Dude, the Kobo Aura One is a Waterproof eReader

If you don’t know what the Amazon Kindle devices are by now, you’ve been living in the dark. Seriously. The Kobo Aura One is just like a Kindle, except it’s waterproof – with an IPX8 rating – so if you drop it in the water you’re still good to go.

kobo-aura-one-laying-downWhy would this matter?

Imagine you’re chilling in the bath reading a book and it slips out of your hands. Oops! Or, let’s say you’re relaxing on the beach and a huge wave brushes over your blanket. Damn it!

An IPX8 rating means it can be submerged underwater at a depth of two meters (about 6.5 feet) for up to an hour and still be fine.

Of course, it wouldn’t be all that interesting if it didn’t have a few other features to offer.

Introducing the Kobo Aura One

The Aura One is a 7.8-inch eReader – larger than the standard 6-inches of most comparable models.

It has a 300-ppi Carta E-Ink touchscreen display, measuring at 7.8-inches. If you don’t know what all that tech jargon means, don’t worry.

It is one of the biggest eReaders on the market, so it’s easy on your eyes. As for the screen, it’s brilliant visually, even if it is in black and white.

kobo-aura-one-from-the-sideBut just because it’s big, doesn’t mean it’s fat. It is both light and slim, weighing in at just 8 oz (230g) with dimensions of 7.7″ x 5.5″ x 0.27″ (195.1 x 138.5 x 6.9-mm).

Here are the rest of the specs:

  • 8GB of internal storage (up to 6,000 books)
  • 1GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM

How Much is the Kobo Aura One?

It’s more expensive than Amazon’s eReaders, as is to be expected.

The Aura One is $229 (US) at full retail price and will be available by the end of September – if it’s not out of stock.

On another note, this waterproof thing is getting pretty serious. Don’t you think?

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