Kobo Aura H2O Edi­tion 2

Australian T3 - - HYPE -

$239.95, au.kobo­books.com

An­other Kobo ereader? What’s dif­fer­ent this time?

Yes, reg­u­lar read­ers of T3 may have spot­ted our glow­ing re­view of the Kobo Aura One last year. And now, ready for win­ter 2017, Kobo has re­leased the Aura H2O Edi­tion 2. Com­pared to the Aura One, the new­comer is lighter, smaller and more af­ford­able.

Does that mean Kobo has com­pro­mised on the tech side?

The Aura H2O does have a smaller dis­play – 6.8 inches com­pared to the Aura One’s 7.8-inch dis­play – and the bat­tery life is closer to two weeks in­stead of four, but Kobo’s new ereader still has a slew of nice fea­tures. These in­clude a print-qual­ity touch­screen dis­play, a cus­tomis­able read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and on­board stor­age for up to 6,000 ebooks.

Is it suit­able for night­time read­ing?

It is! The Aura H2O uses Com­fortLight PRO tech to re­duce blue-light ex­po­sure and emits an op­ti­mal hue based on when you’re us­ing it. So if you’re read­ing at night, the de­vice au­to­mat­i­cally emits a can­dle­light glow to avoid af­fect­ing your sleep, or wak­ing up any loved ones as they snooze be­side you.

I’m go­ing on hol­i­day soon. Is it pool-side friendly?

The clue is in the name… The Aura H2O has HZO Pro­tec­tion and is wa­ter­proof for up to 60 min­utes when sub­merged in two me­tres of wa­ter, so you can read in the pool (or in the bath) with­out fear of drop­ping it in the wa­ter if you get dis­tracted by your mar­garita.

Cool. When can I buy one?

The Kobo Aura H20 Edi­tion 2 will be avail­able in late July.

POCKET LI­BRARY

Down­load the Kobo app and you can flit be­tween read­ing on the Kobo Aura H2O and on your smart­phone, tablet or desk­top – the app will sync your book­marks so that you can switch be­tween de­vices if needed

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