Sony Drops the Price of the DPT-S1 Writing Slate to $599

When Sony announce its 13.3" writing slate several years ago, it cost a princely $1,100.

Now the price has dropped to about half that. Sony is now selling the DPT-S1 Digital Paper through Amazon and B&H Photo for the low, low price of $599.

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Far from being your average ereader, the DPT-S1 has a laptop-sized screen, two touchscreens (capacitive and stylus), Wifi, a microSD card slot, and 4GB of storage.

It only supports PDF, which based on my experience with a competing device is not such a bad idea. The 13.3" screen is so large that this makes for a great document viewer or a display for blueprints, but not such a great ereader.

There's no word on why Sony keeps cutting the price, but I for one am hoping that they are clearing the stock so that they can launch a second model.

But Sony hasn't shown any real interest in new ereader hardware for the past several years, so that is unlikely.

If you're looking for a recommendation, I would get the current model while the price is low rather than wait for a possible replacement which may not arrive at all  (and will almost certainly cost more than $600 if it does).

If you need a document viewer, the current value can't be beat. I'm almost tempted to get one (and if the price drops again, I will).

image via Notebook Italia

About Nate Hoffelder (11579 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on Sony Drops the Price of the DPT-S1 Writing Slate to $599

  1. They have increased the price again. How is it?
    I don’t understand such movements…

  2. But B&H shows availability in september,

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