Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 (rose)
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: PRS-300RC
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CNET editors' review
price range: $223.32
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 09/08/2009
The good: With its sharp 5-inch screen, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is much more compact than the Kindle 2 and fits comfortably in one hand when reading; font size is adjustable; decent battery life; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows- and Mac-compatible, with best sellers costing $9.99 (just like Amazon); Epub file compatibility lets you access thousands of free classic Google Books and loaner files from many local libraries; also displays Word and PDF files.
The bad: No expandable memory; battery is sealed into unit; screen may be too small for some people; limited zoom function with PDF files; cannot display JPEGs or play back MP3 files; not as zippy as the step-up PRS-600; USB charging only works from PCs.
The bottom line: While Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 has a basic feature set, its $200 price tag, compact size, and Epub file compatibility make it an appealing e-book reader.
Great buy for the money! I think it's perfect!
by TeeRyfic on August 29, 2010
Pros: Small & very portable. It fits great in my purse and in some of my pants pockets that aren't cargo, but have the larger pockets. Comes with a case, love the color! Easy to use & upload books. Easier to hold than a book. Battery life is great!
Cons: Only con I have is that when you plug it in to charge it, it gives you a charging icon but doesn't tell you when it's fully charged while plugged in. It also doesn't give you the option to use the e-reader to look at books while it's plugged in.
Summary: I carry anything from small to large purses. Fits great in everything, but a small clutch (which those are only good for carrying credit cards and a tube of lipstick ...
Summary: I carry anything from small to large purses. Fits great in everything, but a small clutch (which those are only good for carrying credit cards and a tube of lipstick anyway lol). With it's protective case that's included I don't have to worry about it getting scratched. I've had it for about a year and it looks brand new! I get compliments on it ALL THE TIME and it's in such great shape that people think I just purchased it.
I love that the software is so easy to use It's plug and play ready. I hate reading instructions, but I was able to figure out how to load the books and sort them with a few clicks of the mouse. You can sort them very easy and place your series in different groupings to pull them all up at once that way you don't have to search through all of the books that have been loaded onto your e-reader. Very easy to add and remove books.
I normally do not load all of my books on there at once. I just keep about 50 books that I feel I want to read and switch out the others. But, that's just my preference since it can hold so many.
This one isn't the touch screen, but I decided to go with this model because of the fact it isn't a touch screen. I have touch screen phones, but I've noticed on my phones that there is a lot of glare depending on the lighting so figured it would be the same on the e-reader. Touch screens also get dirtier than mine. I hardly ever have to clean it. I took the time to read many reviews on other models before purchasing and found that like the phone a lot of people didn't like the display in certain lighting.
I find the text on this reader reminds me of reading a newspaper because of the coloring of the text. I think they chose a very good color for the text it's easy on the eyes. It is also like looking at a picture with a matte finish instead of glossy like the touch screens are.
The price is great for the device and since it comes with it's own carrying case I didn't have to spend extra money on accessories as with some of the competition. If you only buy books from Barnes and Noble I do want to mention that B & N doesn't offer to allow you to use their books on the device. Sony does give a great listing on their site of different stores you can go to. Also sites online show you what format their books are in so it's easy to see if they are compatible with the e-reader.
At first I thought that the books for the e-reader would be cheaper since there is no cost to print the book, this isn't the case. If you're looking for a cheaper way to purchase books you will probably still have to purchase them on sale through book stores, but it is more convenient to be able to load the book directly, not have to pay for shipping and handling, and the storage space it saves is FANTASTIC!
If you love to read it saves a LOT of shelf space. There are a lot of titles that you can find for free, but these are mainly older books that I've found such as classics. Not a lot of new books that I'm into (Laurell K Hamilton, L J Smith, Charlaine Harris, and Kim Harrison are some examples) can be found for FREE, not that they aren't available to purchase.
I recommend that you look at the files that they support, and then look online at the different e-book websites to see the price on books that you're wanting to buy (normally $10-20 that I've found sometimes cheaper). E-books aren't really CHEAPER than paperback books because "books" you can find on sale a lot, but e-books you can read over and over without wear and tear on your books.
I've found that after reading a few books on my e-reader then going back to a paperback or hardback book I've been spoiled. It seems frustrating to have to hold your place or multi-task while reading an actual book. I love how I can lay the e-reader on the table and read while doing other projects. The screen is very easy to read.
I haven't found that I have a problem with the smaller display not showing as many words as other models. It has an accessible page down button that's easy to use. One click and you're on a roll. I don't find it that slow at loading pages either. The bookmark feature I use a lot when searching through my phone to other books. I normally read one book at a time, but sometimes I use it to find a title or an author to look for other books.
It comes in multiple colors and I think it's a great buy. Touch screens are overrated when it comes to reading because this one's easier on the eyes. So what if you have to click a button? You still have to scroll through pages on the touch screen, then clean your fingerprints off the display.
Can't beat the price! There is a pretty good selection on books as long as you're not wanting just FREE books.
Battery life, I can read quite a few books, and read for a few weeks without having to charge it.
As far as my con that I listed, I don't really know if any e-book gives you the option to use the e-reader while it's charging, but I think it should!
Many Books are 2x Price of Amazon
by Wise30327 on June 4, 2010
Pros: I actually love the little reader but I am sorry I bought it the books I want are often $9.95 on Amazon and $19.95 on the reader.
Cons: Book are too expensive
Summary: If you want a little portable device it works great. It is easy to read and so small it fits anywhere..but if you want the best choice in books ...
Summary: If you want a little portable device it works great. It is easy to read and so small it fits anywhere..but if you want the best choice in books at a reasonable price buy a Kindle. Our 2 readers have cost us so much in expensive books we could bought 2 Kindles ,,,Be careful..
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: PRS-300RC
- Description: Take your favorite books to go with the Reader Pocket Edition by Sony. Its elegant, lightweight design makes it perfect for on-the-go reading. Build your library today at the Reader Store where you can access new releases or choose from over one million free public domain titles from Google Books , or you can visit public libraries to borrow eBooks ,.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type eBook reader
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.2 in x .4 in x 6.2 in
- Weight 7.7 oz
- Color Rose
- Packaged contents Protective cover
- Type 5 in Monochrome E Ink
- Display Resolution 800 x 600
- Display type 5 in E Ink
- Color Depth 3-bit (8 gray levels)
- Max resolution 800 x 600
- Supported Text Formats EPUB ,
- Supported Still Image Formats JPEG
- Battery installed (max) Lithium ion
Expansion and Connectivity
- Interfaces USB 2.0
- Technology / Form Factor Lithium ion
- Battery Life (pages) 7500 pages
- Included Accessories Protective cover
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.2 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 6.2 in
- Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F