Rated 5 out of 5 by Eggmont Premier electronic reader
Don't think of this as a replacement for your laptop or as an alternative to a tablet. It's a replacement for the piles of reading you need to lug home or on the train to stay caught up.
First the good: The DPTS1 is feather-light. The screen is sharp and big -- a full-size page so there's no scrolling around to read a document. Reading in bright sunlight is a pleasure.The pen works (no batteries!) for annotations and highlighting. And the ability to sync with a network folder makes it simple to add or delete files.
Now the bad: The pen isn't so great for taking notes in meetings or court. When writing, the screen sometimes treats the pressure from your hand as a command to flip the pages forward. And the handwriting is too imprecise for extensive pages of notes. The pen works best for highlighting and notes in the margins.
Finally, the price is sky high. If this reader were $400, it would be a no-brainer, and I would buy one for everyone in our law firm. The price will put it out of reach for many would-be buyers, and that's too bad.
Overall, if you do a lot of reading for a living, this is a great choice to lighten your briefcase and save your eyesight.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GeneralCounsel Unbelievable Productivity Tool
As the General Counsel for a real estate development company, I am constantly reviewing legal/transactional documents -- leases, purchase agreements, PPMs, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, condominium declarations, title materials, easements, developer's agreements, indemnity agreements, access agreements, Phase 1/Phase 2 reports, construction contracts, franchise agreements, loan documents, term sheets, lease proposals, NDAs, etc. As a general practice, before I make any revisions to a document I mark up the document with my comments (generally via interlineated hand-marked annotations) which are then shared with my management team for their review and input. Before I came across the Sony DPS, I had to print documents on reams of paper to prepare markups of working drafts. Moreover, before the Sony DPS, if I traveled or worked remotely, I had to carry multiple brief cases to tote multiple documents and note pads. NOW things have changed! I carry the Sony DPS and a lap top, that is it. I can have access to multiple documents and files on the exceptionally light Sony pad without the bulk of note pads and printed documents and document binders. This is a great device for my needs. Besides the convenience of marking up PDF copies of transactional documents on a DPS, note taking is a breeze and I no longer have to maintain separate note books for each of the many projects that I manage -- tried to use an iPad to take digital notes, but never felt comfortable with the small sized screen and quirky input issues.
February 13, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by MattZN Hardware ok, software incomplete
It works but there are some significant deficiencies that make it considerably less useful than it could be otherwise.
(1) Pen sensitivity is only good if you move the pen slowly. Handwriting at normal speed results in very clunky output. The tablet misses pen motion when the pen is moved quickly. This makes it difficult to use the tablet as a paper replacement... real paper and pen winds up being superior.
(2) Network sync is extremely primitive. It's impossible to access a large library of PDFs in any convenient fashion because the tablet wants to download it all. A samba/windows share accessed like a live filesystem with download option would be far better.
(3) There are many PDFs that I want to mark up which the tablet will not allow me to edit due to a read-only bit in the PDF, forcing me to run the PDF through an adjustment program. This makes no sense whatsoever. The tablet should allow me to mark up any PDF.
(4) I didn't expect a fast reaction time for a paperwhite display. However, the UI elements for moving between pages and editing are unfortunately very primitive, making working with a large document difficult.
All of these problems could be fixed. Honestly, I don't even know why Sony produced the product with the software in such a decrepit state. It could be so much more, with a little effort. I'm giving it 2 stars because basic functionality works, but it doesn't work well enough for us to really use.
October 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by bobw nice device; pain to purchase if not in US
The DPT system is great. The only A4 reader i am aware of. Way better than an iPad for reading scientific papers.
Search could be improved (requires exact matches). Built in sync to dropbox would make it awesome. But it is usable and I now widely use it. I have some 7000 papers and books stored on it!
But it was a royal pain in the neck to buy (as I do not live in the US). Sony will not ship to international addresses? Why?! So I had to ship to a friend, then pay exorbitant courier fees and customs duties.
October 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by arlynn Love the hardware, needs 2nd edition software
My need is reading tech data for and drawing correlations. The reading is fine but have to have a way of ranking and storing the papers. Can annotate the document but then can not have some means on the directory pages to hold the good papers and toss the poorer ones off the device. Also need a software means of getting to directory rather than having to push the physical button. Also on directory page need estimate of file size because large files take a long time to load and need warning rather than just spinning dial. Need to be able to move open document to work space so can couple documents together while reading once determine there is a link to documents without exiting out.
November 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Technophil Revolutionary Product, Very Specific Purpose
I have been waiting for a paper-sized portable digital device with accurate stylus input for a long time. I play piano/keyboards for musical theater pit orchestras and wanted a device to both annotate and display my PDF scores. Unfortunately this device fell a little short in a couple of key areas for my use case, but it's still a great device.
I toured the Digital Paper around my day job's legal, standards, and IT departments and it received universally positive reviews. Pair this with some kind of OCR software on your computer and you have a killer note-taking setup, as well as an awesome way to carry around and mark up lots and lots of documents without all of the associated back strain. This is where the Digital Paper really shines: it is lightweight and the display is some fantastic-looking e-ink technology. It's also as big as a regular sheet of paper, which was of highest priority to me.
