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5 Best E-Book Readers in the US - September 2020

Matthew
Updated 15 August 2020
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5 best E-book readers 2020

What E-Book Reader to Buy in September 2020?

Best Buy Great Price
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen Kobo Aura Pocketbook Touch HD 2 Onyx Boox Note Icarus Illumina XL
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen Kobo Aura Pocketbook Touch HD 2 Onyx Boox Note Icarus Illumina XL
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800 X 600
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
161g
6"
4GB
INTERNAL
1024 X 768
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
174g
6"
4GB
INTERNAL
1448 X 1072
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
180g
6"
8GB
INTERNAL
1872 X 1404
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
355g
10.3"
64GB
INTERNAL
1024 X 768
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
275g
8"
8GB
INTERNAL
89
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
73
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
76
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
56
Brand Rating
Average Brand
78
Features
Good Features
60
Value for Money
Good
70
Kagoo Score
Very Good
65
Brand Rating
Good Brand
79
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good
The highest scoring E-book reader under $500. It has a backlight display and supports Wi-Fi. Customers report that it has a really great screen quality and a brilliant display, and battery life. Multiple reviews mentioned that this ereader has a really great screen quality, it's very well designed and good at resisting water ingress. It's a fully featured and good value for money 174g touchscreen ereader. It has a backlight display and a battery life of 1,440h and supports Wi-Fi. A good value for money and fully featured 180g touchscreen E-book reader. It has a backlight display and a display resolution of 1448 x 1072 pixels and supports Wi-Fi. A good spec but only average value for money 355g touchscreen E-book reader. It has an internal storage capacity of 64GB and a display resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels and supports Wi-Fi. A good spec but only average value for money 275g touchscreen ereader. It has a backlight display and a diagonal of 8" and supports Wi-Fi.
4 Reasons For
Significantly Lighter
Backlight Display
Better Kagoo Score
Better Brand
3 Reasons For
Backlight Display
$47 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling It
2 Reasons For
Backlight Display
Newer by One Year
3 Reasons For
Twice the Display Resolution
30% Bigger Diagonal
49% Bigger Internal Storage Capacity
1 Reason For
Backlight Display
8 Reasons Against
Smaller Display Resolution
42% Smaller Diagonal
Does Not Support Colour Screen
94% Smaller Internal Storage Capacity
Vastly Smaller Battery Life
More Expensive by $47
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
8 Reasons Against
Heavier
Only 1024 X 768 Pixels Pixels Resolution
A Lot Smaller Diagonal
Does Not Support Colour Screen
Significantly Smaller Internal Storage Capacity
Worse Kagoo Score
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
Moderately Heavier
Only 1448 X 1072 Pixels Pixels Resolution
42% Smaller Diagonal
Does Not Support Colour Screen
88% Smaller Internal Storage Capacity
Smaller Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $145
Less Retailers
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
A Lot Heavier
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $380
Fewer Sellers
Older by One Year
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
Heavier
Smaller Display Resolution
2.3" Smaller Diagonal
Does Not Support Colour Screen
Vastly Smaller Internal Storage Capacity
Worse Kagoo Score
$291 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over Two Years Older
Worse Brand
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen

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800 X 600
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RESOLUTION
161g
6"
4GB
INTERNAL
1,010h
BATTERY LIFE

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $116.88 this E-book reader is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen.

Features We Love:
Very light (161g)
Touchscreen
Backlight display
Supports Wi-Fi

The highest scoring E-book reader under $500. It has a backlight display and supports Wi-Fi. Customers report that it has a really great screen quality and a brilliant display, and battery life.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen

Significantly Lighter

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen has a weight of 161g, whereas the Icarus Illumina XL is a 275g E-book reader (114g heavier), the Kobo Aura is a 174g E-book reader (13g heavier), the Onyx Boox Note is a 355g E-book reader (194g heavier) and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is a 180g E-book reader (19g heavier). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the e-reader, measured in grams (g).

A lighter device will be easier to carry around, and mean it can be held and read for longer without it getting uncomfortable to hold.

Backlight Display

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen has a backlight display, and so do the Icarus Illumina XL, the Kobo Aura and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2, but the Onyx Boox Note does not. More ...

'Backlight Display' denotes whether the E-book reader has a light placed behind the screen, meaning it can be read at night or in low-light conditions.

