Before posting the review for the Kobo Elipsa, I wanted to post a quick write-up of the official sleepcover that comes with the Elipsa.
At first I really disliked the included cover because it’s so heavy and bulky, but after using it for a while it does have its uses.
First off, I don’t like how Kobo requires purchasing the cover as part of a pack with the Kobo Elipsa. Why force people to pay extra for a cover if they don’t want it? Odd decision.
My biggest gripe with the cover is the simple fact that it nearly doubles the weight of the Kobo Elipsa and makes it feel like a tank. On its own the Elipsa weighs a respectable 388 grams, but then when you add the cover you’re carrying around a 752 gram brick. That’s heavier than a 12.9″ iPad Pro by 70 grams.
Despite the added weight, the Kobo Elipsa sleepcover comes in handy when writing because it can prop the reader up in a position that is more comfortable for writing. It’s not entirely obvious, and the cover doesn’t fold that way naturally, but if you look at the picture to the right you can see how you can push the cover into a point when folded back for a prop, and it’s quite sturdy that way.
The cover also has a slot to hold the stylus so you don’t misplace it.
The front flap on the cover is held on by magnets and it can be removed from the base and attached to either end to accommodate both left and right-handed usage, and in true sleepcover fashion, it turns the device on and off when opening and closing.
The cover does provide a good amount of protection because it covers all sides of the Elipsa and the front flap is really thick and heavy.
Overall, I do wish the cover was sold separately like usual but it does provide ample protection and helps with writing so it is useful, despite weighing a ton. It fits pretty tight but it’s fairly easy to remove so you can go without if you want a more comfortable reading experience. There’s no way I could stand using the cover while reading an ebook because it just adds too much weight, but it’s good as a prop when writing or reading on a desk and it provides adequate protection for travel.
I would think that once the Elipsa takes off, they will offer it without a cover as the demand for more custom covers will increase.
I agree, regarding the cover. It seems like a hapless oversight. I’ve had the device for a week. As a longtime and current Kobo user I love the ebook reader function but the cover really makes very little sense for that function. The weight seems preposterous compare to my Aura One.
I’m partially thinking of returning this and getting the SuperNote for note needs. Yet the OCR (text conversion) is fantastic. My wishes are for more templates in the active (if possible) and basic notebooks and a better pen nib. The pen is great in itself but the nib feels too hard and why the SuperNote appeals to me.
I didn’t like the Elipsa cover at all, way too beefy; but I did find a sleepcover slip replacement on etsy.
Jay Allen says
Does anyone have experience with Kobo Elipsa’s current software?
I recently purchased a Note Air, the battery arrived faulty, Boox replaced the device but the new device constantly has handwriting lag (neo notes).
I recently, discovered that the neo-notes app has no cut/paste function. Not sure I understand the thinking; you can transform/resize selected handwriting but I’m unable to move, instead must copy/move then delete the original. Unless I’m missing something.
Anyway, there are loads I like about the Note Air but I also find there are lots of useless functions: ie most google play apps just don’t work very well. I would prefer the basics were implemented/functioned correctly like cut/paste, customisation of neo-notes menu stayed customised etc.
Anway thoughts on Elipsa’s software, reading ebooks/pdfs & handwriting would be welcome.
You might want to check my Kobo Elipsa review. There haven’t been any software updates since the review was posted (and that’s kind of a problem). I don’t use the note app so I’m not going to be much help there, but toward the bottom of the review there’s a link to a detailed review of the note app at MobileRead.