Kobo Libra 2

Kobo Libra 2 Review : Is it better than Kindle?

The Kobo Libra series has seen a new addition with the introduction of the Kobo Libra 2. As an avid e-reader enthusiast, I’ve taken an in-depth look at this latest iteration to understand its enhancements, changes, and how it stacks up against its predecessor. Let’s dive into the detailed examination of the Kobo Libra 2 and its various aspects.

Kobo Libra Specification

Kobo Devices

Features  Kobo Libra 2 Kobo Nia Kobo Clara 2E 
Release Year 2021 2020 2022
Screen Size 7″ 6″ 6″
Resolution 300 psi 212 psi 300 psi
Front Lights
Warm Lights
Weight 215 g 172g 171 g
Storage 32 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wifi  Bluetooth, Wifi  Bluetooth, Wifi 
Battery life 1500 mAh 1000 mAh 1500 mAh
OS KoboOS KoboOS KoboOS
Play Store 
Book Library  Kobo Library Kobo Library Kobo Library
G Sensor
Expandable Memory 
Page Turn Button
Other Features  Overdrive for library books Overdrive for library books Overdrive for library books

Aspect of Consideration

  • Unboxing
  • Design
  • Display
  • Reading
  • Hardware
  • Battery
  • Pricing
Kobo Libra 2 Pros & Cons


  • Design and Build Quality: The device boasts a well-built, waterproof design. While personal preference might lean towards the Libra 1’s ergonomics, the Libra 2’s build quality is excellent.
  • Image Quality: Enhanced contrast and sharpness in image display make it a solid choice for readers of comics or image-rich books, improving upon its predecessor.
  • Front Light (Comfort Light Pro): The device offers a remarkable front light with an extensive range of intensity settings. Even at its lowest setting, it’s ideal for reading in the dark without straining the eyes.
  • Audiobooks Addition: Although the audiobook library is still in its early stages, the addition of audiobook support via Bluetooth offers promise. It’s a valuable feature for readers who enjoy listening to audiobooks alongside their reading.


  • PDF Handling: While the Libra 2 supports PDFs, its small screen and limited formatting options make it less ideal for extensive PDF use.
  • Lack of Micro SD Slot: Unlike some competitors like Pocketbook products, the Kobo Libra 2 lacks a micro SD slot, limiting the storage expandability.
  • No Dropbox Support: Surprisingly, the Libra 2 lacks Dropbox support, which its counterparts, such as the Kobo Sage, possess.
  • Chunkier Build: The Libra 2 is slightly bulkier and heavier compared to its predecessor, which might be a drawback for users preferring lighter devices.

Unboxing & Accessories

The unboxing experience of the Kobo Libra 2 reveals a device and accessories reminiscent of the previous Kobo Sage. Alongside the device, the package contains the user manual, USB-C cable, and an additional accessory, the sleep cover. The cover, reminiscent of the previous version, remains unchanged and offers the same practicality and functionality.


The design and build quality of the Kobo Libra 2 reflect Kobo’s attention to detail and durability. Though predominantly plastic, the choice of material and finish enhances the device’s overall feel. The seven-inch screen remains consistent with a slight indentation, maintaining familiarity. Notable design changes include a refined curvature, alterations in button shapes, and a smoothed-out edge on the back.

Comparing it side by side with the Kobo Libra 1, nuanced differences in size, button designs, and the absence of certain features like the recessed grip line become evident. While both devices are well-constructed, personal preference may lean towards the previous iteration due to long-term usage and familiarity.

The Kobo Libra 2 feels slightly heavier and chunkier compared to its predecessor. With a 1500mAh battery, it’s commendable, yet the added weight might be noticeable to seasoned users. The device weighs around 215 grams, a minor but perceptible difference from the previous 192 grams of Kobo Libra 1. Ergonomically, the change in thickness and weight might be felt during usage, making individual preference a key factor.

Kobo Libra 2 Home Page


The Kobo Libra 2 boasts an impressive image quality with richer, darker blacks and sharper images compared to its predecessor, the Libra 1. However, these enhancements in image quality are more noticeable in images rather than text. As a dedicated e-book reader, both devices provide an excellent reading experience, although the Libra 2 slightly outshines the Libra 1 in image display.

  • 7-inch HD E-Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen (not Wacom-enabled)
  • Resolution: 1264 x 1680 (300 PPI)
  • Uniform and comfortable front light
Kobo Libra 2 Home Page


As an E- Reader, navigating through pages on the Kobo Libra 2 is smooth and responsive, offering options to navigate either with buttons or by touch. The device allows for text marking, notations, searches, dictionary lookups, and even web searches using Google. The presence of the web browser might not stand out alone but is a valuable additional tool for searching the web or accessing information beyond the dictionary.

  • G Sensor for automatic screen orientation adjustment
  • Home screen with recent files and brightness control
  • Dual front light with versatile brightness settings suitable for various lighting conditions
  • Library function for organizing books by authors, series, or collections
  • “Discover” section that integrates eBook store, OverDrive for digital library access, and a new addition – Audiobooks


Web Browsing: The Kobo Libra 2 does come with a web browser, but its functionality is somewhat limited and slower, especially when loading content-heavy pages with numerous advertisements. While it doesn’t crash, it significantly slows down when processing media-rich content, making it a less comfortable browsing experience. However, the image quality on the screen is excellent.


Audiobook Support: The inclusion of Bluetooth support for audiobooks, exceptional front lighting, and expanded Discover section with audiobook integration are notable features enhancing the Kobo Libra 2’s functionality and versatility.

Kobo Libra 2 Home Page
Kobo Libra 2 Reading

Hardware & Software

The device runs on a tailored OS for Kobo devices. The interface has all the essential features that you expect from an E Reader. However, third party apps are not supported

The device has decent hardware support which is justifiable keeping in view the price bracket it falls in. It has the following specifications:

  • 32 GB internal storage (non-expandable)
  • 1 GHz single-core CPU
  • Wi-Fi support limited to 2.4 GHz
  • Battery: 1500 mAh
  • Waterproof up to 60 minutes in two meters of water
  • Bluetooth device support for audio books
Kobo Libra 2 Home Page


The battery life of the Kobo Libra 2 was tested and found to be excellent. Under various conditions, the device consumed approximately 1% of battery per hour of reading, demonstrating a prolonged battery span. Standby battery life is expected to last for weeks, while reading hours could extend from 50 to possibly 100 hours, depending on front light settings (which were kept below 30%).


In terms of price, Kobo Libra is quite economical when compared to E Readers with similar specifications

What is Included in the package? The package contains the Device, minimal paperwork, and a USB charging cable, and an AC power adapter.

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