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Sony PRS-600

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External reviews of Sony PRS-600
  • Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-600)

    Plus

    • Sleek design
    • Touch-screen interface
    • Compatible with the ePub format, which Amazon's Kindles don't support

    Minus

    • Dull screen
    • Books must be sideloaded via computer
    • AC adapter is an optional $30 accessory

    Conclusion
    The Reader Touch Edition is a stylish device with a touch interface that makes navigation a snap, but a difficult-to-read screen sinks this Sony e-book reader.

    9 years ago
  • Sony Reader PRS-600 Touch Edition

    A welcome if rather expensive update of the original.

    11 years ago
  • Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600

    Plus

    • 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.

    Minus

    • 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.

    Conclusion
    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.

    11 years ago