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Old 04-16-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Sony PRS-505 w/Light Wedge or PRS-700?

So I purchased the PRS-700 last weekend. Brought it back and got the PRS-505 because of the increased contrast of the screen. Then, I purchased the Sony Light Wedge for the PRS-505 yesterday and it made the PRS-505 heavier and viewing through the Light Wedge reminded me of looking at the PRS-700.

Now, I don't have the PRS-700 to compare with anymore but wanted to get folk's impressions and experiences with the PRS-505 w/ Light Wedge and the PRS-700.

Truthfully, I'm now considering returning the PRS-505/Light Wedge combination for the all-in-one PRS-700.

Any opinions?
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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Hmmm well I haven't seen a PRS-700 so I don't think I can give you a FAIR comparison, but I have the prs-505/lightwedge combination and it's working great for me so far. I think the prs-700 is backlit...I don't think I'd want that kind of light on mine. I use the lightwedge all the time, even in the day time. It's nice to have that extra bit of light.

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Old 04-16-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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Thanks Kelly for your reply. The PRS-700 is not backlit. the light is designed with the same concept as the light wedge where it's lit around the square of the PRS-700 screen making the edges brighter than the center of the e-ink screen.

To me, the lighting on the light wedge is very similar to how the lighting on the PRS-700 is designed. My opinion is that the light wedge has taken away "something" from the viewing experience of the PRS-505 screen and kind of reminded me of my viewing experience on the PRS-700.

What's difficult for me to discern is whether the PRS-505/light wedge combination is better/worse than the viewing experience on the PRS-700.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:17 PM   #4
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AllFun, I had (and still have) a 505 + lightwedge, and a PRS 700.

I really liked the 505 + lightwedge, but as you stated above, the combo was heavy and it had a tendency to fly away from the screen when held at certain angles. That was my reasoning for getting the 700.

I LOVE my 700! The 505 + lightwedge gave a better, fuller light coverage than the 700, but I find that after the eyes adjust for a few moments the sidelighting of the 700 is very good for reading in subdued lighting and even in complete darkness. I also do not find the decreased contrast of the 700 or the "glare" issue to be a problem for me.

Also the 700 is so much lighter and compact than the 505 + lightwedge combo.

Your mileage may vary, but for me it has been a no-brainer. The 700 is a great solution for me.

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Old 04-16-2009, 01:19 PM   #5
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When I need the light (which isn't often) I just use a clip on light ($10 from some on line store) and that works great. I think the 505 better screen contrast is more important.
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When I need the light (which isn't often) I just use a clip on light ($10 from some on line store) and that works great. I think the 505 better screen contrast is more important.
That's a good point cassidym. I normally read in subdued lighting or darkness, so for my reading habits, the 700 just makes more sense.
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Boy, you folks don't help make the decision any easier. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
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yeah since having the lightwedge, I've been wondering why they couldn't just add that onto a prs-505, because it really is better than a backlight. All this time I thought the prs-700 had a backlight, which is why I didn't consider that one. I'm still not sorry I got the prs-505. I am curious to see the contrast on the prs-700 now. I do agree the lightwedge changes the contrast, but I leave the lightwedge on top of the screen even when the light is off and read, and I can still see everything fine.
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I have the Sony lightwedge cover for my PRS-505 and am enjoying having it. The majority of my reading is without the light, so I will often detach it from the cover, which makes the whole thing much lighter. By putting the lightwedge unit into a small flannel bag, I can protect it from scratches while it is not connected to the cover. When I need to read in low-lit areas, I just snap the lightwedge back into the cover and keep going.
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I have a 505 with the lightwedge and my husband has a 700. I'm very happy with my 505/lightwedge combo--and prefer reading on it to my husband's 700.

Most of my reading is done in well lighted situations, and I simply flip the lightwedge to the left--holding the reader case like a hardback book. I actually like the added weight of the light wedge--makes the reader a little more substantial. When I'm using the light, I bend the cover all the way around so that the two sides are next to each other.

One other benefit I find is that the batteries in my reader last a lot longer than my husband's. I use rechargeable batteries in the light wedge and am able to go quite a while without recharging them.

Now, on the other hand, my husband is perfectly happy with his 700 and wouldn't trade with me. (He reads a lot more technical books and makes good use of the search and zoom features.)

Good luck with your decision!

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i got the 700, clarity isnt a problem for me.
the bulk of the light wedge is kinda silly to me.

all in all, if you dont like your purchase, go with a kindle this time w/ a medge light cover
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When I need the light (which isn't often) I just use a clip on light ($10 from some on line store) and that works great. I think the 505 better screen contrast is more important.
That's what I do as well. I read in bed with a book light, and elsewhere I'm out and about in light, so I don't use anything.
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