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Sony PRS-300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 476 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and screen. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the reliability. Reviews are divided on the performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Sony PRS-300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-300)

 

Good things come in small packages. Size matters. You can't judge a book by its cover. Pick your literary cliché for Sony's diminutive Digital Reader Pocket Edition ($149.99 direct), they all fit. And the device itself will fit nicely in a purse, a...

Affordable. Compact. Solidly built. Compatible with the ePub format, which Amazon's Kindle doesn't support

No wireless book downloads. No AC adapter. Sony Book Store doesn't include newspapers, magazines or blogs

A low-cost, small-form-factor device, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition bests other e-book readers on design, if not features and performance.

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-300) E-Reader Review

 

Inexpensive and great for travel ; Controls are simple and intuitive

No included dictionary ; No support for image or HTML files

The Sony Reader Pocket Edition delivers mainstream e-book features in a highly portable package at a great price.

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 (silver)

 

Editors' Note (July 6, 2010): As of July 2010, Sony has lowered the suggested retail price of this product to $149.99.

With its sharp 5-inch screen, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is much more compact than the Kindle 2 and fits comfortably in one hand when reading; font size is adjustable; decent battery life; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows- and...

No expandable memory; battery is sealed into unit; screen may be too small for some people; limited zoom function with PDF files; cannot display JPEGs or play back MP3 files; not as zippy as the step-up PRS-600; USB charging only works from PCs.

While Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 has a basic feature set, its $200 price tag, compact size, and Epub file compatibility make it an appealing e-book reader.

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Sony PRS-300

 

The Reader Pocket Edition (Sony PRS-300) lets you access up to 350 of your favorite books from anywhere. Its elegant, lightweight design is small enough to slip into a purse or jacket pocket, and features a 5-inch display with E Ink Vizplex paper-like...

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300

 

Sony's budget-price Pocket Edition is a compact, solid, easy-to-use e-reader. But even after a price drop to Sony49, it's a little overpriced for the feature set.

More compact than competing e-readers; metal body feels more durable than plasticky competition; generous button layout makes navigation simple

Other e-book readers at this price have bigger screens, more features; no Wi-Fi or wireless capabilities; storage not upgradable

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 Review

 

Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 and comparisons to other eBook Readers

Excellent display; Small and portable; User-friendly interface; PDF, ePub file support

Few extra features; No touch screen; No wireless connectivity

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Review: Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 e-book reader

 

The Sony Reader Pocket Edition delivers mainstream e-book features in a highly portable package at a great price.

Like previous Sony Readers, the Pocket Edition comes in a metal case (most competitors use some sort of plastic), which may help explain its unexpected heft. But the silvery case felt great in my hands—a good thing, since the neoprene case is a slip-in...

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"Beware of atrocious Sony support.Good e-reader"

 

Bought this a few days ago at out local Ghetto-Mart (aka Wal-Mart). Price was half of the original value,I wanted this for quite sometime,so I impulsively went ahead and bought it. Shiny sliver metalic finish, hefty feeling. Downloaded Sony Reader...

Hefty,compact,good screen contrast, ease of use, good battery life.

No intuitive menu selections,poor power off function,too long bootup time,no enclosed ac adapter (must purchase one seperately),no enclosed insteuction manual (must download from Sony's site), HORRIBLE ATROCIOUS SONY CUSTOMER SUPPORT

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"Sony pocket ereader"

 

I wish I had bought a Kindle. Not being able to get the titles I want is the worst part. It seems the Kindle isn't so severely limited.

It comes in pink. It's small. It has a nice little case. It's way lighter than carrying a stack of books. I thought I would have lots of title availability due its purported open platform.

The battery life is terrible. I can't get many of the titles I want in Canada. Some publications I'd like to get are becoming available on Kindle and Kobo, but not the Sony E-Reader. These things are very frustrating.

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"Still a great ebook reader."

 

If you want a nice ebook reader with good battery life, nice screen and a convenient form factor, this unit fits the bill. If you want a touch screen unit that surfs the web and plays videos, buy a tablet.

After over two years, I still have no need to replace mine. The screen is crisp. The battery life is still great. The form factor and size are more practical than the Kindle. While everyone seems to think you need a touch screen, I find the d-pad and

If anything, I think external storage would be nice. I store my files on my laptop but removable storage would make for a nice backup. I also didn't like the Sony software so I use Calibre which works much better for me. You also don't want to let you

Product Specifications

The Reader Pocket Edition lets you access up to 350 of your favorite books from anywhere. Its elegant, lightweight design is small enough to slip into a purse or jacket pocket, and features a 5" display with E Ink paper-like screen technology for easy reading, even in direct sunlight. For added versatility, it supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, offering access to more books from more places, including The eBook Store from Sony and over one million free public domain titles from Google.

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.4in/2in/2in / 0.4in
Height:6.2in/6.3in
Weight:7.7oz/7.8oz/7.8oz / 7.7oz
Width:4.2in/4.3in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:3-bit (8 gray levels)
Color Support:3-bit (8 gray levels)
Diagonal Size:5in
Diagonal Size (metric):12.7cm
Technology:E Ink

GPS System

GPS Navigation: None

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PRS-300BC/PRS-300LC/PRS-300RC/PRS-300RC/B/PRS-300SC/PRS300S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Reader Digital Book / Sony Reader Pocket Edition/Sony Reader Pocket Edition

Modem

Type: None

System

Handheld Type:eBook reader

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 / Apple MacOS X 10.5.6 or later / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32/64 bits) / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32/64 bits) / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32/64 bits) / Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32/64 bits) / Apple MacOS X 10.4.11 or later
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