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Pocketbook Inkpad 3 Review

Avid readers and technology enthusiasts alike often seek an e-reader that perfectly harmonizes superior functionality, comfort, and design. After careful evaluation, it is clear that the Pocketbook Inkpad 3 manages to strike this delicate balance. With its impressive features and thoughtful design, the Pocketbook Inkpad 3 establishes itself as an e-reader worthy of consideration.

My first impression of the Pocketbook Inkpad 3 derives from its neat aesthetics. The matte black finish offers an elegant, unassuming look that should suit any style or setting. Dimensions of 195mm x 133.5mm, a slim 8mm thickness, and a lightweight design at just 210g contribute to its portability and ease of handling.

Turning to the display, the Inkpad 3 features a 7.8″ E Ink Carta screen, a size that successfully bridges the gap between smaller 6″ e-readers and the larger 10″ tablets. With a resolution of 300ppi, the device ensures sharp, clear text, and detailed images, delivering an excellent reading experience similar to reading a physical book. However, the absence of a colour screen may disappoint those who frequently read content with colourful images or graphics.

An impressive feature of the Inkpad 3 is the inclusion of both frontlight and ‘warmlight’. While the frontlight ensures readability in any light condition, the warmlight, which casts a warmer hue on the screen, reduces blue light exposure, making reading before sleep more comfortable. The lack of an auto-brightness feature means you have to manually adjust the lighting, but the effort is worth the comfort these features provide.

With an operating system designed by Pocketbook (PocketbookOS), the device provides a smooth and user-friendly experience. It supports an extensive range of file formats including EPUB, PDF, MOBI, DJVU, CBR, CBZ, FB2, DOC, DOCX, HTML, RTF, TXT, CHM, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and MP3. This breadth of compatibility means you can enjoy a variety of content beyond books, like comics, documents, and even music.

An 8GB internal storage capacity provides enough space to hold a substantial library of ebooks. For those who need more space, there is a micro-SD slot to expand the storage capacity, a feature not commonly seen in many e-readers on the market.

The absence of Bluetooth might limit the device’s connectivity somewhat, but it shouldn’t be a significant issue unless you regularly pair your device with wireless headphones or speakers. There’s also no waterproofing, which may disappoint those who like to read by the pool or in the bath.

Touchscreen navigation and page-turn buttons work in harmony, allowing users to choose their preferred method of operation. The device also offers auto-rotation, meaning you can switch between portrait and landscape mode, depending on your reading preference.

For those who enjoy listening to their books, the Pocketbook Inkpad 3 features a Text-to-Speech function, turning your ebooks into audiobooks. While the lack of speakers means you’ll need to use headphones or an external speaker, this feature is a nice addition that increases the versatility of the device.

Despite not having access to the Google Play Store, the device does offer some preinstalled applications, including a Library, Calculator, and some games like Chess, Klondike, Snake, and Sudoku. While these may not be critical for an e-reader, they add a touch of versatility that could come in handy during a reading break.

Priced at $239, the Pocketbook Inkpad 3 offers reasonable value for its features. While it may not have every bell and whistle found in higher-end models, it covers all the fundamental needs of an e-reader with some additional benefits.

In conclusion, the Pocketbook Inkpad 3 is a feature-packed e-reader that delivers a satisfying reading experience. It combines a large, high-resolution display with a variety of reading-friendly features, broad file format support, and extended storage options. Although it misses some premium features like waterproofing, colour display, or Bluetooth, it compensates with others like the Text-to-Speech function and dual lighting system. It’s a device well-suited for those who seek a dedicated e-reader that offers a comfortable reading experience with added versatility.

Full Specs

Product The name of the product/modelPocketbook Inkpad 3
Version The version of the productStandard
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Image A picture of the productPocketbook Inkpad 3
Price The price of the product (in USD)$239
Brand The brand/manufacturer of the productPocketbook
Screen size The size of the screen (measured diagonally)7.8"
PPI The number of pixels per inch (PPI) NOTE: on colour devices, this is the monochrome PPI300ppi
Storage capacity The storage space of the e-reader8Gb
Operating System Which O/S the device runs by defaultPocketbookOS
Writing Whether the e-reader has writing/note-taking capabilities
Frontlight Whether the product has a frontlight
Warmlight Whether there is temperature control for the frontlight
Auto brightness Whether the brightness of the e-reader changes automatically based on the exterior ambient light
Bluetooth Whether the e-reader support audio via Bluetooth headphones/speaker
Speakers Whether the e-reader support audio via an onboard speaker
Touchscreen Whether the e-reader has a capacitive touchscreen
Waterproof Whether the e-reader is waterproof to IPX8 rating
Play store Whether you can install apps from the Google Play Store (e.g. Kindle, Koreader etc.)
Flush screen Whether the screen is flush with the casing of the e-reader
Page-turn buttons Whether the e-reader has physical buttons for turning pages
Auto-rotation Whether the e-reader automatically changes the screen orientation
Text-to-speech Whether the e-reader can convert text to speech
Micro-SD slot Whether the e-reader has a slot for a MicroSD card
Colour screen Whether the e-reader has a colour screen
Ads Whether the e-reader shows ads on the sleep screen
Wireless charging Whether the e-reader supports wireless charging
Mobile connectivity Whether the e-reader can connect to the cloud over the cellular network
Weight The weight of the product210g
Thickness The thickness of the e-reader8mm
Height The height of the e-reader195mm
Width The width of the e-reader133.5mm
File formats The file formats that are supportedEPUB, PDF, MOBI, DJVU, CBR, CBZ, FB2, DOC, DOCX, HTML, RTF, TXT, CHM, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, MP3
Colours Which colours this e-reader is available inBlack
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