Kobo Glo review

Wi-Fi, an e-ink screen and EPUB compatibility on Kobo's Kindle Paperwhite rival

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By the end of 2012 we expect virtually all e-ink screened e-readers to come with an optional backlight, but for now the Kobo Glo is one of few such devices ripe for a gloomy winter's night.

We liked

Being able to read EPUB files without conversion - as is needed on a Kindle - is a boon for prolific readers, while the highly customisable fonts are wonderfully exact, as is that soft and subtle ComfortLight.

We disliked

Not being able to email documents to the Kobo Glo, as is possible with a Kindle, takes a bit of the gloss from an otherwise highly versatile device.

Final verdict

The ComfortLight is perfectly executed at the first time of asking on the Kobo Glo, and makes a great option on an e-reader whose all-round quality and versatility comes at the price of occasionally needing a computer.

A top quality reading experience awaits; stuff it in a Christmas stocking and watch a loved one's face light up - literally... though they probably won't talk to you for the rest of the day.

Also consider

In terms of backlit e-readers, the Kobo Glo currently has two serious rivals - the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and Barnes & Noble Nook SimpleTouch GlowLight.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Text Reader
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card
Colour SupportGreyscale
Brand NameKobo
Battery Run Time55 Hour
Product LineGlo
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Display Resolution1024 x 768
Graphic ModeXGA
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeE Ink
Text FormatsePub, PDF, TXT, HTML, RFT
Height157 mm
Width114 mm
Depth10 mm
ColourSilver Star
Image FormatsJPEG, PNG, GIF, TIF
ManufacturerKobo, Inc
Product NameGlo Digital Text Reader
Processor Speed1 GHz
Manufacturer Part NumberN613-KBO-S
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.koboereader.com
Marketing Information

Kobo Glo is the best, even, adjustable, no-glare front-lit eReader. Read comfortably any time of day.

Kobo Glo's revolutionary ComfortLight illuminates the screen with a soft, adjustable glow so you can read any eBook any time of day under the perfect light - no lamp required.

Because Kobo Glo's advanced high-res XGA Pearl E Ink screen doesn't use a glass overlay for its front light technology, there's never any glare, even in the brightest sunlight. And, with TypeGenius, you can create your own ideal reading experience by choosing from a selection of adjustable fonts - including a new, exclusive Kobo font designed by typography experts.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Host InterfaceMicro USB
Weight (Approximate)185 g