Kobo Arc is the only premium eReader on the market. Designed for the discerning reader, Kobo Arc offers a completely immersive reading experience and the most paper-like E Ink display*. Get lost in your favourite eBooks thanks to Kobo Arc's advanced, high-resolution, extra-large screen and elegant, inspired design. For readers who want the best, Kobo Arc is your eReader of choice. I was recently sent a Kobo Arc to review. I already have
a different eBook reader which I use, although I still find myself reaching for
the traditional paperback to curl up with at night and so was wondering how
often I would actually use the Kobo Arc during my two week testing period. I
found myself using the unit every night to check into social media sites before
I read a few chapters of my book. It was a lot more convenient to use to do a
little surfing or checking emails than using my laptop.
When I received the unit I was immediately surprised how
light the unit was – it weighed little more than my own eBook readers,
surprisingly a lot lighter than my husband’s tablet. It is very sleek in
design, with inbuilt speakers. I was able to hold it comfortably in one hand (I
have quite small hands). The screen is a reasonable size, larger than my
existing reader, although smaller than many tablets – however when using the unit
it was easy to hold, fitting in the palm of my hand and easy to hold between
thumb and outstretched little finger. It would fit easily into everyday
handbags or laptop cases, although I would have to use it within an additional
cover/case to protect the screen from accidental damage.
When turning on the unit I was able to easily set it up for
home Wi-Fi access, enabling me to access the Kobo bookstore to fill up the reader
with newly released books at reasonable prices, however I did not see as many
offers and cheap prices as on other eBook stores. I have, in the past, bought a number of books
from Amazon and was able to also download these to the reader using the Amazon
Kindle App available from Play Store.
There is also a taste app which, through a number of trial book
selections, will suggest future reading when looking for a next book to read.
Arc takes E Ink clarity to the next level. Clarity Screen+ delivers an
incredibly crisp, clear reading experience because with a 1440 x 1080
resolution and 265 dpi, it's the best E Ink screen on the market.* Enjoy a
completely glare-free eReading experience anytime, and rest assured that your
eReader's screen is durable in the face of scratches and drops
Thanks to seamless page turns,
automatic bookmarks, adjustable fonts, and text so razor sharp you can throw
away your glasses, Kobo Arc offers an unrivalled reading experience.
I spent many evenings reading books on the unit. I found the
screen easy to read and really liked the E ink display which was very clear and
caused no eye strain or tiredness when reading for hours on end. It is also
possible to select one of many different fonts to read a chosen book in, which
I have not seen on other eReaders. It was easy to read in both sunshine and
dull weather, with no glare on the screen from the sun or artificial lighting.
I also do a lot of cross stitch and I was able to email my
working chart to the tablet and then read the pattern from there instead of
having flimsy paper copies spread out on the settee. The charts were in both
colour and black and white and were easy to read on the screen – I could also
zoom in on complicated parts to ensure correct stitching.
Comfort Light is a breakthrough front-light
that's perfect for reading in any lighting condition. The revolutionary Comfort
Light is incredibly even and adjustable for a beautifully lit night-time
reading experience. And because ComfortLight illuminates the page, rather than
emitting light outward toward your eyes, you'll enjoy a truly comfortable read.
I found that I was able to read easily during the evenings
and did not need to turn on other lights when it went dark, therefore not
disturbing others who were watching television while I was reading at night.
Quirky additions included giving how much of book had been
read in both % and pages remaining, also there was a ‘reading time’ clock and
time remaining clock shown on main screen for selected book.
I was also able to access Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter on
the unit. There is a full QWERTY keyboard accessible via the touch screen and
it was easy to both read and make posts/tweets.
Surfing the internet was also very easy – with websites
loading quickly and it was easy to navigate around the sites.
My husband was able to use the unit to take photos and had a
good time manipulating the photos using the software already installed. I must
admit I didn’t realise that there was a camera on the Kobo and had not tried
this, it was not clearly evident from the screens but once found it was easy to
use and to post photos directly to twitter and/or Facebook. The clarity of the
photographs was very clear.
I was also able to install apps on the unit for many of the
current popular games: Candy Crush and Logo Quiz were two that I tried. It was
easy to play both games and the graphics looked crisp and defined throughout.
One point which my husband made was that there were only two
screens for adding short cuts etc – however with the making of Tapestries
possible (see below) this enabled more ‘screens’ to be utilised.
Kobo Arc has staying power. Kobo Arc’s battery
can stand up to 10 hours of reading or two weeks on standby.
The Arc was charged from flat in about four hours and
although the battery life is stated at up to ten hours reading time, this was
greatly reduced when surfing the internet or playing games. However I was able
to use the tablet for a couple of hours
surfing and then an hour or two’s reading before having to put it back on
Kobo’s exclusive interface, Tapestries, allows you
to organize your content thematically and pin media you find interesting into
customized groups. Tapestries also figures out what you’re interested in, based
on what you’ve pinned and collected, and suggests content that appeals to your
I found this really useful. Very similar to Pinterest, I was
able to surf online bookstores and websites and instantly save images or links
as I wanted to one place. It was easy to set up individual Tapestries for all
of my interests and pin media as I found it. It is also possible to have
Tapestries within Tapestries, therefore meaning lots could be made and stored
on the device, however this could become confusing if there were a number of
Tapestries within Tapestries. If the unit was being used as a family device, it
would have been useful if Tapestries could be password protected to stop
youngsters accessing material not suitable for their young eyes.
Kobo’s built-in front-facing speakers direct sound toward your ears
so you catch every last whisper with incredible clarity. Enhance the audio
experience with SRS TruMedia™*, a feature-rich audio solution tuned
specifically for tablet devices, so each sound cuts through the background din
in full, rich volume. Surround yourself with sound in an incredible, cinematic
I found I was able to listen to music, enabling me to have
music on the go, which was of good quality. I did not watch any movies on the
device but watched short video clips which played clearly and also was of good
In summary – I did like the device and I used it every night
of the two weeks for which I had it on loan. It was nice to be able to check
mail and social media sites without having to get the laptop and on a screen
bigger than my Smartphone. I liked the size of the unit – it was lighter and
smaller than my husband’s tablet, meaning I could hold it in one hand and curl
up with it on the sofa for night time reading and I was very impressed with the
display. My husband likes to watch movies etc at night and I was able to read
without having to have any lights on, disturbing his viewing. However, I am
unsure if I was choosing a unit to buy if it would be a Kobo – due to having
bought many books in Kindle format and Kindle appear to have a larger selection
of books available, and lots more special offers on price.
My children (aged 9 and 11) also had use of the device for a
short time and were able to connect to the internet and play games on it with
no problems incurred. It was just the right size for them to hold too. It would
be a great device to keep in my handbag when I knew we were going to
appointments or where they would be sat around waiting for some time. There was
a selection of children’s books also available in the online store that would have
been suitable for both ages.
I was offered the use of a Kobo Arc device for two weeks
in return for an honest review. Thank you to Cherish PR for sending me the