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The ebook reader market is becoming more and more cluttered every day, with every company - those you've ever heard of and many more you haven't - trying to sell to the growing number of people who want to read digitally. There are two major players in the E Ink-based reader market, the Editors' Choice Amazon Kindle ($189, 4 stars) and the close-second Barnes & Noble Nook ($199, 4 stars). It's hard to recommend another E Ink device over those two. But the new Kobo Wireless eReader ($139 direct) slides into third place. While it's not perfect, it's a simple device with a low price that has the backing of the huge Borders bookstore chain, and plays nicely with a wide range of Kobo apps. Most of what you need to know about the Kobo can be found in our review of the original Kobo Wireless eReader (3.5 stars). Cosmetically, the Kobo is unchanged7.2 by 4.7 by 0.4 inches (HWD), 7.8 ounces, matte plastic, with a 6-inch E Ink screen and a directional pad in the bottom right corner that's used for the navigation of the reader. It's available in silver, onyx, and pearlized lilac. In this review, I'll focus on what's different in the Kobo Wireless eReader.
The Kobo Wireless eReader aspires to compete with the big kids in the e-reader arena. This iteration represents a marked improvement over its predecessor, offering higher contrast, a sharper E Ink display, and better performance. Unfortunately, the Wireless eReader still lacks the polish and finesse of the leaders. And at $139 (as of December 13, 2010), it's the same price as an Amazon Kindle. While the general design of the Kobo Wireless eReader remains the same, the company has made some tweaks to enhance the chassis. Now you can buy it in black, white and lavender, or white and silver; regrettably, though, the matte-black finish is prone to getting scratched in daily use. As on the Amazon Kindle, the black border greatly enhances readability. Kobo joins Amazon and Sony in offering an E Ink Pearl display, which provides better contrast and clarity than earlier E Ink displays (such as the one on the original Kobo). Inside, Kobo has overhauled the Wireless eReader to provide faster page turns and performance. Indeed, in comparison with the original version, this model feels like a fleet-footed marathoner.
In less than a year, Kobo has made some major changes to its eReader. Shortly after Amazon and Barnes & Noble dropped the prices on their flagship devices, Kobo announced both a price drop and a new model with Wi-Fi connectivity. At $139, the Kobo Wireless is just as affordable as the Kindle and Nook, but it comes up short. The updates to the Kobo Wireless are mostly internal, leaving the outer design much the same as the original. This is a good thing, as we liked the original Kobo's slim profile--7.2 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches--and very light weight: just 7.8 ounces. The reader also retains the soft-touch, quilted back that makes it so comfortable to hold. One nice addition is a range of color choices beyond the original's white front and silver backing. Now customers can choose from all black (Onyx) or white with a lilac back. The ports remain the same; an SD card slot on top (up 32GB capacity), and a miniUSB port on the bottom for charging or connecting to a computer. The only small change is to the buttons that line the left edge of the device: Display has been replaced by Shop, which pops up a menu that takes users to the Kobo storefront screen or, if already in the store, offers further navigation options.