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Sony PRS-600, PRS-505 and Astak EZReader Pocket PRO
Amazon and Sony have the most popular ebook readers available today, but there are other very competitive devices available too. Astak’s latest device is the EZReader Pocket PRO 5 inch unit that supports Adobe Reader Digital Edition content and much more. You can enjoy book content, music files, audio books, and more on this sleek, highly viewable eInk reader.
Sony Reader 505 and EZReader Pocket PRO
Here you can see the size difference between the 5 inch and 6 inch eInk displays.
Outside of retail box
The retail box is attractive and shows off the Pocket Pro.
Side panel with color choices
There are six available colors for the Pocket PRO 5 inch device.
Back panel & supported formats
The box clearly shows many of the supported file formats.
Both come with book covers
The EZReader Pocket PRO comes with a nice leather cover.
EZReader Pocket PRO and Sony 505
The eInk looks fantastic on the Pocket PRO and while not as white as the Sony 505, it is just as clear and crisp. Some may even find text to look better on the Pocket PRO than on the Sony 505.
Page turning buttons
You can turn pages forward and backwards using the left navigation buttons.
Thumbwheel on the right side
The thumbwheel lets you go to the next or previous page by moving it up or down. You can also access the menu by pressing in on the thumbwheel.
Upper right clip opening
There is a small cutout on the upper left and right side where the case clips hold it in place.
Bottom 3.5mm headset jack
There is a standard 3.5mm headset jack on the bottom of the EZReader Pocket PRO.
Along the bottom and bottom left you will find openings for a lanyard.
Top port, button, and storage card
Secure Digital cards can be used to store ebooks and supports up to 16GB of memory. A miniUSB port is used to charge and transfer documents while the power button is used to lock the device or power it on and off.
Power button and miniUSB
The power button is flush with the top of the reader.
Back of the Astak EZReader Pocket PRO
A unique feature found on the Pocket PRO is the user replaceable battery. A small screw keeps the battery cover in place.
Close up of the battery cover
The battery can be removed and you can carry extras for long trips.
EZReader Pocket PRO in hand
The 5 inch Pocket PRO is pretty compact and fits nicely in your hand.
Open case without Pocket PRO
There are three clips on the right side that hold the Pocket Pro in place. The upper two clips fit into openings in the device while the lower one fits over a bottom ridge.
Front of the leather case
The case has a light brown tone and there does not appear to be options for different color cases.
Back of the case
A magnet is placed inside the securing strap that then holds the case closed.
The logo is embedded in the leather case. You can also see the high quality stitching of the case.
Menu while reading books
Menu options include the ability to zoom, rotate the display, and enable text to speech.
Available zoom levels
There are up to five zoom levels on the Pocket PRO, but they do slightly vary by the type of content loaded on the device.
Main menu options
When you are in the main view with the library you will see a menu that lets you organize your titles, view the SD card, or access the settings.
Very few settings available
There are not many settings on the EZReader Pocket PRO and I did not like having key sounds enabled while I was navigating on the device.
There are eight available fonts to choose from on the Pocket PRO.
Some have multiple purposes
Some buttons are used for other functions, such as catalog and zooming. Pressing 8 repeatedly toggles through zoom levels.
Right control button
There is a button on the right to jump back/exit and to the menu.
When you have TTS enabled your menu changes just a bit to allow you to control the speech functionality.
Now this is zoomed in
When you are zoomed in all the way the font is quite large and clear. I suppose this would be valuable for those with bad eyesight.
Zoomed out all the way
I personally prefer the smaller font for seeing the most text on the display.
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