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Kobo Aura H2O (2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 776 reviews of Kobo Aura H2O (2014). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and durability. The portability and screen also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the performance. Views are divided on the price.

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performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Aura H2O (2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Aura H2O (2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Kobo Aura H2O (2014) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the price and screen. The durability and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the performance. There are some critical reviews about the design.

usability, portability, durability, screen, price

design

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: KOBO N250-KU-BK-K-EP AURA H2O 6.8IN EPD BLK&BLK XGA 1430X1080 FRONT LIGHT - (Gadgets > Ebook Readers)KOBO N250-KU-BK-K-EP AURA H2O 6.8IN EPD BLK&BLK XGA 1430X1080 FRONT LIGHT - (Gadgets > Ebook Readers)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Aura H2O (2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Kobo Aura H2O (2014) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the screen and durability. The usability and performance also get good feedback.

portability, performance, usability, durability, screen

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Aura H2O 6.8-Inch Comfort Light, Water Resistant E-Reader (Black)Kobo Aura H2O 6.8-Inch Comfort Light, Water Resistant E-Reader (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Kobo Aura H2O

 

Like tablets, e-readers have seen minimal innovation in the past few years. Amazon seems to have settled on its Kindle lineup and there isn't much in the way of competition. Aside from Kobo, that is, which has been churning out some rather decent...

A decent e-reader in certain scenarios – but uneven battery life and sluggish performance take the shine off.

May, 2017

Expert review by (t3.com)

Kobo Aura H2O review

 

The Kobo Aura H2O is the e-reader you can use in the bath

Attractive ; page-like display ; Long battery life ; It works under water!

Could be lighter ; Could be thinner ; Could be cheaper

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Kobo Aura H2O (2017) review

 

Travel tech worth making room in your carry-on for

It’s a waterproof wonder ; Undercuts the Kindle competition ; Brilliant backlight won't keep you up at night

Kobo’s book catalogue still lags behind Amazon ; Battery life could be better

Everything we loved about Kobo's last e-reader, in a smaller, travel-friendly package. Amazon should watch its back.

May, 2017

Expert review by : Rik Henderson (pocket-lint.com)

Kobo Aura H2O eBook reader survives our water test, perfect for the bath - Pocket-lint

 

Kobo announced its latest eBook reader, the Aura H2O with IP67 waterproofing, prior to the IFA consumer electronics trade show, but Pocket-lint caught

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Andrew London (techradar.com)

Kobo Aura H2O (2017) review

 

The waterproof wannabe Kindle-killer

Waterproof ; Clear, easy to read screen ; Clever backlighting technology

Battery could be better ; Expensive for some ; Limited store

Kobo’s latest ereader is a solid upgrade on its previous model. It’s waterproof, it’s compact, it’s light – and did we mention it’s waterproof? The Aura H2O is definitely a contender in the ereader market, but is waterproofing enough to see off the...

May, 2017

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (techradar.com)

Kobo Aura H2O review

 

Reading in the bath has never been easier

Dust and waterproof ; Speedy page turns ; Long battery life

Lacks processing power ; No 3G option ; PDFs slow to navigate

Bookworms on beaches and in baths can relax at last with the first fully waterproof e-reader. But the Kobo Aura H2O lacks the processing power to be irresistible and has limited media options.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Nicol Natale (techadvisor.co.uk)

Kobo Aura H2O Review

 

The Kobo Aura H2O is a high-end eReader with an advantage over Amazon's Kindles. Here's our full review

There are a few disadvantages to the Aura H2O that are important to note, such as processing power and unresponsive interface. Processing is quite slow and menus, settings and controls take a bit longer to display.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

New Kobo Aura H2O Review (2017 2nd Edition model)

 

The all-new Kobo Aura H2O eBook reader is an updated version of the original waterproof H2O model, sporting a more compact design for easier packing....

Water resistant ; Improved eBook store ; Decent features

Dull interface

The new 2017 model of Kobo Aura H2O will be available to buy in the UK from May 22, with pre-orders already open at the time of writing via www.kobo.com.

May, 2017

Expert review by : James Temperton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Kobo Aura H2O review

 

The waterproof Kobo Aura H2O is a superb ereader with an excellent screen and backlight

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Kobo Aura H2O Review: In Depth

 

We review Kobo's new water-resistant eReader, the Kobo Aura H2O. Kobo's Aura H2O is one of the world's first water-resistant eReaders, which is kind of...

Offline web reading

Occasional jerky performance

If you want an eReader for chilling in the bath (or shower, or sea, or any other wet place) then the Kobo Aura H2O is pretty much your one and only choice. The water resistance is a great little feature that we can’t believe hasn’t been done before 2014..

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications

Colour

Colour of product:Black

Design

Colour of product:Black
On/off switch:Y / Yes
Water-resistant:Y / Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Backlight display:Y / Yes
Colour :No / Y
Diagonal:17.3
Display diagonal:17.3
Display Resolution:1430 x 1080 / 1440 x 1080
Technology:E Ink / E Ink Carta
Touchscreen:Y / Yes

Features

Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN, POR / German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese / German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese, TUR
Menu languages:German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN, Portuguese, TUR
Rotating:N

File formats

Audio formats supported:No / Not supported
Document formats supported:CBR,CBZ,EPUB DRM,HTML,MOBI,PDF,RTF,TXT / ePub, HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXT / HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXT, ePub
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPEG XR,PNG,TIF / GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Video formats supported:No / Not supported

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:4 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory capacity (e-books):6000
RAM capacity:512

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:N / No
Headphone Out:N
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B / Mini-USB B
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Power

Battery Capacity:1500
Power source type:Battery

Processor

Built-in processor:Y / Yes
Processor frequency:1000

Technical Details

Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN, POR
On/off switch: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.9 / 129 / 8.8
Height :172 / 9.7
Weight:207 / 233
Width:129 / 17.9 / 179