Updated 15 Apr 2015

Kobo

Aura

Snapshot: The Kobo Aura has a 5.9-inch screen. It supports 10 file formats including EPUB. But what’s it like to use?

Aura
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$237

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Test results

Overall score
80
Indoor readability
?/10
Outdoor readability
?/10
Bedroom (night) readability
?/10
Online purchasing
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good indoor readability.
  • Excellent outdoor readability.
  • Good bedroom (night) readability.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Very good for online purchasing.
  • Very good to hold.
  • Light.

But

(No obvious bad points.)

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How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Readability (50 percent) - equally weighted between indoor readability, outdoor readability and bedroom readability
  • Online purchasing (25 percent)
  • Ease of use (20 percent)
  • Ease of holding (5 percent)

Full specs

Model

Price guide
$237

Specifications

Battery life (claimed)
2 months
Stated recharge time (hours)
not stated
Screen size (inches)
5.9
Touch screen
capacitive
Resolution
1024 x 758
Screen type
e-ink Pearl
Internal storage
4GB
Operating system
not stated
Weight (g)
172
H x W x D (mm)
150 x 114 x 9
Removable storage
Power adapter included
×

Features

Text-to-speech
×
Landscape / portrait
×
Markup / handwriting annotation
Stylus included
×

File types

EPUB
AZW (Kindle)
×
MOBI
HTML
RTF
DOC
×
TXT
PDF
MP4
×
AVI
×
MOV
×
MP3
×
WAV
×
JPG
GIF
PNG
BMP
×
TIFF

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