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Sony PRS-505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1844 reviews of Sony PRS-505. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and screen. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability and price, while there are some mixed comments about the performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony PRS-505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 862 user reviews of Sony PRS-505 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the size and price. The performance and portability also get good views. There are some critical views about the reliability.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jun, 2019

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505 review: Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505


Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505

Electronic book that can hold thousands of titles; excellent high-contrast screen rivals that of printed page and is easy to read in bright environments; some design and performance improvements versus first-gen model; 128MB internal memory, with more...

Downloadable titles are expensive and only available through Sony's online store; AC adapter is an optional accessory (you charge the PRS-505 by connecting the included USB cable to your computer); desktop software isn't available for Mac owners; PDF...

While the PRS-505 Reader Digital Book is not without flaws, Sony's improvements make this model easier to recommend.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (

Sony Reader (PRS-505/SC)


Preview of the Sony Reader (PRS-505/SC).

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Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Andrew Jones (

Sony PRS-505 E-Book Reader


Sony one-ups the Amazon Kindle by adding that Sony sleekness to its e-ink display device and AJ shares his reading experience with it in hand today.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Hardware Secrets (

Sony PRS-505 E-book Reader Review


Digital music and portable digital music players have changed the landscape of the entire music industry. While digital books and portable digital book readers have been around for awhile, they haven't made a big impression on the book industry. Yet,...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : dgoldring (

Review: Sony Reader PRS-505. Why I May Never Buy Another Book Again


You simply cannot beat the absolute convenience of this device.  If you travel or commute via public transportation, you will be amazed by the size, weighty and storage on this device.  I take it almost everywhere I go now, and my only regret is that...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Jason Snyder (

Crackpot tech: E-books


Remember the paperless office? If so, you may recall a close cousin: the e-book, which promised access to entire libraries of documents in easily readable formats -- an obvious boon to the enterprise knowledge worker on the go. As did many ideas...

What's your take onthe long-term viability of e-books?

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Lisa Gade (

Sony Reader PRS-505


When we reviewed the first generation Sony Reader PRS-500 in November 2006, we were impressed and pleased overall: the screen was much better than a traditional PDA or notebook LCD for extended reading, battery life was fantastic and the reader could...

Great screen that's brighter than the first generation and even easier on the eyes. Excellent battery life. Good audio quality for music playback, though the music player could use more features.

No support for note taking. Sony desktop software is Windows-only.

It's easy on the eyes both in terms of the device's looks and the excellent screen that's perfect for reading. At $299, it's actually one of the more reasonable eBook readers on the market, something we don't often get to say about a Sony product....

Oct, 2005

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Sony PRS-505


The Sony PRS-505 set the standard in eReaders with a huge leap in graphics, a high-resolution, high-contrast, electronic paper display that delivers a realistic print look rivaling traditional paper and using minimal battery power- a technology known...

Expert review by : Andr� Jacobs (

Sony PRS-505 eBook Reader


Store an almost infinite amount of books and documents on one device with the Sony PRS-505 eBook Reader.

The PRs-505 is Sony’s second generation model but it’s the first model to be released in the UK. Sony generously supplies a CD containing 100 classic eBooks to start off your collection. As well as eBooks, you have the ability to view many file...


Expert review by : Riyad Emeran (

Sony Reader PRS-505 - eBook Reader


Sony finally brings its eBook reader to the UK, but was it worth the wait? Updated with video review.

The eBook revolution won’t be for everyone, but if you’re willing to give digital books a try, the Sony Reader is well worth investing in. The screen on this device is nothing short of staggering, and with 6,800 page turns between battery charges, you...

Oct, 2008

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