Refurbished Sony Ebook Reader PRS-505 - £133.99 + £6.45 shipping @ Expansys

Refurbished Sony Ebook Reader PRS-505 - £133.99 + £6.45 shipping @ Expansys

Found 13th Feb 2009
Sony Refurbished Electronic Ebook Reader PRS-505/SC (silver with tan cover).

These are "factory refurbished" and "in pristeen condition". They seem to be selling fast at this price - currently 22 showing in stock (61 last night), and the blue model is now sold out. New price is around £200 (Expansys have their list price at £279!).

Use the Expansys voucher to bring this to about £131 delivered.

Note that you can use this with a Mac too, by transferring eBooks to either SD card or Memory Stick (the unit has one of each type of slot).

Technical stuff:

* Display
Technology: E Ink® "Electronic Paper"
Screen Size: Approx. 6" Measured Diagonally
Resolution: Approx. 170 Pixels Per Inch
Gray Scale: 8-Level Grey Scale

* Media Formats Supported
Unsecured Text: BBeB Book, TXT, RTF, Adobe® PDF , Microsoft® Word (Conversion to the Reader-requires Word installed on your PC) DRM Text: BBeB Book (Marlin) Unsecured Audio: MP3 and AAC
Image: JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP

* Power
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Life (Approx.): Up to 7,500 page turns
Recharging Time: Approx. 4 Hours with USB charging from powered Computer or Approx. 2 Hours when using optional AC wall charger
AC Power:
Optional AC Charger requires 120 Volts 60Hz

* System Requirements
Operating System: Windows® XP (Home Edition/Professional, Media Center Edition, Media Center Edition 2004, Media Center Edition 2005) & Windows Vista® (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate).
Processor: 800MHz Intel® Celeron® class processor or better
RAM: 128 MB Minimum
Hard Drive: 20MB Minimum available Hard Drive space
Optical Drive: Optical Drive capable of reading CD-ROM
USB Port: USB 1.1 or faster USB Port (Optimal with USB 2.0)
Internet Connection: Broadband suggested

* Dimensions
Weight: 9oz. without soft cover
Measurements: 6.9" x 4.8" x 0.3". (175 x 122 x 8mm)

* Supplied Accessories
Tan Soft Case
USB Cable
Quick Start Guide


Great offer BUT beware note on product from Expansys:

They have US firmware on them and may not work with UK DRM ebooks

I think these are a great idea but the technology in this area is movingf ast and there is a new version of the sony reader out now. This will probably be little use and little value in a very short time.

Original Poster

The value is dependent on whether you're interested in DRMed ebooks or simply open TXT / RTF / PDF etc documents - these will continue to work as well as the day you first bought the device. The contents of online resources such as Project Gutenberg are good sources for open docs.

Original Poster

Down to only "1-5" in stock now, and to quote Expansys "this is the last stock we have of this product. First come, first served."

I placed an order late on Friday whilst still in stock, but it appears to have gone out of stock between my confirmation email, and them going to pack the item.

Order is still outstanding and they quote "typically 5 days" until they can fulfill my order. However based on past experience I don't share their optimism!

Thanks to the OP for posting anyway!

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