Kobo has introduced a brand new e-reader, the Clara HD, which gained’t set the world on hearth however will likely be a superbly good possibility for e-book readers who don’t need to lay our a fortune. It mainly revives the popular however discontinued Glo HD with a greater frontlight and extra reminiscence.
The display screen is 6 inches and 300 PPI, which is similar to Amazon’s newest Kindles and excessive sufficient that you just shouldn’t discover pixelation within the kind. Extra importantly for some, it has the corporate’s improved frontlight, which might be dialed from the now-familiar cool LED tone to a a lot, a lot hotter one. There’s eight GB of storage inside, greater than sufficient for lots of of books and comics — however no MicroSD card slot, which some do like to have.
I’ve been utilizing the Clara HD as my each day reader for every week or so and I can vouch for the sort high quality and common options — by way of loading books onto the machine, studying and navigating them, this reader is far the identical as Kobo’s different ones.
The enhancements are small mainly as a result of the Clara HD will probably substitute the Aura Version 2, which it outperforms by an enormous quantity, as the corporate’s entry-level machine. At $130 it’s simply $10 greater than Amazon’s Paperwhite (the model with built-in advertisements, that’s), however I’d go together with the Kobo each time.
The simplicity of managing your books and articles on the Kobo is one promoting level — I really like with the ability to simply drag and drop recordsdata like epubs and CBRs onto it prefer it’s a USB drive, and my Pocket articles soar onto it mechanically.
And the color-changing mild may assist appeal to individuals who aren’t certain concerning the illumination they’ve seen in different readers. That chilly blue tone can actually put individuals off, and the power to heat it up is nice. When you’re like me you’ll discover each tone extremes an excessive amount of, then decide one thing within the center and maintain it there.
The design is nothing to shout about, but it surely’s fairly mild and skinny and will get the job carried out — aside from one nuisance that simply baffles me. The ability button is lifeless heart on the underside fringe of the machine.
Whose thought was that? When you’re holding the machine by the aspect and backside edges, there’s at all times a threat you’ll seize the button by mistake and put the machine to sleep. It’s dumb, but it surely’s not sufficient for me to alter my thoughts and swap to Kindle. I’m additionally not a giant fan of the feel on the again (it looks like it should gather filth), however that too is way from a deal-breaker.
The Clara HD is available for pre-order now, and should you’re available in the market for an all-purpose e-reader, this can be a nice possibility and I might say a strong worth. It ships in June within the U.S. and another areas, with extra coming later. From the press launch:
The machine may even be accessible France on June 1, and as of June 5 in Canada, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Turkey; Hong Kong in July; with Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico to comply with later this yr.