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PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service

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Hi all! The official PocketBook blog on Habra recently published review the youngest model in the late 2018 line, the PocketBook 616.Now it’s the turn of the reader, which is one line higher in the table of ranks. We’re talking about PocketBook 627 This is a mid-range model with a set of options that, in my opinion, will suffice for about 90% of reader users. Yes, there is a PocketBook 632, which is even cooler, but it a) won’t be on sale until closer to the end of September and b) is designed for particularly rabid perfectionists. I mean, it’s got everything you can think of. And here in PocketBook 627 is not everything, but very much. And this much, we think, will be enough for the vast majority of fans of electronic reading.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service

About PocketBook’s new end-of-2018 lineup

I’m duplicating information from the PocketBook 616 review because I think it’s worth recalling the common features of the three new readers, the 616, 627, and 632 models.

  • In all three new readers, the emphasis is on downsizing. Each is about 20% more compact than the predecessor model of the previous generation.
  • All three new readers have thoroughly "screwed up" the power consumption. And the tests show that they work not "about a month", but "about a month and a half". More precisely, not so: PocketBook 616 and PocketBook 627 give six weeks, and PocketBook 632 – and even up to eight weeks. That’s because the flagship model got the same fuel-efficient dual-core processor as the PocketBook 740
  • All three readers show an increase in performance. In some situations about twice as much, but in most cases about a 50% increase is noticeable.

Comparison of PocketBook 627 and PocketBook 626 Plus

PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service

Impressions of PocketBook 627

This time I decided to move away from the standard scheme with subsections describing in detail "design", "screen", "software", "battery" and other components of the device, and just write – what I liked in the new reader with specific examples and arguments. Considering that I have been using PocketBook readers for the last 6 years, and now I own just PocketBook 626 Plus, my point of view may be useful for potential buyers.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
The first important thing to understand is that the PocketBook 627 is really much more compact than the PocketBook 626 Plus model of 2015. The developers did the same thing as many smartphone manufacturers do now. And they, let me remind you, reduce the frame around the screen as much as possible and get, say, a 6-inch smartphone, which turns out to be no larger than a 5.5-inch with more massive frames. So it’s the same with the PocketBook 627: the frame around the screen became significantly smaller, the block with the buttons also reduced – and it turned out that the novelty is 14 mm shorter and 7 mm narrower than its predecessor. In addition, it’s also 25 grams lighter.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
In practice, all of this is significantly improved ergonomics Well, it’s just much more comfortable to read from a lighter and narrower device – you often have to hold the reader in your hand for hours on end. And on the background of PocketBook 627 model PocketBook 626 Plus looks … well, such an outdated and rather big thing.
For example, PocketBook 627 can be easily placed in the pocket of shorts or jeans, but PocketBook 626 Plus won’t fit there. And even if it does, you will feel a bit clumsy.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
I’ll also give you this example from life. My wife has an old PocketBook 515 from 2013 with an ancient 5-inch screen and no backlight. More than once I suggested her to use for reading my PocketBook 626 Plus. But for her it is too big. Just my wife’s hand is very, um, compact, and so she sat on his mammoth-shaped 515. But she was interested in the PocketBook 627. She says it is quite comfortable to hold. Which, however, is not surprising. 6-inch PocketBook 627, of course, is somewhat larger than PocketBook 615 with its 5 inches, but still the size of the models are quite comparable.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
Wife with PocketBook 515 (right) and PocketBook 627, which will probably replace her 515
Buttons The PocketBook 627 is noticeably smaller than the PocketBook 626 Plus. I can’t say that the ergonomics has deteriorated because of this. You still hit the keys with your fingers at the first attempt, and in general, I personally feel more comfortable and control the reader, and turn pages from the display. And the PocketBook 627 has a touch screen, as you already know from the table.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
In general, everything about the case, the PocketBook 627 is better than the previous model. And ergonomics, and dimensions, and even materials – the novelty has both front and back panels made of velvety plastic, and not only the back. I would remind you that the front of the PocketBook 626 Plus is solid.
About screen I can’t say anything bad about it – in comparison with the PocketBook 626 Plus, it hasn’t changed. The same E Ink Carta, 6 inches, 1024 x 758 dots, capacitive touch layer, white monochrome backlight. All in all, a quality E Ink display of the latest generation. Looks like a printed book. It does not go blind in the sun, displays fonts clearly, eats battery power without any appetite.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
Speaking of that very appetite : practice has shown that the PocketBook 627 will really more autonomous than than the PocketBook 626 Plus. For two weeks of reading with a low (30 percent) backlight level and turned off Wi-Fi, the PocketBook 627 loses a third of its battery, and the PocketBook 626 Plus – half. If you scale these data for a longer period of time, then it turns out that the new reader will have to charge every six weeks, and the old one is asking for a socket once a month.
The speed has increased – and it is striking even without measuring. After testing the PocketBook 627 I went back to my personal PocketBook 626 Plus, and I did not feel much joy about it. Indeed, it is not much excitement, when you have already got used to that on this or that action the device takes a second (well, or five seconds), and then you move to another device, which spends on the same thing two seconds (or ten, respectively). PocketBook 627 is noticeably faster to open PDF, faster to load sites in the browser, and pages are also flipped faster.
Browser PocketBook 627 is completely new – it is a) faster, b) able to open complex resources without problems, and, most importantly, c) able to save sites, which are then available offline as a kind of books. In short, you can upload, say, a bunch of Wikipedia articles to the reader via Wi-Fi, and then read them from the E Ink screen where there is no Internet. I, for example, downloaded into the PocketBook 627 several posts from Habra. Here’s what it looks like :
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
And PocketBook 627 also supports PocketBook Cloud – A cloud service for synchronizing books and reading positions between readers and smartphones, tablets, and laptops. It first appeared in the flagship model PocketBook 740 , then with a firmware update was added to the PocketBook 631Plus and PocketBook 631 Well, the PocketBook 627, then, is the first mid-range reader of the company with this service. I myself do not read with smartphones/tablets, but I know that there are enough people who use both PocketBooks and smartphones for reading. For example, at home people read from readers, and in the subway – from smartphones. And for them, PocketBook Cloud will be definitely a useful feature. Read more about this cloud service in separate post On Habra.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
All of the above are the differences between PocketBook 627 and PocketBook 626 Plus. In the rest all the advantages remained in place: a lot of supported book formats (18 books), a lot of ways to upload books to the reader (Dropbox, e-mail, BookLand.com), a lot of settings for the text, dictionaries with the ability to translate selected finger in the text word.
Plus Two year or even three year warranty If you buy the reader directly from PocketBook – in the online store pocketbook.ru. About all this I told in posts not once or twice, and so now just briefly mentioned, deciding not to bore you too much.

As an output

I can not say that after meeting with PocketBook 627 I just want to throw my personal PocketBook 626 Plus in the window and run to the store for a novelty (or rather, go for it on pocketbook.ru – only there are three years of official warranty, and in the normal store "only" two). But if right now there was a choice between the two models, I would not even look at the old one. It is larger, heavier, slower, less battery life, does not support PocketBook Cloud. And PocketBook 627, therefore, is smaller, lighter, faster, more autonomous, and works with the cloud service. And it costs only 1, 000 rubles more – 10, 900 rubles against 9, 900 rubles. The thing is that somewhere PocketBook 626 Plus can still be found – these are leftovers, which sell out for 9, 900 rubles. It’s not worth buying the 2015 model, even though it’s time-tested and generally not bad. Even if it is 1, 000 cheaper – after all, the reader is not a smartphone, it is not bought for a year or two, but most often for five to six years. So an extra thousand rubles is only +200 rubles for a whole year of the most comfortable, technological and, most importantly, healthy reading.
PocketBook 627Reader Review: middle class with backlight, Wi-Fi and cloud service
Model PocketBook 627 turned out really cool. And, by the way, perfectly suitable for the role of a ladies’ reader – due to the small weight and compact size. If my wife will strongly insist (I think she will, as we say in Odessa), we’ll replace her PocketBook 515 with PocketBook 627.
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