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Kobo Aura HD review

An ereader 'reimagined', but not really

Our Verdict

If you're happy to buy into the idea that this is the ereader for more sophisticated book worm, then this is the device for you. However, the screen is often desperately, throw-it-across-the-room slow and the book store is more expensive than its Kindle rival.

For

  • Crisp HD screen
  • Ergonomic premium design
  • 2 month battery life

Against

  • Touchscreen not responsive
  • Sluggish interface
  • Hefty price tag
  • Pointless social features

Battery life

The Aura doesn't come with a wall charger, but it does come with a USB wire to plug into your PC, which it can charge from.

The charging port is mini USB, which is standard for most smartphones so you won't need to buy a separate charger.

Kobo Aura HD review

A single charge will last and impressive two months, according to Kobo. We've tested the Aura and put it through three days' worth of heavy usage (reading books, using the browser and making purchases) and the battery now stands at 62%.

Battery life, refreshingly, is something you won't have to worry about and you'll be able to enjoy full usage for a good length of time, which is rare with most modern touch screen devices.

Connectivity

The Aura, rather usefully, stores all information on Kobo's cloud. This includes books, bookmarks, notes and other data you create on your device.

This means your information is accessible from anywhere and in any event and can be downloaded via the inbuilt Wi-Fi.

Kobo Aura HD review

It is also compatible with most PC formats including; EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RFT, CBZ and CBR.

Any of these files can simply be dragged and dropped onto your Aura and will be accessible once it has synced up and disconnected from the PC. Syncing is straightforward and probably the least painful thing to do with your Aura HD.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Text Reader
Flash Memory Capacity4 GB
TouchscreenYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card
Brand NameKobo
Product LineAura HD
Screen Size17.3 cm (6.8")
Display Resolution1440 x 1080
Graphic ModeWXGA
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeE Ink
Text FormatsePub, PDF, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
Height175.7 mm
Width128.3 mm
Depth11.7 mm
ColourBrown
Operating SystemAndroid
Image FormatsJPEG, GIF, PNG, TIF
FeaturesDictionary, Library, Game
Language SupportedEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese
ManufacturerKobo, Inc
Product NameAura HD Digital Text Reader
Processor Speed1 GHz
Manufacturer Part NumberN204-KBO-N
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.koboereader.com
Marketing InformationEnhanced eReading

Kobo Aura HD is the only premium eReader on the market. Designed for the discerning reader, Kobo Aura HD offers a completely immersive reading experience and the most paper-like E Ink display. Get lost in your favourite eBooks thanks to Kobo Aura HD's advanced, high-resolution, extra-large screen and elegant, inspired design. For readers who want the best, Kobo Aura HD is your eReader of choice.

Host InterfaceMicro USB
Weight (Approximate)240 g