Kobo New eReaders: Kobo Sage and Koba Libra 2 Review

While Amazon’s Kindle gained lots of attention, Kobo’s eReaders have not succumbed to stagnation. On the contrary, some of the advances in the Kobo Sage and Libra 2 should make them extremely competitive with high-end Kindles, and a few notable changes even put them in the lead. Take a moment to read a brief review of the Kobo Sage and Kobo Libra 2.

The Kobo Sage and Kobo Libra 2 Review

Some of the highlights of the latest high-end eReaders from Kobo:
  • Bluetooth: As a first for Kobo, these eReaders come with Bluetooth support. Users can pair wireless earbuds and headphones to listen to audiobooks. In particular, TechRadar observed that this makes the Libra 2 much more competitive with the Kindle Oasis.
  • Optional stylus: The Kobo Sage also introduced a first with its stylus support. Now Kobo users can use their device to compose as well as read. The stylus comes as an optional accessory for an extra charge.
  • Charging cover: Kobo also offers an optional charging cover for the Sage. With this cover, users can probably wait months between charges.
Both eReaders include 32GB of onboard storage and an asymmetrical design that makes them easier to grasp with one hand. They should also prove more durable with an IPX8 certificate, which means they can tolerate spills and even short immersions in water. The Libra includes a 1,500mAh battery option, and the Sage comes with a 1,200mAh battery. In addition, the Sage comes with an eight-inch display, and the Libra includes a seven-inch display.

How Much Do the Kobo Sage and Kobo Libra Cost?

Kobo positioned the Sage as a high-end device with a base price of $259.99. The optional stylus costs $39.99, and the power case costs $79.99. That prices the total package at over $350. That doesn’t even include the wireless headphones audiobook lovers will want to buy. Still, the device and its innovative accessories will surely find an eager market.
Budget-minded eReader shoppers might consider the Kobo Libra 2. It starts at $179.99, only $10 more than the Libra H2O’s price during its launch. More importantly, its main competitor, the Kindle Oasis, costs $249.99 and offers less storage.
Still on the fence about Kobo vs. Kindle? This previous Upsie post compares Kindle eReader models. A few months ago, TechRadar rated Amazon Kindles over Kobo, but that was before introducing these two new devices.

Where to Find the Best eReader Extended Warranty

Both Kindle and Kobo have improved the durability of their latest eReaders. Still, some users experience issues with touchscreens, connectivity, batteries, and even buttons. An Upsie eReader warranty will ensure prompt, professional repairs from local or mail-in service centers. In addition, if repairs don’t make sense, Upsie will replace the eReader.
Don’t feel pressured to make a rash decision about extended warranties at the sales counter. Instead, choose Upsie. Upsie gives their customers as long as 60 days after buying a tablet to purchase an extended warranty. They offer low prices, access to 24-7 customer service, and coverage for wear, accidents, and defects.
In addition to eReaders, Upsie also offers protection plans for tablets, laptops, smartphones, and other kinds of electronics and appliances.

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