Sony PRS-600 e-book review

As a rule, devices located on different sides are of interest, if we talk about e-books, then this is either the most functional thing, or the fastest, or the smallest. This month you could already read the Sony PRS-300 review, if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

I liked this book, it's small, fast, with a good display, and you can buy it much cheaper than I wrote in the review - if you search, you can get it for 7800 rubles. Or even cheaper if ordered from abroad. Today I want to tell you about another new Sony book, this is the PRS-600, an intermediate version. After all, PRS-505, as far as I know, has already been discontinued, PRS-700 cannot be called a gadget that can be safely recommended to anyone, PRS-300 is the most democratic book, and there is also PRS-900, big, “rich”, sort of like the most advanced. Of all these proposals on the Russian market, the PRS-505 is the most popular. Well, the PRS-600, like the oldest model, can be called dark horses, not everything is clear about them.

Design, construction

It seems to me that the people who created the PRS-600 either worked on Macs for a long time, or it was a love for Apple, aluminum and simple shapes that escaped from the subconscious. This book cannot be called large or heavy, the dimensions are 121x175x9 mm, the book weighs 282 grams (own measurements). This is not a pocket option, you will need a bag to carry it. The kit includes a fabric case, it reminded me of the case from the Sony PSP kit, about the same. In principle, a good addition to carry a book in a bag.

Traditionally, in the lower and upper parts on the left side there are grooves for attaching a cover (or backlight), at the bottom there is a groove for attaching a strap, a miniUSB connector for charging and transferring files, a connector for a charger. At the top, next to the power button, there is a round light indicator, made neatly, in the style of the company. There are also slots for memory cards, SD and MemoryStick Pro Duo are supported. Yes, there is also the usual mini-jack for connecting headphones.

Let's get back to the look. The triumph of metal, I really liked the silver PRS-600, it was not in vain that I spoke about the similarity with Apple products, in the photographs you can see for yourself how the book and laptop fit together. The point is not only that aluminum is abundantly used in the construction, the appearance of the book is minimalistic, there are no unnecessary details. Interestingly, the back, like the PRS-300, is finished with something similar to rubber - a pliable material that seems to flex when pressed, but in fact it is a "trick". Due to this, the book is comfortable to hold in your hands, the front panel cools the hand, while the back warms it (I'm making this up). I also liked that there is an insert made of textured metal on the left, and the metal glistens at the ends. Such a selection of materials and textures cannot but rejoice - the PRS-600 does not look boring. Nice thing for daily use.

In addition to the silver one, there is also a book in a black and red case. In my opinion, the described gadget is the most beautiful.

Display

It uses a six-inch display with a resolution of 800x600 pixels, third generation VizPlex electronic paper. The formats traditional for Sony books are supported - these are .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .BBeB, ePub. In addition, this book can reproduce photos in .jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp formats.

The most important thing is the touch display. You can scroll through the pages using the buttons below the display, or by swiping your finger across the display from left to right and vice versa. The flipping is very fast compared to all other Sony books, it is close to working with a regular book in terms of speed, here you can already say that you are just flipping through the pages. This is a good moment.

Now the most important thing. Paper quality. Compared to the PRS-700, things are not so bad. Even more I will say - good! Of course, if this is the most important parameter for you, so that the paper is as similar as possible to the real thing, then you should look at the PRS-505 or PRS-300. But if convenience and speed are more important, then the PRS-600 will completely satisfy you. The image is quite clear, however, it is best to read in normal lighting or use the backlight (there is no built-in one).

Unlike the PRS-300, text is scaled in five steps here, which allows you to adjust the font size to your own (not someone else's) eyes.

Management

Somehow I missed that the PRS-600 uses a touch screen, which was an interesting surprise. After the not very bright screen of the PRS-700, which is not great to read, here are the impressions of the PRS-300/505, only with a nice addition. The stylus is hidden in a "pocket" on the right side, according to the company's tradition, you need to pull it out from above, this is typical for a host of various Sony gadgets, including smartphones. Of course, it is more convenient to get it from below, but you can not get it at all, but navigate through the menu by pressing your finger, the icons are large, you can't go wrong. The stylus itself is quite large, heavy - just a feast for the eyes, not a stylus. The display is responsive, and compared to the PRS-700, the book responds to pressing much faster. In general, this applies to everything, and scrolling, and moving through the menu, and viewing photos, and so on. More powerful processor? Yes, apparently it is.

