Sony Reader PRS-350, PRS-650 and PRS-950 - Sony's new e-books


    On September 1, Sony pleased its fans with an update to its line of e-books powered by E-Ink technology. As expected, the new books use the E-Ink Pearl screen, first installed on Amazon’s latest generation e-books: Kindle DX Graphite and Kindle 3. Sony has not always pleased us with the quality of its electronic books, this remark is true for touch-screen models . But Sony would not be Sony if it had not finally fixed its mistakes, due to which the display with a touch layer noticeably lost contrast and greatly glare. The new products use a new patented technology from Neonode: Optical touch screen.

    As a result, we get:

    - 100% transparency, since there is no additional layer that glare and worsen the contrast of the screen
    - Finger control, no special styluses
    are required - New E-Ink Pearl with a contrast of 10: 1
    - Excellent quality and design from Sony

    A bit worth mentioning about technology from Neonode. An infrared frame is used around the display. The controller emits sequential pulses to create a grid of infrared rays on the display. When you touch the screen, the passage of part of the rays is difficult, thereby allowing you to calculate the coordinates that give an idea of ​​the place of contact. Interpolation in combination with analog signal processing makes it possible to use multitouch with high processing speed in this technology.

    Whether multitouch will be used in new books from Sony is not yet known. More likely no than yes, because its use on such devices is very limited. But even without this, the books turned out to be very "tasty." Now that the touch screen is not an obstacle to reading, it will be possible to appreciate all its advantages.

    All new items, even the younger PRS-350 Pocket Edition, have been given a touch screen. In total, 3 new models will be on sale: PRS-350 Pocket Edition, PRS-650 Touch Edition and PRS-950 Daily Edition (updated PRS-300, PRS-600 and PRS-900, respectively). The dimensions remained the same: PRS-350 - 5 ", PRS-650 - 6" and PRS-950 - 7 ". It is a pity, I really want to see the performance of Sony on 9.7".

    The PRS-650 Touch Edition can be seen in the picture under the heading of this article.

    PRS-350 Pocket Edition


    PRS-950 Daily Edition


    Only Sony Reader PRS-350 and PRS-650 will be on sale in the coming days, pre-order is already available. According to some reports, the PRS-950 will go on sale only by the end of this year. Well, let's see. For some, the news will become unpleasant that Wi-Fi and free 3G (to access the Reader ™ Store) will be installed only on the Daily Edition, while depriving the younger models.

    All new models will be equipped with 2 GB of internal memory + slots for SD and MS memory cards in the PRS-650 and PRS-950. Charging will now be done through the Micro-USB connector. Not to include at least a simple case in the delivery set, not to mention the cover, it seems that for many manufacturers it has become a not very good trend. Well, this is a cost reduction fee. In terms of format support, nothing has changed, but there is good news, the text in the ePub format is finally right-aligned on all new models. According to the manufacturer, from one charge the book will work for 2 weeks (about 7,500 flips). The battery capacity is slightly increased, but this did not affect the operating time, it seems that such a step was taken so that the operating time does not decrease due to the new Optical touch screen. I can not help but notice an interesting innovation, now it will be possible to adjust the contrast and brightness (?) Of the display. "What for?" - you ask. I do not know.

    And finally, about the price. Pocket Edition - $ 179 , Touch Edition - $ 229 and Daily Edition - $ 299

    New books will certainly find their buyer, for me, Sony has beautifully emerged from the price war. Yes, they do not sell books below cost, as they make significantly less money on content than Amazon does. But putting forward additional features in the form of a new touch screen and software, sharpened for it, while slightly inferior in price to the new Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, they will undoubtedly interest many. I'm glad that Sony decided to stay in the e-book market, not afraid to compete with such book giants as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    After all, the more choices - the better for the end user.

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