Pocketbook Touch Lux 2: Test and Review

The differences between Lux Touch first and second generation appear at first glance. If the PocketBook Touch Lux first name was not in the current standards, with upgradable plastic finishes (the reading light was a tendency to squeak when the manipulated), the two version of the reading light does not leave the same impression.

The PocketBook Touch Lux 2 has really made progress on this, and the reading light is now at the levels of standards imposed by Kobo, Amazon or Sony. The materials are pleasant to touch, smooth lines, the general look very successful, and we clearly feel mounted range.

By the turn of the reading light, we find that the mini-audio jack is gone, and the reset button. Two choices you may regret if used speech synthesis features PocketBook remained the only one to offer in French, and so of course we are left with the blocked reading light. But the disappearance of this mini-audio jack hides another: that of speech. Thereby PocketBook confirms that this feature not used, does not constitute an argument likely to attract users.

Overall, the reading light delivers a welcome anyway print quality.

The screen of the PocketBook Touch Lux

On this point, it remains on the recipe of the Pearl HD screen and its definition 1024 x 758 pixels, a solution that was satisfactory to the previous model and remains, despite a screen can be a little dull compared to this is done best among competitors.

Side lighting, note progress. If the first model had a little trouble to keep the comparison with competition, lack of a lack of uniformity. The minutes of the Touch Lux 2 is this time much more harmonious. Sometimes we would like to have more power, but the result is the height, and is a true improvement over the previous model.

The screen is always capacitive multi-touch, with the ability to zoom with fingers not only in a PDF file, but also in an ePub file. Admittedly, this is not real time, but if the goal is to change the font size, that’s enough, and in any case always nice.

Speed ​​and Performance

Progress is also noted in this area, with a processor power increased from 800 MHz to 1 GHz, as competing e-readers (Kindle Paperwhite, Kobo Aura or the Sony PRS-T3). It regrets against the small increase in the amount of RAM that runs “only” 256MB This will do better than the previous model, but not offer the responsiveness of the Kindle Paperwhite models like or Kobo Aura .

Still remember as a reading light, raw performance is not the most important criterion for the reading experience. But for all those who use many menus, submenus, and the different features … PocketBook Touch Lux 2 is not the most reactive eReader market. Still, evolution is noticeable and significant between the two models.

The user interface

We stay on the fundamentals of the PocketBook Touch Lux, with similar menus amputees of speech, but enriched with new features offered recently by PocketBook, namely ReadRate (already present in PocketBook Touch Lux), and Send-To- PocketBook, which was available only after an update on the previous model.

We will not revisit ReadRate, which is the set of social features in PocketBook sauce. It offers all the basics of social networking features: ratings, recommendations, sharing … Nothing revolutionary, the main actors of the area offers too.

As already said, in terms of the reading experience itself, nothing new compared to other reading lights of the brand, since we find the same interface. It is always possible to take notes, use dictionaries with a simple “tap”, while a long press gives access to highlight, looking, comments …

The wealth of customization options, and the simplicity of the interface are part of the DNA of PocketBook. Some will love the ability to customize their experience to the extreme, others prefer the simplicity of others. A little makeover of the interface would in any case a facelift.

Options, services and features

Other features to remember, and that give the reading light part of its interest, there are RSS News, which provides access to the contents of an RSS feed directly on the reading light. Pocketbook Sync allows access at any time to all the ebooks purchased from the online service (Bookland, TEA). This avoids overloading the memory of his reading light while keeping the possibility of changing book. In the same vein, it is possible to sync the eReader Touch Lux 2 with a Dropbox account, and access the content previously downloaded and stored on it.

Finally, one of the novelties of this year, the functionality Send-to-Dropbox now allows you to send documents from a pre-validated email address directly to its eReader. A feature that has partly contributed to the success of Kindle. This allows even offer ebooks.

If Amazon converts your documents to read on the reading light, this is not the case in PocketBook. The support of many formats, a manufacturer’s distinctive strengths, can read most documents. The Reader supports EPUB DRM, EPUB, PDF DRM, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF.

Then there are other applications like internet browser, calculator, calendar hours, failures, Klondike, Photo, Snake, Sudoku, Scrabble. Finally, remember that interesting points in PocketBook is the ability to create different user profiles (up to 6) that allow for different libraries for different family members.

The catalog

If a catalog exists (Bookland), the partnership with TEA (The Ebook Alternative) is much more interesting, because it will permeate not only to soon get the new reading light at Cultura and Decitre but in 500 stores System group U, in the new space U Culture.

These reading lights integrate the TEA software that will buy ebooks directly from reading lights, with a large and open catalog. You are not locked into a dependency relationship to the reading light manufacturer to buy and read ebooks. This is a point that is important and gives real value for eBook PocketBook, and therefore to the Touch Lux 2 ..

PocketBook does not revolutionize the genre with its PocketBook Touch Lux 2, but continues to advance its products to the point of now be at the level of its competitors, and to offer an alternative to standard. At the hardware level, progress is constant, and the reading light was not ashamed to compete, even if the top models of the industry giants still have a (small) step ahead. The interface should be quickly updated for more modernity, which should be particularly interesting when one knows the unique richness. Finally, with applications for tablets and smartphones, and a catalog with evolving partnerships (including with TEA in France), PocketBook very well positioned its PocketBook Touch Lux 2 with a suggested price of 110 euros goshawks.