Weighing in on Sony’s new PRS-T2 Reader
August 22, 2012 | 12:30 pm
By Cara Gavin
For those of you interested in the device’s specs and details, keep scrolling; we’ve got those for you directly below. At the bottom of the post, you’ll find links to a round-up of reviews …
¶ The PRS-T2 Reader is certainly one of the lightest e-readers ever, weighing in at just under six ounces. It’s retailing for around US$130.
¶ The PRS-T2 has a 6-inch touchscreen, an e-Ink display, a built-in stylus and Wi-Fi access. It also comes with integrated libraries that allow customers to borrow e-books wirelessly from public libraries. The device supports PDF, TXT and ePUB files, and will work with Adobe DRM. This means that users can buy from the Barnes & Noble Nook Shop as well as from Sony itself.
¶ The most unusual aspect of the Reader, however, may be the fact that it comes with a coupon for a free download of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, while supplies last. The only catch is that in order to get the free download, customers must purchase the black version of the e-reader. While the eReader also comes in red and white, it’s unclear why the coupon is limited to one color. (Anyone out there from Sony who might be willing to fill us in?)
¶ 1.3GB internal memory with microSD expansion card slot
¶ Support for TXT, JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP (support as well for ePUB and PDF with Adobe DRM, as mentioned above)
¶ Facebook and Evernote support (Emphasis ours, because we love Evernote to death. —Ed.)
¶ Six built-in dictionaries for translation support
Amazon and Barnes & Noble may still have the strongest hold on the e-book market, but it looks like Sony is seriously stepping it up with this latest endeavor. Those of you who might be thinking of adding the Reader to your personal collections might also want to check out some of the following reviews: