Devices just like the reMarkable pill have been round for about 5 years now, so Kobo’s Elipsa, a brand new E Ink-based digital pocket book, is just a little late to the scene. However the system is bringing a function that each one e-note tablets have been lacking up to now: a strong, native e-book retailer, making it nice for each taking notes and studying.
At first look, the Kobo Elipsa appears loads just like the Kobo Forma, which, just like the Kindle Oasis, contains a thicker bezel on the proper aspect (or left, as both system might be inverted), making it simpler to carry and function single-handed. However the place the Kobo Forma boasts an 8-inch E Ink display screen, the brand new Elipsa boosts that to 10.3 inches, with an added layer that permits it to be interacted with utilizing an energetic stylus. The Elipsa’s bigger display screen not solely makes it higher for studying technical paperwork with illustrations that may’t be simply reformatted for a smaller display screen, it additionally offers extra room for annotating docs and ebooks, together with the flexibility to develop the margins so you may have extra room for markup.
And while the Kobo Forma’s 8-inch display screen has a decision of 1440 × 1920 pixels at 300 ppi, the Elipsa’s 10.3-inch E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen truly pushes barely much less pixels: 1404 x 1872 at 227 ppi. Because of this, there could also be barely extra aliasing seen on the Elipsa’s display screen in comparison with the Forma, however Kobo’s new e-note additionally matches the display screen specs of the superb reMarkable 2 pill, so the slight drop in decision is way from a dealbreaker.
In comparison head-to-head with the reMarkable 2 pill, the Kobo Elipsa guarantees faster web page turns because of a beefier quad-core 1.8 GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The Elipsa additionally comes with 32GB of built-in storage in comparison with the 8GB contained in the reMarkable 2, nevertheless, probably the greatest options of the reMarkable tablets is that out of the field they natively sync to a free desktop and cellular app, the placeas cross-device syncing with the Elipsa depends on a Dropbox account and third-party software program.
The largest enchantment for an e-note from an organization that additionally makes one of many world’s hottest e-readers is entry to a well-stocked on-line bookstore, making it simpler to make use of the Elipsa for each work and leisure with out having to set up third-party studying apps. However an in depth second is the Elipsa’s inclusion of a self-adjusting illuminated display screen—a function that the creators of the reMarkable declare would hinder its simulated pen-on-paper expertise. An illuminated display screen can also be one thing that e-notes such because the Boox Nova 3 Colour supply, however sadly, that system makes use of shade E Ink expertise that leads to extreme compromises in display screen decision. What the Elipsa doesn’t seem to have, nevertheless, is Kobo’s ComfortLight PRO function that robotically makes shade temperature changes to the display screen’s lighting.
A pressure-sensitive stylus with swappable ideas is included with the Elipsa (they’ll ultimately put on down with use) however in contrast to the Apple Pencil it by no means must be recharged. And in contrast to the reMarkable 2, which requires a stylus improve for eraser performance, the Elipsa’s stylus has that in-built. Instead of flipping it round like a pencil, you press certainly one of two buttons to quickly change to erase mode, with the opposite serving as a shortcut for highlighting or underlining textual content.
Along with a stylus, the Kobo Elipsa features a detachable sleep cowl accent, which robotically wakes the pill when opened and doubles as a stand when flipped round to the again. It additionally options an built-in stylus holder, maintaining the pen securely saved with the lid closed, which is a function that’s surprisingly missing in most digital pocket book gadgets. We’ll be sharing our hands-on experiences with the brand new e-note within the coming week, however in case you’re already bought on it, preorders for the $400 pill begin in the present day. Online and in-retailer availability start June 24.