Feeds

Amazon Kindle DX drops price, improves display

Still twice the price of its little brother

Security for virtualized datacentres

Amazon has revamped and repriced its Kindle DX e-reader, improving its display and dropping its price from $489 to $379.

The upgraded 9.7-inch e-ink display on the new DX, big brother to the 6-inch original Kindle, is still monochrome. Color e-ink may be improving, but it's still not ready for prime time.

But the new DX's 16-level grayscale display, Amazon claims, now has 50 per cent better contrast than the earlier model — and, we presume, 50 per cent better than the demi-Kindle.

The Kindle DX Graphite

You can now choose between a graphite or white finish, but only in the US

The new DX's display also remains backlight-free, which Amazon touts as an advantage it has over its 9.7-inch competitor, the iPad, because its paper-like appearance makes it possible to read in bright sunlight. If you happen to read on your porch or on the beach, that's good; if you read in a dimly lit bedroom while your partner snores next to you, not so good.

In addition to its improved display, the biggest advantage the new model has over the original Kindle DX (our review here) is its price. When the iPad came out at $499 for its entry-level model, it was merely a matter of time before Amazon would be forced to drop the price of its less-versatile tablet.

Now that the Kindle DX has dropped $110 of excess price-tag poundage, it'll be interesting to see whether it will be enticing enough to remain relevant — after all, the 6-inch Kindle recently had its price slashed from $259 to a mere $189. The little guy may provide a less enjoyable reading experience due to its smaller display, but you can buy two of them for the price of one DX and still have a buck left over for a frosty beverage.

The new Kindle DX will be sold globally beginning July 7 — although the new graphite model will initially be available only in the US. Preorders are now being accepted. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.