Better Kagoo Score

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen has received a Kagoo Score of 88, but the Icarus Illumina XL scored only 72, the Kobo Aura scored 83, the Onyx Boox Note scored only 70 and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 scored only 78.

Better Brand

Amazon E-book readers have an average rating of 95%, however Icarus only has an average rating of 60.9%, Kobo only has an average rating of 87.8%, Onyx only has an average rating of 74% and Pocketbook only has an average rating of 71.7%.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen

Smaller Display Resolution

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen has a display resolution of 800 x 600 pixels pixels, which is half the display resolution of the Icarus Illumina XL and the Kobo Aura (1024 x 768 pixels), 5 times lower display resolution of the Onyx Boox Note (1872 x 1404 pixels) and 3 times lower display resolution of the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (1448 x 1072 pixels). More ...

'Display Resolution' denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

A larger display resolution means that the text will be sharper and clearer, making it easier to read books on the device, and reducing the chances of eye-strain after long sessions.

42% Smaller Diagonal

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is a 6" E-book reader, and so do the Kobo Aura and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2. That's 2" smaller than the Icarus Illumina XL (8") and 4.3" smaller than the Onyx Boox Note (10.3"). More ...

'Diagonal' denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches from the top-left to bottom-right corner.

A larger size means that there is more real estate on the e-reader to display books, and the device can display text at a larger font size if needed.

Does Not Support Colour Screen

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen does not support colour screen (As do the the Icarus Illumina XL, the Kobo Aura and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2), however the Onyx Boox Note does. More ...

Whether the e-reader is capable of displaying colour pictures and text, or whether it’s limits to black and white only.

94% Smaller Internal Storage Capacity

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is a 4GB internal storage capacity E-book reader, and so does the Kobo Aura. That's 4GB smaller than the Icarus Illumina XL and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (8GB) and 60GB smaller than the Onyx Boox Note (64GB). More ...

'Internal Storage Capacity' denotes how much space the device has to store books and other media, measured in megabytes (Mb).

A larger internal storage capacity means the e-reader can hold more books and media at once.

Vastly Smaller Battery Life

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is a 1h battery life E-book reader. That's 430h smaller than the Kobo Aura (1,440h) and 280h bigger than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (730h). More ...

How long the e-reader will last on a single charge, measured in hours.

A longer battery life means that you will be able to read for longer before needing to recharge the battery - this makes the e-reader for more useful to take on holidays or long journeys.

More Expensive by $47

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is $47 more expensive than the Kobo Aura.

Not As Many Stockists

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is only stocked by 4 retailers, however the Kobo Aura is stocked by 5 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this E-book reader.
Older by Over One Year

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is six months older than the Onyx Boox Note and 18 months older than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is the same age as the Kobo Aura.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen in the US is $116.88 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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Kobo Aura

$69.99
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Kobo Aura

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Kobo Aura
1024 X 768
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
174g
6"
4GB
INTERNAL
1,440h
BATTERY LIFE

The Kobo Aura has a Kagoo Score of 83. With a price tag of $69.99 this E-book reader is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Kobo Aura.

Features We Love:
Very light (174g)
Touchscreen
Backlight display
Supports Wi-Fi
Huge battery life (1,440h)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this ereader has a really great screen quality, it's very well designed and good at resisting water ingress. It's a fully featured and good value for money 174g touchscreen ereader. It has a backlight display and a battery life of 1,440h and supports Wi-Fi.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Kobo Aura

Backlight Display

The Kobo Aura has a backlight display (as do the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Icarus Illumina XL and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2), however the Onyx Boox Note does not have this feature. More ...

'Backlight Display' denotes whether the E-book reader has a light placed behind the screen, meaning it can be read at night or in low-light conditions.

$47 Cheaper

The Kobo Aura costs $46.89 less than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, costs $291.38 less than the Icarus Illumina XL, costs $380 less than the Onyx Boox Note and costs $144.91 less than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2.

More Shops Are Selling It

A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this E-book reader and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Kobo Aura

Heavier

The Kobo Aura is a 174g E-book reader. That's 13g heavier than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen (161g), 101g lighter than the Icarus Illumina XL (275g), 181g lighter than the Onyx Boox Note (355g) and 6g lighter than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (180g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the e-reader, measured in grams (g).

A lighter device will be easier to carry around, and mean it can be held and read for longer without it getting uncomfortable to hold.

Only 1024 X 768 Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Kobo Aura has a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels pixels (as is the Icarus Illumina XL), but the Onyx Boox Note has a display resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 has a display resolution of 1448 x 1072 pixels. More ...

