The Kindle DX: Is This Bigger eBook Reader Worth The Price Tag?


Along with its original Kindle, Amazon also offer the Kindle DX. Think of this as the larger, more powerful Kindle. For anyone who has more money to spend on an eBook reader, and wants more scope for reading broadsheets or PDF files, the Kindle DX is a natural choice.

Features Of The Kindle DX

* High contrast e-Ink Pearl technology,
* Screen does not tire eyes and is easy to read in sunlight,

* Large 9.7 inch display,
* 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 inches in size,
* Weighs 18.9 ounces,
* Includes 3G coverage (no monthly contract) in over 100 countries and territories,
* Download books from the Kindle Store in under 60 seconds,
* No PC required to use, though can be connected if needed,
* 2 – 3 weeks battery life with wireless off,
* 7 day battery life with wireless on,

* Space for up to 3,500 books,
* Built in PDF reader,
* Text-to-speech feature,
* Supports the following file formats: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible, MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

Pros Of The Kindle DX

The larger screen means you’ll get a lot more text on the page, making the DX far easier to read and easier on the eyes. It also means that books are displayed more as they were intended to. Although this doesn’t always matter, when it comes to things like poetry, layout is key to getting the feeling of the words on the screen. The Kindle DX is perfect for this.

The newest Kindle DX also has far better contrast than any of the other previous models. This takes it one step further into being just as easy and as comfortable to read as a real book – something that Amazon pride themselves on with all their Kindle models.

Cons Of The Kindle DX

Because of its large size and extra features, the Kindle DX costs a lot more than the regular Kindle. In fact, it costs around twice as much as the 3G + WiFi version of the Kindle! This is certainly not within the price bracket of most casual users.

In fact, the high price of the Kindle DX means that it is barely cheaper than buying a more multifunctional device such as the iPad 2. The latter can perform a huge range of different functions through the use of apps, where the former is for reading. However, it’s important to bear in mind that, as an eBook reader, the Kindle DX still has the edge in terms of the screen being easy on the eyes, readable in sunlight and more like a “real” book.

Other complaints include the fact that the buttons on the Kindle DX are considered to be small, despite the fact that the device as a whole is far bigger. This is because the screen takes up the biggest area on the device. Some users have also stated that its size makes it heavier and less easy to hold while reading than the standard Kindle.


In short, the Kindle DX is much like the original Kindle but bigger, and better, at displaying a wider range of eBooks and files. It doesn’t come cheap, so it’s definitely for those who are truly serious about their eBook readers. That said, Amazon have an excellent track record of good quality eBook readers and fantastic support to match the price tag.

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