Sony PRS-ACL3 Light Cover for Pocket eBook Reader
Recently I received a Sony e-reader from my husband and a few days later he also bought me a Sony light and cover to protect my shiny new e-book. I think one of the best compliments I can say about this cover is that it makes my e-reader feel and look more like the book I think it is.
--The look and functionality--
The Sony cover is made of a black leather type material and measures at 16 x 13.5 centimetres when closed. As mentioned the cover comes with an inbuilt light that sits in the fold of the cover and has an adjustable arm. In order for the light to run you need one AAA battery, however the light seems to last for a while it is easily turned on via a switch located conveniently beside the lamp. The light has both a low and high setting; I find that the low setting seems to be enough light to happily read by at night time. The light illuminates the screen effectively, when you want to use the light it is simply a matter of pulling out, I do have to play around with it and get back in the best position each time I use it, but you get quicker at that with use.
Once in place, the e-reader can still be easily charged with the cover on. Since I have owned the cover I haven't yet taken it off, I find that the cover adds no noticeable weight increase to my device, and is nicer to hold onto than the e-readers metal casing.
--Value for money?--
It started off costing around forty pound to purchase, but as with most things it has come down in price and can be found somewhere between £20 and £30. However, it is worth looking out for special offers I bought mine online when it was on a special offer from a well known DVD and music retail site and I saved a bit more off the retail price. It is always nice to get a bargain but it is often right place right time.
I think that the Sony cover and light does represent value for money because although it is another expense it does make me feel better when carrying the e-reader out and about. Sony's pocket edition e-reader is a costly item and I like to look after mine, I doubt I could convince the husband to buy me two in one year.
It really is an attractive design that is both functional and stylish. I think it deserves five out of five stars, this looks attractive, comes with an inbuilt light and it makes me less nervous about carrying the e-reader around in my bag when I go out. It does exactly what you want it to and it does it beautifully. I think my Sony e-reader is made all the more attractive thanks to this rather nice Sony cover with light.
If you have a Sony e-reader I would recommend getting one of these covers, I couldn't be more pleased with mine.
Anyone who owns Sony's small but excellent PRS-300 Digital Reader will know that holding its metal body for an extended period of time will result in icy hands - especially if you're someone who likes to read outdoors. Similarly, reading in the dark isn't an option with the PRS-300 due to its lack of a backlit screen. Fortunately, both of these issues are remedied with the PRS-ACL3 - a leather cover that features a maneuverable reading light.
So how much will this Sony branded accessory set you back? - Well, unfortunately it is a little expensive. Until a few weeks ago, the recommended retail price was over forty pounds, which to be honest is a wee bit steep. Thankfully, the price has come down a little recently, and it can now be picked up from amazon.co.uk for £29.90. At the end of the day, it all depends on how much you want warm hands whilst reading, and the ability to read at night.
Measuring 16 x 13.5 centimetres when closed, the cover essentially makes your technologically advanced piece of kit reminiscent of a good old fashioned book. It allows its owner to hold it like a book too, and this makes for a far more enjoyable reading experience. On their own, Sony's eReaders are more mobile-phone-like than old-skool printed media, and this sometimes results in a slightly unwieldy reading experience. Happily, the PRS-ACL3 takes reading back to its roots, and brings about a sense of nostalgia for the days when we all read from paper in a conventional manner!
Cleverly, the light (which is on a bendy metal rod) is concealed along the centre of the cover (when open) until you choose to flip it upwards. Using just one AAA battery (which is provided, and lasts for absolutely ages), the lamp is turned on via an easily accessible switch. The switch has both a low and high setting, although the actual output from each mode is very similar. The light illuminates the screen effectively with its slight purple tint, although you do have to move it around for a while to get the optimum angle. The great thing about the ability to angle the light is the fact that it can be shone away from those around you and thus used in a discreet manner.
As well as providing light, warmth for the hands, and a book-like feel, the cover offers a certain degree of protection for the reader. I'm not saying it would save the device if you dropped it from a great height, but it would certainly increase its chances of survival. Similarly, it's good to have the insurance of a nice slab of leather over the screen, especially if you keep your reader in a bag where there may be keys and coins jostling around. The cover clips firmly into place via two plastic prongs at its top and bottom, which align with two corresponding holes on the reader. Once in place, all the ports of the reader are still accessible, and the unit can be charged with the cover on. The cover adds no real weight to the device, and therefore won't result in tired wrists.
So far, my description of the cover makes it sound like the perfect accessory - but I do have one complaint. Because the edges of the cover are a little hard, you do start to notice them pressing into your hands after a while. To be honest, it's only a minor issue, and for the most part, the cover is comfortable to hold. Overall then, the PRS-ACL3 is a great little accessory, which makes your 21st Century piece of tech feel like a proper old fashioned (and well lit) book.