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A high-end e-reader with 'niche' written all over it

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This reader's got solid specs, but price and size constraints will likely hamper wide appeal.

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Critic reviews

7.8
14 reviews
  • Display / readability
    9.4
  • Battery life
    8.6
  • Store and selection of titles
    7.0
  • Ease of use
    8.1
  • Document support
    8.9
  • Storage capacity
    8.9
  • Durability
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.8

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User reviews

8.2
4 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 23, 2013

The specs offer a compelling proposition, even if Kobo's still got a ways to go on the software front. ... however, it's not hard to imagine Amazon and Barnes & Noble getting their hands on E Ink's latest high-res display, which would make the Aura HD much less novel indeed.

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8.0
PC Mag Apr 22, 2013

Kobo strikes gold with the well-designed Aura HD, a premium ebook reader with high-quality edge lighting and a super-sharp display.

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8.0
Wired May 7, 2013

The Aura might be the best e-reader on the market (it is), but it’s tough to recommend that anyone currently swimming in the Kindle pool hop the fence and join Kobo’s party.

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7.0
Gizmodo Apr 29, 2013

Props to Kobo for being the best at something, but the compromises born of that tunnel vision aspiration are just too high. At $169 the Kobo Aura HD is too expensive for something that does the wrong things right and the right things wrong.

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7.0
GigaOM May 8, 2013

The Kobo Aura HD has a great screen, but its deficiencies should make consumers look twice at the $169.99 price tag.

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9.0
PC World Australia Apr 22, 2013

The Kobo Aura HD is, in our opinion, the best e-reader that money can buy at the moment. It’s fast, simple, and has a good battery — all centered around a screen that is definitely the best in its class.

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Digital Versus May 30, 2013

The Kobo Aura HD is a breakthrough in readability. The light lights the screen consistently across the display, and it isn't overkill. The only real snag is that while the bigger-than-usual screen makes reading easier on the eyes, it may scare away anyone who's looking for something small and light.

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8.0
Gizmodo Australia Apr 22, 2013

If having crisp text, a bright, backlit screen and a powerful processor are mandatory in your e-reader, then the Kobo Aura is for you. It doesn’t exactly live up to its luxurious reputation, but the Aura is mighty impressive for an e-reader.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Apr 23, 2013

There’s so much to like about the Kobo Aura HD. Ignoring price, it is the best ebook reader on the market. But we can’t ignore the price. Its current £140 asking price is just a little too dear ... but should it fall in price – or money is no object – then it won’t disappoint.

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8.0
PC Pro Apr 19, 2013

The Kobo Aura HD is a mighty fine e-reader – the large, high-definition display is a pleasure to read on, and the front light is as bright and even as that on the Kindle Paperwhite. It really is as luxurious as e-readers come.

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7.0
TechRadar May 2, 2013

There's no doubt that it looks and feels like it's worth the high price-tag it commands. But if you scratch the surface, the picture isn't so rosy.

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8.0
MSN UK Apr 16, 2013

The HD screen and variable backlight is worth the premium price alone and the battery life and giant storage are nice if non-essential extras. On paper, it beats the Kindle Paperwhite and while an ereader will never replace a physical book for some, this is as close as a gadget has come.

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First Looks

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Engadget Apr 15, 2013

There's certainly something in the pitch to dedicated e-reader fans -- the Aura HD has many of the high-end features voracious readers would demand, starting with that big display, which packs in an impressive 265 ppi (compare that to the Paperwhite's still-impressive 212).

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SlashGear Apr 19, 2013

In use, what impresses the most is the clarity of the ereader’s screen. Even at small font levels, there’s no graininess or jagged edges to the text, something Kobo said it achieved not only by virtue of the higher-density display resolution but by going back to first-principles with the fonts.

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TechRadar Apr 15, 2013

The Kobo Aura HD is a high-end ereader that isn't looking to challenge the multimedia-focused tablets. But, in this jack of all trades market, it may be difficult to sell the idea of sophistication when it lacks features like video and colour that most people enjoy.

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The Next Web Apr 16, 2013

On my initial dabblings, I honestly didn’t find the screen overly receptive to my touch – things just felt a little on the slow side if truth be told. For example, when entering text via the on-screen keypad, there was maybe a half-second lag between me hitting the key, and it taking effect.

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Expert Reviews Apr 16, 2013

With its angular design, that should let your fingers rest comfortably on the rear of the device, and soft-touch plastic finish, the Aura HD certainly looks and feels like a premium eReader. However, it's the display that really makes the Aura HD stand out from the competition.

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IT Pro Portal Apr 22, 2013

Despite a few shortcomings, it's clear that the Canadian manufacturer put a fair bit of effort into the Aura HD, and it's a welcome addition to the eBook reader market - if one that is perhaps a tad enthusiastically priced at £139.99.

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9.0
WindyMiller WindyMiller

It is light, easy to use, durable and has a truly fantastic screen. It supports ePub files and even Kindle content can be ported using free Calibre software and an easily Googled plug-in. The only thing that could make this better is a glass capacitive screen but I am sure that is on the way.

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7.0
baram baram

The screen of Kobo Aura HD is great, but the frame is made from a very cheap plastic. It is absolutely undurable and even makes CRACK-sound if you hold it in your hands. This "ergonomic" frame absolutely doesn`t make sense, because in most cases you use device with the case. If you look at...

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8.0
jeffwonderland jeffwonderland

A Great EInk Reader with good outlooking, front light screen and good reading experience. The bad side is the insufficient support on collection setup in the kobo windows software which only support the kobo library, but not for private books. Also, there is no protection case bundled with the...

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