Kobo’s launching a brand new 10.3-inch E Ink e-reader and writing system, the Kobo Elipsa 2E, on April nineteenth. The brand new Kindle Scribe and Onyx Boox Nova Air C rival will retail for $399.99 and comes with an upgraded stylus that you should utilize to jot down straight on the pages of ebooks and paperwork.
These desirous to get their arms on Kobo’s newest e-reader can preorder it from Kobo beginning at the moment. As an added incentive, the Rakuten-owned Kobo’s throwing in a $25 Kobo e-gift card for patrons preordering the system within the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
On paper, the Kobo Elipsa 2E seems to be a minor improve from its predecessor, the Kobo Elipsa. They each promote for $399 bundled with a stylus, although solely the unique Elipsa throws in an included cowl. The 2 e-readers additionally provide 10.3-inch glare-free shows with built-in tech to reduce blue gentle publicity together with Bluetooth help. Each moreover sport 32GB of storage and might convert handwriting to typed textual content. They each combine with cloud providers so you may export notes as nicely and, sadly, neither system is waterproof.
Nonetheless, the Elipsa 2E does include an upgraded stylus and different enhancements that ought to present “a greater and sooner writing expertise,” or so Kobo claims. For one, the redesigned Kobo Stylus 2 magnetically attaches to the Kobo Elipsa 2E. It’s additionally rechargeable, which suggests it doesn’t include AAA batteries that you’d beforehand need to preserve changing. In the meantime, the eraser is positioned on the again now, versus nearer to the tip close to the spotlight button, for extra intuitive use.
As well as, annotations will now all the time be seen even when customers change settings like font dimension or web page structure. Earlier than, altering web page structure settings would conceal annotations inside an icon you’d need to click on on to view, so this new replace will save customers an additional step. Different enhancements embrace an easier-to-search built-in pocket book characteristic in addition to longer battery life it says “ought to final weeks,” although we’ll have to check it ourselves to see if this declare holds true.
Like the brand new Kobo Clara 2E, the e-reader can be extra eco-friendly as part of Kobo’s bigger objective to cut back its environmental footprint. The e-reader, for instance, is now constructed from over 85 % recycled plastic, with 10 % from ocean plastic. In the meantime, the brand new Kobo Elipsa 2E SleepCover — which places the e-reader to sleep when closed — is constructed from over 97 % recycled plastic.
Together with the Elipsa 2E, Kobo additionally introduced the launch of its personal tackle Amazon’s Kindle Limitless, the Kobo Plus service, within the US at the moment. The three-tier subscription grants members entry to over one million ebooks and a whole bunch of hundreds of audiobooks beginning at $7.99 monthly.