Many people are unaware that Boyue has just released the Likebook Ares. It received high marks in our review for the speedy octa core processor and SD card support, which is capable of an additional 128GB! This device is fairly inexpensive, it retails for $294 from Good e-Reader and comes with a free case and screen protector. Will you buy this?
The Likebook Ares features a respectable 7.8 inch E INk Carta HD screen with a capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1872×1404 with 300 PPI. The screen is completely flush with the bezel and has a layer of glass. There is a front-lit display and color temperature system, so there is white and amber LED lights One thing we noticed is that you can only have the front-lit display on or the amber LED lights, you cannot have both on at the same time.
Underneath the hood is a Octa Core 1.5 GHZ processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and it has an SD card with a maximum of 128GB of additional storage. The SD card slot is in a little tray that can be pulled out, sort of like a SIM card tray. There is WIFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and a USB-C port with OTG support, so you can connect up a keyboard, mouse or any other USB accessory, with no drivers required. All of this is powered by a respectable 3,300 mAh battery.
There are two speakers on the side of the device, which allows you to listen to audiobooks, music or podcasts. Bluetooth will allow you to connect up a pair of wireless headphones or a speaker, there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack.
This device has it all. A Wacom layer for note taking and PDF editing, Google Play for tons of apps and a solid e-reading software.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.