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Sony PRS-T1 6" Digital E-Ink Pearl eReader with Wi-Fi (Black)

3.7 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
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  • Borrow free books from your local public library or download Google public domain books. Plus, get immediate access to websites like Wikipedia and Google search.
  • With a crystal clear paper like screen, you can read for hours, even in direct sunlight. The screen has no backlight or flicker like a standard LCD screen and features 8 adjustable font sizes plus adjustable contrast and brightness
  • Enjoy a whole library in your hands. Store up to 1200 titles on 2GB of included memory or add optional MicroSD media to expand your storage to 32GB. Customizable file management also lets you manage your ebooks and music from within your Reader
  • Plug in your headphones to listen to audio books or to music as you read
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Technical Details

  • Bonus New in Box AC/USB Adapter valued at $24.99 included

Product Description

Product Description


From the Manufacturer

It's here: the world's lightest 6" e-Reader with a lovably glare-free, paper-like display designed for hours of comfortable reading, even in direct sunlight. Use your fingertips to select a title, turn the page or zoom in and out. Wirelessly shop books, magazines and newspapers at Reader Store and get instantaneous access to websites like Wikipedia and Google search.

Treasure your favorite books, magazines and more on the paper-like touch screen of the world's lightest 6" e-Reader3. Get the titles you want at Reader Store or borrow from your local public library wirelessly.

Sony PRS-T1
Use your fingertips to select a title, turn the page or zoom in and out
The Titles You Want on Tap

Line the shelves of your virtual library with the hottest new releases, page-turning bestsellers and classics close to your heart. Choose the books, newspapers and magazines you want to download at Reader Store.

Feel Free to Borrow

Want an eBook to read for free? Pay a virtual visit to your local library any time of the day or night without setting foot outside your home. Tap the Public Library icon to wirelessly peruse, borrow and download eBooks from local public libraries directly to the device.

Will Travel

At less than 6 ounces and lighter than most paperbacks, the small, fiercely stylish Reader Wi-Fi is the lightest 6" e-Reader there is. Simply pop it in a purse, pocket or bag and keep your reading material constantly close at hand.

Sony PRS-T1
The world's lightest e-Reader with a glare-free, paper-like display for comfortable reading
Fetching Display

A simple touch to the Clear Enhanced display calls up your favorite books, while a swipe of the finger turns their pages and a pinch of two fingers can zoom in and out. Your eyes will thank you for the natural reading experience the E-Ink Pearl V220 anti-glare screen provides, especially in direct sunlight.

Serious Book Smarts

Tap and hold your finger on any words you don't recognize for instant access to two on-board English dictionaries, as well as 10 additional foreign language dictionaries. Use the note-taking feature to highlight important text or jot down notes with your finger or the included stylus.

A Long, Healthy Life

Make it through your next long ride, flight or vacation without the need to plug in your Reader Wi-Fi since a single charge lasts over a month or up to 14,000 continuous page turns, whichever comes first.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.8 x 3.5 x 4.3 inches
Item Weight 10.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 11.2 ounces
Manufacturer Sony
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Item model number PRST1BC
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Date first available at Amazon.com September 12, 2011

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As the title suggests, my focus of this review is using the Sony Reader as a tool for reading PDF files.

As a LOT of products (software, electronic gadgets, etc) don't print manuals anymore, I've amassed a bunch of PDF files that I would love to have easier access to, while on a plane, doing my business in the "library", lying in bed, or wherever. Realizing some kind of "e-reader" might just let me do casual PDF perusing under those aforementioned conditions, I started researching some of the e-readers a few months ago. After lots of Googling, browsing, and reading, it seemed that most of the then-on-the-market readers didn't handle PDF files so well. From what I read though, one of the older Sony readers was significantly better than the rest (Kindle, Nook, etc) for handling PDF's and when I learned that Sony was releasing the PRS-T1, I was hoping it was an above average PDF-reader as well.

So I went to YouTube to watch a few video reviews for the PRS-T1 and a few other readers that particularly addressed PDF viewing. I was impressed enough with what they said and with the price, that I went ahead and bought one (the Sony PRS-T1). Some other models didn't pan so easily or zoom as clearly.

And how is it? Well, from lots of other video reviews I saw, this really does handle PDF files better than a lot of older readers. LIKE a lot of other readers though, it is dependent on how graphics intensive the PDF file is. It handles graphics well-enough, but given the smaller screen size, it takes a bit of panning to sometimes see all of the graphic, and depending on the graphics complexity, it can also require a bit more processing/redraw time for the page view to fully come up.
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overall this is a wonderful reader. you don't have to pay extra to get a version without ads. sony has been in the ereader business long before it was mainstream. the new improvement in adding the wifi to its reader and bring the price down to 149 is long over-dued and in my opinion is the main reasons that has kept it from competing well and being as well known as the other big name readers we all know now. this version is made in a feather light weight plastic and rubber and a touch of metal instead of the aluminum that the others were. the touch screen is very responsive and you can change which way for the swipe. there are more options of fonts and sizes than before. the multi language built in dictionary, notation, search on google and wikipedia are well implemented. the online reader store experience is decent and has the usual best sellers at about the same prices as all other online sellers.

the sony reader store itself has always been a bit quirky and at times difficult and slow. the web estore is fast but it only lets you see the books; to buy the books, you either go online thru the ereader itself or the desktop app. the desktop app has been the vain of my existence but probably because i run it on a mac however even when i run it on the windows side, i still have the program freeze or hang. the new desktop app has an annoying feature: you can't delete books that are purchased. it wouldn't be a big deal but it imported my library 5 times and now i have duplicates that i can't get rid of and uninstalling the program didn't help.

the great thing is about this reader is that you can bypass the sony reader store and buy your books from any other online seller that sells books that are multi-format that are epub.
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I have the red version of this reader, identical to this except for its color, which I had a rough honeymoon with but have ultimately come to love when I'm using it for its most important purpose, reading. The touch screen is very sensitive, it's beautiful and light weight, there are multiple fonts and text sizes to choose from, and the wifi feature, especially the ability to connect directly with my local libraries to borrow books, is a mostly wonderful option.

Maybe because this reader can do so many things, it's more finicky than my Sony 350 which is a generation older than the PRS-T1. I have never had my 350 freeze, but in the short time that I've had the PRS-T1 I've had to reset it 4 times. Usually it has happened when I'm flicking the "pages", something that works perfectly most of the time, which somehow sets off wild unstoppable page turning ultimately freezing the device.

If you are used to earlier Sony readers, this one requires a tap, tap-hold-for-2-seconds instead of a quick double tap to highlight or call up dictionary definitions, which was a little hard for me to get the hang of at first. The good news is that the new tap, tap-hold-for-2-seconds also calls up a menu with options for text word search, google, wikipedia and note taking--it's very exciting to be able to google or wikipedia right from the reader. The bad news is that if you are used to how a tablet can access the internet, the PRS-T1 will seem slow and clunky. There are multiple negative-to-positive page flashes when navigating down a page or sometimes even when typing, which is distracting and annoying. Also the stylus is much bigger on this model and doesn't slide into the reader the way the 350 stylus does.
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