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Can be charged from computer only
on March 6, 2012
I'm using PRS350SC for about a year. General impression: very good hardware but user unfriendly. For instance, the Reader can not be charged from USB wall charger, only from working computer! It means that if I'm traveling without laptop (say, with tablet only) then I just can not charge the reader!
Sometimes turned page leaves "trace" of previous text. The new page is displayed but background looks grey with white letters from previous page. It is required to turn page back and forth to remove it.
Ergonomics is not good. Going to certain chapter requires many steps. Making note is just a pain. No "copy" and "paste", etc.
Although it supports .doc and .rtf, do not expect much from it. In most cases, the fonts are either tiny or large and can not be adjusted to desired size. HTML is also hard to read. These formats can be converted to lrf or epub but preserving table of contents and chapters is not always possible (and always a pain)
Pdfs are usually displayed well. Font size can be adjusted. However if font size is different from default then graphs and tables are not displayed. In order to see them the size needs to be changed to default (and then back for convenient reading)
Epub is displayed well. This format and Sony's lrf are the best.
Supplied library program is not really usable. It just copies files to device. Use Caliber instead.
I read in English, Hebrew and Russian. I succeeded to install Russian (unofficial edition) but not Hebrew. Knew that in advance however. No way to install additional dictionaries.
The screen is small so reading speed is reduced compared to larger devices. Of course, it is natural for pocket size.
Bottom line: nicely build and really cool but designed with little thinking about user needs