Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Kobo Aura One (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 342 reviews of Kobo Aura One (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and size. The usability and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the price. There are some mixed opinions about the performance.

screen, portability, usability, size, durability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Aura One (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 342 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 342 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 10 of 342 Show Reviews: in English | from other countries

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Malarie Gokey (

Kobo Aura One review


Big screen is sharp and crisp ; Supports any ebook format ; Long battery life ; Night mode eliminates blue light ; Waterproof

No page turning buttons ; Pricey

I thought ebook readers couldn’t get any better than Amazon’s Kindle Oasis, but Kobo’s Aura One has beaten the former best. You’ll still prefer the Oasis if you’re deeply embedded in Amazon’s Kindle ebook system, but if you don’t, the Aura One is...

Expert review by : Séamus Bellamy (

Rakuten Kobo Aura One Limited Edition Review: Keeping up with the Kindles isn't easy


Rakuten Kobo's Aura One Limited Edition e-reader wants to compete with the Kindle Oasis, with 32GB of storage and a few new software tricks up its sleeve. While it isn't quite up to the task, it still has a lot to offer certain readers.

Large, bright screen is perfect for reading graphic content ; 32GB of storage makes uploading large files to the device feel less cramped ; Access to OverDrive library service ; Excellent Pocket integration

Expensive for a device that brings little new to the table ; Screen lighting blurs text at higher illumination levels ; Build quality unimpressive compared to that of similarly priced Amazon hardware

When the Kobo Aura One was released in 2016, with its large, bright display and exclusives like Pocket and OverDrive integration, it had the potential to be a Kindle-killer. It was a flagship device that cost less and arguably did more than Amazon’s...

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Timothy Torres (

Kobo Aura One


The Kobo Aura One is a solid waterproof ebook reader with an extra large display.

Big, bright screen. Adaptive backlight. Waterproof. Supports EPUB files. 8GB of internal storage.

Pricey. Screen has slightly shadowy edges. Lacks memory card slot.

Kobo Store and Conclusions The Kobo store is home to more than four million titles, including magazines and newspapers. In a random comparison, every major title I searched for was available from both Amazon and Kobo. Books are generally cheaper...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by (

Kobo Aura One review


The best replacement yet for your tired old paperbacks

A screen as big as a paperback book ; Clever lighting, which won't keep you up at night ; Your new waterproof bathtime companion

You can't buy your books from Amazon ; That bigger screen means more to lug around

The best ereader yet and it's not a Kindle, which is arguably its only downside

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : James Peckham (

Kobo Aura One review


Bigger doesn't always mean better

Larger, beautiful screen ; Interesting night time reading idea ; Waterproof design

Hard to hold ; Expensive for some ; Lacking Amazon's store

The Aura One is one of the best premium ereader devices, but a larger screen on a Kobo may not be for everyone.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : David Price (

Kobo Aura One review


We review the Kobo Aura One, a large-screen eReader with exceptional water-resistance and good night-time reading features

The price might seem off-putting at first (after all, it's possible to get a Kindle for a third of the price, if you're willing to put up with 'special offers', or £70 if you're not) but there's plenty here to justify the expense.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Séamus Bellamy (

Kobo Aura One Review: A big e-reader full of big ideas


E-readers are seldom exciting. They don't take big leaps forward, but are typically updated and improved on in baby steps. Occasionally, something like the Kobo Aura One comes along, offering enough tweaks and smart upgrades to make a few waves. It has...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Séamus Bellamy (

Kobo Aura One Review: A big e-reader full of big ideas


The latest Kobo is a waterproof, feature-packed monster.

Highly water resistant (rated IPX8) ; Large display and editable typefaces make for enjoyable reading ; 8GB of onboard storage ; Lightweight for its size

Uneven, hazy backlighting ; No microSD card slot ; Some users will find it to be too large

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Kobo Aura One review


Instead of going small with its new top-of-the-line e-reader , Kobo, now owned by online retailer Rakuten , has gone big. The Aura One ($230 in the US, £190 in the UK and AU$350 in Australia) sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that's significantly larger...

The Kobo Aura One sports a 7.8-inch e-ink display that's significantly larger than the 6-inch e-ink displays found on all of Amazon's Kindle e-readers, it's waterproof, has an integrated light and built-in support for Overdrive library book loans.

Fairly pricey, may be a little too large for some people's hands and Kobo's content ecosystem can't match Amazon's.

The Kobo Aura One may not make you want to ditch your Kindle, but it does have some differentiating features that make it worth considering if you are in search of a non-Amazon e-reader.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by (

Kobo Aura One review: A great Kindle alternative


With its massive display and excellent blue light filter, the Kobo Aura One is the perfect eReader for reading at night

The Kobo Aura One may have its downsides, but this is still one of the best Kindle competitors we’ve seen in recent years. Its ComfortLight Pro feature goes one better than the Kindle Voyage’s ambient light sensor and its waterproof protection means...

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications


Built-in Camera: No


Colour of product:Black
On/off switch:Y


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Backlight display: Yes
Colour : Yes
Display diagonal:19.8
Display Resolution:1872 x 1404
Technology:E Ink Carta
Touchscreen: Yes


Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, FRE, ITA, POR, TUR
Menu languages:DEU, DUT, ENG, FRE, ITA, POR, TUR

File formats

Document formats supported:CBR, CBZ, HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXT, ePub
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, MJPEG, PNG


Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:512
Internal RAM type:DDR2
Internal storage capacity:8
Memory capacity (e-books):6000
RAM capacity:512

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Headphone Out: No
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n


Battery life (max):730.4
Power source type:Battery


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor frequency:1

Weight & Dimensions

Height :195.1