As for the traditional controls. On the top end there is a power button, on the bottom - a reset hole, a volume rocker. Not the best place for her, but a book isn't a player, is it? So let's not quibble. Under the display there are five buttons, visually they are combined into a silver stripe: two are responsible for scrolling, in the middle - Home, next - the zoom button, completes the Options composition, pressing this button calls up an additional menu. Have you noticed what is missing? There are no traditional buttons 1,2,3. side of the display. And, of course, they were removed because of the touch screen. Why fence a garden.

In general, there are no questions about management. Everything is fine. The touch display, coupled with a more powerful processor (or is it just an optimization?), makes it convenient to use.

Opening hours

By purchasing the PRS-600, you will be dealing with a regular miniUSB cable. Quite long, which is not great. Charging time is about four hours. Claimed run time is 7,500 pages, which is such a strange measurement method. But that's a lot, a lot, you can read a few big books before the PRS-600 sits down. So a long charging time is justified.

Memory

The presence of two slots for different memory cards is more a tribute to fashion than a necessity. It was possible to do with only SD, this is quite enough. Cards up to 16 GB are supported, there is another 512 MB of internal memory, 380 MB is available to the user. In principle, you can not even use cards, and this is quite enough for books. But for music, photos, you need a card.

Sony's new books use a very similar menu, so I will cover the main differences from the PRS-300, if you are interested in the details, I recommend that you refer to the review of this model.

So, since the 600 is higher on the evolutionary ladder, it means more features in the first place. Let's briefly talk about these nice additions. In short, because the 600 took a lot from the PRS-700. I probably confused you a lot by listing the models, if you have not previously been interested in Sony models, it is very easy to get lost here. Therefore, I decided to make a small memo on the books of this company:

Sony PRS-505 - we can say that it was from this model that the company's books became relatively popular, especially in our country. There is no touch screen, but good paper is used. The book is not fast, and it can already be called an outdated model. However, it is in demand.

Sony PRS-700 - a kind of "monster" with a touch screen, built-in backlight. The main disadvantage is that it is not the best paper, reading with the help of the 700th is not very good. Plus - the built-in backlight allows you to do what you love even at night, and here another minus pops up - a short battery life. You can read the review on our website here.

The

Sony PRS-300 is a miniature book, sized to fit in your pocket. It works for a long time, good paper, the most inexpensive model of the company, a potential bestseller for the New Year holidays. It appeared in Russia recently, but I think it will still show itself. You will have to put up with limitations - unlike other books, there is no player, program for creating notes, drawings, viewing photos.

Sony PRS-600 - an intermediate version between PRS-505 and PRS-700, I can already say that this book has absorbed the best of both models. Touchscreen, but nice paper. There is no backlight, but it works very fast. And with reading time everything is in order. Plus a great design, the owners of Apple technology will be especially pleased. Most likely, over time it will replace the PRS-505 on the market and will also become popular.

Sony PRS-900 - The "coolest" book of the company at the moment, as far as I understand, has a built-in 3G modem for downloading content without leaving the cash register. 7-inch touch screen, long working time, network charger included and so on. It costs about four hundred dollars in the USA, we will have to get acquainted with it in the near future.

I hope this list will help you figure out which of these books could potentially be right for you. Disadvantages common to models from Sony - many popular e-book formats are not supported, Russification is still unofficial (and there are no official deliveries yet), various office documents cannot be viewed either, or not all can be viewed. Support for .fb2 would be here, but these are only dreams. However, there are programs that allow you to quickly transfer your files to a book without much "troubles", so there is no problem.

Let's return to the functions of the PRS-600. So, in short, there is a player here, good sound quality is a big plus, listening to music while reading is nice. Its possibilities are the simplest. There is a program for viewing photos, notes (you need to write using the keyboard), a drawing utility. In fact, it is more suitable for writing handwritten notes. Here I will refer you again to the PRS-700 review, where I talked about these features in detail.

Now for the features. Let's say you're reading a book and you want to keep a statement or paragraph for yourself. Press the Options button, select the "Create / edit notes" item. Controls appear on the page, you can select the desired piece of text and save it as a note, write something by hand. Nice opportunity. There are several interesting items in the list of additional options called by the Options button when reading. These are "History", "Search", "Display Orientation", "Go to Page", "Table of Contents" - tools for quick information retrieval and personalization. Most of all, to be honest, I liked the speed of work - there is simply no need to wait for long seconds or even minutes until this or that action occurs.

Player

I want to say this separately: sometimes Sony devices do very well what they are not intended for. For example, there are such dictaphones of the PCM series, besides the fact that they record sound perfectly, they also reproduce it cleaner than many, many players. Some audiophiles even order such models from Japan specifically for off-label use. So, what I liked about the PRS-600 is the sound quality. It's like not a book, but a good player, similar in this parameter to modern Walkman. There are no equalizers, few settings, but the sound quality is excellent. This is such a strange thing.

