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Last updated: 14 January 2021


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The latest e-readers, or ebook readers, deliver improved processing speeds and faster touchscreen performance with less lag and a more 'booky' look and feel. 

In our latest test, we looked at the Apple iPad tablet and Remarkable 2 to see how well they perform as an e-reader. Both devices struggled to perform the simple task of buying and reading an ebook compared to a dedicated e-reader, but on the other hand, they do so much more than an e-reader. 

If you're not sure whether to buy an e-reader or tablet, read our ebook reader buying guide

If you know you want a dedicated e-reader, this review will tell you which performed the best in our lab test. 

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Our experts test and review the latest models from Amazon Kindle and Kobo to tell you:

  • which e-readers are the easiest to use
  • how easy it is to buy ebooks online and transfer them to each e-reader
  • how easy it is to navigate, including turning a page and skipping to particular parts of the ebook
  • their performance under three different types of lighting: normal indoor lighting, normal outdoor lighting, and normal bedroom night-time lighting
  • which e-readers have Wi-Fi support and touchscreens.

Several discontinued products (including a Kindle tablet) are also included in our test results. To see these products, select the 'Discontinued' filter to the left under 'Related products'. 

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    An e-reader with e-ink doesn't need a backlight (although some of the latest models do have a backlight if required) and can last for weeks on a single charge, compared to a tablet device using an In Plane Switching (IPS) LCD screen which operates in a similar way to a laptop computer.

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      Adaptive lighting automatically adjusts the e-reader lighting to suit the ambient lighting of the environment. Other features include the ability to reduce blue light exposure to help improve your sleep quality.


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        All the ereaders marked as waterproof have an an IPX8 durability rating means the e-reader can be dunked in up to two metres of water for up to 60 minutes.

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