Sony Reader PRS-T2 Review

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The Sony Reader PRS-T2 is a perfectly capable ereader with a touchscreen but will soon exit the market. It's a good choice at a decent price as long as supplies last.

Sony has been making ereaders for years, and Reader PRS-T2 reviews say this version is undoubtedly its best to date. A reviewer at Engadget is impressed with the rapid page turns and deems the contrast superior to that of the edge-lit Nook but could still be crisper. All things considered, the review concludes, this model is a solid alternative to the Nook or Kindle. The Reader PRS-T2 also wins support from reviewers for the touchscreen and quick page refreshes. A CNET expert likes the Reader PRS-T2 well enough, praising the dark text and good contrast, but reckons there's no particular reason to opt for the Sony Reader over a Kindle or Nook -- a view that may explain why this model is being phased out with no updated or replacement model from Sony expected. Reviews also note that the Sony library can't compete with the vast troves offered by Amazon and Barnes & Noble for their respective devices.

Sony is a little coy about the exact hardware contained in the Reader PRS-T2, but we know it showcases a six-inch E Ink Pearl touchscreen and also sports navigation buttons. The lightweight device tips the scales at less than 6 ounces. Like all current ereaders, the Sony Reader supports Wi-Fi and its rechargeable lithium ion battery can last up to two months between charges if the Wi-Fi stays off when not in use. Like the Nook, the Reader comes with a microSD card slot that takes cards up to 32GB, offering users plenty of storage.

The Sony Reader PRS-T2 (starting at $70, Amazon) is a perfectly capable ereader, with an excellent screen and good, fast execution. It stands tall next to the Kindle and Nook Simple Touch GlowLight in terms of performance, but lacks integrated lighting and no price advantage. Plus, the Sony library is smaller and, given the company's pull-back from the U.S. market, not likely to get much larger. Still, this is a respectable ereader and the price could fall as vendors seek to sell off inventory.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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