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Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

alaTest has collected and analyzed 323 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the portability and design are generally positive. The performance and screen also get good feedback, but many are critical 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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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 10 user reviews of Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other eReaders on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, portability, screen, build quality, battery

value for money

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

usability, performance, design, portability, build quality

value for money

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony Reader Touch Edition - Black (PRS650BC)Sony Reader Touch Edition - Red (PRS650RC)

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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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Sony PRS-650 Reader Touch review

 

The Sony Reader Touch edition has seen a significant update from the PRS-600 model we reviewed in 2009. The new version, the PRS-650, has addressed a number of criticisms we fired at its predecessor. So comfortable is Sony with its touch readers that...

Touch interface, fast refresh rate, excellent contrast, glare no longer a problem, compatibility with loan books from libraries, build quality

Price, relies on using a computer to transfer content

As it is we’d recommend the Sony Reader Touch edition to anyone who feels they want to stay out of Amazon’s Kindle empire, but with Amazon’s prices looking so appealing, it’s difficult not to be drawn in

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Sony ReaderTouch Edition (PRS-650) eBook reader

 

As its name suggests, the Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) eBook reader comes with a touchscreen in the form of a six-inch, 16-level greyscale e-in...

Great build quality, two memory card slots, good picture viewer, touchscreen actually works

No Wi-Fi, slightly overpriced, skimps on bundled extras

The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) is a handsomely crafted eBook reader that impresses on almost every level. However, with no Wi-Fi or bundled accessories, it's perhaps a teensy bit overpriced (Australian RRP: $299).

Recommended!

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Sony Reader PRS-650 Touch Edition

 

The Sony Reader PRS-650 Touch Edition is an E Ink ereader that costs more than most, but is better than most too.

Good touchscreen ; Great E-ink display ; Dictionary integration

Expensive ; Back is plastic ; No Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity

The PRS-650 is a king among ereaders, but it also comes with a royal price tag. If you can stomach the extra expenditure though, its screen is top-notch, not dulled at all by the addition of touchscreen tech. Light, comfortable-to-hold and at least as...

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Sony Reader PRS-650

 

But for the Kindle, this would be the most desirable eReader on the market. But...

You can snag a Wi-Fi-only Kindle, with its access to Amazon's huge and good-value bookstore, for just £109. To get the Reader, which doesn't come with a dedicated store and needs to be tethered to a PC to be of any use at all, Sony is asking for...

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Sony Reader PRS-650 Touch Edition review

 

We were massive fans of Sony's original Reader, the PRS-505. Subsequent models weren't quite as good, dropping the quality metal case for cheap-feeling plastic and, on the more expensive model, a touchscreen interface that wasn't particularly quick.

It’s incredibly smooth to use and the handling of documents is superb, but it’s expensive and the Kindle has a wider range of new books.

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Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) review

 

As its name suggests, the Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) eBook reader comes with a touchscreen in the form of a six-inch, 16-level greyscale e-ink display. The Sony Reader's touchscreen can be manipulated with your fingertip or the included...

The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) is a handsomely crafted eBook reader that impresses on almost every level. However, with no Wi-Fi or bundled accessories, it's perhaps a teensy bit overpriced.

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