Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 Review, Feature, Specs, Price

Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 tablet is all hardware, with very little software. It’s a unique device for anyone who wants to read, edit, or annotate illustrated textbooks, journal articles, or other PDF-formatted documents.

Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 Designs and Features

  • Physical

The DPT-RP1 is the largest slate of E Ink around.This tablet is as light as an actual pad of paper. It comes with a 13.3-inch, 2,200-by-1,650-pixel screen surrounded by soothing matte plastic, with a slightly angled back that still lies flat on a table. It measures 8.8 by 11.9 by 0.2 inches and weighs only 12.3 ounces. There are few buttons on this tablet, a single home button at the top of the tablet, where the power button and micro USB charging port are.

  • Screen

There is no back and the front light on the screen itself. With screen density of 206 pixels per inch (PPI), not up to the latest ebook readers like Amazon Kindle that is 300-PPI display.

  • Memory and Battery
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The slate comes with 16GB of storage, of which 11.1GB is available as always. There’s no SD card slot so you have to use external storage to save some data. Sony claims that the tablet has about three weeks of battery life, it takes three hours to charge fully.

  • Software

Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 main problem is that the software here appears to be from 2004. The tablet reads only non-DRM protected PDFs, Not ePub, not Mobi, not CBR, not library PDFs, not any other format.

  • Connectivity

Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 has no cloud connectivity, so getting documents on it requires a clunky piece of PC/Mac software downloaded from Sony’s site. Just remember to disable your antivirus or firewall before installing the drivers, just like back in 2004. You can do this through dual-band, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as long as your Wi-Fi doesn’t have a portal page or domain authentication. The tablet itself has no way to browse or download content, so you need to use your PC.

  • User Interface 
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The main UI is just a file manager. Hit the home button, and you can jump to a list of files or create a note with your pen. In a document, you can pop down a menu to look at pages as thumbnails, look at a list of your annotations, compare two documents next to each other, annotate a document itself, or create a side-by-side page of notes. There’s no direct pinch-to-zoom, but you can still zoom: Tap the top of the screen, tap a zoom icon, and tap the area to zoom. Once again, it’s clunkier than it needs to be, and the zoom is slow.

  • Stylus

Sony includes a stylus to mark up your documents or to take notes. It isn’t a standard capacitive stylus. When you re-import your PDFs back to your PC, they’ll contain the markups and notes. Your notes and markups also appear on the tablet’s list of annotations.


Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1
Dimensions: 8.82 by 11.9 by .23 inches
Weight: 12.3 oz
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 16 GB
Expansion Slot: No
Screen Size: 13.3 inches
Screen Type: Monochrome E Ink

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Touch Screen: Yes
Backlight: No
Physical Keyboard: No
Networking Options: 802.11ac (2.4+5.0 GHz Dual-band)
Cellular Connectivity: None
Book Formats: PDF

Price $699 on Amazon 

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