Amazon is having a $299 Kindle DX sale today. The sale is on the Kindle DX 2 which has the eInk Pearl screen.
$299 is quite a good price – It amounts to a $80 saving on the regular price. It doesn’t make the Kindle DX a steal, but it certainly puts it into the ‘decent value for money’ category.
Here’s more on the Kindle DX 2 –
Pros & Cons of the Kindle DX 2
There are quite a few pros –
- Large 9.7″ screen.
- eInk Pearl screen which is great for reading and readable in bright sunlight.
- Good Battery Life – 2 to 3 weeks with wireless off and 7 days with wireless on.
- The larger screen makes it better for reading PDFs and websites.
- Free 3G wireless which covers store browsing,downloading books you buy, and browsing the Internet via a basic web browser.
- Free wireless in 100+ countries. Please note that this global wireless feature is available only for US customers.
- Text to Speech.
- Super Size Fonts.
- The Kindle Store – the best range of new books and the best prices (except for Agency Model books which are the same price everywhere).
There are also quite a few cons –
- The Kindle DX 2 doesn’t have a lot of the physical upgrades the Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi have – It’s missing WiFi, the month-long battery life is missing, and there is no secret built-in microphone.
- Kindle DX 2 is also missing a lot of the software improvements/additions the Kindle 3 and Kindle WiFi have including Voice Guide, PDF reader improvements (notes etc.), and the new web browser.
- It’s quite heavy. It weighs 18.9 ounces which means you can’t really hold it in your hands for too long before your arms get tired.
- It’s a bit awkward. The awkwardness is due to the size – 10.4″ by 7.2″ by 0.38″. The thinness is impressive but the large width and height make the Kindle DX 2 difficult to hold and carry.
- Value for Money isn’t as good as the Kindle WiFi – even at the $299 price.
- No support for ePub or library books.
- Publishers have control over whether Text to Speech and Lending are enabled for a book.
At $299 the Kindle DX is a good option if you’re looking for a large-screen reading device. However, it’s not yet an absolute must-get.