Kobo Wireless E-Reader Review
May 25, 2011 Leave a comment
The market for e-readers is constantly on the rise, and new brands and releases continue to vie for the consumer’s attention. The Kobo Wireless range of e-readers bring the much-needed Wi-Fi capability that previous Kobo models seemed to be missing, and with the Wireless models the brand is fast establishing a name for itself in the competitive arena of e-book readers.
The Kobo Wireless series of e-readers are compact and lightweight priced reasonably for the features it offers. With a 6-inch display the Kobo Wireless is in line with competing models including Kindle and Nook, and comes in-built with 1GB memory that can be upgraded up to 4GB using the SD card expansion slots. Onscreen resolution is 800 x 600 pixels and the model offers an 8-level gray scale, which is less than the competing models that offer 16-level gray scale outputs. The e-reader also features font sizing options and setting that allow font changes from serif to sans serif and vice versa. Kobo Wireless readers are compatible with the EPUB file format, which is the preferred format for e-book readers in addition to Adobe PDF and DRM formats. Integrated with Border’s e-book store which itself is powered by Kobo, the e-reader can also be used to download a range of formats from Kobo’s own bookstore.
The Kobo Wireless models are available in a range of colors, including black which is released with the market name onyx, as well as silver and lilac. Weighing a little under 8 ounces, the e-reader is light enough to make extended reading easy while allowing users to hold the device with one hand for longer durations minus the strain. Under most usage conditions the battery lasts a pretty long time, up to two weeks if used optimally. On the downside this e-reader may not offer the range of features that comes with the Kindle. In addition, some users may find the screen contrast not up to the mark and this may be something Kobo should look to improving.