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Kobo Mini

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and size are generally positive. The value for money and usability also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the reliability and screen.

portability, usability, value for money, size, battery

performance, screen, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Mini is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 127 reviews)

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Kobo Mini


The Kobo Mini's 5-inch display gives e-reader fans a portable and affordable option, but the reading experience feels cramped compared with the competition.

Compact design; Large e-book selection; Unique Reading Life Stats

Tiny screen doesn't fit much text on the page; E-books more expensive than competition; Can't share book passages or lend books; Very small periodical selection

Click to EnlargeFor those who really can't stand to read on their smartphone, the $79 Kobo Mini might be worth a look. The compact design makes this device easy to use one hand, and you don't have to worry about glare when you read outdoors. Kobo...

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Kobo Mini


Those of you out there who are e-reader scholars may remember that a couple of years ago, Sony was offering a 5-inch e-reader with no Wi-Fi, the Pocket Edition PRS-350 . You can still find that model for sale for $99, but Sony has since moved on to its...

The Kobo Mini is a modestly priced, very compact Wi-Fi-enabled e-ink e-reader with a 5-inch touch screen. It supports EPUB files, it's compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format, and with Wi-Fi off it gets up to a month's worth of...

Ideally, the device would be even smaller and thinner. Also, 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 affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's too small for some and not quite small enough for others.

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Kobo Mini Review


The eReader category settled in to the 6-inch screen size several years ago, despite attempts from the likes of Amazon and Sony to go bigger and smaller. The larger displays were pretty niche to begin with, but the smaller ones actually made sense. Now...

Light and comfortable ; Size is good for small hands ; Lots of control over text inside eBooks ; Touch-controlled and easy to use ; Access to eBook sources beyond Kobo's store

E Ink screen doesn't offer as much contrast as the competition ; Could use faster performance

The Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn't come off as cheap.


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Kobo Mini


Sometimes smaller can be better—even when it comes to reading. The tiny Kobo Mini ($79 direct) is one of the smallest ebook readers we've tested. But the size is deceptive, as it still packs a 5-inch E Ink screen, which is just an inch less than you'll...

Inexpensive for a touch screen ebook reader. Small, cute form factor. Powerful ecosystem of books, mobile, and PC apps. Supports ePub format

Sluggish. Slightly stubborn touch screen. Display is noticeably smaller than that of a paperback book. No memory card slot

With its 5-inch touch screen, the Kobo Mini caters to an underserved market: Those who want a tiny, dedicated ebook reader. Unfortunately, it also underperforms.

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Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?


Hands-on with Kobo's Glo and Mini e-readers (video) Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lights up the market Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review While tablet and smartphone manufacturers battled it out over screen sizes, e-reader makers seem to...

Inexpensive ; Notably small and lightweight ; Intuitive UI

Limited screen space ; No expandable storage ; Low-contrast display

The Kobo Mini is lightweight and temptingly priced, but that smaller form factor also comes with some trade-offs.

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Kobo Mini and Glo eReaders review


Are you interested in switching to an eReader device so that you can carry more books with you, but without all the bulk? For the past few years, choosing an eBook reading device aka eReader has been a choice between 2 main companies. Amazon with the...

Mini is very portable ; Glo has a very even front-light ; Great battery life

Books tend to be more expensive and not available as early as Kindle / Nook versions ; Mini version does not have a microSD card and requires a desktop app to copy books ; No 3G capability

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Kobo Mini Review


The Kobo Mini is the first ebook reader from Kobo to use a 5-inch E Ink screen instead of the 6-inch screens more commonly used on most other ebook readers, including the Kobo Glo and Kobo Touch.

The Kobo Mini is very small and lightweight, and the design is well-balanced, making it very comfortable to hold ; Lots of font types and sizes, plus customizable font weight and sharpness ; Full set of software features with notes, highlights,...

No memory card slot or frontlight like its more expensive siblings ; Too much wasted space when reading—needs full screen mode ; Lacks multi-touch support for pinch-zooming ; Initial setup was painfully slow with it requiring to download a firmware...

The Kobo Mini is a nice little ereader that packs a surprising amount of features into its small size. From a software standpoint it offers the same features as its larger sibling, the Kobo Touch, just in a smaller trimmed-down package that's easier to...

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"A small and light hunk of junk."


I got my kobo less than 7 months ago and here is my experience with it.

Small, light, easy to carry, supports all the right formats.

Fragile screen, slow, freezes often, bad customer service

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"Terrifyingly bad customer service."


(1) I bought the e-reader from They didn't send me anything: no confirmation, no nothing.

None, really.

Customer service.

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"Easy to use, light-weight, convenient. Bring everywhere"


I can easily download my ebooks directly from the Kobo Mini EReader Since it has the WI-FI.

I can't find any yet. And it's been since quite a few months I have it now.