'Display Resolution' denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

A larger display resolution means that the text will be sharper and clearer, making it easier to read books on the device, and reducing the chances of eye-strain after long sessions.

A Lot Smaller Diagonal

The Kobo Aura has a diagonal of 6" (as do the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2), but the Icarus Illumina XL is an 8" E-book reader (2" bigger) and the Onyx Boox Note is a 10.3" E-book reader (4.3" bigger). More ...

'Diagonal' denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches from the top-left to bottom-right corner.

A larger size means that there is more real estate on the e-reader to display books, and the device can display text at a larger font size if needed.

Does Not Support Colour Screen

The Kobo Aura does not support colour screen (As do the the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Icarus Illumina XL and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2), whereas the Onyx Boox Note supports this feature. More ...

Whether the e-reader is capable of displaying colour pictures and text, or whether it’s limits to black and white only.

Significantly Smaller Internal Storage Capacity

The Kobo Aura has an internal storage capacity of 4GB (as does the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen), whereas the Icarus Illumina XL and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 are both 8GB internal storage capacity E-book readers (4GB bigger) and the Onyx Boox Note is a 64GB internal storage capacity E-book reader (60GB bigger). More ...

'Internal Storage Capacity' denotes how much space the device has to store books and other media, measured in megabytes (Mb).

A larger internal storage capacity means the e-reader can hold more books and media at once.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Kobo Aura has received a Kagoo Score of 83, however the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen scored 88.

Over One Year Older

The Kobo Aura is older than the Onyx Boox Note by six months and older than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 by 18 months. The Kobo Aura is the same age as the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen.

Worse Brand

Kobo E-book readers have an average rating of only 87.8%, whereas Amazon has an average rating of 95%.

The Kobo Aura is 114mm wide, 150mm tall, 8.1mm deep and weighs 174g.

Kobo Aura front view

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Pocketbook Touch HD 2

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Pocketbook Touch HD 2

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Pocketbook Touch HD 2
1448 X 1072
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
180g
6"
8GB
INTERNAL
730h
BATTERY LIFE

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 has a Kagoo Score of 78. With a price tag of $214.90 this E-book reader is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Pocketbook Touch HD 2.

Features We Love:
1448 x 1072 pixels resolution (1072x1448 pixels)
Touchscreen
Backlight display
Supports Wi-Fi

A good value for money and fully featured 180g touchscreen E-book reader. It has a backlight display and a display resolution of 1448 x 1072 pixels and supports Wi-Fi.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Pocketbook Touch HD 2

Backlight Display

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 has a backlight display, and so do the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Icarus Illumina XL and the Kobo Aura, however the Onyx Boox Note does not. More ...

'Backlight Display' denotes whether the E-book reader has a light placed behind the screen, meaning it can be read at night or in low-light conditions.

Newer by One Year

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 was released 18 months after the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, released two years after the Icarus Illumina XL, released 18 months after the Kobo Aura and released one year after the Onyx Boox Note

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Pocketbook Touch HD 2

Moderately Heavier

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 has a weight of 180g, but the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is a 161g E-book reader (19g lighter), the Icarus Illumina XL is a 275g E-book reader (95g heavier), the Kobo Aura is a 174g E-book reader (6g lighter) and the Onyx Boox Note is a 355g E-book reader (175g heavier). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the e-reader, measured in grams (g).

A lighter device will be easier to carry around, and mean it can be held and read for longer without it getting uncomfortable to hold.

Only 1448 X 1072 Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 has a display resolution of 1448 x 1072 pixels pixels, which is half the display resolution of the Onyx Boox Note (1872 x 1404 pixels). More ...

'Display Resolution' denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

A larger display resolution means that the text will be sharper and clearer, making it easier to read books on the device, and reducing the chances of eye-strain after long sessions.

42% Smaller Diagonal

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is a 6" E-book reader, and so do the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen and the Kobo Aura. That's 2" smaller than the Icarus Illumina XL (8") and 4.3" smaller than the Onyx Boox Note (10.3"). More ...

'Diagonal' denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches from the top-left to bottom-right corner.

A larger size means that there is more real estate on the e-reader to display books, and the device can display text at a larger font size if needed.

Does Not Support Colour Screen

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 does not support colour screen (As do the the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Icarus Illumina XL and the Kobo Aura), whereas the Onyx Boox Note does. More ...

