"Serious charging issues"2.0 starson by Jo Lynne Lockley
Pros: Affordable, accepts multiple formats and expandable
Cons: Awkward software and charging.
Summary: PRS 600 does not, unfortunately, charge from all computers. Netbook USB ports are not strong enough to charge it overnight, nor are USB hubs attached to computers. Not all desktop USB ports will provide sufficient power for a charge, either.
The reader cannot be used while charging, either from a computer or from a dedicated charger.
The Sony charger is sold in stores for an outrageous $40 ($39...), but third party chargers can be found on the net for about $10 - $15. Although some have had success charging from an IPod/Iphone charger base (replacing the cable with the Sony USB cable) it has not worked for me.
The software is awkward and only quasi intuitive, while the instructions are insufficient. A new owner will spend some time trying to find the appropriate methods for syncing, transferring files, etc, but will eventually succeed.
The great advantage of Sony over other products is mainly the freedom it offers for those wishing to carry various documents in non proprietary formats and to download content from various sites.
The stylus and annotation functions are positive, although it must be noted that the annotation does not reside in the annotated file but in a distinct file of all annotations on the reader, so those wishing to review papers would be far better off with an IPad or Netbook.