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Testseek.com have collected 19 expert reviews of the Kobo eReader and the average rating is 72%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Kobo eReader.
Award: Recommended July 2010
July 2010


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The editors liked

  • Very good price
  • Simple
  • Comfortable interface
  • Universal ePub support
  • Some draganddrop
  • E Ink battery and eye benefits
  • Part of multidevice ecosystem
  • SD card slot
  • Inexpensive
  • Integrates well with shopping
  • Slim
  • Light
  • Simple to use
  • Has an SD-card slot
  • Works with Borders’ e-book store and phone apps
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable design
  • Intuitive interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity for BlackBerry phones
  • Hardware is very well-built
  • Good integration with the desktop software
  • Screen is clear and easy to read
  • Includes 100 free books to start.
  • Low price
  • Offers a comfortable reading experience
  • Sensible control layout
  • 100 preloaded classic books
  • The quilted back makes the Kobo comfortable to hold

The editors didn't like

  • Sometimes slow to load
  • No file support beyond ePub and PDF
  • No Internet
  • Bluetooth of limited help.
  • Sluggish performance
  • Stiff buttons
  • No Wi-Fi or wireless capabilities for buying books
  • Plastic buttons feel a bit cheap
  • Bluetooth sync function currently works only with BlackBerry phones
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Text doesn't have enough contrast
  • A bit laggy in some areas
  • No dictionary
  • Inclusion of bluetooth is superfluous if you don’t have a blackberry
  • Price is a bit high compared to competitors.Kobo eReader can be purchased from Borders for $129.99. It’s cousin the Wifi Kobo Reader can be
  • Book downloads require a PC or Mac
  • No AC adapter in the box
  • Lack of WiFi and 3G connectivity does not allow for downloading of books directly to the eReader.

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  Published: 2010-09-29, review by: engadget.com

  • Abstract:  When the Kobo e-reader first appeared, its very affordable price point of $149 made it an attractive proposition. It's been a few months, however, and the market is ever-more crowded, with both dedicated e-readers as well as multi-taskers (such as the ...

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  Published: 2010-08-12, review by: Laptopmag.com

  • Lightweight, comfortable design, Intuitive interface, Bluetooth connectivity for BlackBerry phones
  • Sluggish performance, No Wi-Fi, Text doesn't have enough contrast
  • This budget eReader is easy to use, but its features don't match the price.

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  Published: 2010-07-01, review by: computershopper.com

  • Slim, light; simple to use; has an SD-card slot; works with Borders’ e-book store and phone apps
  • No Wi-Fi or wireless capabilities for buying books; plastic buttons feel a bit cheap; Bluetooth sync function currently works only with BlackBerry phones
  • Those looking for a simple e-book reader will find a lot to like about the Kobo, but with the competition’s recent price drops, $149 is a bit high for such an austere device. ...

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74%
 
  Published: 2010-06-22, review by: pcworld.com_techhive.com

  • Inexpensive, Integrates well with shopping,
  • Sluggish performance, Stiff buttons
  • E-reader is easy on the wallet, but expect to make compromises on performance and usability. ...

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  Published: 2010-06-17, review by: pcmag.com

  • Low price, Offers a comfortable reading experience, Sensible control layout, 100 preloaded classic books,
  • Book downloads require a PC or Mac, No AC adapter in the box,
  • If you don't need wireless book downloads, the Kobo eReader makes a fine digital reading companion—and it comes at a compelling price point. ...

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  Published: 2010-06-03, review by: techcrunch.com

  • Although the market is rapidly advancing, the Kobo is a perfectly good little device right now if you know what you’re getting into. One commenter compared it to a Flip for e-books, which is a remarkably apt comparison. $150 is a reasonable price for ...

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  Published: 2010-06-01, review by: geardiary.com

  • Hardware is very well-built; good integration with the desktop software; screen is clear and easy to read; includes 100 free books to start.
  • A bit laggy in some areas; no dictionary; inclusion of bluetooth is superfluous if you don’t have a blackberry; price is a bit high compared to competitors.Kobo eReader can be purchased from Borders for $129.99. It’s cousin the Wifi Kobo Reader can be
  • Review: Kobo Reader Posted on 07 October 2010 by Carly Z In the ebook world, the Kindle and nook are the 100 lbs. gorillas. Everyone uses them as the yardstick; does an ereader offer the same features, does it have a store affiliation, is the screen a...

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  Published: 2010-06-01, review by: toptenreviews.com

  • The quilted back makes the Kobo comfortable to hold,
  • Lack of WiFi and 3G connectivity does not allow for downloading of books directly to the eReader.
  • The Kobo is a good choice for an eReader if you want the basics and not the bells and whistles found in most eReaders....

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75%
 
  Published: 2010-04-10, review by: macnn.com

  • Abstract:  E-readers lately have been engaged in a feature war. 3G, touchscreens and Wi-Fi have become so commonplace that it's actually a surprise when they don't. Kobo's eReader seems to revel in just the opposite: it thrives on a very simple design and makes...

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80%
 
  Published: 2010-04-10, review by: electronista.com

  • Very good price, Simple, comfortable interface, Universal ePub support; some draganddrop, E Ink battery and eye benefits, Part of multidevice ecosystem, SD card slot,
  • Sometimes slow to load, No file support beyond ePub and PDF, No Internet; Bluetooth of limited help.
  • The best approach to a product is often to focus on doing just a few things very well rather than as many things as you can. As might be obvious by now, Kobo's inaugural eReader follows that former approach. Misgivings about speed aside, the reader's s...

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