Sony PRS-650 Reader Touch review

It's got improved touch controls but can it take on the might of the Kindle?

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The Sony PRS-650 Reader Touch is a mightily impressive piece of kit, but there are a few niggles with the product.

The biggest for us is its complete lack of wireless connectivity. That's right, there is no 3G or wireless, so downloading content on the go is a big no-no.

Amazon must have been extremely pleased about this, given that its latest Kindle offers Wi-Fi and/or 3G.

We have to admit that the amount of books you can pre-load onto a Reader Touch is more than you would probably get through in a lifetime, so there isn't that much need for wireless.

It does mean that you can't have RSS feeds on the device and those spur of the moment purchases of ebooks go out of the window.

The second niggle is the price. The Sony Reader Touch is an expensive bit of kit, priced at around £200.

In these wallet-tightening times this may be too much for some. But Sony has created a product well deserving of the price.

The aluminium chassis is one of the most desirable we have seen at any price, it feels perfect in the hand and is easy to read.

The quality of the touchscreen will blow most ebook reader naysayers away. But the price will unfortunately put others off – or at least turn them to the perfectly priced Amazon Kindle 3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Text Reader
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
Colour SupportGrayscale (16-bit)
Brand NameSony
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Display Resolution800 x 600
Battery Built-inYes
Graphic ModeVGA
Display Screen TechnologyElectronic Paper
Text FormatsPDF, BBeB, TXT, RTF, DOC
Number of Books1200
Height168 mm
Width118.8 mm
Depth9.6 mm
Image FormatsBMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG
Audio FormatsAAC, MP3
FeaturesBookmark, Dictionary, Content Search, Zoom
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelPRS650B
Product NameReader PRS650B Digital Text Reader
Manufacturer Part NumberPRS650B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Easy to use touchscreen allows you to turn pages with a swipe of the finger and effortlessly navigate through your books

Read for hours without eye strain on this no glare paper-like display - even in direct sunlight

Double-tap a word to find its meaning or translation in one of the 12 built-in dictionaries

Small, thin and light at just 220 grams - you can take your Reader anywhere with you

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Reader PRS650B Digital Text Reader
  • Mini USB
  • Quick Start Guide
Host InterfaceUSB 2.0