We bought the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3 so our reviewer might put it to the check. Maintain studying for the complete product evaluate.
With all that point spent indoors, I’ve returned to a pastime favourite of mine: studying. A product of Barnes & Noble, the Nook GlowLight 3 is an e-reader with each blue and heat gentle, so your eyes gained’t really feel like sandpaper after hours of making an attempt to decipher textual content. It’s light-weight and options web page flip buttons on each side, making it simple to tear via books. After 25 hours of testing, I’m actually completely satisfied that I made a decision to swap to this e-reader, regardless of some flaws. Learn on for my ideas on design, the show, the shop, software program, and the decision.
Design: Rubberized and cozy in-hand
At 5.0 x .38 x 6.93 inches (LWH), the GlowLight 3 is a bit of bigger than different e-readers, but nonetheless simple to retailer in a bag for journey or that lengthy subway commute. That improve in measurement comes with a thicker bezel, so it’s simpler to grip with its clean rubberized exterior.
Two specs actually set the GlowLight 3 other than different e-readers available on the market. Most e-readers ditched buttons on the bezel for a touchscreen expertise. The GlowLight harkens again to the older days of e-readers, providing 4 buttons to boost the studying expertise. These buttons make scrolling via or casually studying any ebook or journal rather a lot simpler, as you don’t should shift your finger to press the display screen every time you wish to flip a web page—or 20.
Setup Course of: No Google account linking accessible
Usually I wouldn’t point out the setup course of as a result of it appears pretty self-explanatory, however in establishing the GlowLight 3, it gave me the choice to register by way of social media, i.e. Fb or Gmail. I clicked on these, and the system informed me these choices had been revoked and I wanted to make a Barnes and Noble account, as a substitute. I created one, but it surely appeared counterproductive to should create one more account after they supplied this social media possibility.
Show: Pleased eyes for less than 300ppi
Crisp, clear letters can imply the distinction between completely satisfied eyes and that disagreeable sandpapery feeling that may occur after hours of studying. The GlowLight 3 prepped for this and has a 300ppi show. In consequence, the letters are sharp, crisp, and fairly frankly, stunning. If you find yourself studying lengthy hours and the solar slips previous the horizon, merely press and maintain the emblem button on the entrance of the e-reader, and the signature GlowLight will activate. That stated, the sunshine can’t be managed and adjusted from this button. To regulate it, you’ll should go in via the settings and modify it.
Ambient know-how ensures that you simply not solely have only a gentle, however you’ll be able to modify the heat to your liking.
Ambient know-how ensures that you simply not solely have only a gentle, however you’ll be able to modify the heat to your liking. That is particularly nice when you’re engaged on computer systems all day and simply want one thing soothing to learn by. For the informal reader, the GlowLight is ideal for studying in any respect hours of the day and evening.
If you find yourself studying lengthy hours and the solar slips previous the horizon, merely press and maintain the emblem button on the entrance of the e-reader, and the signature GlowLight will activate.
That stated, the six-inch show isn’t the best for something apart from text-heavy books. I wouldn’t suggest studying a cookbook on this, not solely as a result of it’s not waterproof, but in addition as a result of flipping a web page whereas cooking is troublesome since recipes are typically a number of pages. And, in deciding to lastly learn “The Umbrella Academy,” I discovered myself squinting at tiny black and white letters of the comedian.
I wouldn’t suggest studying a cookbook on this, not solely as a result of it’s not waterproof, but in addition as a result of flipping a web page whereas cooking is troublesome since recipes are typically a number of pages.
Yet another factor to notice concerning the show: it’s extremely sluggish. I’d press the button to get up the show, and there could be occasions the place it will take a minute to pop up, if in any respect. On multiple event, it refused to activate utterly. It wasn’t till later that I noticed the Nook was making an attempt to restart itself. It didn’t trouble me, however for impatient customers, it might be problematic for many who wish to faucet the facility button and get straight to studying.
