Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7HD vs Arc


How do the screens stack up?

Arc 7HD
Kobo Arc
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Arc 7HD
Kobo Arc
e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


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

Arc 7HD
Kobo Arc
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Arc 7HD
Kobo Arc
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Arc 7HD
Kobo Arc

Kobo Arc 7HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Arc 7HD  based on its display and bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc 7HD

Reasons to consider the
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Significantly thinner 9.6 mm vs 11.5 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1280 x 800 2.2x higher resolution screen
Faster processor 1,700 MHz vs 1,500 MHz Around 15% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger bookstore 3.5 M book vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 10% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Front view of Kobo Arc

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Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Arc 7HD  vs
Screen resolution 1920 x 1200 1280 x 800
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 323 ppi 215 ppi
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No No


Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes


Expansion slot None None
Memory 16 GB 64 GB

form factor

Size 122 x 194 x 9.6 mm 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm
Weight 341 g 364 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes


Arc 7HD  vs
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 1 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,700 MHz 1,500 MHz


Bookstore Kobo Books Kobo Books
EBookstore size 3.5 M book 3.2 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No No
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