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Kobo Aura One (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 reviews of Kobo Aura One (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but the performance and price get less positive reviews.

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price, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Aura One (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Kobo Aura One review


The best replacement yet for your tired old paperbacks

A screen as big as a paperback book ; Clever lighting, which won't keep you up at night ; Your new waterproof bathtime companion

You can't buy your books from Amazon ; That bigger screen means more to lug around

The best ereader yet and it's not a Kindle, which is arguably its only downside

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : James Peckham (

Kobo Aura One review


Bigger doesn't always mean better

Larger, beautiful screen ; Interesting night time reading idea ; Waterproof design

Hard to hold ; Expensive for some ; Lacking Amazon's store

The Aura One is one of the best premium ereader devices, but a larger screen on a Kobo may not be for everyone.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : David Price (

Kobo Aura One review


We review the Kobo Aura One, a large-screen eReader with exceptional water-resistance and good night-time reading features

The price might seem off-putting at first (after all, it's possible to get a Kindle for a third of the price, if you're willing to put up with 'special offers', or £70 if you're not) but there's plenty here to justify the expense.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Kobo Aura One review


Instead of going small with its new top-of-the-line e-reader , Kobo, now owned by online retailer Rakuten , has gone big. The Aura One ($230 in the US, £190 in the UK and AU$350 in Australia) sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that's significantly larger...

The Kobo Aura One sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that's significantly larger than the 6-inch e-ink displays found on all of Amazon's Kindle e-readers, it's waterproof, has an integrated light and built-in support for Overdrive library book loans.

Fairly pricey, may be a little too large for some people's hands and Kobo's content ecosystem can't match Amazon's.

The Kobo Aura One may not make you want to ditch your Kindle, but it does have some differentiating features that make it worth considering if you are in search of a non-Amazon e-reader.

Nov, 2016

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Kobo Aura One review: A great Kindle alternative


With its massive display and excellent blue light filter, the Kobo Aura One is the perfect eReader for reading at night

The Kobo Aura One may have its downsides, but this is still one of the best Kindle competitors we’ve seen in recent years. Its ComfortLight Pro feature goes one better than the Kindle Voyage’s ambient light sensor and its waterproof protection means...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Kobo Aura One Review: In Depth


Kobo Aura One Review: We test out Kobo's latest e-reader, the waterproof Aura One, which can access over five million ebooks via Kobo's online store.

Waterproof ; Sharp, easy-to-read screen ; Adaptive brightness

Straightforward design ; Lacks Kindle features

Aug, 2016

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Kobo Aura One review

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The Kobo Aura One ebook reader has a huge 7.8-inch display and should survive an hour-long plunge into two metres of water - but at £190, it's pricier than a Kindle. Is it easy to read the screen even in bright sunshine, and is it intuitive to use?...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : mfereday (

Kobo Aura One


Providing you with your own personal, portable library is the task of a new eReader from Kobo.

During the review process, the Kobo Aura One performed well as it delivered clear and sharp text with quick updating of the screen. Although with the pleasant reading experience being offered, this device offers HZO Protection™ and is IPX8 certified...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Sami Mughal (

Review: Kobo Aura One – E reader for bath and bed time!


Kobo has been the underdog in the e-reader market for a while. While their libraries are not as extensive as the ones found on their main competitors (ahem) their hardware has[...]

If you can deal with the lack of books, or find the ones you want on OverDrive, this is definitely the E-Reader to go for. The features easily outweigh the competition.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Michael Grothaus (

Kobo Aura HD review: One of the best eReaders in the business


I'm a lover of books. Call me a book snob if you want. It's why I've held onto my paper books for so long. But it seems that Kobo has created an ereader aimed squarely at me, with the whole experience designed around reading the author's words and...

The best eReader screen on the market. Great ergonomic design. Great Battery.

Since the Aura HD is a “premium eReader designed for the discerning reader” it lacks many multimedia capabilities. This could be a turn off if you want a feature-heavy eReader.

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. We love this thing, and so will you. The Aura HD will make for a perfect gift this Xmas

Product Specifications


Built-in Camera: No


Colour of product:Black
On/off switch:Y
Product colour:Black


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Backlight display: Yes
Colour : Yes
Display diagonal:19.8
Display Resolution:1872 x 1404
Technology:E Ink Carta
Touchscreen: Yes


Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, FRE, ITA, POR, TUR
Menu languages:DEU, DUT, ENG, FRE, ITA, POR, TUR

File formats

Document formats supported:CBR, CBZ, HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXT, ePub
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, MJPEG, PNG


Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:512
Internal RAM type:DDR2
Internal storage capacity:8
Memory capacity (e-books):6000
RAM capacity:512

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Headphone Out: No
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n


Battery life (max):730.4
Power source type:Battery


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor frequency:1

Weight & Dimensions

Height :195.1