Whether the e-reader is capable of displaying colour pictures and text, or whether it’s limits to black and white only.

88% Smaller Internal Storage Capacity

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is an 8GB internal storage capacity E-book reader, and so does the Icarus Illumina XL. That's 4GB bigger than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen and the Kobo Aura (4GB) and 56GB smaller than the Onyx Boox Note (64GB). More ...

'Internal Storage Capacity' denotes how much space the device has to store books and other media, measured in megabytes (Mb).

A larger internal storage capacity means the e-reader can hold more books and media at once.

Smaller Battery Life

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is a 730h battery life E-book reader. That's 280h smaller than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen (1,010h) and 710h smaller than the Kobo Aura (1,440h). More ...

How long the e-reader will last on a single charge, measured in hours.

A longer battery life means that you will be able to read for longer before needing to recharge the battery - this makes the e-reader for more useful to take on holidays or long journeys.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 has only received a Kagoo Score of 78, however the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen scored 88 and the Kobo Aura scored 83.

More Expensive by $145

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is $98 more expensive than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen and $145 more expensive than the Kobo Aura.

Less Retailers

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is only stocked by 2 stores, whereas the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is stocked by 4 retailers and the Kobo Aura is stocked by 5 sellers. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this E-book reader remaining in stock.
Worse Brand

Pocketbook E-book readers have an average rating of only 71.7%, whereas Amazon has an average rating of 95%, Kobo has an average rating of 87.8% and Onyx has an average rating of 74%.

The Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is 113.5mm wide, 175mm tall, 9mm deep and weighs 180g.

Pocketbook Touch HD 2 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the Touch HD 2 in the US is $214.90 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Onyx Boox Note

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1872 X 1404
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
355g
10.3"
64GB
INTERNAL

The Onyx Boox Note has a Kagoo Score of 70. However with a price tag of $449.99 this E-book reader is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Onyx Boox Note.

Features We Love:
1872 x 1404 pixels resolution
Huge diagonal (10.3")
Touchscreen
Supports Wi-Fi
Huge internal storage capacity (64GB)

A good spec but only average value for money 355g touchscreen E-book reader. It has an internal storage capacity of 64GB and a display resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels and supports Wi-Fi.

78
Features
Good Features
60
Value for Money
Good
70
Kagoo Score
Very Good

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Onyx Boox Note

Twice the Display Resolution

The Onyx Boox Note has a display resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels pixels, which is 5 times the display resolution of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen (800 x 600 pixels), 3 times the display resolution of the Icarus Illumina XL and the Kobo Aura (1024 x 768 pixels) and twice the display resolution of the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (1448 x 1072 pixels). More ...

'Display Resolution' denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

A larger display resolution means that the text will be sharper and clearer, making it easier to read books on the device, and reducing the chances of eye-strain after long sessions.

30% Bigger Diagonal

The Onyx Boox Note is a 10.3" E-book reader. That's 4.3" bigger than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Kobo Aura and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (6") and 2.3" bigger than the Icarus Illumina XL (8"). More ...

'Diagonal' denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches from the top-left to bottom-right corner.

A larger size means that there is more real estate on the e-reader to display books, and the device can display text at a larger font size if needed.

49% Bigger Internal Storage Capacity

The Onyx Boox Note is a 64GB internal storage capacity E-book reader. That's 60GB bigger than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen and the Kobo Aura (4GB) and 56GB bigger than the Icarus Illumina XL and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (8GB). More ...

'Internal Storage Capacity' denotes how much space the device has to store books and other media, measured in megabytes (Mb).

A larger internal storage capacity means the e-reader can hold more books and media at once.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Onyx Boox Note

A Lot Heavier

The Onyx Boox Note has a weight of 355g, however the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is a 161g E-book reader (194g lighter), the Icarus Illumina XL is a 275g E-book reader (80g lighter), the Kobo Aura is a 174g E-book reader (181g lighter) and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is a 180g E-book reader (175g lighter). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the e-reader, measured in grams (g).

A lighter device will be easier to carry around, and mean it can be held and read for longer without it getting uncomfortable to hold.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Onyx Boox Note has only received a Kagoo Score of 70, whereas the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen scored 88, the Icarus Illumina XL scored 72, the Kobo Aura scored 83 and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 scored 78.

More Expensive by $380

The Onyx Boox Note is $333 more expensive than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, $89 more expensive than the Icarus Illumina XL, $380 more expensive than the Kobo Aura and $235 more expensive than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2.