Conclusions

It seems that not so long ago the PRS-600 was finally "enchanted", that is, Russified. The menu is in Russian, the normal display of books in the great and mighty, so you can take it. In conclusion, I want to agree with Alex Exler, who already tested this book at the end of October. It is much better than the PRS-700 in terms of paper quality, speed and reading time. I really liked the design, the presence of the player, I don’t think that the photo viewer will be very useful to you. But listening to music while reading is very good. Accordingly, if you were going to buy a Sony PRS-505, then I strongly advise you to evaluate the PRS-600 before buying, it's worth it.

Sony PRS-600 e-book review

As a rule, devices located on different sides are of interest, if we talk about e-books, then this is either the most functional thing, or the fastest, or the smallest. This month you could already read the Sony PRS-300 review, if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

I liked this book, it's small, fast, with a good display, and you can buy it much cheaper than I wrote in the review - if you search, you can get it for 7800 rubles. Or even cheaper if ordered from abroad. Today I want to tell you about another new Sony book, this is the PRS-600, an intermediate version. After all, PRS-505, as far as I know, has already been discontinued, PRS-700 cannot be called a gadget that can be safely recommended to anyone, PRS-300 is the most democratic book, and there is also PRS-900, big, “rich”, sort of like the most advanced. Of all these proposals on the Russian market, the PRS-505 is the most popular. Well, the PRS-600, like the oldest model, can be called dark horses, not everything is clear about them.

Design, construction

It seems to me that the people who created the PRS-600 either worked on Macs for a long time, or it was a love for Apple, aluminum and simple shapes that escaped from the subconscious. This book cannot be called large or heavy, the dimensions are 121x175x9 mm, the book weighs 282 grams (own measurements). This is not a pocket option, you will need a bag to carry it. The kit includes a fabric case, it reminded me of the case from the Sony PSP kit, about the same. In principle, a good addition to carry a book in a bag.

Traditionally, in the lower and upper parts on the left side there are grooves for attaching a cover (or backlight), at the bottom there is a groove for attaching a strap, a miniUSB connector for charging and transferring files, a connector for a charger. At the top, next to the power button, there is a round light indicator, made neatly, in the style of the company. There are also slots for memory cards, SD and MemoryStick Pro Duo are supported. Yes, there is also the usual mini-jack for connecting headphones.

Let's get back to the look. The triumph of metal, I really liked the silver PRS-600, it was not in vain that I spoke about the similarity with Apple products, in the photographs you can see for yourself how the book and laptop fit together. The point is not only that aluminum is abundantly used in the construction, the appearance of the book is minimalistic, there are no unnecessary details. Interestingly, the back, like the PRS-300, is finished with something similar to rubber - a pliable material that seems to flex when pressed, but in fact it is a "trick". Due to this, the book is comfortable to hold in your hands, the front panel cools the hand, while the back warms it (I'm making this up). I also liked that there is an insert made of textured metal on the left, and the metal glistens at the ends. Such a selection of materials and textures cannot but rejoice - the PRS-600 does not look boring. Nice thing for daily use.

In addition to the silver one, there is also a book in a black and red case. In my opinion, the described gadget is the most beautiful.

Display

It uses a six-inch display with a resolution of 800x600 pixels, third generation VizPlex electronic paper. The formats traditional for Sony books are supported - these are .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .BBeB, ePub. In addition, this book can reproduce photos in .jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp formats.

The most important thing is the touch display. You can scroll through the pages using the buttons below the display, or by swiping your finger across the display from left to right and vice versa. The flipping is very fast compared to all other Sony books, it is close to working with a regular book in terms of speed, here you can already say that you are just flipping through the pages. This is a good moment.

Now the most important thing. Paper quality. Compared to the PRS-700, things are not so bad. Even more I will say - good! Of course, if this is the most important parameter for you, so that the paper is as similar as possible to the real thing, then you should look at the PRS-505 or PRS-300. But if convenience and speed are more important, then the PRS-600 will completely satisfy you. The image is quite clear, however, it is best to read in normal lighting or use the backlight (there is no built-in one).

Unlike the PRS-300, text is scaled in five steps here, which allows you to adjust the font size to your own (not someone else's) eyes.

Management

Somehow I missed that the PRS-600 uses a touch screen, which was an interesting surprise. After the not very bright screen of the PRS-700, which is not great to read, here are the impressions of the PRS-300/505, only with a nice addition. The stylus is hidden in a "pocket" on the right side, according to the company's tradition, you need to pull it out from above, this is typical for a host of various Sony gadgets, including smartphones. Of course, it is more convenient to get it from below, but you can not get it at all, but navigate through the menu by pressing your finger, the icons are large, you can't go wrong. The stylus itself is quite large, heavy - just a feast for the eyes, not a stylus. The display is responsive, and compared to the PRS-700, the book responds to pressing much faster. In general, this applies to everything, and scrolling, and moving through the menu, and viewing photos, and so on. More powerful processor? Yes, apparently it is.

As for the traditional controls. On the top end there is a power button, on the bottom - a reset hole, a volume rocker. Not the best place for her, but a book isn't a player, is it? So let's not quibble. Under the display there are five buttons, visually they are combined into a silver stripe: two are responsible for scrolling, in the middle - Home, next - the zoom button, completes the Options composition, pressing this button calls up an additional menu. Have you noticed what is missing? There are no traditional buttons 1,2,3. side of the display. And, of course, they were removed because of the touch screen. Why fence a garden.

In general, there are no questions about management. Everything is fine. The touch display, coupled with a more powerful processor (or is it just an optimization?), makes it convenient to use.

Opening hours

By purchasing the PRS-600, you will be dealing with a regular miniUSB cable. Quite long, which is not great. Charging time is about four hours. Claimed run time is 7,500 pages, which is such a strange measurement method. But that's a lot, a lot, you can read a few big books before the PRS-600 sits down. So a long charging time is justified.

Memory

The presence of two slots for different memory cards is more a tribute to fashion than a necessity. It was possible to get by with only SD, this is quite enough. Cards up to 16 GB are supported, there is also 512 MB of internal memory, 380 MB is available to the user. In principle, you can not even use cards, and this is quite enough for books. But for music, photos, you need a card.

Sony's new books use a very similar menu, so I will cover the main differences from the PRS-300, if you are interested in the details, I recommend that you refer to the review of this model.

So, since the 600 is higher on the evolutionary ladder, it means more features in the first place. Let's briefly talk about these nice additions. In short, because the 600 took a lot from the PRS-700. I probably confused you a lot with the enumeration of models, if you have not previously been interested in Sony models, then it is very easy to get lost here. Therefore, I decided to make a small memo on the books of this company:

Sony PRS-505 - we can say that it was from this model that the company's books became relatively popular, especially in our country. There is no touch screen, but good paper is used. The book is not fast, and it can already be called an outdated model. However, it is in demand.

Sony PRS-700 - a kind of "monster" with a touch screen, built-in backlight. The main disadvantage is that it is not the best paper, reading with the help of the 700th is not very good. Plus - the built-in backlight allows you to do what you love even at night, and here another minus pops up - a short battery life. You can read the review on our website here.

The

Sony PRS-300 is a miniature book, sized to fit in your pocket. It works for a long time, good paper, the most inexpensive model of the company, a potential bestseller for the New Year holidays. It appeared in Russia recently, but I think it will still show itself. You will have to put up with limitations - unlike other books, there is no player, program for creating notes, drawings, viewing photos.

Sony PRS-600 - an intermediate version between PRS-505 and PRS-700, I can already say that this book has absorbed the best of both models. Touchscreen, but nice paper. There is no backlight, but it works very fast. And with reading time everything is in order. Plus, great design, the owners of Apple technology will be especially pleased. Most likely, over time it will replace the PRS-505 on the market and will also become popular.

Sony PRS-900 - The "coolest" book of the company at the moment, as far as I understand, has a built-in 3G modem for downloading content without leaving the cash register. Seven-inch touch screen, long working time, network charger included and so on. It costs about four hundred dollars in the USA, we will have to get acquainted with it in the near future.

I hope this list will help you figure out which of these books could potentially be right for you. Disadvantages common to models from Sony - many popular e-book formats are not supported, Russification is still unofficial (and there are no official deliveries yet), various office documents cannot be viewed either, or not all can be viewed. Support for .fb2 would be here, but these are only dreams. However, there are programs that allow you to quickly transfer your files to a book without much "troubles", so there is no problem.

Let's return to the functions of the PRS-600. So, in short, there is a player here, good sound quality is a big plus, listening to music while reading is nice. Its possibilities are the simplest. There is a program for viewing photos, notes (you need to write using the keyboard), a drawing utility. In fact, it is more suitable for writing handwritten notes. Here I will refer you again to the PRS-700 review, where I talked about these features in detail.

Now for the features. Let's say you're reading a book and you want to keep a statement or paragraph for yourself. Press the Options button, select the "Create / edit notes" item. Controls appear on the page, you can select the desired piece of text and save it as a note, write something by hand. Nice opportunity. There are several interesting items in the list of additional options called by the Options button when reading. These are "History", "Search", "Display Orientation", "Go to Page", "Table of Contents" - tools for quick information retrieval and personalization. Most of all, to be honest, I liked the speed of work - there is simply no need to wait for long seconds or even minutes until this or that action occurs.

