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Old 03-24-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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*sigh* Need that backlight

Well, I've had my PRS-650 since late December and have read a number of ePubs on it. Here are my impressions:

Firstly, I've only been reading ePubs and not any other formats so my comments will apply to reading ePubs only.

I find the contrast between the text and the background to be inadequate unless I am in a brightly lit room or outside in open shade or, of course, broad daylight (where the contrast is phenomenal). When I read in bed I have to angle the shade so that I get direct lighting (directly from the light bulb) onto the screen. This has been a pain in the arse (and spine) because of the way I have to angle the shade and the 650. In indirect lighting (my great room has clerestory windows and light reflects off the angled ceiling), the lighting just isn't enough (whereas it's plenty for reading a paper book).

As for the user interface of reading (which is just a button push or a swipe on the screen), either method works just fine. On rare occasions the next page button doesn't seem to have an effect but I may not be pressing it far enough; an second push always turns the page so I have to assume it's just me. It's not annoying.

Text style and size: Well, this is a very individual issue; some people like some fonts while hating others. I may be wrong but it looks like the font choice may be in the ePub file (or maybe there isn't a choice at all?) but the choice of size is more than adequate. I'm using the "medium" size setting and it's quite readable.

However, this is where the problem comes up: Once I have the size set to medium, it seems like I'm only seeing about 1/3 of a page of text (comparing it to a paperback). Setting the size to small displays more text but, unfortunately, it's not readable ("comfortably readable" may be a better term).

I just finished reading Atlas Shrugged and it seemed like I had to turn the page three times before the page numbers at the bottom of the screen actually changed.

Admittedly, this is not a huge issue and, if it were the only thing, I might be able to live with it...but that inadequate contrast issue has sort of soured me.

I do have an iPad and reading on that device is fine as long as you adjust the brightness to suit the surroundings but I would like a smaller, lighter device, as well.

So I put the 650 up on eBay and, when it sells, I'll probably go for the Nook Color as the resolution is 1200x600 (unlike the other, cheaper 7" readers which are only 800x600). I played with one down at BestBuy and was impressed.

I'm sure future e-ink readers will solve the contrast issue.

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Old 03-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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I imagine Eink willl never satisfy you contrastwise.... the 650 is an excellent machine but in my opinion very different from a tablet....
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:45 AM   #3
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:05 PM   #4
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If you had tried it with a cover and light, or a proprietry book light, you'd probably still have it, either work really well.

I have heard that the problem with colour is it increases charging requirement time a lot.
Perhaps I'm wrong ?
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:22 PM   #5
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I'll admit if I had my druthers, some type of backlight or sidelight that comes from around where the infrared is, would be the only extra feature I'd want on my 350. It would definitely have to have an on/off switch to it though. If it was a constant on light, I'd opt for the 350 as is.

But right now to give up the e-ink screen, the long battery life, the short recharge time, there's no way I'd take that over the e-ink screen. I'm perfectly happy using a booklight when needed, the Sony cover with light is great. Or the Mighty Bright Flex lights (TravelFlex is even bright enough and takes only 1 battery as the Sony cover does) are great also with smaller covers without a light, I've used both.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:02 PM   #6
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I'll admit if I had my druthers, some type of backlight or sidelight that comes from around where the infrared is, would be the only extra feature I'd want on my 350. It would definitely have to have an on/off switch to it though. If it was a constant on light, I'd opt for the 350 as is.
That's why my next eink reader will be a Sony 750, that is if Sony ever decides to update their 700, which I use more than any of my other eink readers.
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:34 PM   #8
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The now discontinued PRS 700 had built in side lights. I have had two over the last few years and would never switch. Although the display is murcky due to the extra glass layer the light allows me to read in any situation. Hard to find now as only occassionaly does one shows up on eBay.

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Old 03-26-2011, 02:46 PM   #9
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I agree Bro Pete--I have the lighted cover for my 650 and I love it!! But, for some reason Sony doesn't seem to sell the lighted covers for the 650 any more--I'm very glad I purchased mine when I got my 650!!

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