Here is our highly anticipated test of the Kobo Aura H2O, the high-end reading light proposed by Kobo. With this light reader model, Kobo is very strong and obviously wants to stand out from the competition. How? By offering a large screen to further improve reading comfort. Another highlight of the Kobo Aura H2O, this reading light is waterproof! Let’s go into the details now …
Kobo Aura H2O reading light screenKobo Aura H2O is simply a big hit to the majority of its competitors. 6.8 inches is a diagonal of 17.3 cm, a pleasure. Its 265 dpi resolution also guarantees a pleasant reading experience. The Carta E-Ink touch screen technology improves it is not all … Kobo Aura H2O features ComfortLight PRO technology. This technology will be alleviate the blue light of the day, detrimental to sleep. Activated it will give a rosy complexion to pages suitable for falling asleep. Note that the brightness is automatically adjusted according to the time of day. The brightness can also be adjusted according to the light of the candle … It goes without saying that the Kobo Aura H2O has a backlight of first quality, uniform throughout the slab. Backlight that can be regulated automatically or manually.
Interface and connectivityIf the Kobo Aura H2O is mainly characterized by its « king size » screen, this feature is not inconsequential … Such a screen size gives a generous dimensions: 172 x 129 mm without being too thick (8, 8 mm). Nice shrinkage cure all the same because the first version had a few millimeters more (179 x 129 x 9.7 mm). Its weight is also larger than the average: 207 gr. But this weight has also been reduced compared to the first version (233 gr). Despite these undeniable efforts to reduce the volume, the Kobo Aura H2O is less easy to handle, less easy to slip into the pocket or purse, less convenient to hold one hand compared to other readers. We can not have everything! But that said, this reader is still very practical and manageable thanks to the non-slip material that covers its rear. Better, this reader is completely waterproof! The Kobo Aura H2O is waterproof for 60 minutes up to 2 meters deep. So you can read without fear at the pool or in your bath. The internal memory of the Kobo Aura H2O has been increased compared to the first version, it has thus increased from 4 GB to 8 GB, which allows to board an average of 6000 eBooks with either. Unfortunately this addition of internal memory was at the expense of the location for the mini SDcard. From a connectivity point of view this reader relies on WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, Micro USB. This will allow you for example to share the favorite passages of your books on Facebook or to start a search on Google or Wikipedia by letting your finger on a word.
Supported file formatsThe Kobo Aura H2O is a particularly versatile reading light. It supports natively 14 file formats between eBook, images and comics: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR. It seems important to stress that unlike the Pocketbook Touch Lux 3 or the Kindle PaperWhite , the Kobo Aura H2O reads natively cbz and cbr files , so comics, comics and other manga. In addition to supporting a large number of files, the Kobo Aura H2O also allows the user to choose between 11 fonts and 50 font styles to adapt the text to the needs of its reader. Interlining, margins, justifications can also be modified at your leisure.
Experience and general feelingThe reading comfort of this reader is indisputable. The size of its screen indeed greatly improves reading especially for Comics. The smaller screens are not really suitable for this kind of book. Its ComfortLight PRO technology also offers comfort, especially for night reading. Ideal when your half has fallen asleep but you can not sleep. And if the Kobo Aura H2O is a reader with generous dimensions, it remains very handy for an adult. Less easy is true for a child. Its waterproofness seems to be a really valuable advantage especially when going on vacation. The proximity of a pool and these splashes represent a potential danger for this type of device. While reading in a bubble bath, there is nothing like relaxing …
Advantages and disadvantages
- the size of its touch screen
- the luminosity
- its price (but it is justified)
- its dimensions (due to its screen)