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Sony Red Wi-Fi eBook Reader - PRS-T1RC

Abt Model: PRST1RC | UPC Code: 027242830196
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Wi-Fi Access To Over 2 Million Titles/ 6 " (600x800) Clear Enhanced Touch Screen/ 2GB Internal Memory (Optional MicroSD Media To Expand Your Storage To 32GB)/ E-Ink Pearl V220 Glare-Free Screen/ 16 Level Gray Scale/ 12 Built-In Dictionaries/ Note-Taking/ Stores Up To 1200 Titles/ Bookmark Pages/ Audio Playback/ Purchase Limit Of 5 Units Per Customer/ Red Finish
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Sony Red Wi-Fi eBook Reader, Model PRST1RC

Indulge your passion for reading on the ultra-light Reader™ Wi-Fi®. Wirelessly choose from over 2 million titles at Reader™ Store and borrow ebooks from your local public library. With up to a month of battery life, enjoy reading on the enhanced, glare-free touchscreen, even in direct sunlight.


  • Wi-Fi® access to over 2 million titles
    Wirelessly shop wherever you are with easy access to 2 million titles at Reader™ Store. Borrow free books from your local public library or download Google public domain books. Plus, get immediate access to websites like Wikipedia and Google search
  • Ultra compact and elegant styling
    Weighing less than 6 ounces, the lightest 6” eReader around is no bigger than a paperback. This slim, 0.35 inch device has an elegant curved profile for easy holding and carrying in a pocket or bag
  • Clear Enhanced Touch screen
    Simply touch the superior 6” clear enhanced touch screen to call up your favorite books, swipe your finger to turn pages and zoom in and out by pinching your fingers together or apart
  • E-Ink® Pearl V220 glare-free screen
    With a crystal clear paper-like screen, you can read for hours - even in direct sunlight. The screen has no backlight or flicker like a standard LCD screen and features 8 adjustable font sizes plus adjustable contrast and brightness
  • 12 Built-in Dictionaries
    On board are 12 dictionaries including 2 English language (British/American) and 10 translation (to and from French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Italian). Double-tap a word to find its meaning or translate into one of the 5 supported languages
  • Note-taking
    Reader allows you to write on the page or highlight text as you would in a real book using your finger or a supplied stylus
  • Stores up to 1200 titles
    Enjoy a whole library in your hands. Store up to 1200 titles on 2GB of included memory or add optional MicroSD media to expand your storage to 32GB. Customizable file management also lets you manage your ebooks and music from within your Reader
  • Long battery life
    Read for up to 1 month on one battery charge - that will get you through your long vacation or up to 14,000 continuous page turns
  • Bookmark pages
    Bookmark pages and return to them instantly
  • Audio playback
    Plug in your headphones to listen to audio books or to music as you read



  • Display Technology: E Ink Pearl™ with Clear Touch Infrared Technology
  • Gray Scale: 16 level gray scale
  • Resolution: 600 x 800 pixels
  • Screen Size: 6 inches

Media Formats Supported

  • DRM Text: ePub (OPS v2.0, .epub file extension, Adobe DRM protected), PDF (PDF v1.6 or before, .pdf file extension, Adobe DRM protected)
  • Image: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
  • Unsecured Audio: Unsecured Adudio: MP3 (Non encrypted), AAC (Non encrypted)
  • Unsecured Text: ePub, PDF, TXT


  • Memory Size: Internal: Approx. 1.3GB after initial setting. External: Micro SD card up to 32GB

Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)


  • AC Power: Built-in rechargeable battery: 3.7 V DC
  • Battery Life (Approx): A single charge lasts up to 1 month with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time
  • Battery Life (Approx): Read on a single battery charge for 3-4 weeks with wireless on
  • Battery Life (Approx): Up to 14,000 continuous page turns when reading only
  • Recharging Time: Fully charges in approximately 2 hours via the included U.S. power adapter. Approx. 2.5 hours supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.

