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Prestigio PER5162b e-reader review

I am a fanatic of reading. I read since I was a little child. I have read tons of books up to my 20′s, and a lot more since then (I am a philosophy graduate). That’s why I was very interested to get an e-reader and I finaly bought one: a Prestigio PER5162b.

1. Why not a Kindle?

I searched and looked at a lot of Kindle reviews on Youtube and other video sharing websites, but since the recent discovery of Apple and Android security failures, I simply don’t trust anymore the big brands. I know that Kindle looks impressive, but the hidden marketing strategies that must be incorporated in it and the limitation of reading formats were enough and strong reasons for me to drop any choice regarding a Kindle purchase.

2. Why a Prestigio? What is Prestigio?

Prestigio is a brand originating from Cyprus. In fact, the parent brand is Asbis. Asbis is one of biggest IT hardware distributors in Eastern Europe and Prestigio is the brand-name for their e-readers and tablets. Most of their products are researched, developed and manufactured in China, but definitely not by any of the so many low-profile Chinese producers.

Currently, Prestigio sells three models featuring an e-ink display (I didn’t even bother to take into consideration buying an e-reader with TFT display – a tablet would be a better a choice if one needs to watch movies or color pictures). The low-end device is Prestigio PER3362, which costs around 100-125 euros and it is strictly an e-reading device, while the high-end device is PER5062 which has a touch-screen display, wi-fi connection, touch-screen keyboard and is sold for around 180-200 euros.

In between lays Prestigio PER5162 which looks much similar to Kindle 3 and is sold for around 150-170 euros. PER5162 has a 6” display, wifi connection and built-in mini-keyboard. Good to know, every Prestigio model, no matter the price, comes with a free leather cover and a pair of headsets, which are a very nice and useful add-on to the package.

PER5162 comes also with a 2Mb storage card.

3. Technicalities

There is little to be said about this e-reader. I think it is one of the best.

It can read the most popular formats: epub, fb2, pdf, doc, txt, rtf. When using the fb2 format, one can take notes and markups. The pdf reflow function is excellent, very convenient and it works smoothly. This e-reader can also reflow docs, but with long docs the processing time it’s much longer, so my suggestion is to save the docs as pdfs and only then put them on the e-reader.

The books can be organized in folders, with no matter how many levels in depth, for example “Authors – A” > “Aristotle”, “Authors – B” > “Bakunin”, “Baudelaire” etc. Thus, you can really organize an entire library into the card. The e-reader supports mini-SD cards up to 32 Gb.

Of course, the e-ink display makes it easy to read in plain light or in the sun. There is no screen reflection. The drawback of this technology is given by the fact that you cannot read without an external source of light.

The e-reader is very easy, it weights around 300 gr. including the leather cover. The buttons are very soft, but firmly. The main input control is a mini-joystick very similar to the joystick from PSP. I’m curious to see how long it will last, but it seems to be very solid.

The wi-fi and browser function is very convenient. The wi-fi receptor is very powerful, while the browser (a Linux browser) is excellent for basic tasks, such as checking emails or reading a newspaper frontpage. Of course, everything will be seen in black and white. However, from what I have seen in videos over Youtube, the Kindle’s web browser is more powerful. Luckily I don’t need it.

This e-reader also features two little games, a built-in radio, a photo viewer and an mp3 player. Honestly, I didn’t use so much these functions, but when I tested it looked ok. According to the specifications, you can read and in the same time listen to the radio or music player.

The reading options are very diverse. No matter the format, any document can be zoomed in and out (and there are at least 4 levels of zoom). The page can be fitted on the screen for the best reading experience. As stated before, with some documents, such as pdfs and docs, you can reflow the text, then zoom in and out until you have the best option. In the gallery, you can see a page from a pdf document, in initial mode, then in reflow mode (with the maximum zoom out level). As you can see, the reflowed text looks great and the page is much easier to read.

A notice about the gallery pictures: I did the pictures using the flash light. As you can see, the e-ink display looks exactly like a paper page. It doesn’t reflect light, it doesn’t “kill” your retina.

Although you close a book, the e-reader remembers your settings so the next time when you open that particular book, it will open exactly where you leaved it, and how you leaved it. All the reading activity is stored under the “History” menu.

I didn’t have until now any trouble with special Romanian characters, such as ş, ţ, â, î etc. I think that this e-reader can display virtually any european language. When taken out of the box, the storage card is filled with free books in a lot of languages, from English and German to Russian and Polish. I was curious to open one such book from every language, and I didn’t see any trouble.

There is also a voice reading option, but in my opinion this needs to be improved. There are only two languages, Chinese and English, and the English voice is quite dubious. When reading a literary work it really sounds bad. It works much better with journalistic texts.

4. Conclusions

Definitely, Prestigio PER5162b is one of the best e-ink e-readers currently on the market. It is a little bit more expensive than Kindle, but the package includes the leather cover and it reads virtually any e-book format. I’m highly recommending it.

