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CNET says:

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Though the Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System is an impressive platform for reading e-books and other documents, the price and availability of compatible "books" makes it a tougher sell. quote


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Critic reviews

7.2
4 reviews
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    9.1
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Store and selection of titles
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    6.5
  • Document support
    6.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.1

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User reviews

6.4
5 reviews
  • Display / readability
    8.0
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    6.0
  • Store and selection of titles
  • Ease of use
    10
  • Document support
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Durability
    10
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
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    8.0
7.0
CNET Jun 28, 2007

Though the Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System is an impressive platform for reading e-books and other documents, the price and availability of compatible "books" makes it a tougher sell.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 18, 2006

This is the best eBook reader that has ever been made, but it could still use some tweaks when it comes to ease of use and performance.

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8.0
Mobile Tech Review Nov 1, 2006

Its larger and higher resolution display makes reading more pleasureable than on a PDA. Though in these days of convergence, it might be hard to convince folks to carry one more gadget in their bags.

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7.0
The Gadgeteer Sep 5, 2007

It’s the most viable e-book reader with a digital ink display right now, but whether it is worth buying depends on whether you think $300 for a dedicated e-book device is a good deal, especially given that there are plenty of other devices you can read with.

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7.0
Bluejack Bluejack

E-Ink is great for reading, and this feels much nicer in the hand than any kindle. The buttons are a little weird, but not as weird as Kindle's. (Is there some reason ebook designers feel the need to completely reinvent industrial design?) There are some major drawbacks: 1) Sony store,...

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8.0
Ultim8Fury Ultim8Fury

Since I bought it 3 years ago I've rarely left the house without it. I've read thousands of books on it and my only gripe is the poor quality software supplied by Sony. There is however an excellent alternative supplied by the mobileread.com community in the form of Calibre. If you want...

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8.0
skipjack skipjack

I have enjoyed my E-Reader, the fact it's not locked into Sony's book store it great. Since I use Vista 64 I can't use their store anyhow. I did have to use a friends computer to activate it, after that I just put books from Baen's site on an SD card. With a 4G card I have...

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1.0
funkwaffle funkwaffle

The slow refresh rate on the e-ink display makes the PRS-500 frustrating to use at best. Even navigating the menu is disappointingly and maddeningly slow. While it does handle PDFs the processing time on top of the refresh rate results in a painful wait between pages. Should you accidentally...

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