Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Keyboard vs Libre Pro

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Keyboard 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Keyboard  based on its display, bookstore, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Has a built-in dictionaries Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a built-in dictionaries
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Significantly more storage capacity 3.3 GB vs 2 GB Around 65% more storage capacity
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Higher resolution screen 800 x 600 vs 640 x 480 More than 55% higher resolution screen
Longer battery life 30 hour vs 24 hour 25% longer battery life; read more between charges
Slightly thinner 9 mm vs 9.5 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
No black flash when turning pages No (ePaper) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Faster page turns 0.78 s vs 1.03 s Around 25% faster page turns
Lighter weight 213 g vs 274 g More than 20% lighter weight

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Keyboard  vs
Libre Pro 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 640 x 480
Screen size 6" 5"
Pixel density 166 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink ePaper
Touchscreen None None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes N/A
Note taking Yes No
Text to speech Yes No
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes No
Stereo speakers Yes No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes No

storage

Internal storage 3.3 GB 2 GB
Expansion slot None microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 4 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 123 x 190 x 9 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 274 g 213 g
Interface physical keyboard D-pad
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kindle Keyboard  vs
Libre Pro 
Input/Output port micro-USB mini-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
FB2
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform No Yes
Bookstore Kindle Store None
EBookstore size 4 M book N/A
Free content free content 2.5 M books N/A
Customer loyalty program Yes N/A
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 N/A
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 N/A
Reader-to-reader lending Yes N/A
Cloud storage Yes N/A
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac N/A
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs N/A
Has retail store locations No N/A
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