Aluratek Libre Air E-Book Reader Review

Sun, Dec 25, 2011

Hardware Reviews

Aluratek Libre Air E-Book Reader Review

Aluratek is one company that can be a consider one of the smaller players in the e-reader market. With Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sony and Kobo being the more recognized names in the business, Aluratek has not only come up with one, but two new e-book readers at this year’s CES: the Libre Air and Libre Touch. This is an Aluratek Libre Air E-Book Reader review, and we will try to see if it is relevant enough to compete with the big boys in the e-book reader field.

The Aluratek Libre Air has a reflective light LCD screen measuring 5 inches, the same size with the Pocket Reader line of Sony e-readers. The resolution is noticeably lower at 640 by 480 pixels. Like the Amazon Kindles, the Libre Air does not have a backlight in its screen, a trait shared by many LCD devices. This makes the experience of reading in the Libre Air like a real e-ink one. The internal memory of the device is a measly 200 MB, which should be enough for an extensive book collection with some pictures and a few music files. However, this can be expanded through a microSD card of up to 32 GB, perfect for storage conscious users.

Users could connect to the internet through the WiFi feature that is built-in. For networks that are password-protected, the numbered keys located on the gadget’s side allow for the user to type in the password like a cell phone. So for example, you want to type the letter ‘f’, simply press the ‘3’ button three times. Using the number buttons can be a chore as there are no guides for the user regarding symbols, for example ‘&’ or ‘@’. It also has a built-in accelerometer, which when activated in the Setting menu, gives users the chance to switch from portrait mode to landscape and vice versa.

Aluratek Libre Air E-Book Reader reviews agree that the Aluratek Libre Air is quite sufficient in features. It also has a miniUSB port that allows the device to be connected to a computer for e-books and other files to be transferred. The USB cable can also be used to charge the device as the included wall charger has a USB port on it.

As for using the device for reading, the left side contains page turn buttons and a magnifying glass. Meanwhile, the D-Pad, which functions like a mouse, as well as Settings, Home and Back buttons, plus a jack for 3.5 mm headsets are located in the reader’s bottom portion. On the top portion of the reader is the power button.

This e-reader package includes a carrying case, possibly to protect the unit from being easily distorted, as the shell is only made of durable thick plastic. The unit is light to the feel and has a battery life of 20 hours when used and up to two weeks when in standby mode. The device is made of a durable plastic shell and feels flimsy, but the company does give you a carrying case to protect it.

The thing though with the Libre Air is that the ePub and PDF support is not that good. It seems that it would be better to use the device to read TXT files, which negates from the authentic e-reader experience. It is difficult to edit the spacing and font size, and you cannot switch orientations from portrait to landscape and vice-versa in ePub files.

Alas, an Aluratek Libre Air E-Book Reader review will not be complete without telling the disappointing speed of the processor when accessing the Internet. It takes a long time to get to eh Kobo e-book market. Typing anything is also a chore, since there is no virtual keyboard and the typing anything feels like composing a text message on a cell phone.

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