Sony Reader PRS-600 Touch Edition

  • Sony Reader PRS-600 Touch Edition
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Based on 32 scores, 42 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    10
  • Bad:
    9

Pros:

  • Solid construction; fast page turns, startup times; touch screen for navigating, note taking
  • Sleek design. Touch-screen interface. Compatible with the ePub format, which Amazon's Kindles don't support.
  • Desktop software for easy sync, Wide array of file formats supported, Useful Notes functions, Touch screen and stylus, Good battery life, Good form factor and build quality, Easy to use homescreen, Public library access.

Cons:

  • Touch layer reduces contrast, causes glare (even indoors); no Wi-Fi or wireless capabilities for buying books; heavy for its size
  • Dull screen. Books must be sideloaded via computer. AC adapter is an optional $30 accessory.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Kitguru.net on 85

If you haven’t tried an E-Ink display and love books, then head over to your local dealer and get a hands on demo, we think you will be pleasantly surprised at the stunning display...

By CNET Australia on 95

It's hard to beat the Kindle's price point, but the Sony reader matches it otherwise almost feature-for-feature without falling prey to DRM. If you're looking for a full-featured, simple to use and elegant e-reader, the Touch is in a league...

By Computer Shopper on 69

As much as we like this e-reader’s solid build and responsiveness, these pluses can’t outweigh the glare problems that plague its touch screen....

By About.com on 70

Sony got a little touchy when it decided to do its triple launch of eBook readers, adding the Reader Touch or "PRS-600" to a new lineup that includes its Pocket and Daily editions. As its name implies, the Touch Edition features a 6-inch touchscreen...

By T3 Magazine on -

The Sony PRS-600 is the only eBook reader to have a touchscreen, and its sterling six-incher is quick and intuitive, but also prone to reflections and harder to read in dim light. The 512MB storage holds 350 books, with Memory...

By Macworld UK on 60

The Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition replaces the buttons of the older 505 model with a touch-screen interface. This is more aesthetically pleasing than the QWERTY keyboard crammed onto the Kindle. Rather than press a button to turn the page, you...

By V3.co.uk on 80

A good ebook reader, but expensive for what it does Good points Light and easy to carry; great battery life; easy to read the screen Bad points Quite expensive; touch-controls do not always work...

By Macworld on 90

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 ElectricPig.co.uk on 60

What could have been a classic is let down by a glossy screen which makes reading...

By PC Mag on 50

The Reader Touch Edition is a stylish device with a touch interface that makes navigation a snap, but a difficult-to-read screen sinks this Sony e-book...

By Pocket-lint on 70

Touch interaction is certainly a current trend and for some, the ability to take notes will be a real bonus. But for casual readers, who want to use the ebook for reading in bed or on the plane, then the addition of touch is not worth the extra...

By RegHardware on 80

The new Reader carries across all the strengths of the original but combines them with a touchscreen UI that makes navigation much easier. It also brings some handy new functionality to the party, including an excellent built-in dictionary, and the...

By Good Gear Guide on 90

Unless having to connect to a PC to acquire content is a major concern for you, the Sony Reader Touch Edition is well worth considering....

By Techworld on -

Sony continues to be a class act in the digital book realm, and since it now supports ePub, it should rival Amazon in the breadth of available content. At $300 (£200), it's pricier than many other ebook readers, but it's also one of the...

By CNET UK on 65

In many ways, we prefer the Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 to Amazon's Kindle. But it's a more expensive product and its glossy screen detracts too much from the reading experience. It's a capable device, and a good choice for students,...

By PC Advisor on 60

All this puts the Sony PRC-600 Touch Edition in a somewhat uncomfortable position. In terms of interface technology and approach Sony has hit the nail bang on the head. It's comfortable to use, supports all the formats you'd like, and the...

By PC Pro on 67

The touchscreen delivers a bevy of exciting features, but it takes so much away from the reading experience it's difficult to recommend...

By Trusted Reviews on 80

We were mightily impressed with the eBook reader when we reviewed it back in October last year, and to be honest there hasn't really been anything to outdo it since. Rival devices have been either too expensive or too poorly built to mount a...

By 5FWD on 60

We love what the big S has tried to do with the Sony Reader Touch, and we'll bet you a round that touchscreen e-readers will take off soon - but not until they stop bouncing the sun's rays back into your peepers. Stop making mirrors and get back...

By Electronista on 80

and Final ThoughtsOverall, my experience with the PRS-600 has been excellent. The screen is clear and readable in most lighting conditions, the eBook Library software works well, and the device is sleek, light, and compact. With a touch screen and...