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Kobo Aura (N514)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 711 reviews of Kobo Aura (N514). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Aura (N514) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Aura (N514)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and performance. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the reliability, while opinions are divided on the screen.

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75% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Aura (N514)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Kobo Aura (N514) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and screen. The performance and portability also get good views. There are some less positive reviews about the price and reliability.

usability, portability, performance, screen, size

reliability, price

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

May, 2019

Expert review by : Brian Heater (engadget.com)

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 : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Aura One review: This big-screen e-reader isn't afraid of water

 

It's hard to beat Amazon's e-readers, but Kobo's latest has at least four features that Kindle devices do not have.

The Kobo Aura One sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that's significantly larger than the 6-inch e-ink displays found on all of Amazon's Kindle e-readers, it's waterproof, has an integrated light and built-in support for Overdrive library book loans.

Fairly pricey, may be a little too large for some people's hands and Kobo's content ecosystem can't match Amazon's.

The Kobo Aura One may not make you want to ditch your Kindle, but it does have some differentiating features that make it worth considering if you are in search of a non-Amazon e-reader.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Aura: Better design than Kindle Paperwhite's -- but not a better e-reader

 

Kobo has done a nice job with the design of its $149.99 Kobo Aura e-reader, but the display quality and built-in light don't quite measure up to the Kindle competition.

The ; 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 compatible...

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 : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Kobo Aura e-reader review:

 

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 (pcmag.com)

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.

Ecosystem, Other Features, and Conclusions The Kobo Store contains more than three million books now, and it has more curated lists to help you find books than it did before. New to the store are Kobo Collections, which group books together along a...

Sep, 2013

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

Kobo Aura

 

The Kobo Aura is a new backlit eReader from its new owner, Rakutan. With a 6-inch E Ink panel, 212-pixel per inch display, 4GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards, the reader is ready to handle your entire eBook library plus more....

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Mike Wuerthele (macnn.com)

Review: Kobo Aura eBook reader

 

Diminutive and thin reader gives good .epub, PDF support

Light- Good hand feel- Little glare off screen- Genuinely dedicated reader

Poor "lending" support- Slow detailed-content page turns- Smaller e-bookstore than its main rivals

Five years ago, we thought that by the end of 2013 there'd be a bigger market for e-book readers. Then, along came the tablet that Jobs built and a slew of followers-on. Just as the iPod did away with most of the competition, the tablet market seems

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Mike Wuerthele (electronista.com)

Review: Kobo Aura eBook reader

 

Diminutive and thin reader gives good .epub, PDF support

Light- Good hand feel- Little glare off screen- Genuinely dedicated reader

Poor "lending" support- Slow detailed-content page turns- Smaller e-bookstore than its main rivals

Dec, 2013

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

Expert Review

 

Review Date: October 2013 – Review unit purchased from Kobo.com Overview The Kobo Aura is the latest ebook reader from Kobo. It has a 6" E Ink Pearl screen and is the little brother to the 6.8-inch Kobo Aura HD that was released earlier in the year.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Dave McClintock (computershopper.com)

Kobo Aura Review and Ratings

 

The Aura costs $30 to $50 more than its main competitors. In terms of design, software, and build, it justifies the pricing, but it's squeezed by cheaper E Ink readers on one side and color tablets on the other.

Even screen lighting ; Smaller, lighter than Amazon and B&N equivalents ; Superb font controls and onscreen keyboard ; Supports ePub ; Smart Pocket integration ; MicroSD slot

No audio features ; Pricier than competing models

Granted, we haven’t reviewed the 2013 refresh of Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite yet, but the Kobo Aura’s size, weight, font controls, onscreen keyboard, Pocket integration, and Web browser put it at the top of the e-reader category in terms of hardware...

Sep, 2013