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Sony PRS-700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 reviews of Sony PRS-700. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The performance and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability, while opinions about the storage and screen are different.

usability, portability, performance, size, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Sony PRS-700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony PRS-700


alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Sony PRS-700 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on Reviewers really like the size and price. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the screen, while some have doubts about the reliability.

portability, usability, performance, price, size


76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony PRS700BC Digital Book Reader [Electronics]Sony PRS700BC Digital Book Reader [Electronics]

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Candice Chan (

Review: Sony PRS-700


The slick touchscreen and clean menus make the PRS-700 easy to befriend. Reading aficionados will appreciate the gesture-controlled page turns and the LED sidelights. Though...

User interface is a breeze. Handles PDFs like a pro. Sidelights are a blessing for considerate insomniacs

Screen looks better than it works: Major glare kills eyes, some text looks fuzzy, and touch controls are finicky

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (

Sony PRS-700 E-book Reader Home Theater Review


Has touchscreen ; Can use Google's digital books

Inelegant interface ; Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700 ; PRS-700 E-book Reader Review, by Melissa J. Perenson, PC World March 24, 2009 ; The overhyped and feature-heavy Amazon Kindle 2 has a challenger: The Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700 weighs in at...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Dan Costa (

Sony Reader Digital Book (PRS-700)


With the Amazon Kindle sold out, Sony's Reader is the best e-book reader you can buy right now.

Touch-sensitive screen. Streamlined interface. Attractive design.

Pricey. Doesn't provide wireless download of titles (unlike Amazon's Kindle). LED sidelights aren't very strong.

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Dec, 2008

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC - eBook reader - Sony Reader Software - 6 review


In the nascent world of digital book readers, the two most high-profile competitors are Amazon's much-publicized Kindle and Sony's family of Readers, which now includes the PRS-505 and the PRS-700 reviewed here. The clear advantage of the Kindle is its...

The PRS-700 is sleeker than the Kindle; faster processor speeds up the device; new touch-screen interface offers better ergonomics and is easier to use; with the addition of an optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing...

New touch screen is more glare-prone and doesn't have as much contrast as Amazon's Kindle or Sony's PRS-505; built-in lighting is from the screen periphery and is not true backlighting; eBook Library software isn't available for Mac owners; there's no...

The PRS-700 takes one step forward for Sony digital readers--and a couple leaps back.

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Matt Safford (

Sony PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book Review and Ratings


Sony's touch-screen e-book reader is good with PDFs and simple to navigate, but its screen is hard to read in direct sunlight. At $299, Amazon's Kindle 2 remains a slightly better deal for don't need native PDF support.

Native PDF support ; Touch screen simplifies navigation ; Solid all-metal construction ; Built-in LED reading light

Touch-screen reflectivity problems ; More expensive than Amazon Kindle 2, yet lacks wireless delivery service

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Barbara Krasnoff (

The e-book challenge: Sony Reader PRS-700 takes on Amazon's Kindle 2


The Kindle 2 e-book reader has become one of the best-known consumer tech products. Now, Sony's Reader PRS-700 is trying to get on top.

Whether you want to purchase an e-reader depends both on how much of a reader you are and how comfortable you are reading from a netbook, a smartphone or some other mobile device. There are sources for electronic literature that don't involve a...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Wilson Rothman (

Sony PRS-700 Reader Review: Blinding Glare Kills All Improvements


Though it must scare the crap out of the publishing biz, we will all one day carry ebook readers. In the US, Sony and Amazon have led the way with impressive E-Ink systems that prove that digital displays can be as readable as ink on paper. For this...

that left a lot of readers caught in the middle. The Kindle had usability benefits—download direct to device; nice button array—that the Reader did not. Meanwhile, the Sony had a friendliness to third-party files that Amazon did not share. Clearly, in...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Lisa Gade (

Sony Reader PRS-700


As an avid book reader, I've been a fan of the Sony Reader line of devices since the PRS-500 came out 2 years ago. With the PRS-505, released last year, things got even better-- the 505 was faster, had a whiter virtual page and even better contrast....

Responsive touch screen and excellent user interface. Navigating through books, notes and where you left off in a book is quick and easy. Nice design, more attractive than the Kindle. The touch screen means there's no need for a hardware keyboard...

Screen has less contrast and clarity than earlier Sony Readers and the Amazon Kindle.

Sony has worked a near miracle with their touch screen and touch-centric user interface. The Reader is simply a joy to use in terms of ergonomics, control and navigation. This is by far the most natural way to manage, navigate and read books we've seen...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Adam Weinberg (

Sony Reader PRS-700BC


The eBook market is getting more competitive, and we're here to tell you that the Sony Reader is a major player.

The recent marketplace of digital-book readers really boils down to two major competitors: the Amazon Kindle 2 and the new model from Sony, the PRS-700BC Reader. Where Amazon takes the clear edge in function, Sony builds on its style savvy reputation...

Expert review by : Alun Taylor (

Hands on with Sony's PRS-700 ebook reader


Real page turner...

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

The Reader Digital Book eBook reader featuring a touch panel interface, great advanced applications and a built-in reading light PRS700. Access every aspect of your reader with the simple touch of a finger on the reader's 6" EPD panel. The simple icon-based menu system allows you to quickly navigate from your library to your books and back again. With a great touch-screen experience like this you'll be cruising through your books and documents faster than ever before! It's your book, do what you want with it! Use the 2-way, search-by-keyword function to find specific passages of your book or to quickly return to important details. The integrated annotation tool allows you to write notes to yourself while reading. And if you're prepping for a test or presentation, you can use the highlighting tool to mark all of the key information you need. Preparing you with all of the tools you need to be efficient and effective, the PRS-700 is your perfect companion for home, school or business. Finding a well-lit area is no longer required. The PRS-700 has integrated, 2-step controlled, side lighting for optimal light in any conditions. Now you can read in any space that you desire without having to find a lamp or window to snuggle up next to. Perfect for on planes, trains and those late nights when your significant other is trying to sleep next to you.


Technology:Lithium ion

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:3-bit (8 gray levels)
Color Support:3-bit (8 gray levels)
Diagonal Size:6in
Diagonal Size (metric):15.2cm
Technology:E Ink

GPS System

GPS Navigation: None


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Reader Digital Book

Input Device



Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Sony Reader Software

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:eBook reader

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista Business / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium / Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 / Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional