27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Brilliantly Executed Device,
This review is from: Sony Pocket Edition Reader Silver, PRS350SC (Personal Computers)
I had my eye on these devices for some time, and with all these new products hitting the market, spent considerable time researching options. There are several websites that are dedicated solely to reviewing these products. When the price dropped to $149.00 for the PRS-350, I pounced. For me, the form factor of this light and sleek device, along with access to my local library's trove of current e-pub books, made this my choice. I am very happy with it, and it is a pleasure to use. The access to what are thousands of free books from the library system and Google books were also important factors for me. Just browsing through the offerings of my library's "Digital Doorway" system shows I won't run out of good reading material for some time. The ability to put PDFs on the device was another big factor. I am in the investment business, and often get large prospectuses and offering statements in PDF format, and I absolutely hate the discomfort of reading detailed, technical 75 page long documents on a desktop.
It IS actually pocketable. It fits through the side slash of just about any pants pocket and is thin enough to carry this way. The contrast on the display and the page-like quality of the background are very easy on the eyes. Shifting font size is quick and easy.
Many will be disappointed with the lack of Wi-Fi or 3G. It should not be a factor for most people. For one, choosing a book is a more deliberate purchasing process, and not neccesarily one you'll be doing away from home or where there happens to be access. And feeding another broadband pipe on a monthly basis is not something I'm willing to do. Transfer rates are very fast through the USB: 300 page books download over in mere seconds to the Reader desktop software, and get dropped into the Reader itself instantaneously by drag and drop.
It also occurs to me I have never been disappointed with any Sony product I have ever purchased. They cost more than other brands, but the build quality and the feature set of just about anything they make- camera, TV, car audio, even my old Walkmans- are certainly worth it. No doubt cheaper and better units will be offered as time goes on- that's tech- but I was happy to start indulging myself with this device.