Kobo Clara 2E vs Pocketbook Verse Pro: which e-reader is best?

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kobo clara 2E vs pocketbook verse pro

If you're looking for an excellent all-round e-reader, you can now choose between two great e-readers: the Kobo Clara 2E and the Pocketbook Verse Pro. In this comparison, we'll see which is the best.

Different brands: Kobo or Pocketbook

Kobo is a Canadian brand belonging to the Japanese Rakuten group.

Pocketbook is a European brand that produces a wide range of e-readers with different features. Their e-readers often use the latest e-ink screen technology.

If you want a different kind of e-reader from the market leaders, Pocketbook is a good alternative. This is particularly the case if you don't want to go for a big global brand like Kindle or Kobo.

However, in both cases, the e-readers are made in Asia, and there's a good reason for that! The e-ink screens used in these two e-readers are only made in Asia. It is therefore impossible today to manufacture a reading light outside Asia.

Comparing e-reader specifications

eReader : Pocketbook Verse Pro vs Kobo Clara 2E
Pocketbook Verse ProKobo Clara 2E
Imagepocketbook verse pro ereaderkobo clara 2e
Screen size6"6"
Resolution1072 x 1448 pixel1448 x 1072 pixels
WaterproofYes (IPX8)Yes
Storage16 GB16 Go
Pen / StylusNoNo
SD cardNoNo
Blue light filterYesYes
OtherText-to-Speech and audio format support (MP3, MP3.zip, OGG, OGG.zip, M4A, M4B) via BluetoothCan read audio books from Kobo with Bluetooth speaker or headset.
Review⭐⭐⭐⭐Best value for the money in the Kobo eReaders lineup ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Link (where to buy?)Amazon.comAmazon.com

Kobo Clara 2E and Pocketbook Verse Pro: similar high-definition Carta technology e-ink screens

Technically, both readers use the same screen technology. It's a 6-inch screen with Carta 1200 HD technology.

The display hardware is therefore identical, but the screens do not display text in the same way.

This is because the Kobo Clara 2E and Pocketbook Verse Pro use different software. However, it is the software that is responsible for displaying the text on the screen.

These differences are mainly linked to the fonts used and the personalization settings that can be given to ebook texts.

To put it plainly, it's all about aesthetic differences, and since it's fairly simple to install new fonts on these e-readers, it's very easy to adapt the display to your own aesthetic tastes.

So, it's a draw for screen and display quality.

Front-lit display: perfect equality

Kobo Clara 2E: front-lit display Image : Kobo Clara 2E front-lit display

Front-lit display is also an important parameter, and the Pocketbook Verse Pro and Kobo Clara 2E e-readers feature a lighting system that not only enables night-time reading, but also filters out blue light.

Pocketbook Verse Pro: Smartlight front-lit display Pocketbook Verse Pro: Smartlight front-lit display

On both screens, the rendering is very good and makes for an excellent reading experience.

It's another draw.

Features: the Pocketbook Verse Pro is better

The design of the Pocketbook Verse Pro features physical buttons under the screen, whereas the Kobo Clara 2E has only a touch screen (which the Pocketbook also has).

In addition to this difference, the Pocketbook Verse Pro is natively compatible with a greater number of file formats. Nevertheless, the Kobo Clara 2E supports the EPUB format very well - as does the Pocketbook.

While both readers offer playback of audio books purchased from the brand's bookshop, only the Pocketbook Verse Pro can play MP3 audio books without the need for manipulation.

In addition to classic reading functions, the Pocketbook offers small applications (drawing, games) and greater customization options.

Pocketbook Verse Pro chess game Image : Pocketbook Verse Pro chess game

The Kobo Clara 2E, on the other hand, offers more extensive reading statistics and integration with the Pocket service.

All in all, I find that the Pocketbook Verse Pro's functionalities are far more extensive, which is an advantage over the Kobo.

Both ebook readers are compatible with the Calibre software.

Kobo and Pocketbook build quality

Pocketbook Verse Pro Image: Pocketbook Verse Pro

Both e-readers are well designed in solid plastic.

The Kobo Clara 2E and Pocketbook Verse Pro are also waterproof, making them resistant not only to water (short immersion) but also to dust, crumbs and sand.

However, the Kobo Clara 2E is made from a plastic that uses a small proportion of recycled material. If you're sensitive to environmental issues, this may be a decisive point.

Nevertheless, if we focus solely on manufacturing quality, we can say that the two e-readers are similar. You'll still need to think about buying a protective case to protect the e-reader.

Comparison between the Kobo Clara 2E and the Pocketbook Verse Pro: the Pocketbook is better

With a similar price tag, the Pocketbook Verse Pro offers some interesting advantages over the Kobo Clara 2E.

On the one hand, the Pocketbook's buttons are located under the screen. But it also offers more functionalities. If these options are far from necessary for reading ebooks, I think it's still interesting to have them.

If I have to choose, I'd recommend the Pocketbook Verse Pro. But that shouldn't make you forget that the Kobo Clara 2E remains one of the best e-readers available today. If you find a special offer, you can also buy it with your eyes shut.

Pocketbook Verse Pro

pocketbook verse pro ereader

6" e-reader - 1072 x 1448 pixel e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: EPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF


Kobo Clara 2E

kobo clara 2e

6" e-reader - 1448 x 1072 pixels e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR

Best value for the money in the Kobo eReaders lineup ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Recognizing the need for an informed and reliable source for eReader-related content, Nicolas created MyEreader.net, where he currently serves as the lead writer. His well-crafted articles cover a wide range of topics, including eReader reviews, comparisons between various devices, tips for optimizing reading experiences, and discussions on the future of digital reading. Read more here