Written by Robin

Compare the old and new Kobo H2O

Kobo launched their first waterproof e-reader in 2014 with the Kobo H2O. With this model you can also feel free to read an ebook at the edge of the pool. Kobo will release a new version of this e-reader in May 2017: the Kobo H2O (edition 2). In this article I outline the differences and similarities between these two models.

Kobo Aura H2O (2nd Edition)

6.0-inch E-ink touchscreen | Water-resistant | 8GB storage
no longer available
  • Thinner and lighter than its predecessor
  • Higher water tightness certification (IPX8)
  • Equipped with a blue light filter

In brief

Kobo Aura H2O Kobo Aura H2O (2nd Edition)
Waterproof (IPX certificate) IPX7 30 minutes, up to 1 meter deep IPX8 60 minutes, up to 2 meters deep
Display backlight No blue light filter Eyes get tired faster Blue light filter Eyes become less tired
Thickness (in cm) 0.99 0.85
Weight (in grams) 233 207

Improved waterproof coating

Kobo logo

The Kobo Aura H2O (edition 2) has an improved waterproof coating. The new variant of the Kobo H2O is waterproof for up to 60 minutes at a maximum depth of 2 meters. The old version is waterproof for a maximum of 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 1 meter. The new variant is therefore even more resistant to water. So if you accidentally drop your e-reader into the pool, then the new H2O is just a little better protected than its predecessor.

Improved screen lighting

Kobo K20 and Kobo H20 edition 2

The new Kobo H2O is, like the Kobo Aura ONE, equipped with ComfortLight Pro. As a result, blue light is filtered from the backlight and you read an ebook just before you go to sleep. The backlight is automatically adjusted to the light of the environment. It is also possible to manually adjust the lighting of the screen to your preference. This technology was not used in the screen of the old model of the Kobo H2O.

Physical properties

Kobo H20 design comparison

The new Kobo H2O fits just a bit easier in your bag than its predecessor. The Kobo H2O (edition 2) is 0.85 cm thick and is therefore 0.14 cm thinner than the first version of the H2O e-reader. You also feel this when you hold the e-reader. The new variant weighs 207 grams. This is 26 grams lighter than the first version of the Kobo H2O.

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