The new Kobo Aura H20: An eReader that’s perfect for your travels

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Do you take traditional paperback books when you travel or are you an eReader devotee? Whichever camp you sit in, you may want to check out the Kobo Aura H20. This latest eReader in the Rakuten Kobo range was up for grabs at the BeachBookReady Pop-up Beach in London this summer. And I’ve been using it for the last few months to see if I really can ditch the paperback and join the eReader-loving tribe.

Here’s what I’ve decided.

The Kobo Aura H20 eReader : is it any good?

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It’s won me over with how light and compact it is

When the eReader first arrived, I was really taken aback at just how light it was. At 210g, it’s only a tiny bit lighter than an iPhone 6. And with neat dimensions of 129 x 172 x 8.9mm, it’s dinky enough to pop it in your handbag to use on the go – which I did when I took a five-hour train journey to Edinburgh this summer.

It’s far more convenient than lugging great big books in your suitcase (which means more space for shoes) and when you’re lying in bed or on the beach, you don’t get arm ache if you hold it above you. If you’re into your lengthy Game of Thrones type books, you’re going to save weight and space. Winner.

Using the Kobo Aura eReader on the train

It’s very easy on the eyes

I don’t enjoy reading off an iPhone for longer than a few minutes. It just feels so unnatural to read off such a tiny screen. It strains the eyes and we all know the blue light can cause everything from headaches to insomnia. So, it was a relief to know that the Kobo Aura H20 has an inbuilt ComfortLight PRO which basically reduces the blue-light exposure throughout the day. So I’ve been happily using it to read in bed without the fear that it’s going to disturb my sleep patterns. When you’re reading it in bright sunshine, it will adapt the screen brightness automatically too.


You can personalise your reading experience

Imagine if you had the choice of font when you bought a paperback book. It sounds crazy, right? But this is one of the things you can personalise on the Kobo Aura H20. It may sound like an unnecessary luxury, but perhaps you’re a san serif kinda gal, or maybe you’re feeling a bit tired and you feel like reading a nice size 16 font that’s easier on the eyes. There are 50 font sizes and 11 font styles. Plus, there are all sorts of other features – you can adjust the margin size, brightness, sharpness, colour temperatures and lighting setting. So you can achieve the perfect reader experience that’s right for you.

Holding the Aura eReader

The battery lasts for ages (and I mean ages)

I’m so used to having to take laptop and phone chargers with me wherever I go. So it was so refreshing to have a device that didn’t need charging every few hours. In fact, I can honestly say I had the Kobo Aura H20 for at least a month before I needed to charge it. OK, so I didn’t use it every day, but the battery life is brilliant, which immediately scores points with me.

The fact it’s waterproof is genius

As the name suggests, the Kobo Aura H20 is waterproof. Yes WATERPROOF. And while I haven’t been brave enough to submerge it in water to find out, I am assured that if you dunked it in water, there would be no damage done at all.

Thanks to this genius feature, I’ve been using my Kobo Aura H20 in the bath. And while I have a few weeks to go before I’m off on another exotic trip, I would definitely use it while kicking back in the pool on my flamingo inflatable without fear of it going kaput (I don’t have a flamingo inflatable but you know what I’m saying).

Using the Kobo Aura eReader on the train

The all-round reading experience is a winner

I could throw in a few more techy facts (for example, the 8GB storage which stores up to 6,000 eBooks, the Freescale SoloLite processor which ensures a super speedy page turn and the 265ppi E-Ink touchscreen display) but put simply, you have a device that provides a really nice overall reading experience.

It turns out, I quite like eReaders after all…

So while I don’t read anywhere near the amount of books some of you bookworms do, there’s something about this device that – dare I say it – is making me read more regularly.

Don’t get me wrong, I will never abandon the good old fashioned paperback. But it’s handy, it’s convenient and it’s brilliant for taking on your travels. Yep, the Kobo eReader H20 gets this travel writer’s vote.

The Kobo Aura eReader retails at £149.99. For more information, head over to the Rakuten Kobo website and follow them on twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Do you use eReaders when you travel? Are you a fan or are you a loyal paperback lover? Let me know!

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