Player

I want to say this separately: sometimes Sony devices do very well what they are not intended for. For example, there are such dictaphones of the PCM series, besides the fact that they record sound perfectly, they also reproduce it cleaner than many, many players. Some audiophiles even order such models from Japan specifically for off-label use. So, what I liked about the PRS-600 is the sound quality. It's like not a book, but a good player, similar in this parameter to modern Walkman. There are no equalizers, few settings, but the sound quality is excellent. This is such a strange thing.

Conclusions

It seems that not so long ago the PRS-600 was finally "enchanted", that is, Russified. The menu is in Russian, the normal display of books in the great and mighty, so you can take it. In conclusion, I want to agree with Alex Exler, who already tested this book at the end of October. It is much better than the PRS-700 in terms of paper quality, speed and reading time. I really liked the design, the presence of the player, I don’t think that the photo viewer will be very useful to you. But listening to music while reading is very good. Accordingly, if you were going to buy a Sony PRS-505, then I strongly advise you to evaluate the PRS-600 before buying, it's worth it.

Sony PRS-600 e-book review

As a rule, devices located on different sides are of interest, if we talk about e-books, then this is either the most functional thing, or the fastest, or the smallest. This month you could already read the Sony PRS-300 review, if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

I liked this book, it's small, fast, with a good display, and you can buy it much cheaper than I wrote in the review - if you search, you can get it for 7800 rubles. Or even cheaper if ordered from abroad. Today I want to tell you about another new Sony book, this is the PRS-600, an intermediate version. After all, PRS-505, as far as I know, has already been discontinued, PRS-700 cannot be called a gadget that can be safely recommended to anyone, PRS-300 is the most democratic book, and there is also PRS-900, big, “rich”, sort of like the most advanced. Of all these proposals on the Russian market, the PRS-505 is the most popular. Well, the PRS-600, like the oldest model, can be called dark horses, not everything is clear about them.

Design, construction

It seems to me that the people who created the PRS-600 either worked on Macs for a long time, or it was a love for Apple, aluminum and simple shapes that escaped from the subconscious. This book cannot be called large or heavy, the dimensions are 121x175x9 mm, the book weighs 282 grams (own measurements). This is not a pocket option, you will need a bag to carry it. The kit includes a fabric case, it reminded me of the case from the Sony PSP kit, about the same. In principle, a good addition to carry a book in a bag.

Traditionally, in the lower and upper parts on the left side there are grooves for attaching a cover (or backlight), at the bottom there is a groove for attaching a strap, a miniUSB connector for charging and transferring files, a connector for a charger. At the top, next to the power button, there is a round light indicator, made neatly, in the style of the company. There are also slots for memory cards, SD and MemoryStick Pro Duo are supported. Yes, there is also the usual mini-jack for connecting headphones.

In addition to the silver one, there is also a book in a black and red case. In my opinion, the described gadget is the most beautiful.

Display

It uses a six-inch display with a resolution of 800x600 pixels, third generation VizPlex electronic paper. The formats traditional for Sony books are supported - these are .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .BBeB, ePub. In addition, this book can reproduce photos in .jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp formats.

The most important thing is the touch display. You can scroll through the pages using the buttons below the display, or by swiping your finger across the display from left to right and vice versa. The flipping is very fast compared to all other Sony books, it is close to working with a regular book in terms of speed, here you can already say that you are just flipping through the pages. This is a good moment.

Now the most important thing. Paper quality. Compared to the PRS-700, things are not so bad. Even more I will say - good! Of course, if this is the most important parameter for you, so that the paper is as similar as possible to the real thing, then you should look at the PRS-505 or PRS-300. But if convenience and speed are more important, then the PRS-600 will completely satisfy you. The image is quite clear, however, it is best to read in normal lighting or use the backlight (there is no built-in one).

Unlike the PRS-300, text is scaled in five steps here, which allows you to adjust the font size to your own (not someone else's) eyes.

Management

Somehow I missed that the PRS-600 uses a touch screen, which was an interesting surprise. After the not very bright screen of the PRS-700, which is not great to read, here are the impressions of the PRS-300/505, only with a nice addition. The stylus is hidden in a "pocket" on the right side, according to the company's tradition, you need to pull it out from above, this is typical for a host of various Sony gadgets, including smartphones. Of course, it is more convenient to get it from below, but you can not get it at all, but navigate through the menu by pressing your finger, the icons are large, you can't go wrong. The stylus itself is quite large, heavy - just a feast for the eyes, not a stylus. The display is responsive, and compared to the PRS-700, the book responds to pressing much faster. In general, this applies to everything, and scrolling, and moving through the menu, and viewing photos, and so on. More powerful processor? Yes, apparently it is.

