Top 5 reasons to buy a Kobo Elipsa


Rakuten-owned brand Kobo closely follows Amazon Kindle as the second most popular name in the e-reader space. Kobo offers a wide range of E Ink devices in different screen sizes that suit all price points. In June 2021, we saw the launch of the 10.3-inch Kobo Elipsa which offers plenty of screen space. It is the most premium device offered by the brand with great features to match the price range.

You may be wondering whether the Kobo Elipsa exists and whether it deserves your attention. After all, Kobo has released 16 different e-paper devices so far, and you can still find a lot of them at most retailers. What sets Elipsa apart is its target market. It is very clear that the oversized E Ink tablet is aimed at professionals and is intended to be more than just an e-reader.

As this is the first time that Kobo has created a professional electronic note from scratch, the result is not entirely perfect. However, there are also plenty of perks given the brand’s stellar experience and reputation. Here are the top 5 reasons to buy a Kobo Elipsa.

1. 10.3 inch screen

For working 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 display that mimics the form factor of a traditional notebook or laptop. This allows users to write and draw very comfortably. Naturally, this improves their performance when sketching or taking notes. The large screen also allows for a much better reading experience.

There aren’t many e-notes and oversized e-readers available on the market, especially in the west. Even if you look at options from notable companies like Onyx Boox, the competition is usually more expensive. Boyue offers a more affordable solution in the Likebook P10 but its screen is 0.3 inches smaller than the Kobo Elipsa.

2. Software experience

Rakuten Kobo Elipsa

As mentioned earlier, Kobo is a big player in the world of e-readers. Add to this factor over a decade of experience and you will understand its leadership position. Kobo has had a lot of time to develop and improve the software aspect of its products. This has helped the company gain competitive advantage and gain the trust of its users.

Kobo Elipsa delivers the full Kobo experience, putting a host of features at your fingertips. The note taking software is fantastic and unique. You get access to the Kobo eBook Store, a wide range of supported file formats, lots of fonts and customizations, quick page switching, and more. We especially like the fast page rotation option because it performs so well and doesn’t cause any ghosting issues.

3. USB-C port

Rakuten Kobo Elipsa

With the drive to standardize all electronic devices globally, it is surprising that many electronic readers and digital paper notes still have a Micro USB port. Even some Kobo e-readers have yet to adapt the USB-C standard. Not only does this add the hassle of carrying a separate charging cable as a phone, it also offers much slower charging speeds.

Fortunately, the Kobo Elipsa has a more modern USB Type-C charging port. This drastically reduces the time it takes to bring it back to full power. It also eliminates the need to carry an extra cable with you wherever you go.

4. Kobo stylus

Rakuten Kobo Elipsa Stylus

It goes without saying that any e-note device is incomplete with an accompanying stylus. While most companies charge for one separately, the Kobo Elipsa comes with one in tow. The Elipsa’s capacitive stylus is powered by a regular AAA battery that you can easily replace. The Kobo Stylus has a sleek aluminum body and two physical buttons on it.

You can use the stylus to edit PDF files, highlight eBooks, take notes, and more. It is the only stylus that can work with the Elipsa. You can also control shades and lines using the buttons. They allow you to erase something and the best part is when you do it triggers a screen refresh. This helps reduce ghosting and simulate a more natural look and feel.

5. Ongoing support

Rakuten Kobo Elipsa

Kobo has always been a dedicated company and provides long-term support for its products. Users can enjoy software updates, bug fixes and new firmware upgrades for many years to come. While there is room for improvement, it’s almost certain that Kobo will eventually release fixes for Elipsa’s software issues.

This is a very reassuring factor and secures your investment in the Kobo Elipsa. Part of the buying process is having confidence in the product and knowing that you are getting what you pay for. With Kobo, there’s no doubt about it, which makes it a solid reason to buy the Elipsa.


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