Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 (silver)
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: PRS-300SC
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CNET editors' review
price range: $67.49 - $199.00
- 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.
Very pleased with my first ereader.
by jbrubacher on December 29, 2009
Pros: Open ebook file formats and the ability to load and view whatever I want, sturdy feel, perfect size, immortal battery, nice menu layout, clear screen, very light-weight.
Cons: The device very occasionally lags when opening large pdfs, and the Reader library store isn't available in the UK.
Very nice e-reader
by greenfield23 on December 29, 2009
Pros: Beautiful screen
Easy to understand menus
Cons: Limited font size
Summary: I received this e-reader as a present, and have really enjoyed using it. So far, I've found that the Sony online bookstore is well "stocked", but isn't perfect. ...
Summary: I received this e-reader as a present, and have really enjoyed using it. So far, I've found that the Sony online bookstore is well "stocked", but isn't perfect. It seems that it will take a while for publishers to really get on board with the e-reader trend. I'm hoping that this will change as the readers become more popular. The inclusion of Google's selection of free public-domain titles is very nice and expands the catalogue quite a bit. This would have been wonderful when I was in college. As an English Lit major, I would have been able to save a ton of money on required reading materials!
The screen on this reader is very nice. The gray background is very light, and allows the black of the "ink" to really pop. It would be nice if the screen could handle more shades of gray, but I'm willing to forgo crisper, cleaner pictures in order to get cleaner text. I would like the screen to be a bit larger than 5". A 5 1/2" or 6" screen could probably fit into a reader of this size, and would allow the "small" font size to be more usable. On the 5" screen, I'm using the "medium" font setting all the time. This is only an issue because of the increased frequency of page turns.
I like the layout of the menu screens, they are clear and easy to follow. I would like the screen to be more responsive when switching between the options, but this is a characteristic of the e-ink technology used in the screen.
The refresh from page turns is a little slow, but after a few pages it becomes barely noticable.
All in all, I really enjoy this e-reader and would suggest it to anyone who wanted an easy to use, basic e-reader.
Why do some of you think this is a great ereader if...
by malextwo on May 22, 2010
Pros: It's a great sign that people still like to read.
Cons: I don't get all the hoopla...
Summary: I started with a Sony Clie (back in 2000) then on to a Z22 PDA. Both devices (under $150) allowed me multi-formats, backlighting (so I don't wake my spouse ...
Summary: I started with a Sony Clie (back in 2000) then on to a Z22 PDA. Both devices (under $150) allowed me multi-formats, backlighting (so I don't wake my spouse late at nite), AC charging (out of the box), a dictionary that opens to the word I select (w/stylus), horizontal/vertical presentation, three font sizes, plus all the features a PDA normally offers (w/o wi-fi), all in a 4.5x3 inch pkg that fits in my front jeans pocket. Am I spoiled (honestly)? I am pissed that they've stopped making PDA's pretty much anymore only to offer an apparently inferior book reader. I'm serious - please tell me what I'm missing... M
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Entry level disappointment
by GeekGirl83 on December 30, 2009
Pros: Fits in purse
Cons: Slow scroll response, no wireless, too expensive for what it is - try $125 or even $100?
Summary: Simply put, I was playing with a demo model at a chain bookstore (didn't like it then) and talked about getting an e-book reader but I had not yet ...
Summary: Simply put, I was playing with a demo model at a chain bookstore (didn't like it then) and talked about getting an e-book reader but I had not yet explored all the options on the market. This was a Christmas gift - disappointed with the slow scrolling, no wireless capacity, and I found it be heavier than expected and what happens if the battery dies completely? It has to be sent out for service - not convenient. Frankly, the pros (how and where to purchase e-books) listed by the CNET review do not outweight the cons. I like the concept but the execution needs work.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great idea, disappointing execution
by growlia on December 28, 2009
Pros: Size of screen good, font sizes appropriate for all readers.
page flipping slow and irritating
Controls somewhat cumbersome
Syncing with computer library not without problems
E Library expensive
Summary: To produce a reader without a backlight limits its use. My husband purchased this for me so I could read in the car when it's dark out while waiting ...
Summary: To produce a reader without a backlight limits its use. My husband purchased this for me so I could read in the car when it's dark out while waiting for one kid or another and not drain the battery by using the interior light, or at night without struggling with night light or turning on side lamp thus disturbing him.
E Library provided for download carries books (not inexpensive) which can be had for free online. This device going back to store. It is not inexpensive. I can use my iphone to download books and, albeit a small screen, it is backlit and the page turning is instant.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Sony Customer Service Stinks!
by NYMacUser on December 28, 2009
Pros: Light, very portable, great screen
Cons: Can only handle one text format at a time, Sony customer service STINKS - they have no idea what to do with Mac users
Summary: One of the main reasons I chose the Sony Reader over the Kindle was the range of text formats it can handle - PDF, ePub, etc. Only, once I set ...
Summary: One of the main reasons I chose the Sony Reader over the Kindle was the range of text formats it can handle - PDF, ePub, etc. Only, once I set up my Reader and downloaded several books from my library, I found the device can only handle one format at a time. I downloaded one PDF and one ePub format, and was not able to view the books. After some research, I found that this was because the Reader can only have one format at a time on it, and had to delete both books and start from scratch. This is beyond a major glitch, and I'm amazed that no review I read anywhere pointed this fact out. If you have to delete all previous books just to download a new format, what's the point in having so many formats available? Might as well have gone for the Kindle if I wanted a single-format reader.
Another major issue is Sony's customer service. After having to delete both books as I said above, the Reader started showing me: Warning Fsk error, code = -43 every time I connect the Reader to my MacBook. OK, let's see what that means...
The Reader itself comes with what amounts to a leaflet/quick start guide - no user manual - so if you have any trouble, you have to go to the Sony website which consistently has problems. I spent about 40 minutes chatting online with a rep, who told me I had to speak live with a specialist and gave me a number that was busy for 2 straight days. OK, let's call the 800 number from the trusty leaflet. I spent about another 45 mins on hold last week before giving up, and tried again today. I called over an hour ago, stayed on hold for someone to tell me I needed to speak with a specialist and put me back on hold until finally my phone died on me. My phone ran out of juice waiting on hold. Really, Sony???
It's unfortunate that Sony can't manage to get their customer service together, and that the Reader can't handle more than one text format at a time. It's going back to Sony and I'm getting a Kindle.
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- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: PRS-300SC
- 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 Silver
- 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