The brand Kobo, which belongs to Rakuten, follows closely behind Amazon Kindle as the second most popular name in the e-reader sector. Kobo offers a wide range of e-ink devices in different screen sizes that are suitable for all price ranges. In June 2021, we launched the 10.3-inch Kobo Elipsa, which offers a lot of screen space. It is the highest quality device from the brand with outstanding features that are in line with the price range.
You may be wondering if the Kobo Elipsa exists and if it deserves your attention. After all, Kobo has released 16 different e-paper devices so far, of which you can still find plenty at most retailers. What sets the Elipsa apart is its target market. It is very clear that the oversized E Ink tablet is aimed at professionals and wants to be more than just an e-reader.
Since this is Kobo’s first attempt at creating a professional e-note from scratch, the result is not entirely perfect. However, given the brand’s experience and excellent reputation, there are plenty of benefits too. Here are the top 5 reasons to buy a Kobo Elipsa.
1. 10.3 inch screen
For professionals such as journalists, architects, artists or educators, the Kobo Elipsa is just the right size. It has a 10.3-inch E Ink Carta 1200 screen that replicates the form factor of a traditional notepad or notebook. This allows users to write and draw very comfortably. This, of course, improves their performance when sketching or taking notes. The large display also ensures a significantly better reading experience.
There aren’t that many oversized e-notes and e-readers out there, especially in the west. Even when you look at options from big-name companies like Onyx Boox, the competition is generally more expensive. Boyue offers a cheaper solution with the Likebook P10, but the display is 0.3 inches smaller than the Kobo Elipsa.
2. Software experience
As mentioned earlier, Kobo is a big player in the e-reader world. Combine this factor with well over a decade of experience and you will understand its leading position. Kobo has had a long time developing and improving the software aspect of its products. This has helped the company gain a competitive advantage and gain the trust of its users.
Kobo Elipsa offers the complete Kobo experience and offers you a wide variety of functions. The note taking software is fantastic and unique. You get access to the Kobo eBook Store, a wide range of supported file formats, loads of fonts and customizations, quick page turns, and more. We especially love the quick page turning option because it runs so well and doesn’t cause ghosting issues.
3. USB-C connector
With the push to standardize all electronic devices worldwide, it is surprising that many e-readers and digital e-paper notes still have a micro-USB port. Even some of Kobo’s own e-readers have not yet adapted the USB-C standard. Not only does this eliminate the need to carry a separate charging cable for your phone, but it also offers much slower charging speeds.
Fortunately, the Kobo Elipsa has a more modern USB Type-C charging port. This significantly cuts the time it takes to get it back to maximum performance. Plus, you don’t have to take an extra cable with you wherever you go.
4. Kobo pen
It goes without saying that any E-Note device is incomplete with an accompanying pen. While most companies charge one separately, the Kobo Elipsa comes with one in tow. The Elipsa’s capacitive pen is powered by a standard AAA battery that you can easily replace. The Kobo Stylus has a slim aluminum body and two physical buttons.
You can use the pen to edit PDF files, highlight ebooks, take notes, and more. It is the only pen that can work with the Elipsa. You can also use the buttons to control shading and lines. They allow you to delete something and the best part is that it triggers a screen refresh. This will help reduce ghosting and simulate a more natural look and feel for the eraser.
5. Continuous support
Kobo has always been a dedicated company and has provided long-term support for its products. Users can enjoy software updates, bug fixes, and new firmware upgrades for many years. While there is room for improvement, it is almost certain that at some point Kobo will release fixes for the software problems in Elipsa.
This is a very reassuring factor and will keep your investment in the Kobo Elipsa safe. Part of the buying process is having confidence in the product and knowing that you will get your money’s worth while using it. There is no doubt about that at Kobo and it is a solid reason to buy the Elipsa.
Namerah is a freelance technology writer with experience in leading online publications such as Android Central. Passionate about anything tech and gaming related, she has been a Goodreads volunteer librarian since 2011. When not writing, she hunts stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or kills dragons in the land of Skyrim.