As for digital sheet music, it is not yet up to my high performance-level standards. Sony, I will buy this again in a heartbeat if you can do two things: 1.) Allow me to attach a USB keyboard/pedal that sends page up/page down keypresses in order to turn the pages without using the finger swipe motion (see: micro-USB OTG adapter), and 2.) assure me that 100% of the time the page turns will be lightning fast. Every once in a while I would encounter a slower-than-normal page turn or my page turn swiping motion would fail to register correctly (perhaps two or three times in a 250-page document), and because playing piano is critically time-sensitive, the Digital Paper sadly proved to be unusable for my purposes. The page turn speed is good enough, but it needs to be 100% reliable, not 99%. (Maybe doing a half-page turn instead would help in this area? I'll beta test for you. I'd even be willing to leave it plugged in to USB power if the unit went into some kind of high-performance mode for page turns.) Luckily, these only would seem to be software tweaks, as the display's refresh rate is quite good otherwise.
All of that being said, if you want to take a huge leap towards going truly paperless (and you don't have to play a live performance), this device is the way to go.
September 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Abjad Finally A4 ePaper! / Software needs improvement
For a first public version I'm very happy with the product: I can finally read scientific articles and magazines in their original paper format. I also appreciate the simplicity of the tool (I just want a quiet reader not a tablet connected to the Internet) and and some niceties of the software (ex: options to adapt the stylus responsiveness for hand position during writing). Thanks!
- I want to draw an area within which the handwriting would be deleted.
- I want to delete all handwriting on a page or in a document.
- I want to activate the eraser mode for handwriting by pressing the stylus button.
- I want to be able to select which action is triggered when pressing the stylus.
December 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SonyDigitalPaperFan Exclusive product on the market
First of all I would like to express perplexity about how Sony sells the Digital Paper reader. For me, beiing not a US resident it was quite a problem to order the digital paper device as Sony does not ship world-wide. Moreover, Sony does not send to US forwarding companies. Why? Can't understand what prevents Sony to sell to anyone from any country - people ready to pay, what's the problem, guys?
I had to ask my US friend to receive the package with the product and then resend it to me. My credit card was fine to pay (issued by ukrainian bank).
When the package was finally in my hands , I unpacked it and first saw a sleeve case (for the reader). But it seemed there was no device itself (!) - it appeared it was so thin and light that it seemed like there is only the case in the box and that's it. They should have fooled me ! No, the reader was there and when I first took it I said to myself: WOW.
I was dreaming about such a big reader for a long time. I have Kindle DX and mostly read my pdf-s on it (I have custom firmware so that it makes possible to zoom precisely and trim white space) but it is not sufficient for scanned pdf-s with wide pages.
As for my short experience with the reader.
I have been reading some pdfs a little , navigating some web pages (the reader have built-in webbrowser) and I liked the experience very much. In pdf files text was crisp, sharp and contrast.
Though I should say that if your pdf of poor quality and text in it is gray (poor scan) you will not be able to increase contrast in the reader. You will see it as gray. If you read native pdf (with text layer) , the text will be black and clear like on real paper - on the condition you read under sun or good light or course as the reader does not have backlight.
As for the web browser, I should say that for some reason the text is gray (not black). Don't understand why but it seems like Sony renders webpage text to an image or something like that. However, I have been visiting some of my favourite sites that I read regularily and read some articles on them. Before I did this on the laptop or desktop (matte screens by the way) I experienced some kind of eye strain. The same feeling appears when I read the sites on Apple iPad (maybe because of glare screen). But here, on the Sony reader even with gray text I did not have any fatigue at all. I have been reading articles one after another for a long time with no desire to stop this: as if someone printed all them on A4 matte paper - light in weight but with gray text.
One very useful feature of the Digital Paper is that you can zoom out to view several pages of a document tiled (4 or 9). This allows you quickly navigate to any (when 4 is displayed the text is rather readable on each).
Now, as for the comparison with Kindle DX. Some guys have issued a video review on the comparison, google it if you are interested.
As for the contrast I should say they are equal. Personally for me, Sony Digital Paper = Kindle DX with enlarged to 13.3 inches screen + sensor screen + lighter twice as little + VERY comfortable in zoom in/out.
I will say nothing about pen - frankly saying I am merely afraid of scratching the screen with it. No big deal for me - I read at home most of the time and can write notes on regular paper.
If you ask me whether I regret about the purchase, I will answer : NO!
Yes, it's expensive but believe me, you quickly forget abount the amount of money spent for it as soon as you take it into your hand, load a book and enjoy, enjoy and enjoy.
I don't understand why other companies do not even try to compete in the area of large ebook readers. Maybe I am alone with quirks about big readers ? But visiting some forums (not only from ex-USSR but from USA and from Europe) I came to conclusion that such products really attract a lot of people.
Sure, price stops from buying. Other than that Sony creates additional obstacles for people not to spend their money for such products.
- very light, so light that you can't believe that something that large in size can be so light!
- high contrast screen
- sensor eink screen
- built-in wifi
- web browser
- advanced zoom-in and zoom-out with an ability to tile 4 or 9 pages
- rather powerful and quick (processor) but if you read heavy scanned PDF, it will "think" a bit before next page loading
- gray text on web pages (hope Sony will fix this in future firmware updates)
- no contrast increase setting (for example, Kindle DX with Duokan or KindlePDFViewer have gamma setting that makes text darker)
- cannot be bought world-wide or even to a mail forwarding company
- reads PDF format only (I would like it to handle DJVU as well, but these are dreams, dreams...)
November 11, 2014