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Sony PRS-700

Sony PRS-700
alaScore 75

458 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 458 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and screen. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed views on the storage and value for money.

performance, usability, portability, screen, 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 75/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony PRS-700

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 198 user reviews of Sony PRS-700 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk.

performance, usability, portability, build quality, design

value for money

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony Reader eBook Space for Up to 160 eBook

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony PRS-700

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 user reviews of Sony PRS-700 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.com.

portability, performance, value for money, usability, screen

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

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Gesture Controls Make Sony E-Reader Easy to Handle

 

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 the device comes with a stylus, it often responds better to your fingertip....

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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...

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Sony PRS-700

 

Eyestrain, cramped fingers, sore wrists… these are the hallmarks of reading online. In fact, when doing so, usability experts assert that we're not really reading at all, and flip through websites so fast that we barely even register the information in...

Holds 350 books; easy to use; stylish and slim

No wireless access; have to buy books on computer; smaller selection than Kindle

Compared directly to its closest rival, Amazon's Kindle, the PRS-700 is more stylish and holds more books.

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Sony Reader Digital Book (PRS-700)

 

The Amazon Kindle may be one of Oprah's favorite things, but Sony has been making e-book readers longer, and the sophisticated design of its latest, the Reader Digital Book PRS-700 ($399.99 direct) clearly displays this experience. With a...

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

The Sony Reader PRS-700 is an elegantly designed, easy-to-use device for e-book fans. As long as you can deal with the steep price and the lack of wireless book buying, it's a good read.

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Sony PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book

 

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

Nearly everything on the Sony Reader (other than the screen) is made of metal, which makes this device feel very solid, something that can't be said for less-expensive, plastic e-book readers like the Cool-er Reader and Foxit's eSlick. If you need a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Hands on with Sony's PRS-700 ebook reader

 

Real page turner...

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.

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.3in
Height:6.9in
Weight:10oz/9oz
Width:4.8in

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PRS-700/PRS-700BC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Reader Digital Book

Input Device

Type:Touch-screen

Modem

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Sony Reader Software

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System

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
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