I wanted to love the Kobo Sage, but I can’t

Up until last week I truly had no idea that there were still other e-ink readers out there other than Amazon’s Kindle lineup. Heck, I didn’t even realize the Barnes and Noble Nook was still a thing (turns out, it is!)

But on the latest ATP episode, Marco Arment spent a few minutes talking about this Kobo Sage e-reader and it sounded absolutely magical. Powers up quickly? Responsive screen? Real buttons?! I pulled out my phone and bought one (hilariously, from Amazon) while on my walk.

Well, my very own Kobo Sage arrived the other day and I think it’s a solid effort, but I’ve already made up my mind that it will be going back.

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Hi there. My name is Tom Pacyk and this is my small home on the web. I love the intersection of design, technology, and communication, which is a combination that led me to a career in sales and marketing roles at places like Zoom and ServiceNow. They're a bit old now, but I also had the opportunity to publish a couple of books along the way.

Portland, Oregon is home for me, my wife Beth, and our three kids, but I'm actually a Midwestern transplant—I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and went to school at Purdue and Illinois. When I find some free time I'm probably going to concerts, rooting for the Portland Timbers, or working on my Sunshine Burn Photography project.