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Sony Reader Pocket Edition Silver PRS-300SC
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- 5-inch Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300SC E-Book Reader General Features: Color: Silver
- Lightweight and thin design i.MX1L processor E Ink Technology Vizplex 5-inch screen
- 800 x 600 resolution 8-level gray scale Carry up to 350 of your favorite books at a time
- Access a wide number of online bookstores Paper-like display for easy, natural reading
- Intuitive eBook Library software for PC and Mac
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Digital book offers a lightweight, compact design for easy reading on the go. Simply slip it into a purse or jacket pocket. Reader Pocket Edition features a 5 LCD screen with 800 x 600 pixels, three adjustable font sizes, and eight-level gray scale. 512MB of onboard memory lets you carry up to 350 of your favorite books at a time. Transfer eBooks and charge your digital book using a single USB 2.0 cable. E Ink Vizplex screen technology delivers an amazing, paper-like display thats more like ink on paper and fully readable in direct sunlight. Reader Library 3.0 software works with both PCs and Macs. Digital book supports multiple formats, PDF, MS Word, BBeB book and ePub open format. Single battery charge lasts 14 days or 7,500 continuous page turns. Digital book uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (DC 3.7 V).
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What drove me away from the PRS-600 (which otherwise has a whole bunch of useful extra features) is the fact that the screen isn't as clear as the PRS-300 due to the extra layer for the touchscreen. In fact, the PRS-300 supposedly has the best and most contrasty screen of any reader currently in production. And this is the main reason that finally decided it for me. I want my reading experience to be as close to reading a book as possible.
To those who complain that this reader is missing a wireless connection I will say this: you are a bit misguided my friends. In fact, I wouldn't have bought this reader if it had a wireless connection (like the Kindle). A book doesn't have wireless and it works just fine. I don't want to have the surprise to find my books deleted remotely. In fact I love the fact that I can connect my reader to my computer with a cable whenever I want to. Once I load my books on it, a long time will pass before I wish to fiddle with them again. And no, I don't read news on the device. Strictly books.
The device itself is very elegant and well built. Even though the back is not metal (only the front is), the construction feels very sturdy and solid. It's a little bit weighty in your hand, but just enough to not feel flimsy. The first time you lay your eyes on it might be a surprise because the PRS-300 is smaller in person than in pictures. Just so you can get an idea, it has the same width as a classic paperback but it is about 1 inch shorter. I find it very easy to hold in one or two hands.
The buttons are very satisfying to click and I realized that I prefer to use them rather than a touchscreen that can get grimy from all the touching.
The lack of a expansion (SD) slot is not an issue. I've loaded over 22 books on it and I still have over 300 MB left. Those 22 books will probably require 2 years to finish since some of them are over 1000 pages in length. Space is really not an issue here.
The screen is very good but it could have been better. More contrast would be nice but the e-ink technology is still young. I don't mind the fact that it is only 5" instead of 6" because the resolution is the same as for the bigger model.
One other thing that could have been better is the speed of operation. Page turning is reasonably quick, and even though it's not instant, you will get used to the speed after a while. These days I don't even notice it. What would have been nice though is a slightly speedier processor. Some large books (1000+ pages) take a long time to load the first time but I assume that's because the device is trying to format the book for its screen.
Battery life seems adequate, although I haven't reached the claimed 7000-8000 pages with one charge. I've only fully charged the battery once though but on the first charge I must have read about 1000 pages before it gave out. I'm sure battery life will improve after a few charge/discharge cycles.
Another big issue with this reader is that the battery is not user-replaceable. Some people have stayed away from this reader due to this particular reason but I decided that the battery won't lose more than half its capacity in the next 2 years, by which time the device will probably be replaced by something modern anyway so it's really not such a big issue for me.
All these apparent negatives aren't enough for me to give it less than 5 stars because as I said at the beginning, I had researched the PRS-300 thoroughly before I took the plunge and I knew exactly what its limitations were.
2 more things I want to mention before ending this.
1. I didn't use Sony's software. I used the freeware Calibre instead. It's an awesome piece of software although it seems to have some bugs and it is a bit slow in operation.
2. Although Sony doesn't supply the PRS-300 with a wall charger, you can check around your home for a compatible one with a mini-USB plug. I found out that the charger for my Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS works just fine since it has a compatible voltage which is about 5V. A word of warning here: do this at your discretion; I will not be held responsible if you damage your reader by using a 3rd party charger. What worked for me might not necessarily work for you.
es un lector antiguo, no es tactil no tiene wifi y no se puede leer sin luz, pero por un bajo precio puedes tener un lector en el cual guardar tus libros favoritos. la bateria dura hasta 5 dias usandolo unas 3 horas al dia. La experiencia de lectura es simililar al papel impreso. no lo recomiendo para historietas
I think too many people review a product during the first days of owning it, when the excitement of a new toy clouds their objective opinion.
I bought two of these for my wife and me a year ago. We experienced battery issues similar to other reviews. Within a month the battery on my wife's unit wouldn't hold a charge for more than 15 minutes. Mine is still okay over a year later, although will only charge to about 50% original capacity. Both units were used under similar conditions and duration.
However, what really cripples these devices is the software and DRM on the ebooks. We tried to transfer the ebooks from my wife's failing device to mine. No good. To make a long story short, we had to buy all new books at about $10 each. The software is cumbersome and is very much like itunes, which I hate. You can only sync one unit, to one library.
It's not all bad. The screen looks really good and you can easily read in direct sunlight, as advertised. You can also view your own files such as MS-Word and PDF. However, PDFs from scanned images can't be resized, so don't think you are scanning in any old paperbacks.
In summary, if you are single user and don't plan on sharing ebooks, lucky enough not to get a unit with a bad battery, or not planning on buying a lot of ebooks, this isn't a terrible product...it's just not a very good one.
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