As glorious because the reMarkable’s writing expertise is, the gadget is massive, pricy, lacks an 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 wonderful e-reader with entry to the expansive Kobo book retailer and the added plus of having 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 fundamental illuminated display screen that lacked shade temperature changes. Though priced the identical because the reMarkable 2 at $400, the Elipsa didn’t provide as strong a writing expertise, which made it a troublesome promote.
The brand new Kobo Sage is a extra fascinating 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 provide the identical expertise because the Elipsa does—note-taking, drawing, in addition to the flexibility to markup ebooks and digital information like PDFs—however on a smaller and lighter gadget with an 8-inch E Ink show. In contrast to most e-note units at the moment obtainable, 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 simple 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 shade 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 normally is the addition of Bluetooth, permitting audiobooks downloaded from the Kobo e book retailer to be loved utilizing a pair of wi-fi headphones.
An non-obligatory $50 folio-style SleepCover case will probably be obtainable in mild inexperienced and black, however should you go for the Kobo Stylus, an $80 PowerCover seems like a extra helpful various. It features just like the SleepCover, defending the display screen and mechanically waking/sleeping the Sage when the lid is opened/closed, but additionally features a place to retailer the stylus, and a further battery on the again that can lengthen how lengthy the Sage’s 1,200 mAh inside battery can go between prices.
Alongside the Sage, at this time Kobo can be introducing a brand new model of its waterproof e-reader, the Libra 2. Kobo is promising quicker 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 shade temperature changes. The Kobo Libra 2 nonetheless boasts an IPX8 waterproof score, the identical because the Sage, in addition to 32GB of non-expandable onboard storage, however with a barely bigger 1,500 mAh battery.
An non-obligatory $40 SleepCover case will probably be obtainable in barely completely different colours than had been obtainable for the unique Libra, however the largest causes to improve to the brand new model are charging and syncing by means of USB-C as an alternative of microUSB, in addition to Bluetooth help in order that, like with the brand new Sage, audiobooks downloaded from the Kobo e book retailer could be listened to by means of a pair of wi-fi headphones. It’s not essentially a must have improve for current Libra customers who stick with ebooks, however for these searching for their first e-reader, the $180 Kobo Libra 2 seems like a higher various to all the brand new Kindles that had been not too long ago introduced.