Makes a good impression at first, but is unfortunately difficult to use. Does not offer an integrated shop.
PocketBook e-Book Reader Touch Lux 4
last modified: 06.01.2020, 14:37
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The PocketBook - e-Book Reader Touch Lux 4 offers besides the use as an e-Book also other functions like notes, a calculator and games. As the only device in this category, the PocketBook has a 4-button operation in addition to the touchscreen and its memory can be expanded to 32 GB. Negative is that there is no own shop, the resolution is lower than with the competitive devices and the menu structure is not very user-friendly.
Optics and equipment
The PocketBook - e-Book Reader Touch Lux 4 is in an attractive packaging that already contains detailed information.
The e-reader is two-coloured: front with black frame and black buttons, back in metallic green.
The device fits comfortably in the hand and the material is very malleable. It is also extremely light and handy.
The on/off switch, the output for the USB charging cable and the SD card port are located on the underside of the e-reader.
The PocketBook comes with 8 GB. The memory can be expanded to 32 GB with an SD card.
The display is well illuminated, very sharp and offers a good typeface. The lighting is pleasant and adjustable in a wider brightness range.
The e-reader works via touch as well as via a 4-button operation. Both can be used equally.
There are already 8 fonts and 100 books of different genres pre-installed on the device.
Included in delivery:
- USB power cable
- Quick start guide
- Warranty booklet
The quick start guide is clear and short. It is also available in 29 languages. To view the exact instructions for use, you will find a link to them on the website.
Turn on the PocketBook - e-Book Reader Touch Lux 4 by holding the on/off switch on the right below the e-Reader for about 1-2 seconds.
In our case, the PocketBook has already been delivered charged. If this is not the case, you can charge it with the included USB cable on your computer or via an adapter.
You will then be redirected and asked to make the following basic settings: date, time, the country you are currently in and the WLAN network you want to use.
The next step is to create a PocketBook account. However, this is not a must as you can continue without an account.
The start page is clearly laid out. You will mainly see your "Last Books". Below are three buttons that take you to the "Library", the "Shop" and the "Browser".
This device does not have a real books menu. Instead, there are two narrow crossbars at the top of the screen that take you to the wireless network, a sync option, task manager, settings, and search. The brightness can be adjusted here as well.
There are also two narrow crossbars at the bottom of the screen. If you click on these, a menu opens that contains games, notes, a calculator, the dictionary, the shop, the settings, the PocketBook dropbox, a browser, and the library.
You will also see your battery level, date and time on the homepage.
The menu itself is a little complicated and also the resolution is lower than with the competition.
The flickering of the screen when touching the display is negative as well.
Positive is its good handling and low weight.
Unlike many devices, the e-reader offers the possibility to deviate from touch and instead use the 4-button operation.
There are also 6 fonts pre-installed and you can add more.
This product has a dictionary and a translation dictionary.
The reading experience with the PocketBook is rather mediocre.
Both the 4-button operation and the touch function are well suited for turning pages. Even with only one hand, you can switch between the pages pleasantly.
On the start page, the 4-button operation, unfortunately, proves to be unnecessary, as you can only use parts of the menu with it.
In addition, the menu is designed in a complicated way.
The reaction speed is sometimes very slow. The display doesn't always react to touch and flickers when you turn the pages.
The illumination can only be defined in bright and dark. There is no night light function, so reading at night is exhausting for the eyes.
The display has a rather low resolution. Therefore, pictures and graphics are unfortunately only slightly blurred.
The purchase process is unfortunately somewhat difficult because the PocketBook does not have its own shop.
Here you have to select a shop of your choice via the web browser Google Chrome, which is located on the device.
In our test, we decided on the Thalia Shop. Once you have arrived at the Thalia Shop, select one of the books, click on it and all the necessary information will be displayed.
Press the button "Buy e-book" and the e-book will be added to your shopping cart. From there you continue as you know it from a normal online shop.
After you have pressed "Buy", you will be redirected to PayPal. There you pay for your purchase and get a little surprise as a thank you for your first purchase.
However, the book is not automatically loaded onto the e-book afterwards. Therefore it has to be downloaded in the menu of the device. After that, the book still didn't appear on the e-book in our test.
The easiest way is to buy the e-book on your computer, download it there and then drag it from the PC to your e-book.
Then you will find it as usual under "Library".
Download from PC
To connect the PocketBook to your computer, use the supplied USB cable.
As soon as a connection is established, the e-reader will ask you whether you want to charge it or connect it to your PC.
Then a kind of loading screen appears.
The e-reader cannot be used while operating the computer.
Now the device is displayed in the file folder of the computer. From there you can transfer the desired document to the PocketBook.
The transfer is very fast and uninterrupted.
Then disconnect by ejecting the e-book. The start page will then appear as usual.
The downloaded document will be displayed under "My Library". There you can call it up with a single click.
The size of the document we downloaded in our test is 32.5 MB.
Due to the fact that the resolution of this device is only 212 PPI, graphics, images, and text are slightly blurred.
The document can be displayed in portrait or landscape mode.
Once you have purchased or downloaded the book you want, you can find it under Library.
There you can sort your books by authors, genres, favorites, and titles. You can also choose to display only recently added or recently used books.
Once you've found the book you want, just click it. It will open.
Clicking on the screen (right or left) will take you to the next page. If you wipe from left to right or vice versa, you will also turn to the next or previous page.
To enter the settings menu, simply touch the center of the screen. The menu will open at the bottom of the screen.
Here you can change the settings of the side view:
- Portrait or landscape mode
- Margin and line spacing
- Font and font thickness
It is also possible to create notes and to look up terms in the dictionary. However, both functions are cumbersome and complicated.
Nevertheless, there is a nice additional function in the menu:
By pressing a button - with two open books in it - a pop-up window is opened. In this window, you can rate, recommend and enter books if you are reading a book, if you plan to read the book or if you have already read it. In addition, all book information will be given briefly.
The PocketBook offers 8 pre-installed fonts.
We have evaluated almost 20 reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 90 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are a good 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The following points were positively noted:
- Settings are very good
- Display well illuminated
- Font very well adjustable
The following points were noted negatively:
- No book purchase possible via integrated browser
- Imprecise on-screen keyboard
- Difficulties changing font size/type
|Scope of delivery||E-Reader, USB cable, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Certificate|
|Quality impression||Very good|
|Menu navigation||Can be quite confusing|
|Handling||4 keys Operation/touch screen|
|Lighting||Integrated foreground lighting|
|Supported media formats||CHM, DJVU, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, EPUB (DRM), FB2, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PDF (DRM), PRC, RTF, TCR, TXT|
|Quality of instructions||Good, short and to the point|
|Manual language||GB, GER, RU, FR, IT, BGR, CZE, DNK, NL, EST, FIN, HUN, LVA, LTU, NOR, PO, PL, ROU, SVN, ES, SWE, UKR|
|Display size||6 inches|
|Number of fonts||8 fonts|
|Camera resolution||212 ppi|
|Internal memory||8 GB|
|Battery life||Up to 1 month|
|WLAN / LAN||✔|
|Memory expansion||Up to 32 GB|
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