As for traditional controls. At the top there is a power button, at the bottom there is a reset hole, a volume rocker. Not the best place for her, but a book isn't a player, is it? So let's not quibble. Under the display there are five buttons, visually they are combined into a silver stripe: two are responsible for scrolling, in the middle - Home, next to it - the zoom button, completes the Options composition, pressing this button calls up an additional menu. Have you noticed what is missing? There are no traditional buttons 1,2,3. side of the display. And, of course, they were removed because of the touch screen. Why fence a garden.

In general, there are no questions about management. Everything is fine. The touch display, coupled with a more powerful processor (or is it just an optimization?), makes it convenient to use.

Opening hours

By purchasing the PRS-600, you will be dealing with a regular miniUSB cable. Quite long, which is not great. Charging time is about four hours. Claimed run time is 7,500 pages, which is such a strange measurement method. But that's a lot, a lot, you can read a few big books before the PRS-600 sits down. So a long charging time is justified.

Memory

The presence of two slots for different memory cards is more a tribute to fashion than a necessity. It was possible to get by with only SD, this is quite enough. Cards up to 16 GB are supported, there is also 512 MB of internal memory, 380 MB is available to the user. In principle, you can not even use cards, and this is quite enough for books. But for music, photos, you need a card.

Sony's new books use a very similar menu, so I will cover the main differences from the PRS-300, if you are interested in the details, I recommend that you refer to the review of this model.

So, since the 600 is higher on the evolutionary ladder, it means more features in the first place. Let's briefly talk about these nice additions. In short, because the 600 took a lot from the PRS-700. I probably confused you a lot by listing the models, if you have not previously been interested in Sony models, it is very easy to get lost here. Therefore, I decided to make a small memo on the books of this company:

Sony PRS-505 - we can say that it was from this model that the company's books became relatively popular, especially in our country. There is no touch screen, but good paper is used. The book is not fast, and it can already be called an outdated model. However, it is in demand.

Sony PRS-700 - a kind of "monster" with a touch screen, built-in backlight. The main disadvantage is that it is not the best paper, reading with the help of the 700th is not very good. Plus - the built-in backlight allows you to do what you love even at night, and here another minus pops up - a short battery life. You can read the review on our website here.

The

Sony PRS-300 is a miniature book, sized to fit in your pocket. It works for a long time, good paper, the most inexpensive model of the company, a potential bestseller for the New Year holidays. It appeared in Russia recently, but I think it will still show itself. You will have to put up with limitations - unlike other books, there is no player, program for creating notes, drawings, viewing photos.

Sony PRS-600 - an intermediate version between PRS-505 and PRS-700, I can already say that this book has absorbed the best of both models. Touchscreen, but nice paper. There is no backlight, but it works very fast. And with reading time everything is in order. Plus, great design, the owners of Apple technology will be especially pleased. Most likely, over time it will replace the PRS-505 on the market and will also become popular.

Sony PRS-900 - The "coolest" book of the company at the moment, as far as I understand, has a built-in 3G modem for downloading content without leaving the cash register. Seven-inch touch screen, long working time, network charger included and so on. It costs about four hundred dollars in the USA, we will have to get acquainted with it in the near future.

I hope this list will help you figure out which of these books could potentially be right for you. Disadvantages common to models from Sony - many popular e-book formats are not supported, Russification is still unofficial (and there are no official deliveries yet), various office documents cannot be viewed either, or not all can be viewed. Support for .fb2 would be here, but these are only dreams. However, there are programs that allow you to quickly transfer your files to a book without much "troubles", so there is no problem.

Let's return to the functions of the PRS-600. So, in short, there is a player here, good sound quality is a big plus, listening to music while reading is nice. Its possibilities are the simplest. There is a program for viewing photos, notes (you need to write using the keyboard), a utility for drawing. In fact, it is more suitable for writing handwritten notes. Here I will refer you again to the PRS-700 review, where I talked about these features in detail.

Now for the features. Let's say you're reading a book and you want to keep a statement or paragraph for yourself. Press the Options button, select the "Create / edit notes" item. Controls appear on the page, you can select the desired piece of text and save it as a note, write something by hand. Nice opportunity. There are several interesting items in the list of additional options called by the Options button when reading. These are "History", "Search", "Display Orientation", "Go to Page", "Table of Contents" - tools for quick information retrieval and personalization. Most of all, to be honest, I liked the speed of work - there is simply no need to wait for long seconds or even minutes until this or that action occurs.

