Amazon Kindle DX
Manufacturer: Amazon Part number: 892685001928
- Bottom Line:
- Though it has a hard time competing with Apple's iPad in terms of functionality, the less-expensive 2010 Kindle DX will appeal to those looking for a large, dedicated e-reader with an e-ink display.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.00
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy and John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 08/02/2010
The good: Large-screen e-book reader with improved, higher contrast e-ink screen; large library of hundreds of thousands of e-books, newspapers, and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store; free 3G wireless access; can store up to 3,500 books; eight fonts available, including two new extra-large sizes; decent battery life; displays image files, PDFs, and plays MP3 and AAC audio.
The bad: Though it's more affordable than the previous DX model, the price is still within spitting distance of the more versatile iPad; heavier weight (than smaller Kindle) could make long reading sessions tiresome; doesn't support EPUB files; no protective carrying case included; battery is sealed into the device and isn't removable; no Wi-Fi option.
The bottom line: Though it has a hard time competing with Apple's iPad in terms of functionality, the less-expensive 2010 Kindle DX will appeal to those looking for a large, dedicated e-reader with an e-ink display.
The large format ebook reader - it's the daddy!
by Jeremy Chappell on August 7, 2010
Pros: Large display, excellent reading experience. Lightweight with excellent battery life. Huge range of titles.
Cons: Personally I don't like the new colour, it a bit "techie" compared with the older DX. It is still quite pricey, though if you're a avid reader this probably isn't so much of a problem. Why the review even mentions the iPad I don't know.
Summary: The hardware itself isn't the main draw here, as it should be. This device has an excellent large display, it isn't quite as good as actual paper to ...
Summary: The hardware itself isn't the main draw here, as it should be. This device has an excellent large display, it isn't quite as good as actual paper to read, but it isn't that far behind. The refresh cycle is faster than older models and while still slightly distracting it isn't really a problem anymore. The typeface looks great, and has sizes to suit almost all readers. Reading PDFs is a little "hit and miss", especially with PDFs designed for a colour display, but mostly they are okay.
The real attraction of this device isn't actually the device at all, rather the excellent bookstore for Kindle Books, there is a huge selection of titles and they load quickly. It is this that is the secret of why a Kindle is worthwhile and even an e-reader with better specs wouldn't measure up in the short term.
Of course, this device is rather pointless if you're just wanting to read novels - the new "Kindle" been a better bet, but if you're wanting to read textbooks especially those with illustrations, graphs and charts the extra screen size make the Kindle DX a natural fit.
As for as a comparison with the iPad, I don't think the devices compare at all. The iPad is a general purpose device, the Kindle DX is a purely one use device - an e-reader, it does other jobs so poorly that it isn't worth considering them. Conversely if does e-reader so well that for most buyers that's more than enough to justify the cost (or its smaller sibling the "Kindle"). The only caveat being that the iPad does glossy colour - if these are the kinds of books you wish to read then it is a better device for you. For everyone else the light weight, greater battery life and e-ink display of the Kindle DX make it a better choice (as an e-reader). Additionally the iPad has an excellent "Kindle App" and I can see either the Kindle or the Kindle DX appealing to many iPad owners (the books can be read across devices with both keeping in sync with the current position in the text).
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
A serious price for a not serious device
by UncleOalof on August 7, 2010
Pros: Ample screen size makes this the best e-reader for reading. As always the e-ink allows extending reading not only for the battery, but for my eyes. There is a lot of potential for the wireless for free local publications.
Cons: The price is still too serious for what you get. No screen lighting of any fashion. It may kill on power but reading in my bed would be easier for others if I didn't need an external source of lighting. More newspapers need to be on board.
Summary: Despite the price, the Kindle DX is still a great performer. If they would knock it down to about $250 I think we will finally hear the end of reviewers ...
Summary: Despite the price, the Kindle DX is still a great performer. If they would knock it down to about $250 I think we will finally hear the end of reviewers and people wrongly trying to compare it to an iPad. If only more newspaper publications, espeically free ones, would make themselves available. Can you imagine traveling and having local papers synced at your desire to the device?
In one area where I will bring up the iPad, is the book pricing itself. No thanks to Apple's book deal prices on Kindle books have risen. It is ridiculous for the Kindle version of new releases to be $3 more than the printed version. There is no justification for that. It eliminates the primary advantage one once came to enjoy with the Kindle.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Now looks like a winner
by mzungu45 on July 31, 2010
Pros: Very clear text, reads PDF better than first DX, works as a basic web browser with no charges using 3G (not realistic with earlier DX); long battery life
Cons: No color, understandably slow and very basic as web browser
Summary: With the right kind of cover (available from third party), the Kindle DX can be propped up. It's hard to find a book as easy to read as the ...
Summary: With the right kind of cover (available from third party), the Kindle DX can be propped up. It's hard to find a book as easy to read as the Kindle DX in that position. (Even with a reading stand, one needs to deal with the pages which often won't stay in position.) The ease of reading is, of course, mainly due to the clarify to of the font (which can be adjusted), which is one of the Kindle DX's strongest features.
For the first time a Kindle reader is genuinely usable for PDF files. This is partly due to the new hardware and partly due to software improvements which, for example, allow zooming. This does require some adjustments on the part of the reader and may not offer the perfect PDF reading experience, but it works acceptably (without color).
