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Kobo Clara 2E preliminary evaluation: The recycled eBook reader

(Pocket-lint) – Rakuten’s eReader emblem Kobo has carved a reputation for itself as a reputable choice to Amazon’s Kindle, however may be steadily thought to be as following it its extra illustrious rival’s footsteps. Then again, within the all-new Clara 2E it is attempting one thing new – it has created an eBook reader for the extra eco concious.

That is for the reason that Kobo Clara 2E is most commonly made out of recycled fabrics, with 85 in keeping with cent of the outside created with recycled plastics. That incorporates ocean-bound waste, similar to outdated water bottles and CDs.

Kobo additionally hopes to offset 100 in keeping with cent of any carbon emissions concerned within the transport procedure. Its packaging may be extra eco-friendly than maximum, the usage of FSC-certified recycled paper and soy ink for the published components.


However how does it carry out as an eBook reader and can you need to make any compromises to really feel higher about its have an effect on (or lack thereof) in the world? We looked at the brand new software in short all over IFA 2022 in Berlin for a fast hands-on.

Our fast take

Surely, until informed you would not know the Kobo Clara 2E was once made out of recycled plastics. It feels as forged and constant as Kobo and different emblem eReaders we now have held over time.

The internals were progressed generationally too, so it is in reality higher than the closing style at this worth level (the Clara HD). You get make stronger for audiobooks, as an example, and waterproofing.

In all honesty, we did not get to play with it sufficient for a right kind impact, however a ebook loaded temporarily sufficient and the 300ppi 6-inch HD show was once crisp and transparent. Shall we simply learn the default font even if we did not have our studying glasses on us on the time.

It is great to notice that the SleepCovers for the Clara 2E also are made out of recycled fabrics. We are indubitably taking a look ahead to giving it a extra thorough take a look at within the close to long term. It’s going to hit shops on 22 September, we perceive.

Kobo Clara 2E initial review: Hands-on with the (mostly) recycled eBook reader


  • Comprised of 85 in keeping with cent recycled plastics
  • Water-resistant
  • Bluetooth make stronger
  • Can be utilized with audiobooks
In opposition to

  • We want to get the total style in to check to determine if there are any negatives


Apart from its eco-friendly design, the Clara 2E provides are numerous key new options and enhancements compared to the style it replaces – the Clara HD.

Some come from Kobo’s extra top rate units, others a herbal development in generational phrases.

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There is two times as a lot garage, for starters, which is very important as there is now the facility to hear audiobooks purchased during the Kobo retailer. It comes 16GB of interior area with Bluetooth make stronger added to attach a couple of wi-fi headphones.

Battery existence is enhanced too, with “weeks” of lifespan to be had from its 1,500mAh battery.

Waterproofing is rated to IPX8, this means that it could actually last as long as 60 mins in 2-metres of water with out failing. That each one provides as much as an excellent eReader for the same worth.

Simple at the eyes

The show is basically the similar even though – one thing to believe in the event you plan to improve. It sports activities a 6-inch HD E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen with a 1448 x 1072 solution.

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The ComfortLight Professional lights device did a perfect activity of retaining the show crisp in our temporary viewing. It will also be adjusted for brightness and color temperature.

It is value noting that the Clara 2E is fractionally heavier than its predecessor – through 5g – nevertheless it’d be exhausting to inform even with one in each and every hand.

The entire vital eBook report sorts are supported – EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, FlePub and MOBI.

To recap

It will possibly steadily be forgotten that there are eBook readers to be had outdoor of the Amazon ecosystem. However, Rakuten is doing a perfect activity in offering respectable possible choices. Including sustainable messaging is helping, we really feel and it is going to be nice to get the Kobo Clara 2E in for a complete take a look at to look the way it charges immediately along the most recent Kindle Paperwhite.

Writing through Rik Henderson.