Sony Reader PRS-T1


A new e-book reader on the market

Few people know that Sony was the first company to introduce an eBook reader. It happened five years ago and it made a great impact on users everywhere. Nowadays it has many competitors and as a consequence it’s doing all it can to catch up in order to avoid losing ground. Want to know if the new Sony Reader PRS-T1 is any good? Find out the answer and many more from our review.

6″ Pearl E Ink display

As usual, we’ll open our review with some words about the PRS-T1’s exterior. In keeping with tradition, the gadget is a real looker with its sleek glossy black body which measures 6.88″ x 4.34″ x 0.38″; its weight: 167g. The edges are made of plastic and the front comes with metal accents; curves have a rubberized finish along them. During our test we could carry it with us comfortably; so at least you’d need no reason to worry that it’s too bulky or anything of the kind.
The screen is a 6″ Pearl E Ink and it comes with a technology known as Clear Touch Infrared. Using it was a piece of cake, because there’s a very responsive onscreen keyboard which provided valuable help whenever we wanted to use the device: we could either pinch-and-grab, swipe, manipulate text, tap-and-hold and many more great options. Sony-Reader-PRS-T1

.PDF support included

The latter possibility meant that we could easily look up a definition of an unknown word in one of the device’s preinstalled 12 dictionaries which offered languages such as English (including British and American English), German, Italian, French and many others. The interface of Sony PRS-T1 also allowed us to highlight words and take notes via the stylus that came with the product or by simply using our finger.
We liked how the text looked and how the button design remained the same (because we very much enjoyed it when we used the gadget’s predecessors); furthermore the device allowed us to customize font sizes with 6 options. There’s support for Microsoft Word, PDF and others; the PRS-T1 can read formats like PNG, BMP, JPEG and GIF.

1GHz Intel processor

When it comes to memory, the Sony Reader PRS-T1 has the following: 2GB of available storage (meant to contain around 1200 books) which can be extended using a microSD card. The processor used by the product is a 1GHz Intel. Connectivity and network possibilities include a headphone jack and one microUSB port. The battery managed to offer us some 5 weeks of reading.
When we wanted to hear a spoken book, we could do so, because this eBook was able to play back AAC and MP3 audio files via the headphone jack mentioned earlier.

Review conclusion

That’s about as much as we know and managed to test about the new Sony Reader PRS-T1. After the test performed for this review we have a conclusion for you. We liked it, although there are superior eBooks out there; that’s not to say you shouldn’t buy this one, on the contrary. And, as a fun fact, Sony is one of famous author J.K. Rowling’s partners on her new Pottermore adventure and it offers future buyers a voucher to download the first Harry Potter eBook – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – for free.

Technical specifications

Screen size (cm/inch)15.2cm (6″)
Resolution800×600 (HxW)
TechnologyE Ink® Pearl Display
Touch panelClear IR Dual Touch Screen
Grey scale16-level grey scale
Storage CapacityBuilt in flash memory (MB)
2GB (Approx. 1200 eBooks) (*1)
Battery TypeBuilt-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery: 3.7 V DC
Battery Life (*2) (reading EPUB eBooks)
Up to approximately 1 month (wireless off), Up to approximately 3 weeks (wireless on)
MemoryStick MS DUO slotYES
SD Card SlotYES
Hi-Speed USB
Compatible FormatsDRM (Secure / purchased) eBooks and text files
EPUB eBooks (Adept), Adobe® PDF, BBeB eBooks (Marlin)
Unsecured / free eBooks & text files
EPUB eBook, Adobe® PDF, Microsoft® Word, TXT, RTF, BBeB (*3)
Unsecured Audio files
Image & Photo files
MP3, AAC (not most DRM audio)
General dataHeight (mm)
Width (mm)
Depth (mm)
Weight (g)
Internet Connection
Broadband recommendedWi-Fi
YES (802.11b/g/n), Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) push button configuration, Basic Browser