System Requirements

  • General: OS: - Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bit) - Windows 7 Starter - Windows 7 Home Basic - Windows 7 Home Premium - Windows 7 Professional - Windows 7 Ultimate - Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bit) - Windows Vista Home Basic with Service Pack 2 or later - Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 2 or later - Windows Vista Business with Service Pack 2 or later - Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 2 or later - Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit only) - Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3 or later - Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 or later - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 & 2005 with Service Pack 3 or later - Mac OS X version 10.7 (64 bit only) - Mac OS X version 10.7 or later CPU: - 1 GHz Intel processor RAM: - 512 MB Free space on hard disc: - 250 MB or more Depending on the content amount, more space may be required. Monitor: - 1024 × 768 display with 24-bit color Network: - Broadband internet connection Specifications: Reader software is not supported by the following environments: -An operating system other than those included above -Personally built computer or operating system -Multi-boot environment -Multi-monitor environment


  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b / g / n

In The Box

  • USB Cable
  • Stylus Pen
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty
  • Safety Audio Tips
  • Important Product Information

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 6-7/8"
  • Width: 4-3/8"
  • Depth: 3/8"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 5.9 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor


  1. Must be US or Canadian resident, age 13 years and older. Account registration required. Content availability may vary based on location
  2. Requires valid library card. Content availability may vary
  3. As of August 31, 2011
  4. Based on average un-illustrated eBook file size of 1.2 megabytes. Actual file sizes vary by digital book title. Accessible capacity may vary
  5. Measured by reading 30 minutes each day. In low coverage areas, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly. Actual battery life may vary upon your wireless usage, product settings, battery and environmental conditions
  6. Measured using a text based content in EPUB format and a fully charged battery, consecutive page-turns at approximately one second per page under the recommended operating temperature. Actual battery life may vary based on usage patterns and individual device. Actual battery life may vary based on usage patterns and individual device
  7. Un-encrypted MP3 and AAC format audio files only. Headphones not included
  8. 1 GB equals one billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions
More reasons to buy the Sony PRS-T1RC from Abt Electronics
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  • The Sony PRS-T1RC Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.


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Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader

(based on 61 reviews)

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  • Attractive (4)
  • Good screen quality (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to read (3)


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  • Entertainment (4)
  • Everyday  (4)
  • Travel (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review


Good move

This is a good move by Sony: trimming the product line to a single model, reducing the cost, adding WiFi, and bundling in a power adapter. I don't know why people are...Read complete review

This is a good move by Sony: trimming the product line to a single model, reducing the cost, adding WiFi, and bundling in a power adapter. I don't know why people are complaining about the lack of a 7-inch model. I had the 7-inch model for about a year, before losing it. When I replaced it a year ago, I got the 6-inch PRS-650, as it was cheaper. I expected the smaller size would be difficult to read or inconvenient. It isn't. I expected it would take some time to get used to. It didn't. And although it is only a little smaller than the 7-inch model it replaced, it is significantly more comfortable to hold while reading, and quite a bit more convenient to carry around (it just seems to fit into more pockets -- I can slide it into my cargo pants, for example, which wasn't possible with the 7-inch). Someone wanted to know if it's possible to zoom in on PDFs. It is on the 650, so unless Sony has taken their software backwards, I don't see why the new model would be any different. In fact, Sony's handling of PDFs is nothing short of amazing. My only complaint is that there's no trade-in program so that I can upgrade myself from the 650! (Can't really justify shelling out for what would be my third Reader in as many years!)