Another first is the existence of an adequate even if basic web browser. On previous Kindles this was either so slow or so primitive that it was, in my experience, too frustrating to use. But on the new Kindle DX, one could reasonably go online to read email, check the weather (radar maps are, of course, sluggish), or read an online newspaper, and this can be done with 3G for free (unlike the iPad). Of course it won't work if you need color or fast graphics, so it's no substitute for a laptop and won't do what a 3G iPad will do. But I would certainly use it rather than pay the outrageous daily fees some hotels charge for wifi.
Overall, I think it is an excellent product worth considering if it meets your needs, understanding its limitations.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Still too expensive
by geneven on August 7, 2010
Pros: Bigger than the other Kindle.
Cons: Too expensive.
Summary: Its obvious that the prices of these readers is falling. The price fall is needed to emphasize the advantages of these Kindles to the iPad. I think that another version ...
Summary: Its obvious that the prices of these readers is falling. The price fall is needed to emphasize the advantages of these Kindles to the iPad. I think that another version of the DX will soon appear, so this one is a particularly bad purchase at this time. I sent off for the smaller one, wireless version, myself. I have the older one already. If you already have wireless at home, there is no big reason to have the ability to download books while on the road -- just download more before you leave town.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Biggest issues: SLOWness and Spontaneous Reboots!
by EmbeddedSwEngineer on March 22, 2012
Pros: Performs basics of purchase, download and reading a few books very well.
Cons: When loaded it behaves like Windows ME (remember?). SLOW. I mean maybe a 5 minute wait! SPONTANEOUS REBOOTS may take even longer to complete! Even when all you did was hit the page button.
Summary: Best practices in software engineering have obviously not been followed. No thought has been given to user ease, as seen in such things as inability to easily sort by collections; ...
Summary: Best practices in software engineering have obviously not been followed. No thought has been given to user ease, as seen in such things as inability to easily sort by collections; meaning of the word collection differs across websites, devices and apps. NO systems engineering has been done to make all these applications perform cohesively as a product family. I.e., written and thoroughly reviewed product and software requirements specifications. Thorough system testing with a loaded up device would have detected all the above mentioned issues.
If you will have many books, I suggest getting an iPad for your Kindle books. Then get a Kindle for reading in the sun, but don't load it up.
My biggest suggestion is to Amazon:
FIRE ALL YOUR SOFTWARE TEAMS, TOP TO BOTTOM.
Especially at the top; however, a good team would have made these products successful IN SPITE of MANAGEMENT. Hire American contractors, from Director of Software Engineering, on down.
Fantastic for reading periodicals!
by justin76here on August 7, 2010
Pros: The screen size is terrific. Big enough not to have to squint, small enough to fit into my book bag. The battery life is super long.
Cons: The price should be less.
Summary: Downloading books on the fly with 3G has to be the best thing about this. The higher contrast doesn't hurt either. The storage capacity of the DX is better ...
Summary: Downloading books on the fly with 3G has to be the best thing about this. The higher contrast doesn't hurt either. The storage capacity of the DX is better than some libraries. Love this thing!
Better than a book!
by jcweir on August 3, 2010
Pros: Limitless possibilities!!
Cons: Can't arrange the books how I'd like on the Kindle, minor.
Summary: I love my Kindle DX, a true wonder, the battery lasts for a week with the wireless turned on, and probably two if it was off. So easy to get ...
Summary: I love my Kindle DX, a true wonder, the battery lasts for a week with the wireless turned on, and probably two if it was off. So easy to get new books, news papers. Wonderful.
- Manufacturer: Amazon
- Part number: 892685001928
- Description: Kindle DX is as thin as most magazines. Just over a third of an inch in profile, you'll find Kindle DX fits perfectly in your hands. Kindle DX's large display is ideal for a broad range of reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Kindle DX's display is two and a half times the size of the Kindle display. Whether you're reading the latest bestseller or a financial report, text and images are amazingly sharp on the 9.7" screen. Kindle DX is completely wireless and ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no cables, no computer required. Kindle DX supports wall charging via the included Kindle DX power adapter, and charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable. Kindle DX fully charges in approximately 4 hours. Kindle DX's screen reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a result, Kindle DX can be read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Kindle DX can read to you. With its text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can speed up or slow down the reading speeds or choose a male or female voice.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type eBook reader
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.2 in x 0.4 in x 10.4 in
- Weight 1.2 lbs
- Color Graphite
- Type 9.7 in Monochrome E Ink
- Display Resolution 1200 x 824
- Display type 9.7 in E Ink
- Color Depth 4-bit (16 gray levels)
- Max resolution 1200 x 824
- Flash Memory 4 GB
- Total User Available Memory 3.3 GB
- Flash memory installed 4 GB
- Cellular Technology 3G
- Cellular Protocols EDGE,
- Supported Text Formats AZW,
PRC (Mobipocket) ,
- Supported Still Image Formats PNG,
- Features 3G wireless
- GPS Navigation None
- Audio Speaker
- Supported Digital Audio Formats MP3
- Type Keyboard
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Recharge Time 4.5 hour(s)
- Power supply device Power adapter
Expansion and Connectivity
- Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0,
1 x Headphones
- Included Accessories Power adapter
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 7.2 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 10.4 in
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year