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Kobo’s latest eReader features a 6 inch E Ink display with 300 pixels per inch and battery life measured in weeks. The new Kobo Clara 2E also has twice as much storage as the Kobo Clara HD, faster WiFi, and support for Bluetooth audio, allowing you to use the device for listening to audiobooks as well as reading eBooks. It’s also Kobo’s first eReader with an exterior that’s made mostly of recycled plastic.

The new Kobo Clara 2E is up for pre-order for $130 and it should be available starting September 22nd.

That price makes the new model only $10 more expensive than the Kobo Clara HD, which ain’t bad when you consider the improvements.

Of course, while Kobo is touting the eco-friendly nature of the new model (the exterior is made with more than 85% recycled plastic, including 10% ocean-bound plastic), the most environmentally responsible thing to do is keep using the device you already have for as long as possible. So I probably wouldn’t recommend existing Kobo Clara HD users swap out their old gear for this new model unless they really want Bluetooth, a waterproof design, or additional storage. But the new model does look like a nice option for anyone looking for a new device.

Kobo also incorporates recycled materials into the design of its optional SleepCover accessory, which is available in black, blue, orange, and green color options.

Kobo Clara 2eKobo Clara HD
Display6 inches
1072 x 1448 pixels
300 ppi
E Ink Carta 1200
6 inches
1072 x 1448 pixels
300 ppi
E Ink
Front lightComfortLight Pro
Adjustable brightness & color temperature
Processor1 GHz dual-core1 GHz single-core
Battery1500 mAh
WirelessWiFi 6
WiFi 5
PortsUSB Type-Cmicro USB
Water resistanceIPX8
Up to 60 minutes in 2 meters of water
Special featuresMade from 85% recycled plasticN/A
Dimensions112.1 x 159 x 8.7mm110 x 159.6 x 8.35mm
Weight171 grams166 grams

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4 replies on “Kobo Clara 2E is a waterproof eReader with WiFI 5, USB-C, and 16GB storage for $130”

      1. It has always been better than e-ink. Many people don’t need color, but they want speed and no ghosting. Better contrast for reading.
        Besides, there are still oil technologies.

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