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Kobo Aura HD

$72.99
Kobo Aura HD
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Good Brand
75
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Good Features
67
Kagoo Score
Good
Our Verdict:
A good spec but 2 year old 240g touchscreen E-reader.
toptenreviews.com Excellence Award Digital Versus 5 Star Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice laruche.com 5 Star
240g Yes 1440 X 1080 Pixels 6.8" Aug 2016
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With very good features but pretty good reviews, we have ranked the Kobo Aura HD number 15 across all E-book readers.

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Why Has it Scored 67?

Kobo is a good E-reader brand.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better ereaders are available. View the latest ereaders 2018.
This E-book reader has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Bigger than average diagonal
Has a touchscreen
Enhanced ereading
Ultimate clarity
Read in the ideal light
Designed for readers
Personalize your fonts
A mobile library

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each E-book reader by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age and value for money.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the E-book reader is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec E-book readers come to market, the older E-book readers will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

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Average Review Score

4.2 stars (96 reviews)

29%

of Customers Would Recommend
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3 5 Star Awards

The Kobo Aura HD has received a 5 Star Award from expert review sites Digital Versus, laruche.com and Les Numeriques.com.
5 Star from Digital Versus 5 Star from laruche.com 5 Star from Les Numeriques.com

Excellence Award

It's received an Excellence Award from toptenreviews.com.
Excellence Award from toptenreviews.com

4 Further Awards

It's received four Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including Good Gear Guide.com.au, 01net.com and hardware.info.
Editor's Choice from Good Gear Guide.com.au 4 Star from 01net.com Gold Award from hardware.info Silver from adrenaline.uol.com.br

What Are People Saying About the Kobo Aura HD?

Features
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Screen Quality
15
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Price
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Design
8
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Support
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Text Quality
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Ease of Use
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Size and Weight
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Product Quality
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Light Quality
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Connectivity
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Battery
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8 Out of 10 Owners Thought it Was Not Priced Reasonably

Three people thought that the Kobo Aura HD was expensive.

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Bad Value for Money
12 people agree
4 people disagree
  • ... in every department and deserves to see off the Paperwhite – but the price is too high...
    alphr.com 18 Apr 2013
  • ... Ignoring price, it is the best ebook reader on the market. But we can't ignore the price. Its current £140 asking price is just a little too dear to earn ...
    Trusted Reviews 22 Apr 2013
  • ... The Kobo Aura HD is a bright, crisp and luxurious e-reader, but its price tag lets it down. There's a few nifty - yet meaningless - features on-board, ...
    gadgetshow.channel5.com 21 Apr 2013
  • ... as Advertised and the reading stats are useful. I didn't buy from Amazon as the price was better elsewhere...
    Amazon Customer - Amazon.co.uk 25 Sep 2014
  • View All Reviews About Price
    Expensive
    3 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Some People Thought This E-Book Reader Was Superior Quality
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    One Person Thought This E-Book Reader Was Robust
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    8 Out of 10 People Thought This E-Book Reader Had a Battery That Lasted a Long Time

    Four people thought that the Kobo Aura HD had a good battery life.

  • ... everything right. It's got a great screen, great backlight and exceptional battery life. The issue...
    fatducktech.com 27 May 2013
  • ... because the device is...Crisp HD screen. Ergonomic premium design. 2 month battery life. Touchscreen not responsive. Sluggish interface. Hefty price tag. ...
    techradar.com/au/ 1 May 2013
  • ... to what is an excellent device for readin...Excellent screen. Fast. Good battery life. Simple operation. Relatively thick.
    pcworld.co.nz 21 Apr 2013
  • ... to what is an excellent device for readin...Excellent screen. Fast. Good battery life. Simple operation. Relatively thick.
    Good Gear Guide.com.au 21 Apr 2013
  • 7 Out of 10 People Thought it Was Not a Good Size

    Several people thought that the Kobo Aura HD was heavy and bulky and wasn't thick.

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    Heavy and Bulky
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... screen, great battery, huge storage and touch screen functions. Slightly heavier than a normal Kindle.
    tech.uk.msn.com - Tech.uk.msn.com 27 Dec 2013
  • ... display. Plenty of storage plus a memory card slot. Thicker and heavier than competing readers, thanks to the larger screen. Hard plastic housing feels ...
    PC Mag 21 Apr 2013
  • ... eBoo...Excellent HD screen. Solid build quality. Good software. Larger and heavier than the Glo. Not luxurious enough to justify the cost.
    itproportal.com 30 Apr 2013
  • ... month battery life. Touchscreen not responsive. Sluggish interface. Hefty price tag. Pointless social features.
    techradar.com/au/ 1 May 2013
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    Not Thick
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    8 Out of 10 People Thought This E-Book Reader Had a Good Design

    Several people thought that the Kobo Aura HD was well designed, good-looking and ergonomic.

