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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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User Reviews

10
funkwaffle
The slow refresh rate on the e-ink display makes the PRS-500 frustrating to...read more
80
Simon Williams
Since I bought it 3 years ago I've rarely left the house without it. I've...read more
80
skipjack
I have enjoyed my E-Reader, the fact it's not locked into Sony's book...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
622
Touchscreen
No
Internal storage
947
Memory card support
Sd, Mmc, Ms duo

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
600 x 800
Touchscreen
No
Screen PPI
170 ppi
Illumination
None

Reading / content

Reading features
Bookmark, Landscape
Downloadable media
No
Text format support (native)
Epub, Pdf, Txt, Rtf, Html, Doc, Other

Connectivity

WiFi
No
USB
1.1

Storage

Internal storage
94 MB
Memory card support
Yes

Media

Audio playback
Yes
Photo viewer
Yes

Input

Keyboard
No
Navigation type
D-pad

Power

Battery type
Li-ion
Pages per charge
7500