With iPads and Samsung tablets more popular than ever, the humble e-reader has often been overlooked.
But thanks to their e-ink displays, e-readers have numerous advantages over their full-colour tablet counterparts.
Often lacking a backlight, E-ink displays are designed to be easier on the eyes. This enables the reader to use the displays for a long-time without suffering from eye-fatigue.
Earlier this week, Japanese company Rakuten took the wraps off its newest entry level e-reader; the Kobo Clara HD, boasting a 6-inch display with an HD 300 dpi screen. The resolution mirrors that of the $230 waterproof Kobo Aura One, which ships with a larger screen – 7.8 inches. Packing 8GB of storage, the Clara HD can hold up to 6,000 e-books and as is usual with e-readers, the battery can last for weeks.
It packs a USB port and power button on the bottom while back of the Clara has a perforated design making it easier to grip.
Inside the device, a 1GHZ Freescale Solo Lite processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage should keep things snappy.
Rakuten says the Clara HD’s ‘ComfortLight’ PRO function is designed to spread reading light evenly across the screen and tackles the discomfort of blue light exposure during night-time reading.
The device also synchronises with the Kobo app for smartphones and tablets, enabling the user to pick up reading on another device without losing their place.
Rakuten has not yet revealed when the device will ship although reports suggest it will ship in the US sometime in June.