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    Well Designed
    7 people agree
    2 people disagree
  • ... eReader on the market. It's got the best display by far, and also the best ergonomic design. However, for this design and, particularly, its display, you ...
    knowyourmobile.com 29 Nov 2013
  • ... for £139.99. It is worth...The best eReader screen on the market. Great ergonomic design. Great Battery. Since the Aura HD is a "premium eReader designed ...
    knowyourmobile.com 29 Nov 2013
  • ... everything around that screen just drags it down. From the ergonomically bizarre design to its weight and size, the actual meat of the Aura HD is just ...
    gizmodo.com 28 Apr 2013
  • ... everything around that screen just drags it down. From the ergonomically bizarre design to its weight and size, the actual meat of the Aura HD is just ...
    gizmodo.com.au 29 Apr 2013
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    Good-Looking
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Ergonomic
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Six People Thought it Was Not Hard to Use

    Three people thought that the Kobo Aura HD was comfortable and easy to hold.

  • A somewhat different book reader in that the shape of this near 7inch offering is more like a book with the bulge in the middle makes it easier to hold. ...
    gadgetspeak.com 2 Jun 2013
  • ... still a featherweight compared to mini tablets and the unusual ridged back actually makes it easy to hold. The power and light buttons are solid as is ...
    Tech.uk.msn.com - Tech.uk.msn.com 27 Dec 2013
  • ... appreciate ePub compatibility...Large, sharp E Ink display. Angled back is comfortable to hold. Bright-white illumination. High-resolution display translates ...
    computershopper.com 6 May 2013
  • 8 Out of 10 People Thought it Had Nice Technical Features

    Several people thought that the Kobo Aura HD had a very good display and had good features.

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    Has an Excellent Display
    11 people agree
    3 people disagree
  • ... comfort... The Kobo Aura HD is the best eReader on the market. It's got the best display by far, and also the best ergonomic design. However, for this ...
    knowyourmobile.com 29 Nov 2013
  • ... resolution ereader on the market, the Kobo Aura HD features a 6.8in backlit screen with a 1440x1080 resolution display for sharper text and images compared ...
    Theinquirer.net 19 May 2013
  • ... Kobo Aura HD is a breakthrough in readability. The light lights the screen consistently across the display, and it isn't overkill. The only real snag is ...
    Digital Versus 29 May 2013
  • ... companies whose hardware offerings and e... The Aura HD, with a large, sharp monochrome display, is a premium-priced e-reader pick for bookworms who don't ...
    computershopper.com 6 May 2013
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    Has Good Features
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    One Person Thought it Was Good in Terms of Connectivity
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    Some Customers Thought it Had Superior Technical Guidance

    Four people thought that the Kobo Aura HD had a good recipe book.

  • ... Glowlight.Kobo are position... If you're happy to buy into the idea that this is the ereader for more sophisticated book worm, then this is the device ...
    techradar.com/au/ 1 May 2013
  • ... tablet-computers that are now so p... If you're happy to buy into the idea that this is the ereader for more sophisticated book worm, then this is the ...
    Techradar 15 Apr 2013
  • ... play well on here such as Sudoku and solitaire. I also loved the reading Stats ( book geek here!) On the reading Stats page it keeps track of the hours ...
    Realovesbooks - Amazon.co.uk 22 Feb 2014
  • ... how lightweight it was, it is lighter than the Kindle Fire Hd and also lighter than a book. It did take a bit longer to find my way around the device but ...
    Realovesbooks - Amazon.co.uk 22 Feb 2014
  • One Person Thought it Had an Acceptable Noise Level
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    The Vast Majority of People Thought This E-Book Reader Had a Big Capacity

    Five people thought that the Kobo Aura HD had very a big storage capacity.

  • ... Big footprint. Software still lacking. Big, high-res screen. Lots of storage for an e-reader.
    engadget.com 17 Jan 2014
  • ... you pay £139 when a standard Kindle is £69?HD screen, great battery, huge storage and touch screen functions. Slightly heavier than a normal Kindle.
    tech.uk.msn.com - Tech.uk.msn.com 27 Dec 2013
  • ... customization options. Informative current progress display. Plenty of storage plus a memory card slot. Thicker and heavier than competing readers, thanks ...
    PC Mag 21 Apr 2013
  • ... periodical selection. High-res screen offers best reading experience. Large 4GB of built-in storage. E-books more expensive.
    Laptopmag.com 24 Apr 2013
  • One Person Thought This E-Book Reader Had a Poor Backlight
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    Some People Thought it Was Easy to Read

    Three people thought that the Kobo Aura HD was easy to read.

  • ... some of the best e-readers available. Kobo is n... Kobo's new hero e-reader has an excellent E-Ink screen, and has the best specifications of any e-reader ...
    pcworld.co.nz 21 Apr 2013
  • ... some of the best e-readers available. Kobo i... Kobo's new hero e-reader has an excellent E-Ink screen, and has the best specifications of any e-reader ...
    Good Gear Guide.com.au 21 Apr 2013
  • ... - which is available in a choice of Ivory, Expresso or Onyx - features a 6.8" WXGA+ Pearl E-Ink touch-screen...
    micromart.co.uk 15 Jun 2013
  • More Than 30 People Thought the Kobo Aura HD Has an Excellent Screen Quality

    More than 20 people thought that the Kobo Aura HD had a great screen quality and four people thought that it also had really a responsive touchscreen.

