- Made by: Kobo
- Released: June 24th, 2021
- Predecessor: none
- Languages Supported: English, French, French (Canada), German, Spanish, Spanish (Mexico), Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Turkish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese.
- File Types Supported: ePub, ePub 3, KEPUB, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
One eReader. Endless ideas. Put conventional paper aside and think bigger with an intuitive note-taking experience and an expansive 10.3” touchscreen. Use the Kobo Stylus to make notes in eBooks and PDFs. Plus, you can create your own notebooks, where you can instantly convert your notes to clean typed text, and export them off your device as needed. With 32GB of storage, you'll be able to carry more than your book bag can handle. When you want to listen to a story, enjoy Kobo Audiobooks with Bluetooth wireless technology. And when you're ready for a break, simply close the SleepCover to protect Kobo Elipsa and put it to sleep. Kobo Elipsa is your book, notebook, and bookstore combined, bundled with everything you need to make your ideas a reality. The 10.3-inch e-ink screen is clear and sharp, with hours of fatigue-free reading (unlike a tablet). You can control the brightness using the front lit ComfortLight, but you can't alter the contrast, which is a shame because some ebooks may have lighter text that you'll want to darken up. Unlike some other premium e-readers, you can't alter the warmth of the light either, but you do get a Dark Mode which puts white text on black. This is handy for reading at night in bed without disturbing anyone else in the room. The Elipsa's large display can be viewed in landscape or portrait mode, with the choice of automatic orientation or you can easily lock the display in either orientation. A larger bezel on one side of the device allows easy left- or right-handed use and at 383 grams, it's significantly lighter than the 10.3-inch iPad which is 490 grams. However, most e-readers offering a 6-inch display weigh under 200 grams, so e-reader owners will notice the difference when holding the Elipsa after a few hours of reading. Page turning is as simple as swiping left or right or tapping to move to the next page. You can also tap at the top or bottom of the screen to bring up a table of contents or use a bar to scroll through the pages with your finger or the stylus.
- Screen: 10.3" E Ink Carta 1200 display
- 227 PPI
- 1404 x 1872 resolution
- Dark Mode available.
- Front light: ComfortLight – A one-colour light with adjustable brightness
- Size: 193 x 228 x 8 mm.
- Weight: 383 grams
- SleepCover weight is an additional 345 grams.
- Storage: Internal flash eMMC 32 GB
- RAM: LPDDR4 1 GB
- Processor: Allwinner B300 SoC Quad Core @ 1.8GHz.
- GPU: Mali400 MP2
- eInk Controller: B300+SY7636
- Hall Sensor: TLE4913
- Accelerometer: KX122
- WiFi / Bluetooth Chipset: Realtek RTL8821CS
- Button: Power on/off.
- Stylus: Kobo Stylus. Compatible with third party stylus over MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol)
- Colors: Space Deep Blue
- Customizability:TypeGenius: 12 different fonts and over 50 font styles
- Exclusive font weight and sharpness settings
- Supported formats:16 file formats supported natively (EPUB, EPUB3, KEPUB, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR)
- Kobo Audiobooks: available only in select countries. Bluetooth wireless headphones or speaker required.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/b/g/n, Type-C USB and Bluetooth 4.2.
- Battery Life: 2x1200 mAh (2400 mAh Total), weeks of battery life depending on usage.
- Languages: English, French, French (Canada), German, Spanish, Spanish (Mexico), Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Turkish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese.
- Content: Instant, 24/7 access to Kobo's eBookstore with over 6 million titles.
- Library access via built-in OverDrive access in select regions.
- Dropbox file sharing.
- Adobe Digital Editions enabled.
- Pocket integration.
- Sideloading capable.
The Elipsa stylus, included in the package, allows you to mark up pages on your ebooks, PDFs and also create your own work. It works well and recognises the pressure you apply when you want to adjust your writing stroke.
You can draw on graph paper, a bullet journal background, lines, or a blank page, and individual pages can be organised in larger 'notebooks', Plus, you can create your own hand-written graphs, equations and notes, and have the content converted to text, illustrations and equations to export as a PDF.
We found the graph feature was very effective when simply drawing horizontal or vertical lines and writing numbers or letters on either axis, but the text conversion success was variable. You probably won't get 100% accuracy if you simply scribble all over the page.
The Elipsa also offers good PDF support for hyperlinks, table of contents and bookmarks, but all of the markups and notes can only be saved to the e-reader until you export a finished document. This inability to export a work in progress document with any of the annotations or comments limits the effectiveness of the Elipsa as a collaborative tool. Think of the Elipsa as a large e-reader with the ability to share finished documents rather than a collaboration tool.
Dropbox sharing is easy to set up and you can use your existing account or sign up on the spot. Dropbox is a good way to sync PDFs in one common virtual folder.