Kobo Libra 2 REVIEW: Best ereader display?
The Kobo Libra 2 is positioned in roughly the same segment as the Kindle Oasis. It has a 7 inch ink screen and an asymmetrical design with page turn buttons. However, with around 180 US Dollars its significantly cheaper than the competition from Amazon, and it actually shows in the used materials and the build quality, the cobal Libra 2 is made out of plastic and you can immediately feel the difference to the more expensive Kindle Oasis when Picking it up, it simply feels cheaper, which it is. The main reason for that is the hard plastic cover on the back. The toolino vision 6, which is the sibling from the toolino alliance in Germany, mostly uses the same materials except on the back side, where the toolino model is using rubber rest, higher quality plastic and feels much nicer to the touch. The back cover of the Libra 2 is also the reason why the build quality doesnt feel as good as it could, because the plastic cover tends to make a cracking noise here and there its not too frequent, but I definitely notice it in everyday use other than That the Libra 2 feels sturdy and less well in the hand. The asymmetrical design has been refined from the previous model, which is most obvious on the smoother edges and more rounded Corners that makes the cobal Libra 2 Pleasant to use. Although its haptics are not as great as on the pocketbook era, which I recently reviewed, although I dont use them all the time, the patreon buttons are welcome addition in comparison to all the e readers which typically didnt have any they are reachable very easily and make Reading more comfortable, however, the pressure points of the buttons are not great, where the buttons are closest to each other.
It is quite hard to press them its not that big of a deal, but the Kindle Oasis shows how it can be done better with much more. Even pressure points lets have a look at display quality. The cover Libra 2 uses an ink Carter 1200 screen, which is currently the best ink technology. In terms of contrast, levers, its the same technology, the Kindle Paperwhite uses, thanks to a resolution of 300 PPI text and UI elements are sharp and crisp. But this is not just the result of the resolution, but also because of the absolutely gorgeous contrast levers as well. Theres really no other way of putting it. The Kobo Libra 2 has one of the best contrast levers on an e reader of all time, without overstating it its especially obvious when using the inbuilt light. Turning it on makes the screen background lighter, but the text still presents itself with deep legs that makes screen content really pop and a pleasure to read. I will compare the Kobo Libra 2 to its direct competitors in future videos. So dont forget to subscribe to the channel to not miss those follow up comparisons. The great impression on the contrast levers is emphasized by the equally excellent lighting quality, even though the Libra 2 is using an asymmetrical design which is generally more prone to irregularities. The light distribution is very even there are really no complaints from outside and Im very sensitive to the lighting quality, as irregularities tend to distract me every time I see them.
Obviously, youll also get a color temperature adjustment, which I can also only say good things about. Cobo managed to pick the red color temperatures for both the cold and warm LEDs to mix a very clean, looking white lead, which I love using during the day and at night, you can switch to a saturated orange light setting which helps with not interrupting sleep patterns And tends to reduce aspirin even more so all in all the display of the COBOL Libra 2 is great and still holds up very well one year after its launch. The only two other e readers that are currently on the same high level are the Kindle paperwork and the toolino version. 6.. If I had to name one thing, I change its that the screen is recessed into the body when not using a cover dust builds up over time and it tends to sit on the edges of the screen with a flash screen. There are no such problems. I was always a fan of the cowboy use interface and that hasnt changed over the years. The user interference is pretty minimalistic and looks very clean. However, what I dislike about covers approach is the need to connect to the internet and create a new user account to use the device, really not a big fan of being forced in doing that, but thats. The way Kobo has been doing it since the beginning. Kobo. Also has been pushing shop contents onto the home screen a bit more aggressively over the last few years, which reminds me a lot of Amazon.
Its still okay, in my opinion, but makes the home screen definitely a bit more cluttered than it used to be. The Kobo Libra 2 has the reputation of being a slow e reader. I can somewhat confirm this, but wouldnt say its annoyingly slow. Yes, its a bit slower than other current models because it uses an older chipset, but overall responsiveness was still totally okay, especially inside a book. Theres, really nothing to complain about. Only when navigating the I quickly you might need to slow down a bit on the plus side is the long battery life. The 1500 milliamps battery delivers ink worthy run times of several weeks. Of course, this depends on the users reading and listening habits, which brings us to the next Point audiobooks same as Amazon and others. Kobo has been pushing audiobook support on the e readers for the last Generations. The Kobo Libra 2 can play audiobooks via Bluetooth speakers or headphones. There is no inbuilt speaker lag on the pocketbook error. The system is heavily built around kobos audiobook offering, but actually also allows you to site load, audiobooks and music onto the Libra 2.. However, doing so will not use the main audiobooks app, but a secondary audio player which does its job, but doesnt look really nice. The user interface is just a bunch of links on the screen. So keep this in mind if you intend to use the cover label tool for audiobooks, you didnt directly, Buy in the Kobo store.
