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Kobo Forma

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Kobo Forma. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The usability and screen are also mentioned favorably, but the performance and durability get critical views. Comments are divided on the reliability.

portability, screen, usability, design, size

price, durability, performance

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

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Expert review by : Steven Winkelman (

Kobo Forma review


With its gorgeous eight-inch E Ink display and impressive hardware, the Kobo Forma is a premium ebook reader that goes up against the likes of Amazon's second generation Kindle Oasis. But at $280, it comes in at more than twice the price other...

Crisp, large display ; Display lighting adjusts to environment ; Intuitive user interface with in-depth reading stats ; Overdrive integration allows checking out books from local libraries

Build quality feels cheap ; Home button is spongy and in awkward location

At $280, the Kobo Forma is on the expensive side of ebook readers. While we wish the build quality reflected its premium price point, it is still an excellent value for serious readers.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Kobo Forma


Kobo's top-of-the-line ebook reader is great if you feel other options are too cramped, but it's more device than most people need.

Big screen is great for large type and manga. Light for its size. Waterproof. Public library integration. Handles many file formats.

Expensive. Not pocketable. Materials don't feel premium.

While manga fans will adore the Kobo Forma for being big enough to show the smallest text on a page, most readers will be better served by Kobo's less expensive Clara HD and Kobo Aura H2O models. They save you money, fit better in your pocket, have...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Séamus Bellamy (

Rakuten Kobo Forma e-reader review: Refined experience, flawed package


The Kobo Forma is waterproof and insanely light, but quality control issues and a high price keep it from being a Kindle-killer.

Crisp, bright display ; Comfortable to hold for hours, in multiple orientations ; Free reading content via OverDrive and Pocket ; Waterproof

Expensive ; Questionable quality control ; No audiobook functionality ; Touch controls cannot be turned off before exposing device to liquids

Those who consume a lot of graphic content, or whose eyesight requires them to use a larger font size while reading, will love the Kobo Forma’s crisp, expansive display. That the Forma is waterproof and insanely light, and offers multiple methods to...

Expert review by : Sandra Vogel (

Kobo Forma, First Take: Premium e-reader takes on Kindle Oasis Review | ZDNet


The Kobo Forma may not have a 3G option, but it does support the ePUB format and public library loans, making it a credible alternative to the Kindle Oasis.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : James Peckham (

Kobo Forma review


A high-end alternative to the Kindle

Strong battery life ; Comfortable reading experience ; Waterproof build

Lacklustre design ; Limited ebook store ; Very expensive

The Kobo Forma is good for its waterproof design and big screen, but it doesn't reach the heights of the Kindle Oasis. However, it's a suitable alternative if you want to avoid Amazon, or you're already embedded in the Kobo ecosystem.

Nov, 2018

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Kobo Forma review: Can it topple Amazon’s Kindle kingdom?


Amazon's Kindle Oasis faces fierce competition from Kobo's latest luxury ebook reader

Blue light filter ; IPX8 waterproof ; Huge 8in display ; OverDrive library access

Overpriced ; Slow response times ; No audiobook integration

Kobo does score points for its Comfortlight technology, though, and the sheer size of that screen, which is wonderful to read from. The OverDrive library access is another huge boon, and Pocket articles add a small element of versatility to the Forma...

Feb, 2019

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Expert review by : David Price (

Kobo Forma


The Kobo Forma is an attractive premium eReader with a big screen and great water resistance. Here's our review

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