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Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1571 reviews of Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The screen and portability also get good feedback. Comments about the performance and battery are different, and many are critical about the reliability and price.

usability, portability, screen, size, design

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the size and durability are generally positive. The reliability and usability also get good reviews.

portability, usability, reliability, durability, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Sony Reader Touch Edition Digital Book PRS650 Colour BLACKSony Reader Touch Edition Digital Book PRS650 Colour BLACK

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The portability and performance also get good views. The size and price get critical reviews.

usability, performance, portability, design, screen

price, size

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : David Pierce (pcmag.com)

Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650)

 

The Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650) is a nice upgrade to the previous model, with an improved touch screen and a few new features, but a $229 price and lack of wireless connectivity kill its appeal.

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

Expensive. No Wi-Fi or 3G.

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Dec, 2010

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 review: Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

 

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650

Compact and lightweight e-book reader; responsive touch-screen interface with no glare or contrast issues; high-contrast E Ink Pearl display; zippier performance than its predecessor; integration with Sony e-book store; good battery life (up to two...

No Wi-Fi or 3G wireless means that books must be loaded via USB connection; more expensive than E Ink Kindle or Nook models; no protective cover included.

The Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 is a slick e-book reader that's anchored by an impressive and easy-to-use touch interface, but the glaring omission of wireless connectivity will be a deal-killer for many--especially at this price.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Dave McClintock (computershopper.com)

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 Review and Ratings

 

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

So, is the Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 a viable Kindle and Nook competitor? It depends on whether having a touch screen is worth an extra $30 to $90 to you, and whether the tethered, non-wireless design is a deal-killer for you. Are you willing...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by (best-ereaders.com)

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

Expert review by (techreviewsource.com)

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

Expert review by : Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony ReaderTouch Edition (PRS-650) eBook reader

 

A stylish Sony eBook reader with an Apple iPad-style touchscreen

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).

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

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).

Apr, 2010

Recommended!

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

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...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony Reader PRS-650 review

 

A delicious-looking slither of technology – but with the Kindle over £90 cheaper, can the PRS-650 compete?

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

Nov, 2010

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

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...

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications

Color

Color of product:Black / Red / Silver

Design

Color of product:Black / Red / Silver

Display

Diagonal:6
Display Diagonal:6
Display Resolution:800 x 600
Gray scale levels:16 / 6
Technology:E Ink Pearl
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Energy Management

Battery life (max):336
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Features

Digital Rights Management (DRM):EPUB eBooks (Adept) BBeB eBooks (Marlin)
Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN / German, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, JPN
MP3-player: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3 / MP3
Document formats supported:bbeb, epub, pdf, rtf / epub, pdf, rtf
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, SD
Internal storage capacity:2

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:-Microsoft Windows 7 \n-Microsoft Windows Vista\n-Microsoft Windows XP\n-Mac OS X 10.4.11+ / Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bit), Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bit), Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit only), Mac OS X 10.6.2, 10.5.6, 10.4.11 / Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bit).\nMicrosoft Windows Vista (32/64 bit).\nMicrosoft Windows XP (32 bit only).\nMac OS X 10.6.2/10.5.6/10.4.11.
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.68 x 0.378 x 6.61
Minimum system requirements:-Windows: 800 MHz Celeron class processor\n-Macintosh: Intel/PowerPC G3+ processor / Windows: 800 MHz Celeron class processor.\nMacintosh: Intel/PowerPC G3/G4/G5 processor.

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Interface Type:USB 2.0

Power

Battery life (max):336
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:100
Minimum RAM:128

Technical Details

Digital Rights Management (DRM):EPUB eBooks (Adept) BBeB eBooks (Marlin)
Languages support:DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, JPN
MP3-player: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:7.58