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Kobo Mini

We have collected and analysed 24 expert reviews and 147 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 65/100 and users rate it 78/100. The average review date is 20-08-2013. We have compared these reviews to 134608 reviews from other eReaders. The alaScore™ for this product is 90/100 = Excellent. Last update: 12-12-2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Mini

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Kobo Mini 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 are impressed by the durability and price. The performance and portability also get good opinions, but comments are divided on the screen.

usability, portability, performance, price, durability

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: KOBO N705-KBO-B MINI BLACK 60 DAY - (Gadgets Ebook Readers)KOBO N705-KBO-B MINI BLACK 60 DAY - (Gadgets Ebook Readers)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Kobo Mini

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Kobo Mini from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviews about the screen and size are generally positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas the reliability and performance get less positive comments. Reviews about the design and durability are mixed.

usability, price, portability, size, screen

performance, reliability

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kobo Mini E-ReaderKobo Mini E-Reader

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (techradar.com)

Kobo Mini review

 

A small e-ink e-reader with Wi-Fi, customised type and EPUB side-loading

Portable ; EPUB compatibility ; Screen calibration options ; Kobo interface

No 3G ; Drab design ; Average processor ; Side-loading requires PC/Mac

If you'd rather not travel with a high-end tablet and think that even a Kindle is too big to carry on the daily commute, the touchscreen Kobo Mini could be the e-reader for you.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

Kobo Mini review

 

Those of you out there who are e-reader scholars may remember that a couple of years ago, Sony was offering a 5-inch e-reader with no Wi-Fi, the Pocket Edition PRS-350 . You can still find that model for sale for $99, but Sony has since moved on to its...

The Kobo Mini is a modestly priced, very compact Wi-Fi-enabled e-ink e-reader with a 5-inch touch screen. It supports EPUB files, it's compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format, and with Wi-Fi off it gets up to a month's worth of...

Ideally, the device would be even smaller and thinner. Also, Kobo's selection of e-books lags behind Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's. Loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC.

The affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's too small for some and not quite small enough for others.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : David Ludlow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Kobo Mini review

 

It's great to see a small eReader and the price is great, but the quality of the touchscreen lets it down

It's always nice to see something different and the small size of the Mini certainly gives you another option if size is everything. It’s hard to knock the price, too, which is excellent, especially for a touchscreen device. It’s not all good news,...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Lee Bell (theinquirer.net)

Kobo Mini review

 

A lightweight, pocket-sized ereader

Small, light and pocket sized

Touchscreen not as responsive as we'd like, contrast could be better

The Kobo Mini is a good lightweight pocket-sized ereader that is very simple looking. This might be good for those looking for a portable device with minimalist styling, but we think it's perhaps too simple, since its lack of physical page-turning...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by (channel5.com)

Kobo Mini

 

Say hello to the Kobo Mini, the cutest lil' e-reader around. Unlike most black and white e-readers, which pack similar six-inch eInk displays, the Kobo Mini screen measures a mere five inches across. It still packs the specs to go toe to toe with its...

The Kobo Mini doesn't pack in all the features of Amazon's Kindle line, it's true. But now that Sony has all but given up on e-readers, it's also the only game in town for a tiny e-reader that will fit in even the smallest handbag. If that's what you...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

Kobo Mini Review

 

The Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn't come off as cheap.

The $80 Kobo Mini comes with a budget price tag yet doesn’t come off as cheap. Yes, to get to that price point there are sacrifices in quality — you won’t get the crispest screen or the fastest performance. But this is not a crappy dollar store...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Brian Heater (engadget.com)

Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader?

 

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Inexpensive ; Notably small and lightweight ; Intuitive UI

Limited screen space ; No expandable storage ; Low-contrast display

The Kobo Mini is lightweight and temptingly priced, but that smaller form factor also comes with some trade-offs.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Is Kobo's Mini too small or too big?

 

The affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's a bit of an in-betweener -- too small for some and not quite small enough for others.

The ; is a modestly priced, very compact Wi-Fi-enabled e-ink e-reader with a 5-inch touch screen. It supports EPUB files, it's compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format, and with Wi-Fi off it gets up to a month's worth of battery...

Ideally, the device would be even smaller and thinner. Also, Kobo's selection of e-books lags behind Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's. Loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC.

The affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's too small for some and not quite small enough for others.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Kobo Mini

 

With its 5-inch touch screen, the Kobo Mini caters to an underserved market: Those who want a tiny, dedicated ebook reader. Unfortunately, it also underperforms.

Inexpensive for a touch screen ebook reader. Small, cute form factor. Powerful ecosystem of books, mobile, and PC apps. Supports ePub format.

Sluggish. Slightly stubborn touch screen. Display is noticeably smaller than that of a paperback book. No memory card slot.

Other Features, Store, and Conclusions While reading, you can highlight text, look up words in the built-in dictionary, and share passages on Facebook or Twitter directly from the device. The Mini also comes with Reading Life, which tracks your reading...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Anna Attkisson (laptopmag.com)

Kobo Mini Review

 

The Kobo Mini's 5-inch display gives e-reader fans a portable and affordable option, but the reading experience feels cramped compared with the competition.

Compact design; Large e-book selection; Unique Reading Life Stats

Tiny screen doesn't fit much text on the page; E-books more expensive than competition; Can't share book passages or lend books; Very small periodical selection

The Kobo Mini's 5-inch display gives e-reader fans a portable and affordable option, but the reading experience feels cramped compared with the competition.

May, 2013

Product Specifications

Colour

Colour of product:Black / White

Design

Colour of product:Black / White

Display

Colour : No
Diagonal:12.7
Display diagonal:12.7
Display Resolution:800 x 600
Gray scale levels:16
Technology:E Ink / E Ink Vizplex
Touchscreen: Yes

Features

Dictionary: Yes

File formats

Document formats supported:CBR, CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF, XML / CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, PNG

Memory

Internal storage capacity:2

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB A
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Processor

Processor frequency:800

Technical Details

Dictionary: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1 / 13.3
Height :1 / 13.3
Weight:134
Width:10.2