Want to know what the Latest EReader from Kobo is? Well It’s the Kobo Clara HD which was released just a couple of months ago. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new EReader from Kobo so let’s see how it stacks up against the competition.
Natural Light Feature To Avoid Eye Fatigue
This is a nice bonus that separates this device from the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. The colour of the screen changes over the course of the day which means that it reduces the amount of blue light you’re exposed to at night. Blue light is great at keeping you awake during the day but that’s the last thing you want just before you go to bed.
Now when this feature has been implemented before on other devices, it normally relies on the device having a light sensor to detect its surroundings which did drain the battery life. Kobo have come up a more novel approach which uses the internal clock to adjust the screen colour. Thinking about it, i’m surprised that other EReaders didn’t take the same approach as it’s far cheaper and easier to implement. The natural light feature can be set to automatic or manual (if you want a specific time for the screen to change colour)
The Kobo Clara HD has introduced a number of features to make the device. For a start it contains a number of international dictionaries as standard which you can ad and remove as you wish. They go one step further by having a number of translators built in which is great for those who are trying to learn a new language and need some help along the way.
Power Saving Features To The Rescue
The Kobo Clara HD as standard will last about 4 weeks on a single charge which is coming to be the norm these days. They’ve included a number of auto power off features where after a set period of time the device will go to sleep and eventually power off. This is a great feature for those who have a tendency to walk off or get distracted and then come back your favourite read.
You can also purchase a case for the Kobo which will auto power off the EReader when you close it and power on the device when you open it.
For those who you don’t know what Pocket is, it’s a service that allows you to save articles from the web for later reading. This is great for when an article is of interest to you but don’t have the time to read it right now. Pocket is a Web Browser extension that will allow you to save those articles. These are then synchronised with you Kobo device. You can find more about Pocket here
No more hassle with trying to remember which device you bookmarked that article to. Just pick it up synchronized on you Kobo
The EReader offers a great level of flexibility when it comes to customising your reading experience. There are a wealth of fonts and you can even load your own ones onto the Clara HD. The device comes with 3 on-display sliders which allow you to customise:
- Font Size
- Line Spacing
This is a lot more flexibility than more common EReaders such as the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. The other feature to point out here is that the Kobo device allows you to compare before and after font changes rather than making the change and realising you’re not happy with it.
The final special feature to touch on here is that of security. You can actually lock your Kobo device so that it requires a pin to access it. Not many EReaders have this functionality so it’s great to see Kobo taking security seriously.
So let’s take a look at the design of the latest EReader from Kobo. It’s 6 inches in size which puts it in the same realm as the Kindle Paperwhite. They’ve gone for a full touch screen experience with the exception of the power button.
They’ve also created an easy grip back panel which has some controversy around it as it does make the product look a little unfinished. Another divisive feature here is how you charge the device. It has a USB-C port which is what most phone providers are trending towards but does make your older USB cables redundant.
Kobo have also created an promotional video which shows the look and feel in a bit more detail
Overall a nice looking design, even if it is somewhat a bit plain and generic.
Kobo have priced this EReader for those who don’t need all the bells and whistles. At the time of writing it is around the same price as the Kindle Paperwhite:
Considering it’s very similar to the Paperwhite, I feel it’s a fair price for what you get.
Some Specs To Compare Against
I’ve included some specs to compare against equivalent EReaders on the Market. The one point to call out here is that the Kobo Clara HD is a little lighter than its counterparts.
|Kobo Clara HD||Kindle Paperwhite||Onyx Boox Monte Cristo 3||Kindle Oasis|
|Size||6 Inches||6 Inches||6 Inches||7 Inches|
|Display||300 PPI||300 PPI||300 PPI||300 PPI|
What I Like
This EReader has got a lot going for it for the price. I especially am impressed with the natural light feature which I especially found useful as a night time reader. I also like the fact their aiming their product at a more international market not only with the manual but with a number of features they have included as standard.
What I Don’t Like
Well some of you who have read my other reviews will probably have noticed that I’ve not called out the fact that it’s waterproof or has any kind of audiobook integration. Unfortunately these features are missing but given the price, i’m not entirely surprised. Also the grip on the back of EReader I could best describe as an afterthought or a little clunky when comparing it to the rest of products design.
For those of you looking for a no thrills EReader who do a lot of nighttime reading, then the Kobo Clara HD is for you. It’s also a great alternative for those of you who are not interested in Amazon Kindle products. If you’re looking for something with a few more bells and whistles you might consider the Kindle Oasis.
Until next time