Sony Reader PRS-300 Pocket Edition

  • Sony Reader PRS-300 Pocket Edition
73
Based on 22 scores, 34 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    1
  • Good:
    9
  • Average:
    9
  • Bad:
    3

Pros:

  • More compact than competing e-readers; metal body feels more durable than plasticky competition; generous button layout makes navigation simple
  • Sharp, clear screen, No glare, Compact form, Low price
  • Looks and feels lovely. Crisp e-Ink screen. Compact

Cons:

  • Other e-book readers at this price have bigger screens, more features; no Wi-Fi or wireless capabilities; storage not upgradable
  • No dictionary, Some people may feel that no expansion cards and no mp3 player is a problem

Expert reviews and ratings

By Computer Shopper on 74

Sony’s budget-price Pocket Edition is a compact, solid, easy-to-use e-reader. But even after a price drop to $149, it's a little overpriced for the feature set....

By Tracy and Matt's Blog on -

The Sony Reader PRS-300 Pocket Edition (what a mouthful!) is a very basic and compact E Reader tailored for people on a budget due to its lack of extra features that most of its competition include. The simplicity of it means that it does what it does...

By PC Advisor on 90

dfhsWith direct hook-up to a lending library and links to extra reading materials, Sony has addressed criticisms of its limited e-book options. The Sony Reader PRS 300 Pocket Edition's build is solid, the battery life is long and the design is up to...

By IT PRO on -

There’s no chance to annotate documents or expand its capacity, but if you’re after a highly portable device that can be loaded up with reference material, the PRS-300 is for you. If web browsing is more important, hang on for the next-gen Kindle or a...

By V3.co.uk on 80

An impressive little reader that does its job well Good points Good size; easy to read text on screen Bad points Screen might be too small for some; cannot annotate books; suffers from ‘blinking’ when pages are turned...

By The Gadgeteer on -

I posted a review of the new Sony Touch Edition reader (PRS-600). That reader has a touch screen, dictionary, note-taking abilities, and it retails for $299.99. It’s a fabulous reader, but it does have a problem with screen glare. It’s...

By GadgetSpeak on 80

Recently I told you about the Cool-Er the first such device I had reviewed; here is an even smaller unit from Sony. Sony has the advantage of having produced such devices for a while so this is actually something like generation...

By Stuff.tv on 80

Compact and stylish, but otherwise pretty much like every other e-reader out there...

By GadgetRepublic on -

The Sony Reader: Pocket Edition is lightweight, easy to set up and aside from puchasing books, free online reading material is plentiful.I maintain that there is nothing like the beautiful array of smells that one experiences with new books, old...

By Bit-tech.net on 60

Both the Pocket and the Cool-er primarily use the ePub format, so your eLibrary will probably be transferable to future eBook...

By About.com on 80

If big things truly come in small packages, then Sony's petite PRS-300 Reader Pocket Edition has a lot to live up to. With a 5-inch E-ink display, the Pocket Reader is the smallest offering so far from the major eBook Reader manufacturers. But...

By Macworld on 70

E-books have numerous benefits. Eliminating paper saves resources. E-book readers take up little room in travelers' backpacks and purses, and yet can store the equivalent of a whole bookshelf. You don't have to go anywhere to buy or borrow an...

By Expert Reviews on 60

With little improvement over the original model and lots of missing features, the Pocket Edition isn't Sony's best Reader....

By PC Mag on 70

A low-cost, small-form-factor device, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition bests other e-book readers on design, if not features and...

By PC Pro on 67

It has its limitations, but it's a wonderfully built eBook reader at a very affordable price...

By Blogcritics on -

If your reading taste trends towards the major bestsellers and contemporary titles, the pricing is reasonable by eBook standards with many of them priced at $9.99. If your reading tastes are a bit more obscure, you're going to have mixed results. ...

By SmartComputing on -

It seems everyone has a new ereader on the market lately. Barnes & Noble, Creative, and others have entered the ereader arena, with Amazon’s Kindle remaining a staple in the category. Though the market is still developing, predictions of a rise in...

By Pocket-lint on 80

The PRS-300 isn't cheap, but it looks and feels like a quality device and does what it is supposed to do, which is let you comfortably read your books, without having to lug around a bag of paper...

By RegHardware on 70

Sony has missed an opportunity to pitch the Pocket Edition as the iPod Nano to the Touch Edition's iPod Touch. Sure the Pocket is a fine bit of kit as far as it goes – it's well made, light, compact and provides a fine reading experience...

By PCWorld on 82

The Sony Reader Pocket Edition (PRS-300) is about as inexpensive as e-book readers corrently get: $199 for a slim gadget with a 5-inch, 8-grayscale E Ink screen. It lacks extras that some competitors (most notably the similarly priced Astak EZReader...