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Kobo Aura HD

Kobo Aura HD
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Good Features
81
Value for Money
Very Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our Verdict:
Several reviews mentioned that this E-reader has a great screen quality, a very good display and it's well designed. It's a cheap and good spec 240g touchscreen E-reader. It has a backlight display and a diagonal of 6.8" and supports Wi-Fi.
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With outstanding reviews and representing excellent value for money, we have ranked the Kobo Aura HD number 13 across all E-book readers.

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Reviews
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Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 72?

Kobo is an excellent E-reader brand.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better ereaders are available.
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
5 Stars
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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
14
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Screen Quality
15
6
Price
6
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Text Quality
5
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Design
8
1
Support
4
3
Ease of Use
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Size and Weight
7
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Product Quality
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Light Quality
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1
Connectivity
2
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Battery
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Noise Level
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The Majority of People Thought it Was Not Priced Fairly

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
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    Expensive
    3 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Two People Thought This E-Book Reader Was of a Good Quality
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    One Person Thought This E-Book Reader Was Robust
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    8 Out of 10 People Thought it 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
  • The Majority of Owners Thought the Kobo Aura HD Was Not Good in Terms of 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 {More} Thick
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    The Vast Majority of People Thought it 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
  • View All Reviews About Design
    Good-Looking
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Ergonomic
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    8 Out of 10 People Thought the Kobo Aura HD Was Easy 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
  • The Vast Majority of People Thought This E-Book Reader Has Useful Technical Features

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

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    Has a Very Good 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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    5 Out of 10 People Thought This E-Book Reader Had Good 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 Owner Thought it Had an OK Noise Level
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    Many People Thought it Had a Good Capacity

    Five people thought that the Kobo Aura HD had a very 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 it Had a Weak Reading Light
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    Some People Thought the Kobo Aura HD Had Excellent Text Quality

    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
  • 8 Out of 10 People Thought it Has an Excellent Screen Quality

    Over 20 people thought that the Kobo Aura HD had a great screen quality and four people thought that it also had a very 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 a Really 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 it had a battery that lasted a long time
    The vast majority of people thought it had a good design
    8 out of 10 people thought the Kobo Aura HD was easy to use
    The vast majority of people thought this E-book reader has useful technical features
    5 out of 10 people thought this E-book reader had good technical guidance
    Many people thought it had a good capacity
    Some people thought the Kobo Aura HD had excellent text quality
    8 out of 10 people thought it has an excellent screen quality
    The majority of owners thought the Kobo Aura HD was not good in terms of size
    Only 1440 X 1080 Pixels Resolution

    The Kobo Aura HD has a maximum resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the resolution of a 1024 x 758 pixels ereader, which is the most common resolution. The resolution of all E-book readers ranges from 800 x 480 pixels (worst) to 2200 x 1650 pixels (best). §.

    What does "display resolution" mean? Less Edit
    Bigger Than Average Diagonal
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    The diagonal of the Aura HD of 6.8" is bigger than average when compared to most other E-book readers. It is bigger than 79% of all E-book readers when ordered by this feature. The smallest diagonal of E-book readers is 5", the biggest is 14", and the average diagonal is 6.8".

    What does "diagonal" mean? Less Edit
    Heavier Than Average

    The Aura HD's weight of 240g is heavier than average when compared to most other E-book readers. It is heavier than 76% of all E-book readers when ordered by this feature. The lightest E-reader is 110g , the heaviest is 550g, and the average weight is 240g.

    What does "weight" mean? Less Edit
    Has a Touchscreen
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    The Aura HD has a touchscreen. 85% of E-book readers also have a touchscreen.

    What is a touchscreen? Less Edit
    Has a Backlight Display
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    The Aura HD has a backlight display, as do 58% of E-book readers.

    What is a backlight display? Less Edit
    Very Small Internal Storage Capacity

    E-book readers have internal storage capacities of between 2GB and 16GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 6.5GB. The internal storage capacity of the Aura HD of only 4GB is smaller than average when compared to most other E-book readers. It is smaller than 91% of all E-readers when sorted by this feature.

    What does "internal storage capacity" mean? Less Edit
    Supports Wi-Fi
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    The Aura HD supports Wi-Fi, as do 81% of E-readers.

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

    The battery life of the Kobo Aura HD of only 30h is in the smallest 12% of all E-book readers when ranked by this feature. The battery life of E-book readers range from 7.5h to 1,500h, and the average battery life is 800h.

    What does "battery life" mean? Less Edit
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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

    The majority of people thought it was not priced fairly
    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
    Language 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 Card
    Internal Storage Capacity
    Ports & Interfaces
    Wi-Fi Standards
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth
    Headphone Out Socket
    USB Connection
    Interface Type
    Audio
    Built-in Speaker
    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

    Barcodes

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

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