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KOBO ELIPSA INFO & SPECS

This is an objective information page for the Kobo Elipsa e-ink tablet, with details of hardware and software specs, features, and capabilities. 

My subjective review can be found here.

DATASHEET

PRODUCTKOBO ELIPSA
Specs & ratings infoKOBO ELIPSA
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Price (approx)$400
Limited availability
ManufacturerKobo
Release year2021
SCREENKOBO ELIPSA
Screen typeCarta 1200
Screen size10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)227dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/a
Screen density (Colour)n/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
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HARDWAREKOBO ELIPSA
CPU1.8 GHz quad-core
RAM1Gb
Storage32Gb
Battery2400mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width193mm
Height227.5mm
Thickness7.6mm
Weight383g
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SOFTWAREKOBO ELIPSA
Operating systemKoboOS
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates35+
Brush typesBallpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, Highlighter
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBI
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
File formats (Audio)Kobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)
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Where to buyKobo
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Amazon DE
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon NL
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
eBay AU
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eBay DE
eBay ES
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PRODUCTKOBO ELIPSA

BEST FOR…?

Anyone already invested in the Kobo ecosystem that wants an e-reader with writing capabilities. Alternatively, individuals that will make full use of the unique features of Kobo’s Advanced Notebooks (mathematical equations, diagramming etc.)

NOTE: The Kobo Elipsa has been superseded by the Kobo Elipsa 2E.

HARDWARE

  • 1.8GHz CPU and 1GB RAM
  • 10.3″ (A5-sized) screen with monochrome resolution of 1404×1872 (227dpi)
  • 32 GB of local storage space
  • 2400mAh Internal battery
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity (supports Bluetooth headphones/speakers)
  • Frontlight (ComfortLight Pro – brightness & colour adjustment)
  • USB-C for charging and connecting to a computer
  • G-sensor (for auto-rotation)

STYLUS

  • Included with the tablet is the Kobo Stylus
  • The Kobo Stylus has two buttons on the shaft for erasing and highlighting
  • The Kobo Stylus is magnetic, so it can snap to the Kobo Elipsa tablet
  • Kobo Stylus requires 1xAAAA battery
  • Kobo Stylus requires tips to be changed periodically
  • Other Wacom-compatible styluses are not compatible with the Kobo Elipsa
  • The Kobo Stylus is not compatible with tablets that have the more widely-used Wacom layer

OPERATING SYSTEM

  • The Elipsa runs Kobo’s own proprietary operating system
  • Utilises the Kobo User Interface, with menu items for Home, My Books, My Notebooks Discover, and More
  • The top toolbar has options for adjusting the frontlight, wifi, battery, synchronisation, and search
  • Compatibility with Overdrive, Pocket, and Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
  • Unsupported beta (experimental) features include a web browser, large print mode, and a few games (Sudoku, Solitaire, Unblock It, and Word Scramble)
  • Native apps that are built into the O/S are:
    • Notebooks (Basic & Advanced) – Digital notetaking app
    • Kobo E-reader – Multiformat book and document reading app
  • No access to the Google Play Store or the ability to install additional apps

FILE TRANSFERS

  • There is support for automatically synchronising documents/ebooks and notebooks with the Kobo Cloud
  • There is also support for Google Drive, and Dropbox
  • You can browse the ‘Rakuten Kobo’ folder of your Dropbox/Google cloud drives from the tablet and download ebooks/documents.
  • You can also export notebooks to your cloud drive – this is a manual process
  • Notebooks can be viewed on the Kobo Cloud by logging into the website using a web browser, but you cannot edit or export them from here
  • Notebooks cannot be accessed via the Kobo app
  • Only ebooks bought from the Kobo Store are synced with the Kobo cloud (and available from the Kobo app on other devices)
  • Basic notebooks can be exported to Google Drive, Dropbox or to a computer (via USB) as PDF, PNG, or JPEG
  • Advanced notebooks can be exported to Google Drive, Dropbox or to a computer (via USB) as DOCX, TXT, or HTML
  • There are no options for tagging or favouriting notebooks
  • You can search for files or folder names
  • Files can be transferred to the Kobo via a USB cable

READING & ANNOTATING

  • The Kobo e-reader supports the following file formats: EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
  • Kobo supports typed ‘sticky notes‘, highlights & handwritten annotations on Kobo ebooks, PDFs, and EPUBs
  • Kobo provides a summary of all sticky notes, highlights and annotations for quick reviewing on the Elipsa
  • Handwritten annotations are not accessible via the Kobo app on other devices (text sticky notes and highlights are still synced)
  • By default, you cannot export highlights – you have to manually edit a configuration file first!
  • The Kobo e-reader’s features include a table of contents, dictionaries, font adjustment (including font size and weight), line spacing, margins, justification, and pinch-to-zoom
  • Font, line spacing, margins, and justification are not available for PDF files
  • Only the table of contents and bookmarks are available for PDF files
  • The Kobo Elipsa does not support split-screen viewing

DIGITAL NOTE-TAKING

  • Kobo notes are organised using multi-page notebooks. Notebooks can be organised with folders.
  • There are two types of notebooks; Basic and Advanced
  • Basic notebooks are multi-page blank canvases that can be filled with writing, doodles, etc.
  • Advanced notebooks are single-page and infinite-scroll, with options to insert handwriting or ‘special blocks’ to the page – each block is effectively a separate entity, and they are vertically stacked one on top of another down the page
  • If you double-tap handwriting in an Advanced Notebook, it will automatically convert to text
  • Special blocks include:
    • Drawings (freehand drawing)
    • Diagrams (double-tapping hand-drawn shapes, text and arrows straighten the edges, which is useful for flowcharts and diagrams)
    • Math Equations (double-tapping a hand-written math equation converts it to proper notation, and it can even solve it!)
  • Brushes include a ballpoint pen, fountain pen, calligraphy pen, brush, and highlighter.
  • There is a choice of five thicknesses and five shades for each brush
  • Stylus pressure is supported for the fountain pen, calligraphy pen, and brush tools – there is no tilt sensitivity
  • There is an object eraser (removes whole strokes) and a brush eraser (removes parts of strokes) as well as undo and redo buttons.
  • There is a lasso selection tool, however, selections can only be moved (no resize, copy, rotate etc.)
  • In Basic notebooks, handwriting selected with the lasso tool can be converted to text (multiple pages cannot be converted in bulk)
  • In Advanced notebooks, handwriting can be converted to text with a double-tap.
  • Handwriting search is supported (single notebook only)
  • There are almost 15 templates to choose from (lined, squared, dotted, to-do list etc.)

CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • Kobo are a large corporation, which should give consumers some peace of mind
  • The Kobo Elipsa is supplied with a 2-year warranty that covers any hardware defects (not caused by the customer)
  • There is also a 30-day guarantee, during which time buyers can return the tablet for a full refund or replacement
  • Kobo software updates are fairly regular
  • Kobo provide support via its online knowledgebase, telephone, live chat, and social media

BUYING OPTIONS

KOBO ELIPSA BLOG POSTS

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Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.