Excellent as well reMarkable writing experience is, the device is large, expensive, has no e-book store and no backlit screen. With its new $ 260 Sage, the Kobo presents a smaller and cheaper e-note that is still a great e-reader with access to the large Kobo e-store and the added plus of being able to enjoy audio books with wireless headphones.
Earlier this year, Kobo introduced his 10.3-inch Ellipse, the company’s first e-note tablet. It was essentially a larger version of Kobo Libre with the addition of a pen, but without buttons to turn the page of a smaller e-reader, and a basic backlit screen that could not be adjusted to the color temperature. Although priced at the same price as the reMarkable 2 priced at $ 400, Elipsa did not offer a solid writing experience, making it difficult to sell.
The new Kobo sage is a more interesting alternative to both Ellipse and re-tagging. Priced at $ 260, plus another $ 40 for the non-included Kobo Stylus, Sage will offer the same experience as Ellipse-recording, drawing, as well as the ability to tag e-books and digital files like PDFs, but at a smaller and lighter device with 8-inch display E Ink. Unlike most currently available e-note devices, the Sage looks like it will double as a very good e-reader, with a pair of side-turn buttons with a slight edge on the edge that should make it easier to hold the device with one hand.
His 8-inch E Ink Carta 1200 screen has a resolution of 1440 x 1920 at 300 ppi which should be easy on the eyes (less jagmatization and aliasing), and includes Kobo’s “ComfortLight Pro“Function, what the company calls the ability of the headlight to adjust between cold and warm color temperatures, depending on the time of day when you use the device. You can’t expand 32 GB of Kobo Sage’s built-in memory with a microSD card, which is unfortunate, but it has a USB-C port for charging and syncing, and the tablet transmits over Kobo Libre’s IPX8 waterproofing, allowing it to survive up to an hour in two meters of water.
Also new to Kobo devices in general is the addition of Bluetooth, which allows you to enjoy audio books downloaded from the Kobo bookstore with the use of wireless headphones.
The optional $ 50 SleepCover foil case will be available in light green and black, but if you opt for the Kobo Stylus, the $ 80 PowerCover sounds like a more useful alternative. It works similar to the SleepCover, protects the screen and automatically wakes / puts the sage to sleep when the lid is opened / closed, but also includes a pen storage compartment and an extra battery on the back to extend the life of the Sage 1,200. The internal mAh battery can go between charges.
In addition to Sage, today Kobo presents a new version of its waterproof e-reader, Libra 2. Kobo promises faster performance than e-reader 7-inch E Ink Carta 1200 touch screen, but the resolution remains the same at 1,264 x 1,680, as well as ComfortLight Pro color temperature adjustment. The Kobo Libra 2 still boasts IPX8 waterproofness, as does the Sage, as well as 32GB of built-in non-expandable memory, but with a slightly larger 1500 mAh battery.
The optional $ 40 SleepCover case will be available in slightly different colors than the original Libra, but the biggest reasons to upgrade to the new version are charging and syncing via USB-C instead of microUSB, as well as Bluetooth support so , as with the new Sage, audio books downloaded from the Kobo bookstore can be listened to through a pair of wireless headphones. This is not a necessary upgrade for existing Libra users who stick to e-books, but for those looking for their first e-reader, $ 180 Kobo Libra 2 sounds like a a better alternative to all new Kindles which were recently announced.
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