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Sony PRS-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews of Sony PRS-500. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and battery. The screen and portability also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the reliability. The durability and performance get less positive opinions.

usability, portability, screen, battery, design

price, performance, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Sony PRS-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Sony PRS-500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on People are impressed by the design and size. The screen and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the durability and reliability, while opinions are divided on the price.

usability, portability, screen, size, design

performance, reliability, durability

64% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System review: Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System


Editors' note: As of October 2007, this first-generation product has been replaced by its successor, the Sony Reader Electronic Book PRS-505 .

Slim and relatively lightweight; screen requires no backlight and is easy to read in bright environments; with the addition of optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; font size can be...

Overall, the unit feels a tad sluggish, with a short but noticeable delay when turning a page; controls aren't as intuitive as they could be; interface could be slightly easier to use; Sony's online Connect bookstore is still a work in progress;...

Though the Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System is an impressive platform for reading e-books and other documents, the price and availability of compatible "books" makes it a tougher sell.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Rachel Metz (

Sony Reader PRS-500


The Sony Reader is easy on the eyes but in some ways feels like a first effort.

Sharp E Ink screen • Long battery life • Can listen to music while reading

Too many buttons • No backlight • Can't make notes or search text

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Dan Costa (

Sweet Valentine's Day Tech Gifts


The Sony Portable Reader System (PRS-500) is a slim, sleek, and very readable device for viewing electronic books. Expected to hit Borders bookstore shelves this holiday season, the Reader will no doubt draw a great deal of attention from bookish...

Easy-to-read display. Long battery life. Reads non-DRM file formats, such as RTF and PDFs. Adjustable text size

Limited eBook selection on Sony Connect. Won't work with protected PDFs. RSS feeds look a little choppy. Sluggish performance. No backlight ; Watch the Sony Reader (PRS-500) Video Review

This is the best eBook reader that has ever been made, but it could still use some tweaks when it comes to ease of use and performance.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Tom Martin (

Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader Digital eBook


Judging by our tests, Sony's attempt to re-invent the electronic book is very well executed and is in many ways a brilliant device. It might even succeed.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: David Dritsas (

Review: Sony Reader


Remember the Rocket eBook; the handheld device that stored and displayed e-books? If you don't, it's not surprising. That and products like it boasted they would put print books to rest, but instead found themselves the ones to be put six feet under....

So, who's going to use this? I'm not sure it's for everybody. Most people carry around one book at a time, so why have a device that carries many? And personal library builders who like to show off their collections more than their gadgets won't see...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Troy Dreier (

Sony Reader - Advances Age of the Electronic Page


Sony's Reader uses a new on-screen printing technology called E-Ink, which gives letters the crispness of printed fonts and the rest of the screen the matte look of paper. Sure, you always know you're looking at an electronic gadget, but the effect is...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Douglas Moran (

The Sony Reader Review


If you read my intro to eBooks, you'll know that I'm a big eBook fan. So I was really excited to get a look at the new Sony Reader, a dedicated eBook reader that uses the (new! revolutionary!) e-ink technology. Look, I don't know how revolutionary the...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Tong Zhang (

Sony Reader - Reviews by Mobile Tech Review


Sony has been very adventurous in the handheld computing department this year. First we were wowed by the Sony Vaio UX180P, then surprised by the Sony mylo and now we've got the Sony Portable Reader System PRS-500 (Sony Reader) to read our favorite...

Like all eBook devices, the Sony Reader can carry more books than you usually do when globetrotting or just visiting the coffee shop. Great for the environment by saving trees. Amazingly readable screen and easy to use. Device has good design that...

Too pricy. No backlight option for those who want to read in the dark. Users who've purchased titles from other online book sellers won't be able to read them on the Sony Reader.

We applaud Sony for bringing the Reader to the US market. For some folks, it's been long time coming after watching the Sony LIBRIe released only in Japan. Apparently there are quite a few fans-- Sony can't make the Sony Reader fast enough to fulfill...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (

Sony Reader


It's clear that Sony has put a lot of work into the Reader, paying attention to both looks and usability. It oozes class. If you thought eBooks might be nerdy, the Sony could convert style-conscious philistines into bookworms. The menu system is easy...

Books have never been so sexy. Easy to use and pretty to look at.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: (

Sony Reader review


The Sony Reader Pocket Edition is a small pocket-sized eBook that makes it possible to carry along hundreds of books inside your pocket. The Reader Pocket Edition has a stylish appearance featuring clear buttons and icons, a fast processor, and a...

Oct, 2009

Product Specifications

The Sony Reader offers a new and convenient digital reading experience. It boasts an amazing screen with technology that rivals text on paper. Weighing less than 9 ounces and at only


Technology:Lithium ion

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:2-bit (4 gray levels)
Color Support:2-bit (4 gray levels)
Diagonal Size:6in
Diagonal Size (metric):15.2cm
Technology:E Ink


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Portable Reader System


Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Sony Reader Software


Installed Size:64MB


Handheld Type:eBook reader