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Is spending $150 on an e-reader ever worth it?

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Kobo's built a terrific e-reader, but the high price is tough to justify.

Critic reviews

7.5
8 reviews
  • Display / readability
    7.7
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Store and selection of titles
    6.5
  • Ease of use
    7.2
  • Document support
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.2
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.3

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User reviews

9.0
4 reviews
8.0
Engadget Sep 5, 2013

If you're a Kobo devotee or someone who has yet to pull the trigger on an e-reader (and don't mind paying for quality), do yourself a favor and take a serious look at the Aura.

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8.0
CNET Oct 17, 2013

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.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 6, 2013

The Kobo Aura e-reader offers a bright backlit display and a personalized reading experience in a very light design, but for a premium price.

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6.0
PC Mag Sep 13, 2013

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.

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10
Digital Versus Oct 11, 2013

The Kobo Aura is like the Kobo Glo, but better: it has a sleeker design, twice as much storage, longer battery life, a multitouch screen and the handy Pocket feature. Once again, Kobo has won us over with an all-star product and an elegant design.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Oct 10, 2013

With the longest battery life of any eReader on the market, you can overlook the slightly higher price of the Kobo Aura. It has a great and even backlight, clear text and loads of software features that will let you enjoy your chosen book with ease.

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6.0
T3 Nov 7, 2013

Were the Kobo Aura cheaper than its main competitor, the Kindle Paperwhite, we might be more inclined to recommend it. It does, after all, have compact, pocketable dimensions and a very easy to use backlight.

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First Looks

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PC Mag Aug 28, 2013

Perhaps the biggest problem with the ebook reader market in general—and one that Kobo is probably more attuned to than most—is the inertia that happens as you buy Kindle or Nook books. The larger your collection, the more difficult it is to break away and start over with Kobo.

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Mashable Aug 28, 2013

Mashable got some hands-on time with the device, and was astounded by its lightness. First, the touchscreen Aura is remarkably thin — measuring in at just 8.1 mm and 6.1 ounces — and fits right in the palm of your hand. It almost feels like an oversized coaster.

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Techno Buffalo Aug 28, 2013

The software is easy to use, though it reminds us so much of the UI on the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch that we’re curious if there’s a lawsuit looming. The 6-inch display is large enough for fitting enough text on the screen, and its 212dpi looks relatively crisp.

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Digital Trends Aug 23, 2013

With a nice screen, Pocket integration, and a smaller footprint than the Kindle, Kobo’s Aura is a fine alternative e-reader. But its $150 price is steep considering good alternatives are available for as low as $99.

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8.0
peter peter

I've always had a soft spot for Kobo. Despite competing head-to-head with the juggernaut that is Amazon's Kindle, they've managed to pretty much hold their own when it comes to e-book readers, putting out a number of high-quality devices over the years. Their latest flagship, the Kobo Aura,...

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10
Microwav3d Microwav3d

The Kobo Aura has many things going for it. From a superb build, to some market leading features. The device has a flush screen and bezel, making it less bulky. The screen panel is capacitive, which aids in the navigation of PDF and image files. The Glolight is very even, and does not damage the...

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