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Kobo Libra 2
Kobo Libra 2
Kobo Libra 2
Kobo Libra 2
Kobo Libra 2
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8.7/10
Informr score
The Kobo Libra 2 currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The eReader market doesn’t tend to compete as much as the smartphone market but there are still some good things happening and differences to be found between the various models. The Kobo Libra 2 is a great example of this with its audiobook support and wide range of support e-book formats.

What's good

  • Audiobook support
  • Bluetooth capable
  • 32GB of storage
  • Physical page turn buttons
  • Many formats supported

What's bad

  • No Amazon support
  • No speakers
  • Heavy

As digital books and magazines have gotten bigger, so have the specific needs of eReader users. What does Kobo Libra 2 have to offer? And can it pry people away from the king of the eReader market: Amazon?

Design

Many eReaders admittedly look the same, there’s not a lot of room for innovation (and that’s okay.) That being said, the Kobo Libra 2 has one thing that the others seem to have abandoned: physical page turn buttons.

Reviewers were very happy to see this on the new Kobo eReader. If there was something to complain about reviewers found the eReader heavy for its size.

Screen

Keeping with their original designs in the Kobo line, the Libra 2 includes a 7-inch eInk display. However, they claim the new display offers a 20% boost in contrast compared to previous models. Reviewers found the eInk Carta 1200 display a joy to use overall.

Storage

Kobo has beefed up the storage in a big way with the Kobo Libra 2, offering a whopping 32GB of space. That may not seem like a lot if you’re considering a phone or tablet, but books and documents are much smaller than apps and movies. So unless you’re listening to multiple audiobooks a day, it should serve you very well.

Battery Life

Battery life was one of the best-reviewed traits of the Kobo Libra 2. Boosted since the last Kobo eReader up to a 1500mAh battery, reviewers found that the battery could last weeks when ready several hours every day.

Software & File Format Support

The Kobo Libra 2 supports a huge range of formats, including EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, FlePUB, MOBI, CBR, and CBZ allowing you to pick and choose what you want to read from just about any source.

However, it doesn’t natively support Amazon’s Kindle formats. So you’ll need to jump through some technological (and legally grey) hoops to read your Kindle library on a Libra 2.

Extra Features

Kobo Libra 2 offers Bluetooth support, allowing you to pair it to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones when listening to audiobooks

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 7-inch 300ppi E-ink Carta 1200 display
  • Color-changing backlight
  • 32GB of storage
  • 1500mAh battery
  • Bluetooth audio support
  • BMP, CBR, CBZ, EPUB, EPUB3, GIF, JPEG, MOBI, PDF, PNG, RTF, TIFF, TXT file support

Bottom Line

The needs users have for eReaders seem small, but the Kobo Libra 2 highlights how little features can make a big difference. Format support is above and beyond (as long as you’re not tied to Amazon’s library.) Longer battery life and a temperature-adjustable backlight ensure comfortable reading for days or weeks at a time. There’s very little, if any, reason to be disappointed with the Kobo Libra 2.

Good eReader states, “The Kobo Libra 2 takes all of the best elements of the Libra 2 and takes them even further. You get double the storage, which makes a big difference when buying or downloading audiobooks. If you are not a big into audio, the extra space is great for a big ebook or PDF collection.”

PC Magazine says, “Although Kobo's Libra 2 ebook reader offers only minor upgrades over its predecessor, it's pleasant to hold, supports many formats, and is terrific for accessing material from public libraries.”


7"
Screen Size
Screen Size
7"
Yes
Backlight
Backlight
Yes
32 GB
Storage
Storage
32 GB
No
3G
3G
No
-
Reading Time


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Police
Android Police

If you don't have a problem sideloading your books and don't care about your base ecosystem, the Kobo Libra 2 is the clear winner in this category. It costs about $80 less than the 32GB Kindle Oasis, and the lack of page-turn buttons puts the competing Nook at a clear disadvantage. If you want to do...

- Daniel Allen, Android Police
TechRadar
TechRadar

The Kobo Libra 2 replaced one of our favourite ereaders in October 2021, coming in at about the same price as the Libra H2O, but with far more storage, Bluetooth support for audiobooks and a USB-C charging port. Even with newer models from different brands having entered the market since the Libra 2...

- Sharmishta Sarkar, TechRadar
Make Use Of
Make Use Of

If you’re looking to read multiple ebook formats on a single device, the Kobo Libra 2 is a near-perfect recommendation. The limited audiobook support is disappointing, but this eReader excels in nearly every other way. The battery life may not quite match a Kindle, but you still won’t find yourself...

- Kris Wouk, Make Use Of
How-To Geek
How-To Geek

The Kobo Libra 2 facilitated reading better than any e-paper device I’ve tried before. There truly are a lot of E-Ink products on the market, including multiple from Kobo, but if your core objective is to read a book, this device has a great mix of function and value.

- Tyler Hayes, How-To Geek
PCWorld
PCWorld

Not only does Kobo’s revamped Libra e-reader sport a sharp screen and physical buttons for page turning, but it also offers wide support for content formats and sources. Battery life could be slightly better, but overall, reading on this device is incredibly enjoyable.

- Alaina Yee, PCWorld


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Screen Size
7"

The Kobo Libra 2's screen size is 7 inches with 1264 x 1680 pixels resolution.

Backlight
Yes

There is a built-in backlight for reading in the dark.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reading Time
-

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery.

Libra 2 Specs

Overview
Release Date October 19, 2021
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
Operating System Custom

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Processor Unknown Single-core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.46 x 16.16 x 0.9 cm (5.7 x 6.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 215 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP X8
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors No
Resolution 1264 x 1680 pixels
Pixel Density 300 pixels
Size 7 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Yes
Additional Display Features
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Unknown
Page Turn Key Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Unknown
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported BMP, CBR, CBZ, EPUB, EPUB3, GIF, JPEG, MOBI, PDF, PNG, RTF, TIFF, TXT
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