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    Has a Great Screen Quality
    29 people agree
    6 people disagree
  • ... beats the Kindle on build quality, usability and battery life and has a better screen too. The only question is will you pay £139 when a standard Kindle ...
    Tech.uk.msn.com - Tech.uk.msn.com 27 Dec 2013
  • ... “designed for the discerning reader... The Kobo Aura HD has the best screen of any eBook reader on the market, and there is something reassuringly expensive ...
    itproportal.com 30 Apr 2013
  • ... Kobo Aura HD is a breakthrough in readability. The light lights the screen consistently across the display, and it isn't overkill. The only real snag is ...
    Digital Versus 29 May 2013
  • ... display, and it isn't overkill. The only real snag is that while the bigger-than-usual screen makes reading easier on the eyes, it may scare away anyone... ...
    Digital Versus 29 May 2013
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    Has Very a Responsive Touchscreen
    4 people agree
    3 people disagree
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    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    Bigger than average diagonal
    Has a touchscreen
    Has a backlight display
    Supports Wi-Fi
    Only 1440 x 1080 pixels resolution
    Heavier than average
    Very small internal storage capacity
    Very small battery life

    What the Reviews Say

    8 out of 10 people thought this E-book reader had a battery that lasted a long time
    8 out of 10 people thought this E-book reader had a good design
    Six people thought it was not hard to use
    8 out of 10 people thought it had nice technical features
    Some customers thought it had superior technical guidance
    The vast majority of people thought this E-book reader had a big capacity
    Some people thought it was easy to read
    More than 30 people thought the Kobo Aura HD has an excellent screen quality
    7 out of 10 people thought it was not a good size
    Only 1440 X 1080 Pixels Resolution

    The Kobo Aura HD has a maximum resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The worst resolution of all E-readers is 800 x 480 pixels and the best is 2200 x 1650 pixels. §.

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    Bigger Than Average Diagonal
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    The diagonal of the Aura HD of 6.8" is bigger than 77% of all E-readers when ordered by this feature. Across all the E-readers the diagonals range from 5" to 14", and the average diagonal is 6.8".

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    Heavier Than Average

    The lightest ereader is 110g , the heaviest is 550g, and the average weight is 240g. The weight of the Aura HD of 240g is heavier than average when compared to most other E-readers. It is in the heaviest 25% of all E-readers when ordered by this feature.

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    Has a Touchscreen
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    The Kobo Aura HD has a touchscreen, as do 84% of E-book readers.

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    Has a Backlight Display
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    The Kobo Aura HD has a backlight display. 60% of E-book readers also have a backlight display.

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    Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

    The internal storage capacity of the Kobo Aura HD of only 4GB is smaller than 91% of all E-readers when ranked by this feature. The internal storage capacities of E-readers range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 6.3GB.

    What does "internal storage capacity" mean? Less Edit
    Supports Wi-Fi
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    The Aura HD supports Wi-Fi, as do 82% of E-readers.

    What is Wi-Fi? Less Edit
    Very Small Battery Life

    Across all the E-readers the battery life range from 7.5h to 1,500h, and the average battery life is 820h. The battery life of the Kobo Aura HD of only 30h is smaller than average when compared to most other E-readers. It is in the smallest 12% of all ereaders when ranked by this feature.

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    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    The chart below compares the value for money of the Kobo Aura HD (the red dot) against some of its competitors (the blue dots). Hover on a blue dot to see additional info for each competitor. Click the dot to view that product.

    Better Value For Money Worse Value For Money

    What the Reviews Say

    8 out of 10 owners thought it was not priced reasonably
    4.2 Stars

    29%

    29%

    29% of Customers Would Recommend
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    Kobo Aura HD Specification

    Key Features
    Weight
    Touchscreen
    Display Resolution
    Diagonal
    Design
    Colour
    On/off Switch
    Features
    Dictionary
    Menu Languages
    Mp3 Player
    Rotating
    FM Radio
    Languages Support
    Display
    Resolution (Black and White, Standard Mode)
    Backlight Display
    Aspect Ratio
    Display Diagonal
    Colour Screen
    Technology
    File Formats
    Video Formats
    Image Formats
    Audio Formats
    Document Formats
    Memory
    Maximum Memory Card Size
    Memory Cards
    Internal Storage Capacity
    Ports & Interfaces
    Wi-Fi Standards
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth
    Headphone Out Socket
    USB Connection
    Interface Type
    Audio
    Built-in Speaker(s)
    Built-in Microphone
    Software
    Bundled Software
    Processor
    Processor Frequency
    Power
    Battery Life
    System Requirements
    Operating System
    Weight & Dimensions
    Height
    Depth
    Width
    Packaging Content
    Cables Included
    AC Adapter Included

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    kobo h2o

    Barcodes

    00681495005529, 00681495005536, 00681495005543, 00681495006724, 02750032298323, 04016138836158, 04016138836165, 04016138836172, 05052909171256

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