Most Liked Negative Review


Don't Do it

I loved my 505, it has traveled the world with me and I was very sad when it died. Now, I am hoping I can find someone to fix it - or I...Read complete review

I loved my 505, it has traveled the world with me and I was very sad when it died. Now, I am hoping I can find someone to fix it - or I am going with a Nook. The first T1 was returned less then 24 hours after purchase because every time I switched it to transfer mode it crashed the Reader library on my computer. The second one seemed better, though originally all I loaded on to it were books I had purchased from the Sony store. In preparation for a trip I loaded an additional 33 books. I used the touch screen to turn the page of one of the books and the reader flipped through all the remaining book pages and then refused to recognize any attempts to use the touch screen - which meant I couldn't even turn the T1 off! I finally had to reset the reader. Tried to continue to read the book and every time I use the touchscreen to turn a page the dictionary kicked in. (Hey, at least I could use the touchscreen again). I had to turn off the reader and re-start it to get this to stop. I spent 8 weeks trying to decide if I wanted to replace my 505 with the T1 or get the Nook Color, I read professional and reader reviews and am starting to think I made the wrong choice. My other problem with the T1 is cosmetic. I do not like the shiny plastic surround. I have not yet had problems with fingerprints on the touchscreen, but that is not the case with the plastic. I am also not a fan of the new reader library program which among other things won't let you delete any books you bought from the Sony store and wants to reload them back on to the Reader if you have deleted them previously irregardless of how you have set your sync. Maybe in another 6 months to a year Sony will have fixed these glitches, but until then, think very carefully if you want the hassle.

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from Arkansas

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

I just upgraded my Reader from the PRS-650 to the PRST1 and I could not happier. This Reader is Fantastic. Love the WiFi capability and the crispness of the print. You just need to get color capability built into the Reader. Oh, yes, and find a good place for the stylus. I'm just leaving it in the drawer or now.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


PRS-T1 is the best Sony Reader so far...


from New Jersey

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

I've owned a previous Sony Reader, and I also own a Kindle and frequently use a relative's nook. I have to say, the Sony Reader is probably the most advanced of all three, but I can't say it's as refined. The hardware is great, but a step down from the previous generation's solid aluminum design. That's forgivable due to its new competitive pricing and features. The design is solid yet thin, and the whole unit is incredibly lightweight, but still feels sturdy. The touch screen works as expected, the multitouch is great, and the contrast and screen is a step up from usual. Compared to the nook and Kindle, it doesn't feel as sturdy, but the weight and dimensions compensate. The plastic border around the screen gets very annoying, since although the screen is anti-glare, the plastic shows a lot of glare and fingerprints and scratches. On the software side, the Sony's interface is very straightforward, but not in a bad way. The interface is simple, but experiences a few hiccups here and there, especially on the web browser. Don't get me wrong, the web browser is one of the best on any eReader, and I use it more than I expected. It lets you download books and other media online and you can view them too. However, the whole interface sometimes shows some bugs. The popup dictionary within a book has to flash twice, which is unnecessary, and there is no option for recently read or partial-refresh mode. Those aren't big deals, but it's worth mentioning. Also, the open format of the Sony Reader takes it a step above the Kindle, which is huge purchasing factor. If you want an eReader that can read and download multiple formats, this is the one for you. PDF support was terrific as well. Among the advanced features that this offers that no competitor does is the audio player, picture viewer, and notepad, but I didn't use those much during everyday use. They are fun to have though. This is pretty good for the first Sony Reader to run Android, and I'm glad it does. I just hope some bugs are fixed on the PRS-T2 or in a software update. The Sony Reader desktop software has improved drastically since I first used it. However, it still is not as organized as a regular desktop app is for a competing eReader. Still, it works, and I'm glad that it's a huge improvement. Overall, this is one of the better eReaders on the market, with the most features and supports many file types. Much of the conveniences won't be used everyday, but it comes in very handy. The interface and hardware both have some problems, but it is still a step above the competition. If you're on the fence about this and another reader, go with this one unless you have already bought into another company's book ecosystem.