The library offers a few different filtering and sorting options and also series and collections. Those can be used with calibra tags as well. After sending it up for Kobo notes can be graded, with a long press on the screen on a single word or by selecting more text with swiping your finger over the text. The note is then pinned to the text you selected When selecting a single word. The dictionary is shown in a small window where you have the option to directly switch between available dictionaries. There are quite a few explanatory and translation dictionaries available and pretty much all of them come from reputable sources. They tend to work well but same as on pocketbook. The sometimes only recognize infinitive words, but it happens less often. In my experience, the only downside is that the translation dictionaries are mostly only available to and from English. You can also quickly look up a word in Wikipedia or Google it the browser that is being used for that is also available in the beta section of the device, its actually in beta. Since I first tested the Kobo iridum more than 10 years ago, I think which is hilarious and sad. At the same time, the browser itself is okay for a quick track, but nothing amazing and certainly not as fast as on other e readers text. Styling has always been a strong suit of Kobo e readers, which allows users to make many adaptions on how text looks on the page font, size, font, weight, land spacing and Page martyrians can be changed with sliders, which allow for very personalized text stylings.
If you intend to not buy eBooks from Kobo, but instead want to copy your own epub files onto the Libra tool, I recommend converting them to K epub files with caliber. First epub files generally work well, but sometimes can have styling problems depending on what saved. In the file, while text styling options are great PDF options really arent. It basically comes down to pinch to zoom and thats it navigating PDF files Works generally okay, but it isnt one of the Libra tools strong points, although even small text is readable without major problems. Thanks to the 300 PPI display, I wouldnt recommend in getting the Libra 2 for reading PDFs theres, just too little support there. The ebook store is accessible directly via the Discover menu item, which I always find a bit confusing. Why not just name it shop or store the shop itself follows the same design language as the rest of the UI and actually looks like its part of the system. Its easy to use offers granular filtering options by Stromae and has a useful search function with live search. So you can see that results directly, while typing international buyers should keep in mind that the audiobook section in the store and also the filter in the library are reach unlocked. So, while the basic functionality is there, the audiobook section in the shop is missing in certain countries to see if your return is affected, check out the Kobo website and see if the audiobooks navigation item is missing or not.
One thing I need to mention is the software stability of the Cobra Libra 2.. The e reader doesnt have the best reputation in that regard on mobile read. Quite a few people have been complaining about UI freezes and crashes. The problems seem to come from Global, using different Hardware components, which is not unusual for any consumer electronics device. However, in case of the Libra 2, it seems to sometimes cause problems. Kobo seems to have revised the hardware design, at least once since the launch and newer devices should be less prone to those mentioned problems, but even with old ones. Not everybody has problems, and even though the issues seem to be Hardware, related Kobo is working on fixing them with firmware updates. Some people have reported complete or almost complete resolution of problems with different updates lucky. For me, I personally only had an issue once when I connected the e reader to my PC and it was connecting to my Wi Fi at the same moment that crashed the Kobo Libra 2. But that was it never happened again and it has been running stable. Ever since its still something you should keep in mind when thinking about purchasing the Libra 2., if your tolerance for software issues is low, you might want to look somewhere else or only purchase the device where you can return it without a problem. As someone who is super sensitive about contrast, levers and lighting quality of the screen, the Kobo Libra 2 is currently one of my favorite e readers even a year after its launch.
I still love to pick it up. To read something text simply looks amazing, since I was also not affected by the reported software problems May overall experience with the Kobo Libra 2 has been very good as a pure reading device. That is because, as a PDF viewer, the Libra 2 isnt really a good pick. Despite having a high res 7 inch display side, loading, audiobooks and music isnt the greatest experience either. But at least you have the option to do so. Kindle doesnt have that, and last but not least, I dont love the haptics of the Kobo Libra 2.. The hot plastic cover feels so cheap that it actually annoys me even to this day, so I recommend in using a color, so the bottom line is this get the global report tool. If you want the best display quality you can get at the moment, but be prepared to compromise on the mentioned, points also make sure to watch my review of the pocketbook error, which is in the same size and price segment, but offers much more comprehensive software options.