Sony Touch Edition eBook Reader Review

 

Pros:
The Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650BC is light and comfortable to hold for extended periods of time.

Cons:
The content isn't as extensive as several other eBook Readers on the market.

The Verdict:
This Sony eBook Reader is simple and easy to use

 

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Product Description

Thinner, smaller and lighter than most magazines, the Reader Touch Edition lets you access up to 350 of your favorite books from anywhere. The intuitive 6" touchscreen display makes navigation a breeze, letting you turn pages with the swipe of a finger.  An included stylus offers freehand highlighting and annotation. With support for multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, you can enjoy books from more places, including the ebook store from Sony and over half a million free public domain titles from Google.

The Reader Touch Edition features a 6" display with simple, easy-to-use touchscreen navigation. Turn pages with the swipe of a finger and enjoy fast and intuitive navigation of your favorite books. Whether you're venturing across town or across the country, the Reader Touch Edition makes an ideal traveling companion. Measuring just 0.4" thin and weighing less than 10.1 ounces, the Reader Touch Edition is thinner and more lightweight than almost any book, and even many magazines.

The Reader Touch Edition utilises E Ink Vizplex screen technology to deliver an amazing, paper-like display that's more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight. Quick page turns let you read at a natural pace, while a high contrast ratio helps ensure your favorite books are easily readable, even in direct sunlight.

The good: The PRS-600 is sleeker than the Kindle; touch screen is more responsive than last year's Sony Reader; interface offers better ergonomics and is mostly easy to use; with the addition of an optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; five font sizes; decent battery life; displays Word and PDF files (with zoom), shows most image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows and Mac-compatible, with bestsellers costing $9.99 (just like Amazon); EPUB file compatibility lets you access thousands of free classic Google Books and loaner files from many local libraries; built-in dictionary now included.


The bad: Screen is still glare-prone; screen contrast (how dark the letters are) isn't as good as what you'll find on competing models; lack of wireless access means all files must be dragged and dropped from a PC; battery is sealed into unit; notation and markup functions can be cumbersome; USB charging only works from PCs.

The bottom line: While it's an improvement to the company's previous touch-screen model, Sony's Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 is saddled with a screen that's short on contrast and prone to glare--and it lacks the wireless convenience of Amazon's identically priced Kindle.

 

 

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