Jury still out


from Toronto, ON

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

I've had my PRS T1 about a week and I like it, but would be a lot happier if the wi-fi was stable. I can get it to connect to both my networks. It's more stable on the WEP network than on the WPA network. I assigned it a dedicated IP on the WEP network and also disable TKIP and that seems to have helped as does turning on Wireless Standby, but it sometimes doesn't see the network and often times won't connect. I have 30+ years in the computer industry so I know my way around this stuff pretty well. Not a very good wi-fi implementation and needs to be fixed. If Sony can fix this I will be happy to write a much more positive review.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Needs a lot of improvement.


from Freehold,NY

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

I purchased this Sony Reader yesterday, after see what a great deal I could get for it. When I opened the packaging, I was shocked that Sony has become so cheap!! Only a USB cable for charging and nothing else!!! Different design than the PRS-600 BC that I lost, but feels too plastic, not sturdy. ONLY a microSD card slot, no proprietary Memory Sitck slot! No place to slide in stylus, therefore it will be easily lost. No neoprene case like the other Sony Readers previously. Had to reset the Reader last night, so this might be troublesome. Comes with WI-FI, but since I do NOT have a router and use my SE mobile as a modem, this is something of a non-issue to me. I like the PRS-600 BC much better, SD and Memory Card slots, hefty, sturdy build, a nook to place the stylus. I like my older model Reader better than this one. And my experience with Sony in general has been very negative, although the support for the Reader is a bit better. I am holding off recomending this Reader until I have it for a little while.


Best 6" reader so far!


from HYD

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

I'm using the Sony prs T1 from a month,soo far it's working smooth and it's actually helping me as a companion on my journey.I'm from India and we don't have an store support , so there is no buying of books,and downloading books from other sources is quite easy.the only thing that's negative about reader desing is plastic bezzel around it which sometimes pumps up the reflection on to the screen,thats only concern about hardware and design. I'm not a fan of partial page refresh because it leaves the shadows of previous pages , for me full page refresh is ok! ,One feature that I wished to have in sony reader is text to speech support ,and home screen can be improved a lot,they can add additional row for recently read books . I never used sony desktop software cuz I'm using linux, so even the sloppy software(most people hate sony desktop software) won't work on my machine.Calibre is doing fantastic work on behalf of sony's.I didn't root my device cuz many of those we rooted are constantly complaining about battery drying and so much flashing . So those who are in plan of buying this one will be delighted after the buy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Reader Excellent, Reader Store Not


from Cheyenne, WY

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

I really like the reader itself. It's very easy to use and easy to read. My biggest frustration is that the Sony Reader Store doesn't work very hard to get the latest books. There have been a number of books that I wanted to buy in the last few months. These books are available for Kindle, Nook and Kobo, but not for Sony. Nook won't support Sony, though there does seem to be some way to buy Kobo books and make them useable on Sony. I haven't tried it yet. Most of the books I have on my Sony have come from specialty publishers and are not available at Sony. If I'd understood how difficult it is to get books through Sony I would have gone to a different reader. My model is a 950, but my issues are with the book store. I would not buy a Sony again just because finding the books I want to read has been so difficult.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Low quality product.


from Undisclosed

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

This is my story. Purchased the e-reader on beginning of 2011. One year not passed the e-reader started to malfunction. It goes to sleep mode suddenly, or shuts down completely, or starts endless cycle of reboots. I complained to sonny and they repaired it free of charge. Then after four months the same problem reappears. That time they want 100$ for repair…. I’ll better buy another reader for that money (not sonny for sure). Bottom line, after little bit more than one year 250$ worth fancy reader is completely useless. I stay away from sonny for next few good years … Advice you to do the same …


best e-reader ever


from little rock, arkansas

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

i had the sony pocket edition ereader. i "upgraded" to the nook 1st edition, because I am a B&N member, and thought i needed one. I gave the nook to my mom, and got this one. hated the nook, love this.


Love it!


from PA

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

Love my Reader! Can't imagine needing anything more than it already provides. No issues at all (have owned for several months now). Definitely get the cover with the light.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


pretty slow reading pdfs


from New York, NY

Comments about Sony Black Wi-Fi eBook Reader:

pretty slow reading pdfs, chancing font will change entire pdf layout and some pics can't not be shown then. no chinese-english dictionary

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