As a final word I’m also recommending to download and install the firmware upgrade from the Prestigio’s website. It adds several options in the reading menus and solves some bugs with the wi-fi and the browser.

Later edit: other names / brands of this e-reader:

- Boeye G6 e-reader
- Delyca S600k

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35 Responses to “Prestigio PER5162b e-reader review”

  • nikola987:

    Wow, I was searching some review for this reader and I think that yours is only one :)

    Tnx :)

  • This is really cool reader with great pouch ..very useful post, I like this post.!

  • Hi lucian,

    Your post really helped me to understand the e-reader review. It has great details and yet it is easy to understand.
    That’s what i was looking for. I will definitely share it with others.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • if you just get an android phone it has all that stuff plus pdfs look great with zoom capability

  • @formar corporacion: ok, I know that you only wanted the backlink. However: you are wrong. Android phones (nor Iphones or tablets) don’t have an e-ink display, which means that you kill your eyes little by little when reading a book. You really must see an e-ink display in order to believe it.

  • First, good review! Having also owned a PER5162 for three months, I can only agree that it’s a great little gadget.

    Second, I also fully agree that with TFT screen one can watch Youtube or smth similar, and even this in a darkened room. With TFT you never will be able to read a book in, let’s say, Greek sunshine — and enjoy it. With Prestigio I did.

  • Darius B.:

    Hello,

    Great review.

    Still, i have some questions:
    - is there any possibility to take notes? A notepad application or something similar.. If yes, can you save in .txt(or any other editable format) what have you typed?
    - what about chatting? i presume it does not have applications similar to Pidgin or YahooMessenger on it, but it may be possible to use YahooMail web-mail chat.

    Greetings from Oradea!

  • Hello Darius,
    There is a notepad application that lets you take and save .note (basically, that’s .txt) files. These notes can be easily downloaded and read or edited with Notepad or any other word processing software.
    If you want to know about lecture notes (annotations), these can be made only on .fb2 files.
    Now, regarding the chatting matter, no, it doesn’t have such an application. But the browser loads pretty well the Y!M mobile website (m.yahoo.com), so you can chat online. I have just completed a test and it works great.

  • Darius B.:

    Thanks very much for the info. You just convinced me to buy it :)

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  • Livux:

    Hello!
    Very good review! This device has StarDict support but no dictionaries installed. But you can install dictionaries in this format. Have you tested this feature? Wile reading can you select a word and see a translation? The manual explains only how to use the dictionary as a stand-alone program.
    Thank you very much.

  • Nice review. We tend to hear only about the big brands that get advertised. The Prestigio is certainly worth checking out.

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  • @Livux: Unfortunately I didn’t use this feature, so I really don’t know how it works.

  • Great review! It’s great that you described this reader so detailed.
    Could you write something more about firmware upgrade? I’ve bought this reader, but I can’t turn it on in upgrade mode.

  • It’s very easy to upgrade it. Just go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest build (from eReaders > PER5162 > Downloads). Unzip it and follow the instructions (the readme file) from inside the archive. It takes approx. 10 minutes to install the latest build.

  • Well, I’ve downloaded the files and coppied it into device… And since saturday I’ve been trying and still I can’t turn the reader on in upgrade mode.
    One more question: did you change the filename? In the archive there is a file sysfw.img and the readme file describe it as Sibrary.
    Thanks for help:-).

  • Yes, just copy the big file (sysfw.img) inside the root of the SD card. It must stay on the root. Don’t rename it. Then keep pressed the buttons as explained in the pdf instructions and the ereader should automatically enter in update mode.

  • Davor:

    Hello, I have to be sure about something before I go out and buy this e-reader. In the specs EPUB and PDF with DRM are listed as supported formats, so my question is does it support also those formats without the DRM?

  • @Davor: of course. In fact, I checked out how the DRM editions works only after reading your questions. I’m not particularly interested in this feature.

  • Davor:

    Thanks for the fast reply :)

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  • Iswer Istvan:

    Dear Sir,

    I’ve bought the PER5162EN reader recently. I like it very much. However I’ve got some trouble with connecting the reader to PC. Under the message ‘Do you want to connect to PC?’ I can see No in double frame, and I am unable to put the Yes in double frame, (to highlight it). So I can’t copy my e-books from PC to reader. So I’m very frustrated, and I’d like to ask for your help and guidance… Thank you very much beforehand.

  • Hello Istvan,
    Sorry for this late answer. I’m sure that you managed to connected it, however let’s put down the answer. You should simply rotate the joystick (the little square button which lies between Menu and Back). Up, down, left, right. If pushing the joystick doesn’t have any effect, than it is possible that you must go to a service center with your e-reader.

  • Iswer Istvan:

    Dear Lucian,

    Great many, many Thanks, my gadget works according to your suggestion! Even I haven’t visited the page recently. All by means you’ve made my day happy!

    Thanks again, Iswer

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