Kobo’s New E Ink Pill Is a Cheaper reMarkable Different

Kobo's New E Ink Tablet Is a Cheaper reMarkable Alternative

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As wonderful because the reMarkable’s writing expertise is, the gadget is huge, pricy, lacks an e book retailer, and doesn’t have an illuminated display screen. With its new $260 Sage, Kobo is introducing a smaller and cheaper e-note that’s nonetheless a superb e-reader with entry to the expansive Kobo e book retailer and the added plus of with the ability to get pleasure from audiobooks with wi-fi headphones.

Earlier this yr, Kobo launched its 10.3-inch Elipsa, the corporate’s first e-note pill. It was primarily a bigger model of the Kobo Libra with the addition of stylus help, however with out the smaller e-reader’s very helpful web page flip buttons, and a primary illuminated display screen that lacked colour temperature changes. Though priced the identical because the reMarkable 2 at $400, the Elipsa didn’t supply as stable a writing expertise, which made it a troublesome promote.

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The brand new Kobo Sage is a extra attention-grabbing various to each the Elipsa and the reMarkable. Priced at $260, plus one other $40 for the Kobo Stylus that’s not included, the Sage will supply the identical expertise because the Elipsa does—note-taking, drawing, in addition to the flexibility to markup ebooks and digital recordsdata like PDFs—however on a smaller and lighter gadget with an 8-inch E Ink show. In contrast to most e-note units at present out there, the Sage seems to be like it’s going to additionally double as an excellent e-reader, with a pair of web page flip buttons on the aspect subsequent to a slight lip on the sting that ought to make the gadget simpler to carry one-handed.

Its 8-inch E Ink Carta 1200 show boasts a decision of 1440 x 1920 at 300 ppi which must be straightforward on the eyes (much less jaggies and aliasing) and it contains Kobo’s “ComfortLight Professional” characteristic, which is what the corporate calls the entrance lighting’s skill to regulate between cool and heat colour temperatures, relying on what time of day you’re utilizing the gadget. You’ll be able to’t increase the Kobo Sage’s 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD card, which is unlucky, but it surely does characteristic a USB-C port for charging and syncing, and the pill carries over the Kobo Libra’s IPX8 waterproofing, letting it survive as much as an hour in two meters of water.

Additionally new for Kobo’s units on the whole is the addition of Bluetooth, permitting audiobooks downloaded from the Kobo ebook retailer to be loved utilizing a pair of wi-fi headphones.

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An non-compulsory $50 folio-style SleepCover case might be out there in mild inexperienced and black, however if you happen to go for the Kobo Stylus, an $80 PowerCover appears like a extra helpful various. It capabilities just like the SleepCover, defending the display screen and mechanically waking/sleeping the Sage when the lid is opened/closed, but in addition features a place to retailer the stylus, and an extra battery on the again that can prolong how lengthy the Sage’s 1,200 mAh inner battery can go between prices.

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Alongside the Sage, in the present day Kobo can also be introducing a brand new model of its waterproof e-reader, the Libra 2. Kobo is promising sooner efficiency from the e-reader’s 7-inch E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen, however the decision stays the identical at 1,264 x 1,680, as does the ComfortLight Professional colour temperature changes. The Kobo Libra 2 nonetheless boasts an IPX8 waterproof ranking, the identical because the Sage, in addition to 32GB of non-expandable onboard storage, however with a barely bigger 1,500 mAh battery.

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An non-compulsory $40 SleepCover case might be out there in barely totally different colours than had been out there for the unique Libra, however the largest causes to improve to the brand new model are charging and syncing via USB-C as a substitute of microUSB, in addition to Bluetooth help in order that, like with the brand new Sage, audiobooks downloaded from the Kobo ebook retailer might be listened to via a pair of wi-fi headphones. It’s not essentially vital improve for current Libra customers who follow ebooks, however for these on the lookout for their first e-reader, the $180 Kobo Libra 2 appears like a higher various to all the brand new Kindles that had been just lately introduced.

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