Player

I want to say this separately: sometimes Sony devices do very well what they are not intended for. For example, there are such dictaphones of the PCM series, besides the fact that they record sound perfectly, they also reproduce it cleaner than many, many players. Some audiophiles even order such models from Japan specifically for off-label use. So, what I liked about the PRS-600 is the sound quality. It's like not a book, but a good player, similar in this parameter to modern Walkman. There are no equalizers, few settings, but the sound quality is excellent. This is such a strange thing.

Conclusions

It seems that not so long ago the PRS-600 was finally "enchanted", that is, Russified. The menu is in Russian, the normal display of books in the great and mighty, so you can take it. In conclusion, I want to agree with Alex Exler, who already tested this book at the end of October. It is much better than the PRS-700 in terms of paper quality, speed and reading time. I really liked the design, the presence of the player, I don’t think that the photo viewer will be very useful to you. But listening to music while reading is very good. Accordingly, if you were going to buy a Sony PRS-505, then I strongly advise you to evaluate the PRS-600 before buying, it's worth it.

Sony PRS-600 e-book review

As a rule, devices located on different sides are of interest, if we talk about e-books, then this is either the most functional thing, or the fastest, or the smallest. This month you could already read the Sony PRS-300 review, if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

I liked this book, it's small, fast, with a good display, and you can buy it much cheaper than I wrote in the review - if you search, you can get it for 7800 rubles. Or even cheaper if ordered from abroad. Today I want to tell you about another new Sony book, this is the PRS-600, an intermediate version. After all, PRS-505, as far as I know, has already been discontinued, PRS-700 cannot be called a gadget that can be safely recommended to anyone, PRS-300 is the most democratic book, and there is also PRS-900, big, “rich”, sort of like the most advanced. Of all these proposals on the Russian market, the PRS-505 is the most popular. Well, the PRS-600, like the oldest model, can be called dark horses, not everything is clear about them.

In addition to the silver one, there is also a book in a black and red case. In my opinion, the described gadget is the most beautiful.

Display

It uses a six-inch display with a resolution of 800x600 pixels, third generation VizPlex electronic paper. The formats traditional for Sony books are supported - these are .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .BBeB, ePub. In addition, this book can reproduce photos in .jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp formats.

The most important thing is the touch display. You can scroll through the pages using the buttons below the display, or by swiping your finger across the display from left to right and vice versa. The flipping is very fast compared to all other Sony books, it is close to working with a regular book in terms of speed, here you can already say that you are just flipping through the pages. This is a good moment.

Now the most important thing. Paper quality. Compared to the PRS-700, things are not so bad. Even more I will say - good! Of course, if this is the most important parameter for you, so that the paper is as similar as possible to the real thing, then you should look at the PRS-505 or PRS-300. But if convenience and speed are more important, then the PRS-600 will completely satisfy you. The image is quite clear, however, it is best to read in normal lighting or use the backlight (there is no built-in one).

Unlike the PRS-300, text is scaled in five steps here, which allows you to adjust the font size to your own (not someone else's) eyes.

Management

Somehow I missed that the PRS-600 uses a touch screen, which was an interesting surprise. After the not very bright screen of the PRS-700, which is not great to read, here are the impressions of the PRS-300/505, only with a nice addition. The stylus is hidden in a "pocket" on the right side, according to the company's tradition, you need to pull it out from above, this is typical for a host of various Sony gadgets, including smartphones. Of course, it is more convenient to get it from below, but you can not get it at all, but navigate through the menu by pressing your finger, the icons are large, you can't go wrong. The stylus itself is quite large, heavy - just a feast for the eyes, not a stylus. The display is responsive, and compared to the PRS-700, the book responds to pressing much faster. In general, this applies to everything, and scrolling, and moving through the menu, and viewing photos, and so on. More powerful processor? Yes, apparently it is.

As for the traditional controls. On the top end there is a power button, on the bottom - a reset hole, a volume rocker. Not the best place for her, but a book isn't a player, is it? So let's not quibble. Under the display there are five buttons, visually they are combined into a silver stripe: two are responsible for scrolling, in the middle - Home, next - the zoom button, completes the Options composition, pressing this button calls up an additional menu. Have you noticed what is missing? There are no traditional buttons 1,2,3. side of the display. And, of course, they were removed because of the touch screen. Why fence a garden.

In general, there are no questions about management. Everything is fine. The touch display, coupled with a more powerful processor (or is it just an optimization?), makes it convenient to use.

Opening hours

By purchasing the PRS-600, you will be dealing with a regular miniUSB cable. Quite long, which is not great. Charging time is about four hours. Claimed run time is 7,500 pages, which is such a strange measurement method. But that's a lot, a lot, you can read a few big books before the PRS-600 sits down. So a long charging time is justified.

