The Sony PRS-T3 e-Reader has officially been released in a number of countries. This new model has a built in case that ships that ships with it and its important to note this unit was designed with the intention of always using the case. If you want to read in the dark, you must purchase the Sony PRS-T3 Case with built in reading light. It retails for around $50.00 and can be purchased from Sony Online or other retailers. Is this case a good investment? Today, we evaluate it in our official review.
The Sony PRS-T3 Case with Reading Light is a bit more bulky than the case that ships with the unit by default. It feels a little bit more unwieldy because there is extra girth to accommodate the reading light and the wires that bind them. The front of the case is a nice leather and the side that faces your e-Reader screen is made of suede. This case is fairly useful because it automatically wakes up the screen from standby mode when you open it up, so you can jump right into the book.
The Reading Light itself is much akin to previous Sony offerings. The LCD light has two LED’s and doesn’t really provide enough illumination to evenly distribute the light across the screen. You will find yourself in the common situation of the top half of the screen looking really good, but the bottom half is cloaked in darkness. The LCD light is not malleable, so you can’t position it the way you want, you are basically just stuck with the default positioning.
In the following video review we do a proper unboxing of the case to show you how it looks and attach it to the e-Reader for the first time. In our full video review we show you how it looks in complete darkness and in low-light conditions. You can get a sense on the real world conditions and if this is the right investment for you.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.