Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Very lightweight. Flush screen. Beautiful edge lighting. Memory card slot. ePub support. The best font customization options in the business.
Cons: Inconsistent touch response. Visible ghosting on some page turns. Slightly weaker ebook ecosystem compared with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A bit too expensive.
Summary: Kobo is incredibly keen on E Ink e-readers, offering five different models, priced from $79.99 for the Kobo Mini up to $169 for the Aura HD. The Aura is just one step down from the Aura HD, and will cost you a fairly hefty $149. For that price, you get an incredibly bright (sometimes too bright) backlight, an easy-on-the-eyes E Ink reading experience and a very light device that's comfortable to hold for hours. We also like the personalized recommendations.