Sony Reader PRS-500

75
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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CNET says:

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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Model

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
no
Internal storage
94 MB

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome (4 grayscale levels)
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
600 x 800
Touchscreen
no
Screen PPI
170 ppi
Illumination
None

Reading / content

Reading features
Bookmarks, Landscape view
Downloadable media
no
Text format support (native)
EPUB, Adobe PDF (pdf), Plain text (txt), Rich text (rtf), HTML pages (html), Microsoft Word (doc), Other

Media

Audio playback
yes (AAC, MP3) (None) (no)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG, PNG)

Input

Keyboard
no
Navigation type
D-pad

Connectivity

WiFi
no
USB
1.1 (Mini-USB port)

Storage

Internal storage
94 MB
Memory card support
yes (SD, MMC, Memory Stick Duo)

Power

Battery type
Li-ion
Pages per charge
7500