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Kobo Mini review

A lightweight, pocket-sized ereader
Wed Nov 28 2012, 18:15

Product Kobo Mini
Specifications 5in E Ink 600x800 200ppi touchscreen display with seven font styles and 24 font sizes, 800MHz processor, 2GB internal storage, WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, microUSB port, one month battery life with WiFi turned off, Kobo Cloud support, supports EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RFT, CBZ and CBR files, available in black or white with three interchangeable backs available in ruby, purple, and teal, 102x133x10m, 134g
Price £59.99

WITH THE RISE of the ereader, it's only to be expected that people will want smaller, lighter and more portable versions so they can be shoved into pockets or dropped into small bags when on the go.

kobo mini ereader front view

Japanese ebook firm Kobo aimed to address this when it launched three variations of its new touch screen enabled ereaders in September, one of which was the Kobo Mini - a device that claims to be the world's smallest and lightest ereader.

A word of caution: if, after reading this review, you're keen to get a Kobo Mini for Christmas, get your order in soon. WHSmith is currently selling the portable ereader for a reduced price of £49.99 on its website. Hurry though, as the deal is set to end this week.

Design and build
The Kobo Mini is nothing special to look at, as it has a very simple, clean and quite dull appearance. Kobo has played it safe as it doesn't make any statements design wise, but it should fit in with any other devices you might use alongside it and it has interchangeable back covers so that you can alter the colour of the back if you want to customise it a little.

kobo mini ereader side view

The upside to the Kobo Mini design is its weight. At just 134g it's super light and as a result you won't really notice it's in your bag. It does feel a little cheap as a result, and not really worth the £60 it costs. Though small enough to fit in most pockets, the Kobo Mini is probably a little too wide to do so comfortably. We'd say it's more made to fit comfortably and unnoticeably in a rucksack, satchel or handbag, or a larger coat pocket.

kobo mini ereader back view

However, it's sized well to fit in one hand and the plastic it is made from has a  smooth texture to it, making it pleasurable to hold. At 10mm thick, we think it could be a little thinner, as this would give it a slightly more premium feel, but overall it's built pretty well, feeling sturdy enough to withstand the types of knocks it might incur when transporting it.


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