with its...

No headphone jack, design isn’t very exciting, not the best build quality and not the most ergonomic to hold and does not beat the Kindle’s ebook pricing. No 3G option

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: (

Kobo Glo


The number of e-book readers with built-in backlighting used to be zero. No longer. There are now over half a dozen e-book readers with backlit screens, and one of them is the Kobo Glo . It comes with a rather sizable 6-inch e-ink Pearl touchscreen...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Dave McClintock (

Kobo Glo Review and Ratings


The Kobo Glo is smaller, lighter, and brighter than the Kindle Paperwhite and its competitors. It's a compelling e-reader for those seeking ePub support and an alternative to Amazon's walled garden of content.

Evenly lit screen ; Smaller, lighter than Amazon and B&N equivalents ; Sturdy and easy to hold ; Superb font controls ; Supports ePub ; Incorporates reading metrics and awards ; SD-card slot

No audio features ; Slightly higher price than competing models

Although Kobo seems to be a distant third-place player in the U.S. e-reader market, the Kobo Glo, in many ways, matches or beats the Amazon Paperwhite and Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. It’s smaller, lighter, and brighter; it has...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (

Kobo Glo Review


The Kobo Glo is among the first wave of ebook readers to incorporate a frontlight to achieve better radiability in low lighting conditions, especially at night. It is the first lighted ebook reader from Kobo, and is very much akin to Kobo's other two...

The frontlight ; Lots of customizable font settings ; It feels well-built and comfortable to hold ; MicroSD card slot ; Noticeable speed boost with the 1 GHz processor

Kobo's overall approach still isn't nearly as polished and streamlined as Amazon with the Kindle; Kobo isn't as easy to deal with and learn for newbies and non-techies ; Lots of wasted space when reading, needs option for fullscreen mode and removal of...

The Kobo Glo is the sleeper pick of the year. It doesn't have quite the ease of use as the Kindle Paperwhite, nor some of the advanced features, but it has a lot more font settings, a more uniform frontlight, no annoying advertisements, and it supports...

Dec, 2012

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: No


Color of product:Black / Blue / Blue, White / Pink / Pink, White / Silver


Color of product:Black / Blue / Blue, White / Pink / Pink, White / Silver
On/Off switch: Yes


Color: No
Display Diagonal:6
Display Resolution:1024 x 758 / 1024 x 768
Gray scale levels:16
Technology:E Ink Pearl
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):55 / 720


Dictionary: Yes
Rotating: No

File formats

Audio formats supported: No
Document formats supported:CBR, CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT / CBR, CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT, XML / CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Video compression format: No
Video formats supported:Not supported


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:2
Maximum memory card size:32

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included: Yes
Carrying case: Yes
Charger: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Headphone Out:N
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n


Battery life (max):55 / 720


Processor frequency:1 / 1000

Technical Details

Dictionary: Yes
On/Off switch: Yes
Rotating: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.394 / 6.18
Height:0.394 / 6.18