Sony Reader PRS-350 Pocket Edition

  • Sony Reader PRS-350 Pocket Edition
77
Based on 25 scores, 29 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    11
  • Average:
    6
  • Bad:
    4

Pros:

  • High-contrast e-Ink display, Slim and light weight, Speedier interface, Fast page turns, Fits in a pocket
  • Small, light; non-glare, E Ink touch screen; wide file-format support; superior build quality
  • Well designed, lightweight and compact chassis, easy to use, good format support.

Cons:

  • No tap to turn pages, Not as ergonomically comfortable as competition, Needs wired connection to computer to add books, Touch is too imprecise for fast handwriting, No memory card slot
  • Costs too much; screen size tight for viewing periodicals, PDFs; can’t change font face; battery not user-removable; AC adapter costs extra

Expert reviews and ratings

By About.com on 70

While Kindle and NOOK seem to get the lion's share of media attention, Sony was a pioneer in the field and has been selling e-readers in the US since 2006. The company has had multiple iterations in which to perfect the e-reading experience and the...

By GadgetSpeak on 76

Unlike the earlier version of this – that I was ashamed to be seen with in public – I have been happy to be seen reading this in public. In case you are wondering why the first one needed to be used in private it was...

By GadgetSpeak on 72

Whenever I travel on the London Underground, I regular see fellow passengers reading books and newspapers or listening to various music player devices. There is even an occasional iPad being used. However it is extremely rare to see anybody using one...

By LaptopMag on 70

This pocketable eReader now sports a touchscreen and improved performance, but will the price drive customers...

By itreviews.com on -

As we noted at the outset, Amazon's Kindle is really the one to beat when it comes to e-book readers. And the Sony Reader Pocket PRS-350 may not quite have the Kindle's clout, but it does offer some notable advantages of its own, including...

By CNET Australia on 89

Like its bigger sis, the Sony Reader Touch Edition, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is an excellent performer with a fantastic grasp on user-friendliness. Coupled with its more compact size and lower price point, it's a great option for readers...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The pocket verson of the Reader is certainly practical but less adapted to prolonged reading than the PRS-650. Like the 650, the Pocket has no wireless connectivity for downloads while you're on the road....

By Computer Shopper on 75

Those who value a rugged, small-as-possible e-reader with a lean feature set (and won't miss wireless connectivity) might consider this pricey model a viable alternative to a Kindle or Nook....

By The Inquirer on 70

As is so often the case, smaller doesn't necessarily mean cheaper, and at £159 this pint-sized e-reader costs more than the most expensive Kindle. While the PRS-350 has something of an unattractive name, its physical appearance is anything but....

By Expert Reviews on 80

The brilliant screen and user interface make this an ideal product to carry everywhere, but the Kindle's cheaper and has a wider range of new books available for it....

By V3.co.uk on 80

The Sony Reader PRS-350 is a compact, stylish and well designed device. Combining a simple design with a small form factor means that those previously put off from buying an e-book reader may reconsider, especially frequent business travellers. The...

By V3.co.uk on 100

A good-sized pocket ebook reader that’s not too expensive Good points Fits well in a pocket; easy to read screen; fast Bad points Feels cheap; touch control could have been better...

By Computerworld on -

The market for e-book readers has become cluttered with devices, many of them worthy. Three of the latest to hit the shelves are updates to Sony's Reader line: the Sony Reader Pocket Edition ($179.99), the Touch Edition ($229.99) and the Daily...

By Trusted Reviews on 80

It is becoming increasingly hard for us, when looking at new products, to focus just on the product itself. Whether it's an a or even a what's starting to matter as much as, if not arguably more than, the device itself is the ecosystem...

By theregister.co.uk on 80

Compact, cheap and easy to use - what better write-up can a handheld gadget get? Sony's Reader Pocket Edition is all of these, making it as close to the e-book reader ideal as any of its rivals, and closer than most. Only its inability to present...

By TechReviewSource on 80

The Sony PRS-350 E-book reader is a new reader on the market and it offers some nice features. Some of which include a 5-inch e-Ink touch screen display, a slightly less weight than previous models, and lots of on-board storage and expansion.The...

By Engadget on 60

The way we see it there are two main reasons you'd buy the $179.99 e-reader over the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook: its incredibly responsive touchscreen navigation and extreme portability. However, if those don't appeal to you or you...

By PC World on 80

For a small-screen e-reader, the new Pocket Edition is one of the best models you can buy--but you'll pay extra for Sony's unique touchscreen design....

By Wired on 60

Sony hasn’t exactly upstaged anyone in e-reader theater. But, the company’s pocket-sized PRS-350 is looking to change that. The impetus was clear: Make an attractive, travel-sized, idiot-simple e-reader for the masses.Unfortunately, though...

By PC Pro on 83

A small, light and highly accomplished eBook reader, but it's a touch too expensive...