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Kobo Mini

alaTest has collected and analyzed 170 reviews of Kobo Mini. 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. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the storage and durability. Some have doubts about the reliability and screen.

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

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Mini

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Kobo Mini from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the durability and price. The performance and portability also get good feedback, but comments are divided on the screen.

usability, portability, performance, price, durability

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: KOBO N705-KBO-B MINI BLACK 60 DAY - (Gadgets Ebook Readers)KOBO N705-KBO-B MINI BLACK 60 DAY - (Gadgets Ebook Readers)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Mini

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Kobo Mini from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the screen and size. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed views on the design and durability. Many are negative about the reliability and performance.

usability, price, portability, size, screen

performance, reliability

70% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Mini E-ReaderKobo Mini E-Reader

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Anna Attkisson (laptopmag.com)

Kobo Mini Review

 

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

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.

May, 2013

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Mini review: Small e-reader faces big competition

 

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.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

Kobo Mini Review

 

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

The $80 Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn’t come off as cheap. Yes, to get to that price point there are sacrifices in quality — you won’t get the crispest screen or the fastest performance. But this is not a crappy dollar store...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

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.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Heater (engadget.com)

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

 

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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.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Julie Strietelmeier (the-gadgeteer.com)

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

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Dave McClintock (computershopper.com)

Kobo Mini Review and Ratings

 

Enchantingly petite at first glance and grip, the Kobo Mini is the cheapest ticket to Kobo's content ecosystem. But its main selling point—its small display—may be its biggest hurdle.

More pocketable than 6-inch e-readers like Amazon Kindle ; Touch display ; Sturdy and easy to hold ; Superb font controls ; Supports ePub ; Incorporates reading metrics and awards

No audio features, screen lighting, or SD-card slot ; Tapping near display margins is difficult ; Small display means more page turns ; Not much cheaper than some 6-inch readers

Although Kobo may be a distant third-place player in the U.S. e-reader market, the Kobo e-reader hardware is quite competitive with the Amazon Paperwhite and Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. The devices are smaller, lighter, and (in the...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: cellphones.ca (cellphones.ca)

Kobo Mini

 

If a market for cheap, entry-level e-readers didn't exist, Kobo would have no trouble kickstarting one with its no-frills 5-inch Kobo Mini . It weighs in at just a little over 130 grams and measures 10mm thick, and features a touch-enabled 5-inch e-ink...

Jan, 2013

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

Expert Review

 

The Kobo Glo still isn't available in the United States yet, although it should start becoming available as soon as this week, but the Kobo Mini has been available from Best Buy for nearly a month now. I picked one up a few weeks ago and have been...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (techradar.com)

Kobo Mini review

 

A small e-ink e-reader with Wi-Fi, customised type and EPUB side-loading

Portable ; EPUB compatibility ; Screen calibration options ; Kobo interface

No 3G ; Drab design ; Average processor ; Side-loading requires PC/Mac

If you'd rather not travel with a high-end tablet and think that even a Kindle is too big to carry on the daily commute, the touchscreen Kobo Mini could be the e-reader for you.

Nov, 2012