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Kobo Wireless eReader

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Overall 7

Kobo Wireless eReader

PC Magazine
8 June 2011
  • Conclusion: The Kobo Wireless eReader adds some of the features the first Kobo was lacking, which makes it a viable competitor to the Kindle and the Nook.
  • Pros: Attractive design. Very lightweight. ePub file support. Simple to operate. Integrated Wi-Fi.
  • Cons: Shorter battery life than some competitors. No AC adapter in box. D-pad isn't always the easiest way to navigate.
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Overall 9

Kobo Wireless eReader Review

I4U News
14 May 2011
  • Summary: The Kobo Wireless eReader is a nice eReader with a good price that most people will enjoy using. The only downsides are the slow page turns and the small amount of text on screen at one time.
  • Pros: Easy to use, Nice screen, Good battery life
  • Cons: Slow page turns, Little text on a single page
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Expert Review

The eBook Reader Blog
9 April 2011
  • Excerpt: The Kobo Wireless eReader is the 2nd generation device from Kobo and has just started hitting shelves in the US and Canada in time for the holiday season, and is expected to make it to Australia by Christmas too.
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Overall 6

Kobo Wireless eReader: Improved, but Still Requires Patience to Use

PC World
10 December 2010
  • Excerpt: The Kobo Wireless eReader aspires to compete with the big kids in the e-reader arena.
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Overall 7

Kobo Wireless eReader

14 November 2010
  • Excerpt: The Good Competitve price. Simple, comfortable interface. Light, very comfortable design. Universal ePub support; some drag-and-drop. E Ink battery and eye benefits. Part of a multi-device ecosystem. SD card slot. Two-week battery offline. The Bad Kindle and Nook do more with Wi-Fi. Wireless drains battery quickly. On-screen keyboard slow to use. Usual e-paper slowness. No file support beyond ePub and PDF. Bluetooth of limited help.
  • Pros: Competitve price., Simple, comfortable interface., Light, very comfortable design., Universal ePub support; some drag-and-drop., E Ink battery and eye benefits., Part of a multi-device ecosystem., SD card slot., Two-week battery offline.
  • Cons: Kindle and Nook do more with Wi-Fi., Wireless drains battery quickly., On-screen keyboard slow to use., Usual e-paper slowness., No file support beyond ePub and PDF., Bluetooth of limited help.
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Overall 7
Value for money 7
Features 7
Performance 5

Kobo Wireless eReader

PC Pro
3 January 2012
  • Conclusion: Lightweight with a smart interface and store, but has too many flaws to trouble the award-winners
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Overall 8

Kobo Wireless eReader review

11 November 2011
  • Excerpt: In the competition between the Amazon Kindle and other eReaders, Kobo's devices are the only ones that come close to matching Amazon's well-rounded package at present - at least until Sony gets round to launched its eBook store for the Sony Reader PRS-T1 The Kobo Wireless eReader is Kobo's entry-level device but - as the name suggests - it does have Wi-Fi.
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Overall 7

The Kobo Wireless eReader offers better performance, but screen refresh and speed remain issues

Good Gear Guide.au
7 March 2011
  • Summary: The Kobo eReader's main appeal is to those who prefer ePub files; for now, this is the least expensive Wi-Fi-connected ePub-compatible model, and it handles the format well.
  • Pros: Lightweight, easy to hold, improved display contrast and sharpness
  • Cons: Screen refresh still slow
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