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Sony PRS-505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1844 reviews of Sony PRS-505. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and screen. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the reliability and price. There are some mixed views about the performance.

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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-505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony PRS-505

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 860 user reviews of Sony PRS-505 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the size and price are overall positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony PRS-505/LC Blue Digital Book ReaderSony PRS-505/LC Blue Digital Book Reader

Dec, 2018

Recommended!

Expert review by : Riyad Emeran (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Reader PRS-505 - eBook Reader

 

Sony finally brings its eBook reader to the UK, but was it worth the wait? Updated with video review.

The eBook revolution won’t be for everyone, but if you’re willing to give digital books a try, the Sony Reader is well worth investing in. The screen on this device is nothing short of staggering, and with 6,800 page turns between battery charges, you...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony PRS-505 Reader review

 

A sharp marketeer called the Reader the ‘iPod of books'. But is it as revolutionary as that?

Outclassed by paper books, but the best of the ebook reader bunch. If only the ebooks themselves were cheaper

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

A sharp marketeer called the Reader the ‘iPod of books'. But is it as revolutionary as that?

Outclassed by paper books, but the best of the ebook reader bunch. If only the ebooks themselves were cheaper

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Rosemary Hattersley (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Reader PRS-505 review

 

Sony's Reader is a leatherbound handheld device that allows you to carry hundreds of novels and reference books in electronic form. This latest version can now play MP3 music files and also recognise a greater range of file formats.

This lightweight and attractive electronic book reader will either delight or aggrieve bookworms, so sound them out if you’re thinking of treating someone for Christmas. We’d prefer to see more generous onboard memory included and Mac support, yet...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Reader PRS-505 review

 

Sony's Reader is an eBook viewer that comes in a smart leather case.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony Reader PRS-505

 

Developed inconjunction with E Ink®, the E Ink Corporation in the United States. E Ink® is an example of what is known as an EPD (“Electronic Paper Display”) and allows text and black-and-white images to be displayed in high resolution, and high...

The necessary software – that is, Sony eBook Library – and instructions (a “quick start” guide, and full user guide) to get you started are included, as is a soft carrying case. Other, more robust, cases are available as optional extras.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony Reader eBook PRS-505

 

released in 2006, which have seen increases of between 100% and 150% in the same time period. The Sony Reader PRS-505 is due to launch in the UK in September 2008, and – following its success in the United States, [...]

May, 2012

Expert review by : electricpig.co.uk (electricpig.co.uk)

Sony E-Reader PRS-505 review

 

The PRS-505 is one sexy, highly desirable gadget

Looks great, feels great, easy to use one handed

Sluggish performance

Jul, 2009

Expert review by (itreviews.co.uk)

Sony - Reader PRS-505

 

Ebooks have been around for a long time, but they've never really captured the public's imagination. One way to get over that hurdle is with well designed, easy to use, cool-looking kit. Sony's Reader PRS-505 is ...

The Reader PRS-505 is the most elegant device of its type we have seen. It is expensive, though, and you may want to abandon Sony's PC software. If you are a Mac user you'll need to find another software solution anyway, as the Mac is not supported.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Techworld (techworld.com)

Sony Reader PRS-505 review

 

This lightweight and attractive electronic book reader will either delight or aggrieve bookworms, so sound them out if you’re thinking of treating someone for Christmas. We’d prefer to see more generous onboard memory included and Mac support, yet...

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

The Reader Digital Book holds about 160 eBooks. Its portable size makes it the perfect travel companion, allowing you to read a variety of books whenever and wherever you want. With thousands of eBook titles available at The eBook Store from Sony, you can choose to download new releases, classics and popular book titles as well as view other document formats such as Adobe PDF10, RTF, TXT, BBeB and Microsoft Word. Its long battery life lasts up to 7,500 continuous page turns, and the amazing paper-like screen technology is easy on the eyes.

Battery

Technology:Lithium Ion

Colour

Colour of product:White

Design

Colour of product:White

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8cm
Height:17.5cm
Weight:255g
Width:12.2cm

Display

Diagonal:15.2
Display diagonal:15.2
Gray scale levels:8
Resolution (black and white, standard mode):170
Technology:E Ink

Display (Projector)

Colour Support:3-bit (8 grey levels)
Diagonal Size:6in
Diagonal Size (metric):15.2cm
Technology:E Ink

Features

Digital Rights Management (DRM):BBeB Book (Marlin)

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3 / MP3
Document formats supported:bbeb, pdf, rtf / RTF, TXT
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG

GPS System

GPS Navigation: None

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:PRS505S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Reader Digital Book

Memory

Internal storage capacity:0.1875 / 0.25

Modem

Type: None

OS Provided

Type:Sony Reader Software

Other features

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional/Media Center/Media Center 2004/Media Center 2005,\nWindows Vista Home Basic/ Home Premium/Business/Ultimate / Windows XP (Home Edition / Professional, Media Center Edition, Media Center Edition 2004, Media Center Edition 2005) & Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate) / Windows XP (Home Edition/Professional, Media Center Edition, Media Center Edition 2004, Media Center Edition 2005), Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, Windows Vista 64-bit Update).
Dimensions (WxDxH):122 x 7.6 x 175.3 / 175 x 122 x 8
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM / CD-ROM, USB

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Interface Type:USB 2.0

Power

Battery life (max):7
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:eBook Library 2.0

System

Handheld Type:eBook reader

System requirements

Mac operating systems supported: No
Minimum hard disk space:20 / 256
Minimum processor:800 MHz Intel Celeron / 800MHz / Intel Celeron 800MHz
Minimum RAM:128

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / XP

Technical Details

Digital Rights Management (DRM):BBeB Book (Marlin)

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (W x D x H):175.3 x 121.9 x 7.62
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):175.3 x 121.9 x 7.62
Weight:255.1 / 260