Memory

The presence of two slots for different memory cards is more a tribute to fashion than a necessity. It was possible to get by with only SD, this is quite enough. Cards up to 16 GB are supported, there is also 512 MB of internal memory, 380 MB is available to the user. In principle, you can not even use cards, and this is quite enough for books. But for music, photos, you need a card.

Sony's new books use a very similar menu, so I will cover the main differences from the PRS-300, if you are interested in the details, I recommend that you refer to the review of this model.

So, since the 600 is higher on the evolutionary ladder, it means more features in the first place. Let's briefly talk about these nice additions. In short, because the 600 took a lot from the PRS-700. I probably confused you a lot with the enumeration of models, if you have not previously been interested in Sony models, then it is very easy to get lost here. Therefore, I decided to make a small memo on the books of this company:

Sony PRS-505 - we can say that it was from this model that the company's books became relatively popular, especially in our country. There is no touch screen, but good paper is used. The book is not fast, and it can already be called an outdated model. However, it is in demand.

Sony PRS-700 - a kind of "monster" with a touch screen, built-in backlight. The main disadvantage is that it is not the best paper, reading with the help of the 700th is not very good. Plus - the built-in backlight allows you to do what you love even at night, and here another minus pops up - a short battery life. You can read the review on our website here.

Sony PRS-300 is a miniature book, the dimensions are such that you can put it in your pocket. It works for a long time, good paper, the most inexpensive model of the company, a potential bestseller for the New Year holidays. It appeared in Russia recently, but I think it will still show itself. You will have to put up with limitations - unlike other books, there is no player, program for creating notes, drawings, viewing photos.

Sony PRS-600 is an intermediate version between PRS-505 and PRS-700, I can already say that this book has absorbed the best of both models. Touchscreen, but nice paper. There is no backlight, but it works very fast. And with reading time everything is in order. Plus, great design, the owners of Apple technology will be especially pleased. Most likely, over time it will replace the PRS-505 on the market and will also become popular.

Sony PRS-900 - The "coolest" book of the company at the moment, as far as I understand, has a built-in 3G modem for downloading content without leaving the cash register. Seven-inch touch screen, long working time, network charger included and so on. It costs about four hundred dollars in the USA, we will have to get acquainted with it in the near future.

I hope this list will help you figure out which of these books could potentially be right for you. Disadvantages common to models from Sony - many popular e-book formats are not supported, Russification is still unofficial (and there are no official deliveries yet), various office documents cannot be viewed either, or not all can be viewed. Support for .fb2 would be here, but these are only dreams. However, there are programs that allow you to quickly transfer your files to a book without much "troubles", so there is no problem.

Let's return to the functions of the PRS-600. So, in short, there is a player here, good sound quality is a big plus, listening to music while reading is nice. Its possibilities are the simplest. There is a program for viewing photos, notes (you need to write using the keyboard), a utility for drawing. In fact, it is more suitable for writing handwritten notes. Here I will refer you again to the PRS-700 review, where I talked about these features in detail.

Now for the features. Let's say you're reading a book and you want to keep a statement or paragraph for yourself. Press the Options button, select the "Create / edit notes" item. Controls appear on the page, you can select the desired piece of text and save it as a note, write something by hand. Nice opportunity. There are several interesting items in the list of additional options called by the Options button when reading. These are "History", "Search", "Display Orientation", "Go to Page", "Table of Contents" - tools for quick information retrieval and personalization. Most of all, to be honest, I liked the speed of work - there is simply no need to wait for long seconds or even minutes until this or that action occurs.

Player

I want to say this separately: sometimes Sony devices do very well what they are not intended for. For example, there are such dictaphones of the PCM series, besides the fact that they record sound perfectly, they also reproduce it cleaner than many, many players. Some audiophiles even order such models from Japan specifically for off-label use. So, what I liked about the PRS-600 is the sound quality. It's like not a book, but a good player, similar in this parameter to modern Walkman. There are no equalizers, few settings, but the sound quality is excellent. This is such a strange thing.

Conclusions

It seems that not so long ago the PRS-600 was finally "enchanted", that is, Russified. The menu is in Russian, the normal display of books in the great and mighty, so you can take it. In conclusion, I want to agree with Alex Exler, who already tested this book at the end of October. It is much better than the PRS-700 in terms of paper quality, speed and reading time. I really liked the design, the presence of the player, I don’t think that the photo viewer will be very useful to you. But listening to music while reading is very good. Accordingly, if you were going to buy a Sony PRS-505, then I strongly advise you to evaluate the PRS-600 before buying, it's worth it.