Fewer Sellers

The Onyx Boox Note is only stocked by 1 seller, but the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen is stocked by 4 retailers, the Kobo Aura is stocked by 5 stores and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 is stocked by 2 retailers. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by One Year

The Onyx Boox Note is one year older than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2.

Worse Brand

Onyx E-book readers have an average rating of only 74%, but Amazon has an average rating of 95% and Kobo has an average rating of 87.8%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Boox Note in the US is $449.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Icarus Illumina XL

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Icarus Illumina XL

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Icarus Illumina XL
1024 X 768
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
275g
8"
8GB
INTERNAL

The Icarus Illumina XL has a Kagoo Score of 72. However with a price tag of $361.37 this E-book reader is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Icarus Illumina XL.

Features We Love:
Big diagonal (8")
Touchscreen
Backlight display
Supports Wi-Fi

A good spec but only average value for money 275g touchscreen ereader. It has a backlight display and a diagonal of 8" and supports Wi-Fi.

79
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

1 Reason For for Choosing the Icarus Illumina XL

Backlight Display

The Icarus Illumina XL has a backlight display (as do the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Kobo Aura and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2), but the Onyx Boox Note does not have this feature. More ...

'Backlight Display' denotes whether the E-book reader has a light placed behind the screen, meaning it can be read at night or in low-light conditions.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Icarus Illumina XL

Heavier

The Icarus Illumina XL is a 275g E-book reader. That's 114g heavier than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen (161g), 101g heavier than the Kobo Aura (174g), 80g lighter than the Onyx Boox Note (355g) and 95g heavier than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 (180g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the e-reader, measured in grams (g).

A lighter device will be easier to carry around, and mean it can be held and read for longer without it getting uncomfortable to hold.

Smaller Display Resolution

The Icarus Illumina XL has a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels pixels (as is the Kobo Aura), whereas the Onyx Boox Note has a display resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 has a display resolution of 1448 x 1072 pixels. More ...

'Display Resolution' denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

A larger display resolution means that the text will be sharper and clearer, making it easier to read books on the device, and reducing the chances of eye-strain after long sessions.

2.3" Smaller Diagonal

The Icarus Illumina XL has a diagonal of 8", whereas the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Kobo Aura and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 are all 6" E-book readers (2" smaller) and the Onyx Boox Note is a 10.3" E-book reader (2.3" bigger). More ...

'Diagonal' denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches from the top-left to bottom-right corner.

A larger size means that there is more real estate on the e-reader to display books, and the device can display text at a larger font size if needed.

Does Not Support Colour Screen

The Icarus Illumina XL does not support colour screen (As do the the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, the Kobo Aura and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2), however the Onyx Boox Note supports this feature. More ...

Whether the e-reader is capable of displaying colour pictures and text, or whether it’s limits to black and white only.

Vastly Smaller Internal Storage Capacity

The Icarus Illumina XL has an internal storage capacity of 8GB (as does the Pocketbook Touch HD 2), however the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen and the Kobo Aura are both 4GB internal storage capacity E-book readers (4GB smaller) and the Onyx Boox Note is a 64GB internal storage capacity E-book reader (56GB bigger). More ...

'Internal Storage Capacity' denotes how much space the device has to store books and other media, measured in megabytes (Mb).

A larger internal storage capacity means the e-reader can hold more books and media at once.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Icarus Illumina XL has only received a Kagoo Score of 72, but the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen scored 88, the Kobo Aura scored 83 and the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 scored 78.

$291 More Expensive

The Icarus Illumina XL is more expensive than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen by $244, more expensive than the Kobo Aura by $291 and more expensive than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 by $146.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 1 store sell the Icarus Illumina XL, however 4 sellers sell the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, 5 shops sell the Kobo Aura and 2 stores sell the Pocketbook Touch HD 2. More ...

Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this E-book reader remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over Two Years Older

The Icarus Illumina XL is older than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen by nine months, older than the Kobo Aura by nine months, older than the Onyx Boox Note by 15 months and older than the Pocketbook Touch HD 2 by two years.

Worse Brand

Icarus E-book readers have an average rating of only 60.9%, however Amazon has an average rating of 95%, Kobo has an average rating of 87.8%, Onyx has an average rating of 74% and Pocketbook has an average rating of 71.7%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Illumina XL in the US is $361.37 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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