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Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

alaTest has collected and analyzed 296 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and portability. The design and usability are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650)


Sharp, high-contrast display. Responsive touch screen. Easy-to-use interface. Good file support

Expensive. No Wi-Fi or 3G

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Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650


A full-screen touch display makes navigating this e-reader easy. It's a good fit for shoppers who appreciate its build quality and don't mind its lack of wireless, but let's be clear: You're paying more for a slimmer feature set.

Non-glare, E Ink touch screen; wide file-format support, including ePub; superior build quality

30 to $90 more than major competitors; no Wi-Fi or 3G access; can't change font face; battery not user-removable; AC adapter costs extra

We think that most general consumers will be happier with a Nook or Kindle, especially considering those devices’ in-a-pinch Web-browsing capabilities. But if you fit the profile—and intend to take full advantage of the ePub support—Sony’s unique and...

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Sony PRS-650


One of the most notable improvements in the Sony PRS 650 is its readability. Gone is the murky, glary resistive touchscreen found in the PRS 600. What you have now is a screen that is clear and has high contrast. Two hardware changes are keys to this....

Like Sony’s previous iterations, the new Sony PRS 650 is an open platform. It lets you borrow DRM-protected library ebooks, access over a million free public domain titles from Google Books2, and buy books from a variety of bookstores, online sites,...

Price may be the Sony PRS 650’s biggest disadvantage. Its price tag of $229 makes its nearly twice the price of the better-featured, better performing $139 Kindle WiFi

With the Sony PRS 650’s more responsive touch interface, better screen contrast, and faster page turns, it can easily find its way into the upper echelon of eReaders again


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Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650)


The Sony Reader Touch Edition, or simply the Sony PRS-650, is an improvement upon their previous models and includes a few unique features. The new e-Reader includes a touch screen and a better display overall, but it still lacks something crucial.<p

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Amazon review summary for Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650


alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony Reader Touch Edition - Red (PRS650RC)

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Happily reading


Although the price is a consideration, you do get what you pay for. The screen glare can be worked around 99% of the time by just changing the angle of the reader, so it really isn't much of a concern. Even though the Sony software is fairly horrible,...

Good size - big enough to be easy on the eyes, but small enough for easy transport. Fantastic screen. Touch-screen. Several built-in dictionaries allow quick and easy reference without leaving book. Great battery life. Light weight. A lot (but not all)...

Screen can get a bit of a glare in direct light. The Sony software sucks. Price

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Kindle users are envious


RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! If you want a reader to read files that this one doesn't read, don't buy it. There are several sites that sell covers for this reader. It's not necessary, but does well at keeping the touch screen in good shape. Take care...

Tech: Reads pdf, txt, epub, mp3, aac. PC and Mac compatible ; User: Great reader, fast page turns, unbelievable storage space, chose this reader over the new Kindle after a lot of research

Touch screen for page turns is a little sensitive, but very workable

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Best reader by Sony


Not sure why the other fellow had an issue. Sounds like a defective unit. I had no problem loading books. We've owned the 505 system for over a year and the 650 connected to our library and downloaded our books fine.

Touchscreen. Sony uses an infrared sensor. The previous model 600 the text contrast was not as good. We own the Sony 505 which is the same screen size as this model, but uses buttons only for turning. This screen is just as good or better ; The e-ink...

Price. None of the local retailers seem to stock many of these readers. I suspect the price is the factor

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Best reader on the market - if it's right for you


If you don't mind loading books onto the Reader using USB (which can be done with the included software, Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre, or simply by dragging-and-dropping DRM-free ebooks onto the Reader as a drive), the wonderful touchscreen and...

Wonderful touchscreen! This generation of the Reader Touch uses a fancy new infrared-based touchscreen with no physical layer at all over the screen, so you don't have to use any pressure and there's nothing blocking your view of the display ; Epub...

No wireless of any kind (3G or Wifi). This is probably a deal-killer for many users, so be sure you think it through before you buy this product. You have to connect the Reader by USB to your computer to load books onto it. If you want the convenience...

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Piece of Junk


Don't waste your money on this junky piece of equipment. It will aggravate you to death. I would give it 0 eggs if possible.

Was nice at first. Screen is good

The software gets buggier the more you useit. It locks up while downloading books, syncing, etc. It aggravates the heck out of me everytime I try to put books on it. Get something you can download directly to