Books and Retailer: Classes abound
The GlowLight 3 presents two complimentary books after setup, however as a lot as I really like Charles Dickens, I wasn’t fairly feeling such heavy literature as “A Story of Two Cities.” Clicking a procuring bag icon on the homepage took me into the Nook Retailer. Just like the well-known Amazon Kindle, the Nook Retailer presents offers on books for $2.99 and below, starting from cookbooks to Ransom Rigg’s “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Youngsters” sequence.
Higher but, the Nook Retailer supplied extra than simply each day offers. I might go in and never solely categorize these books, however I might additionally see what was trending in addition to different subjects, like Black Voices and Nook Suggestions. Higher but, every class I surfed was genuinely completely different, with barely any repeats. Even in these completely different classes, you’ll be able to kind the lists to indicate the latest releases and best-selling books.
Certainly one of my largest complaints is that the GlowLight 3 isn’t pleasant towards the Libby or Overdrive lending apps.
Tucked off to the aspect of the e-reader’s principal interface was a Readouts characteristic, which supplied excerpts from magazines, books, and essays. It’s solely designed to open your world and give you a quick, enriching studying expertise that may show you how to be taught extra about completely different genres it’s possible you’ll or could not like. If you happen to miss a day—no worries. I might return a day and browse the day past’s excerpt and purchase the ebook if I discovered it intriguing.
Certainly one of my largest complaints is that the GlowLight 3 isn’t pleasant towards the Libby or Overdrive lending apps. In an effort to get a library ebook onto these units, you’ll should plug it into your pc and observe the steps on the Nook’s web site, which entails utilizing Adobe Digital Editions. It’s an awesome disappointment so many steps are required when making an attempt to help your native library.
The Nook presents 8GB of storage for books, promising hundreds of storable books onto your system, but it surely’s not that easy. 1.5 GB is reserved for system software program, so in actuality, I used to be left with solely 6.5 GB of house. It’s nonetheless loads of house for books, but it surely felt misleading to inform me that there have been 8GB whereas a fairly massive chunk was pulled away to make the e-reader run easily. If I run out of storage, I can all the time retailer books I’ve learn on the Nook Cloud.
Battery Life: The brief, temporary lifetime of GlowLight 3
I used to be promised as much as 50 hours of studying time with the GlowLight 3. As soon as once more, Barnes and Noble supplied this quantity below misleading circumstances. Going to their web site, a bit of blurb mentions that it’s solely 50 hours if I learn solely half-hour per day, flip one web page each minute, and solely use 10 p.c of the GlowLight.
I hate to interrupt it to Barnes and Noble, however that’s not the best way I learn, having polished off two books in 5 days alone. As such, the battery life falters below heavier studying circumstances. Whilst I sit right here and kind, my battery life sits at 39 p.c after studying for 3 hours per day the previous few days. This battery life isn’t dangerous sufficient that I really feel compelled to drop this system in favor of different e-readers, however it’s one thing to think about when you’d favor an e-reader that’s able to dealing with the lengthy haul.
Value: A good discount
The Nook GlowLight 3 might be yours for the worth of $120. It looks as if that’s a steep worth to pay, however one crucial factor to notice: outdoors of the Kindle line, that is considered one of solely two e-readers available on the market that supply Ambien GlowLight know-how, filtering out blue gentle for a extra snug studying expertise. This know-how alone makes the $120 price ticket a good discount.
Nook GlowLight 3 vs. Kindle Paperwhite
When it comes to e-readers, there may be actually one gold normal available on the market nowadays: the Kindle Paperwhite, which presents nearly every little thing that the GlowLight 3 does—and a water-resistant characteristic—for less than $10 extra. It’s laborious to say that the Kindle isn’t king within the e-reader market.
Taking a more in-depth look, nonetheless, demonstrates that the GlowLight 3 packs an analogous punch, if not higher, than the Kindle. The Paperwhite solely presents a blue, adjustable, gentle for the studying expertise. The Glowlight has two actually huge options going for it: the nice and cozy GlowLight, and the thicker bezel with bodily buttons for a better grip and web page turning.
If you happen to’re struggling to flip pages, it could be in your finest curiosity to shift over to the thicker bezel and buttons with the Nook. Nonetheless, if having that added characteristic to dam blue gentle isn’t a significant challenge, then Kindle is your new finest good friend for the seaside.