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Sony PRS-700

We have collected and analysed 13 expert reviews and 139 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 71/100 and users rate it 77/100. The average review date is 01-08-2009. We have compared these reviews to 130059 reviews from other eReaders. The alaScore™ for this product is 83/100 = Very good. Last update: 13-12-2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony PRS-700


alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Sony PRS-700 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the price and screen. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the reliability.

portability, usability, performance, screen, price


76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Alun Taylor (

Hands on with Sony's PRS-700 ebook reader


Real page turner...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Candice Chan (

Review: Sony PRS-700


The slick touchscreen and clean menus make the PRS-700 easy to befriend. Reading aficionados will appreciate the gesture-controlled page turns and the LED sidelights. Though...

User interface is a breeze. Handles PDFs like a pro. Sidelights are a blessing for considerate insomniacs

Screen looks better than it works: Major glare kills eyes, some text looks fuzzy, and touch controls are finicky

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (

Sony PRS-700 E-book Reader Home Theater Review


Has touchscreen ; Can use Google's digital books

Inelegant interface ; Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700 ; PRS-700 E-book Reader Review, by Melissa J. Perenson, PC World March 24, 2009 ; The overhyped and feature-heavy Amazon Kindle 2 has a challenger: The Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700 weighs in at...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Dan Costa (

Sony Reader Digital Book (PRS-700)


With the Amazon Kindle sold out, Sony's Reader is the best e-book reader you can buy right now.

Touch-sensitive screen. Streamlined interface. Attractive design.

Pricey. Doesn't provide wireless download of titles (unlike Amazon's Kindle). LED sidelights aren't very strong.

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Dec, 2008

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC - eBook reader - Sony Reader Software - 6 review: Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC - eBook reader - Sony Reader S


Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC - eBook reader - Sony Reader Software - 6

The PRS-700 is sleeker than the Kindle; faster processor speeds up the device; new touch-screen interface offers better ergonomics and is easier to use; with the addition of an optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing...

New touch screen is more glare-prone and doesn't have as much contrast as Amazon's Kindle or Sony's PRS-505; built-in lighting is from the screen periphery and is not true backlighting; eBook Library software isn't available for Mac owners; there's no...

The PRS-700 takes one step forward for Sony digital readers--and a couple leaps back.

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Matt Safford (

Sony PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book Review and Ratings


Sony's touch-screen e-book reader is good with PDFs and simple to navigate, but its screen is hard to read in direct sunlight. At $299, Amazon's Kindle 2 remains a slightly better deal for don't need native PDF support.

Native PDF support ; Touch screen simplifies navigation ; Solid all-metal construction ; Built-in LED reading light

Touch-screen reflectivity problems ; More expensive than Amazon Kindle 2, yet lacks wireless delivery service

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Barbara Krasnoff (

The e-book challenge: Sony Reader PRS-700 takes on Amazon's Kindle 2


The Kindle 2 e-book reader has become one of the best-known consumer tech products. Now, Sony's Reader PRS-700 is trying to get on top.

Whether you want to purchase an e-reader depends both on how much of a reader you are and how comfortable you are reading from a netbook, a smartphone or some other mobile device. There are sources for electronic literature that don't involve a...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Wilson Rothman (

Sony PRS-700 Reader Review: Blinding Glare Kills All Improvements


Though it must scare the crap out of the publishing biz, we will all one day carry ebook readers. In the US, Sony and Amazon have led the way with imp...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Wilson Rothman (

Sony PRS-700 Reader Review: Blinding Glare Kills All Improvements


Though it must scare the crap out of the publishing biz, we will all one day carry ebook readers. In the US, Sony and Amazon have led the way with impressive E-Ink systems that prove that digital displays can be as readable as ink on paper. For this...

that left a lot of readers caught in the middle. The Kindle had usability benefits—download direct to device; nice button array—that the Reader did not. Meanwhile, the Sony had a friendliness to third-party files that Amazon did not share. Clearly, in...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Lisa Gade (

Sony Reader PRS-700


As an avid book reader, I've been a fan of the Sony Reader line of devices since the PRS-500 came out 2 years ago. With the PRS-505, released last year, things got even better-- the 505 was faster, had a whiter virtual page and even better contrast....

Responsive touch screen and excellent user interface. Navigating through books, notes and where you left off in a book is quick and easy. Nice design, more attractive than the Kindle. The touch screen means there's no need for a hardware keyboard...

Screen has less contrast and clarity than earlier Sony Readers and the Amazon Kindle.

Sony has worked a near miracle with their touch screen and touch-centric user interface. The Reader is simply a joy to use in terms of ergonomics, control and navigation. This is by far the most natural way to manage, navigate and read books we've seen...

Nov, 2008