The refurbished Kindle DX US is available for $220 at Amazon. It’s a great deal and approaches the ideal Kindle DX price ($200).
Refurbished Kindle DX – Should you get the $220 Refurbished Kindle DX?
That’s a good question. There are two parts to this – Is the Kindle DX the right eReader for you? Is the Refurbished Kindle DX US a good Kindle DX to get?
Kindle DX is a good eReader – with pros and cons
The knock against the Kindle DX has always been the price and lack of mobility.
Kindle DX has several advantages – It’s got a 9.7″ eInk screen that is great for magazines and newspapers, its pretty good for books, it’s large enough for PDFs, you can choose landscape mode to make PDFs and browsing better, it has an accelerometer.
It’s well made and it comes with a 1 year warranty – the refurbished Kindle DX US also comes with a one year warranty.
Kindle DX also has several disadvantages – It’s quite large and hard to carry and hold, the PDF support is limited, it’s a bit slow (slower than smaller Kindles), it’s expensive, one-handed reading is almost impossible.
Overall, the Kindle DX is a good choice if you want an eInk screen, which is great for reading, in a size large enough to handle very large font sizes and magazines and newspapers and PDFs and webpages.
Refurbished Kindle DX at $220 is a pretty good choice
Your options are –
- $220 Refurbished Kindle DX US. This is very good value for money. It’s refurbished by Amazon and comes with a 1 year warranty. You can return it up to 30 days after it ships or up to the end of January if you buy it in December. The downsides are that it’s slower, it has slower page turns, and it uses the older generation eInk screen.
- Used Kindle DX US at $259. No reason at all to get this if the Refurbished Kindle DX US or a Refurbished Kindle DX is available.
- Used Kindle DX 1 at $249. This is the Kindle DX International. It doesn’t have the new eInk Pearl screen but the page turns are a bit faster and screen is a bit better than Kindle DX US. It’s still slow and page turns are still slow. It does use the older generation eInk screen – same one that the Kindle DX US uses. A refurbished version is sometimes available for $280 to $300 and is a decent option.
- New Kindle DX 1 at $329. There’s not really any reason to get this unless you really need 3G outside the US. It’s also not that much cheaper than the Kindle DX 2.
- New Kindle DX 2 at $379. The latest generation Kindle DX. It has the new eInk Pearl screen but not the software improvements in the Kindle 3 – It’s therefore not as much better than Kindle DX US and International as Kindle 3 is over the Kindle 2s.
If you look at value for money what you’re giving up with the refurbished Kindle DX US is – it’s refurbished and not new, there’s no 3G outside the US, it’s a little slower, it doesn’t have the new eInk Pearl screen, and it doesn’t have some of the speed improvements. It is, however, $159 cheaper than the $379 Kindle DX 2 and it’s a very usable device.
My recommendation would be to go with the $220 Refurbished Kindle DX US if it meets your needs – It’s pretty solid value for money.
$220 Refurbished Kindle DX – What do you miss by not choosing Kindle DX 2?
Here’s what you get with the Refurbished Kindle DX –
- A large 9.7″, second generation eInk screen that supports 16 shades of grey. It has 1200 by 824 resolution at 150 pixels per inch.
- A $220 price – that’s $159 less than a new Kindle DX 2.
- A one year limited warranty and a 30 day return period (end of January if you buy it in December).
- PDF support – though it’s rather limited.
- Great battery life – up to 4 days with wireless on and 2 weeks with wireless off.
- The text to speech feature, an accelerometer, 4 GB of memory of which 3.3 GB is available for your documents, built-in speakers, USB 2.0 cable to connect to your PC.
- It weighs 18.9 ounces and measures 10.4″ by 7.2″ by 0.38″. The size does get in the way of holding it and carrying it conveniently.
- Sprint’s 3G network.
- Access to the Kindle Store and to Kindle WhisperNet.
It really is good value for money if you’re looking for a large screen eReader. Do note that it’s refurbished and not brand new.
Here’s what you miss out on by choosing Kindle DX US over Kindle DX 2 –
- The latest generation eInk Pearl screen which the Kindle DX 2 has. It has 50% better contrast.
- Faster speed. Page turns and the processor are slower on the Refurbished Kindle DX US.
- Longer Battery Life. The newer Kindle DX lasts an entire week with wireless on and 2-3 weeks with wireless off.
- The Graphite casing – The graphite color helps bring out the screen contrast more.
- Wireless coverage outside the US. If your home country is US the Kindle DX 2 gets free wireless coverage in over 100 countries outside the US.
Apart from the eInk Pearl screen and the faster processor there aren’t really any hugely significant differences. If you travel – the free wireless is a big deal.
After going through the Kindle DX 2 page in detail it’s clear that the refurbished Kindle DX US is a great deal at $220.
As long as you’re aware of what you’re giving up (eInk Pearl with 50% better contrast, faster page turns, faster processor, and wireless coverage outside the US) you’re unlikely to have any regrets. The refurbished Kindle DX US at $220 is a solid, solid option.