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April 17, 2013

The new Kobo Aura HD

The new Kobo Aura HD

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When it comes to eReaders, Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook tend to get the most attention, but Kobo has put out a fair share of impressive e-book readers as well. The company recently revealed its latest device, the Aura HD, which features a 1440 x 1080 resolution on a 265 dpi screen, making it the highest resolution eReader available.

The Aura HD was designed to look and feel like a hardcover book, and that extends to the crisp 6.8-inch WXGA+ Pearl E-Ink display – which Kobo has dubbed the "ClarityScreen+." The whole device measures 175.7 x 128.3 x 11.7 mm (6.9 x 5 x 0.46 in) and weighs 240 g (8.5 oz), putting it on the larger end of eReaders on the market, but still fairly lightweight.

A 1 GHz processor allows for quick page turns, and Kobo claims the battery can last for 2 months on a single charge, even with regular usage. It also comes with 4 GB of built-in storage, enough for up to 3,000 eBooks at a time, but that number could be expanded even further with a microSD card.

For added reading comfort, Kobo's Aura HD uses an adjustable front light that's aimed evenly across the page to illuminate it – as opposed to a backlight, which shines in the reader's face. The reading software also lets users choose between 10 different font styles in 24 sizes, each of which can be adjusted further for sharpness and weight. This includes the Kobo Nickel font as well, which the company designed exclusively for eReaders.

The reading software also lets users choose between 10 different font styles in 24 sizes, ...

Kobo's latest Wi-Fi eReader also comes pre-loaded with some software that lets users track their reading stats and even share what they're reading via Facebook. It also includes a basic web browser, dictionary, chess, and Sudoku.

The Kobo Aura HD is set to hit store shelves on April 25, but the company is currently taking pre-orders through its website. It will be available in three colors for US$169.99 (£139.99 in the UK).

Source: Kobo

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4 Comments

I think the price is very competitive; especially at what one is getting. I have a tablet computer but this is in addition to my Kindle e-ink ebook reader which is good when I just want to read a book without having to worry about how much battery power is left.

BigGoofyGuy
17th April, 2013 @ 05:25 am PDT

The dpi is a step in the right direction. As you know, the printed page is 1200. Right now we're doing about 10 dpi increase per year. At this rate we will either go blind or forget how to read by the time we can approximate a real book.

Eddie
17th April, 2013 @ 06:00 am PDT

I needs to at least have colour pictures and the ebooks need to have interactive and special features and video to make them better than books and to be a lot cheaper than books.

Ritchard Mckie
18th April, 2013 @ 10:00 am PDT

Ritchard,

I can, right now, easily drop $200 on 10 non-illustrated books which weigh at least a pound each and take up more space than I have in my REI messenger bag.

Or...

I can spend $150 on this e-reader (or considerably less for an older model) and the equivalent of a hard-bound pamphlet to my bag and get the same 10 books for less than the $50 difference.

In fact, for the price of a semester's worth of textbooks, one can easily cover the price of a LCD/OLED tablet and an E-Ink reader combined.

The point? Usage models vary per user.

C. Walker Jr.
17th February, 2014 @ 12:27 pm PST
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