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Sony PRS-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews of Sony PRS-500. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the design and battery are on the whole positive. The screen and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the durability and performance. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony PRS-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 user reviews of Sony PRS-500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Reviews about the design and size are generally positive. The screen and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability and reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

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65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader SystemSony PRS-500 Portable Reader System

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Barry de la Rosa (

Sony Reader


It's clear that Sony has put a lot of work into the Reader, paying attention to both looks and usability. It oozes class. If you thought eBooks might be nerdy, the Sony could convert style-conscious philistines into bookworms. The menu system is easy...

Books have never been so sexy. Easy to use and pretty to look at.

Jan, 2009

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Sony Reader review


The Sony Reader Pocket Edition is a small pocket-sized eBook that makes it possible to carry along hundreds of books inside your pocket. The Reader Pocket Edition has a stylish appearance featuring clear buttons and icons, a fast processor, and a...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Holden Frith (

Sony Reader


Inside the unassuming case of the Sony Reader is one ambitious device. It aims not only to compete with the Kindle, a similar e-book sold by Amazon, but also to overturn hundreds of years of publishing tradition and render the book obsolete. It's not...

Pleasing design, clear screen, excellent battery life and huge capacity

Expensive, lacking in connectivity and features, and slightly soulless

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System review: Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System


Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System

Slim and relatively lightweight; screen requires no backlight and is easy to read in bright environments; with the addition of optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; font size can be...

Overall, the unit feels a tad sluggish, with a short but noticeable delay when turning a page; controls aren't as intuitive as they could be; interface could be slightly easier to use; Sony's online Connect bookstore is still a work in progress;...

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.

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Dan Costa (

Sony Portable Reader System (PRS-500)


Sony's upcoming Reader device could breathe new life into the e-book market.

Easy-to-read display. Long battery life. Reads non-DRM file formats, such as RTF and PDFs. Adjustable text size.

Limited eBook selection on Sony Connect. Won?t work with protected PDFs. RSS feeds look a little choppy. Sluggish performance. No backlight. ; Watch the Sony Reader (PRS-500) Video Review!

that battery life comes at a cost. the reader has no backlight, which means you really have to be in a well-lit area or even—gasp—use a reading light to see the non-reflective screen. for some people this is a deal-breaker, but it doesn't bother me so...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Rachel Metz (

Sony Reader PRS-500


The Sony Reader is easy on the eyes but in some ways feels like a first effort.

Sharp E Ink screen • Long battery life • Can listen to music while reading

Too many buttons • No backlight • Can't make notes or search text

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Tom Martin (

Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader Digital eBook


Judging by our tests, Sony's attempt to re-invent the electronic book is very well executed and is in many ways a brilliant device. It might even succeed.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : David Dritsas (

Review: Sony Reader


Remember the Rocket eBook; the handheld device that stored and displayed e-books? If you don't, it's not surprising. That and products like it boasted they would put print books to rest, but instead found themselves the ones to be put six feet under....

So, who's going to use this? I'm not sure it's for everybody. Most people carry around one book at a time, so why have a device that carries many? And personal library builders who like to show off their collections more than their gadgets won't see...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Troy Dreier (

Sony Reader - Advances Age of the Electronic Page


Sony's Reader uses a new on-screen printing technology called E-Ink, which gives letters the crispness of printed fonts and the rest of the screen the matte look of paper. Sure, you always know you're looking at an electronic gadget, but the effect is...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Douglas Moran (

The Sony Reader Review


If you read my intro to eBooks, you'll know that I'm a big eBook fan. So I was really excited to get a look at the new Sony Reader, a dedicated eBook reader that uses the (new! revolutionary!) e-ink technology. Look, I don't know how revolutionary the...

Mar, 2007