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Product Information
Sony PRS-500U2 is a portable reader system that lets you read e-papers and e-books in comfort. With e-Ink screen type, a 6-inch screen with high resolution of 170 pixel-per-inch, and 4-level gray scale, this Sony digital reader ensures that your reading experience is actually better than paper-based reading. Weighing about 250 g (less than 9 oz) and only half inch thick, this Sony portable reader rivals paperbacks in its ease of handling. Sony PRS-500U2 a soft, black cover that feels good in your hand, and its software lets you browse the Connect eBookstore for thousands of e-book titles. Electronic books can be easily transferred from computer to this Sony digital reader. The best part about owning a compact and convenient Sony PRS-500U2 is that its 64 MB built-in memory and multi-format support lets you carry many of your favorite books and documents with you wherever you go. This Sony portable reader also lets you play audio in privacy, with 1.8 inch mini audio headphone interface.

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Product Identifiers
CarrierNot Applicable
UPC027242691438, 27242691438

Key Features
TypeeBook Reader
Family LinePortable reader
Display Size6in (15.24 cm)
Hard Drive Capacity640 MB
Operating SystemLinux
Supported File TypesAAC, BBeB, JPEG, MP3, PDF, RSS, RTF, TXT, ePub

Processor ManufacturerIntel
Processor Speed800 MHz

Display and Screen
Display TechE-Ink ® Pearl
Display Max. Resolution800 x 600

Connections and Expandability
ExpandabilityMemory Stick Card Slot, SD Card Slot
Audio InputLine In (3.5mm)

Height6.9in (15.24 cm)
Width4.9in (12.36 cm)
Depth0.5in (1.52 cm)
Weight0.56lb (0.25 kg)

Battery TechnologyLithium ion
Battery Run TimeUp to 4 hours

Additional Technical Informations
Input Method5 Way Navigation Button, Camera

eBay Product ID: EPID103111729

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CNET Editors' reviewGood


    Slim and relatively lightweight; screen requires no backlight and is easy to read in bright environments; with the addition of optional memory card (SD or Memory Stick Pro), it's capable of storing thousands of electronic books; font size can be adjusted with a single button push; decent battery life; displays PDF and Word files, most image files, and plays MP3 and AAC audio.


    Overall, the unit feels a tad sluggish, with a short but noticeable delay when turning a page; controls aren't as intuitive as they could be; interface could be slightly easier to use; Sony's online Connect bookstore is still a work in progress; proprietary Connect book files aren't compatible with other devices and are often as expensive as paper books; Connect software isn't available for Mac owners; no support for Audible audio books.


    Though the Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System is an impressive platform for reading e-books and other documents, the price and availability of compatible "books" makes it a tougher sell.

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    Created: 07/13/11

    Good brand

    Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

    I love Sony Readers. I own the PRS-600 for myself. I purchased this model for my son and found very little support for it. This purchase did not work out but I would still recommend Sony Readers over the rest.

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