The new PRS-600, available in Silver or Black is the latest and updated version of last years Sony ebook reader, the 1st thing that’s noticeable straight off the bat is the screen is way way more responsive than all of its predecessors.
The user interface is ergonomically much more pleasing on the eye and this goes hand in hand with the ease of use that comes with using it. The battery life is pretty good and the storage capacity can handle tens of thousands of digital books. Sony has implemented to storage capacity formats with the Sony PRS-600, obviously the usual Mem Stick Pro slot but also an SD slot is also included.
Utilizing 5 different font styles the ebook reader can display in PDF and Word format with zoom functional on both. It can easily double as an MP3 player aswell as an AAC playback device thanks to the onboard decoder. All of Sonys ebook libray is Mac as well as Windows compatible and will display most common image file formats.
The Sony Ebook Reader allos the user to browse through many free classic Google Books aswell as being able to tap into the local libraries vast lists of loaner files.
In this day and age Sony has neglected to include a wireless chip in the device meaning it’s cut off from the outside world and yes The Internet too. So forget about surfing the net or downloading ebooks or digital books straight to the device, you’ll need to hook it up to your PC to transfer all files. The screen is as you’d expect from a Sony device very crisp and focused but thanks to its shiny sheen coating the screen surface it does leave it open to awkard glare-backs.
USB charging will only operate when plugged into a PC, so no portable charging from an AC/DC to USB converter and forget about replacing the battery because it’s moulded into the device.
On the whole it’s an excellent ebook reader, but that is all it ever will be with it’s limited other functions and zero internet ability.
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