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Kobo Elipsa 2E review: Big reader

Kobo Elipsa 2E review: Big reader

Kobo Elipsa 2E

If you like taking notes, then the huge 10-inch Kobo Elipsa 2E could be for you. Besides being an ebook reader, the Elipsa 2E also comes with a stylus for note-taking. That means you can highlight text on your documents, scribble on books, or jot down notes in the My Notebooks app. Like the Clara 2E, it's made of recycled plastic, and is hence environmentally friendly.

Quick specs

  • 10.3-inch E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen (227ppi)
  • 32GB
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C
  • 390g
  • Supported file formats (EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR)

Compared to the smaller Libra or Clara readers, the Elipsa is huge. It certainly takes some getting used to. But I used to read my ebooks on the iPad Pro, so it didn't take me long. You can use the ebook reader in portrait or landscape mode, and you can lock the orientation. I do note that when you turn it on, it doesn't automatically rotate to how you're holding it up. You kind of need to give it a little twist to get it to flip. The included Kobo Stylus 2 attaches to the back of the Elipsa, but I didn't trust it to stay on while outside. You can use the SleepCover (sold separately) to store the stylus a bit more securely.

Kobo Elipsa 2E
(Photo: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not)

The size does make reading easy, though reading in landscape is a bit clunky, as it doesn't partition the text into two columns until the fonts are of a certain size. But if you do that, then your fonts may be a bit too small in portrait mode. The great thing though is that the Elipsa 2E is snappy, much faster than the Clara 2E. So adjusting fonts or settings is almost instantaneous. The flushed display is sharp and crisp, while the natural light feature, which has a yellowish cast, makes it easy to read at night, too. Like other recent Kobo readers, you can also listen to audiobooks if you pair it with Bluetooth headphones.

Kobo Elipsa 2E
(Photo: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not)

Sideloading EPUB books to the Elipsa is easy, just plug the reader to any computer. Besides getting books from the Kobo Store or sideloading, you can also borrow books from the Singapore national library via the Overdrive app. You can also sync them to the reader using Dropbox integration (Google Drive support is coming soon). Writing on the notebook is smooth and easy, and there's also handwriting recognition (in case you can't make out your own scribbles). Battery life is decent, I got more than a week of use before needing to charge with Wi-Fi turned on, and you'll get more uptime with it off.

At S$630, the Kobo Elipsa 2E isn't the cheapest, but it's an excellent ebook reader if you want something bigger. The note-taking feature is great for those who prefer to write and scribble on their books. It's too big for me to take it out along to read a book at lunch, but if I'm lying on the bed at home? Perfect. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by Kobo.

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