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Amazon Kindle DX Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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Update: In September 2012, Amazon discontinued the oversize Kindle DX, although the model was still available through online auction sites.

The Kindle DX is Amazon's plus-size iteration of its best-selling eReader. It functions in most ways like the Kindle Keyboard, except that a Wi-Fi-only model is not available in the DX size, just a 3G version. The 3G works wherever the AT&T network is available, and Amazon pays for the 3G plan for life.

Like the Kindle Keyboard, the DX model offers a PDF reader, an MP3 player, a text-to-speech function for reading books aloud, and access to nearly 1 million books in the Kindle store. One difference in the two models is the DX has a built in accelerometer, which allows easy switching from landscape to portrait modes; users had to navigate through menus for the same function on the smaller Kindle Keyboard.

CostHelper Bottom Line: The Kindle DX is no longer available through retailers or the manufacturer, but can still be purchased through online auction sites. The auctions often end well below the original MSRP $379, typically between $150-$200.

Prices

(Prices as of 03/27/2013)
Kindle DX  Source
$379MSRP

Additional Costs:

$0-$20Books: Most titles are $5-$20, more than 1 million books are free
$40-$60Cover/carrying case
$109 Extended warranty/protection plan
$20 Reading light

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 10.4"
Width: 7.2"
Depth: 0.38"
Weight18.9 oz
Screen Size9.7"
Resolution1200x824
Text DisplayE-Ink Pearl
Capacity4GB (about 3,500 books)
Battery LifeUp to 2-3 weeks (no connection); up to 7 days (3G on)
Other FeaturesWireless coverage in more than 100 countries
PDF reader
Text-to-speech
MP3 player
Built-in dictionary
Limited web browser
Wikipedia
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Amazon.

Best-Selling Books

1. "Monday Mornings" by Sanjay Gupta$9
2. "Lover at Last" by JR Ward$15
3. "Falling into You" by Jasinda Wilder$4
4. "Six Years" by Harlen Coben$15
5. "Wait for You" by J Lynn$3
(List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Magazines

1. People$9.99/month
2. SI magazine$3.99/month
3. Better Homes and Gardens$7.49/month
4. Time$2.99/month
5. US Weekly$5.99/month
Per issue fees may differ. (List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Newspapers

1. The New York Times$19.99/month
2. The Wall Street Journal$21.62/month
3. The Washington Post$$11.99/month
4. USA Today$11.99/month
5. The Onion$2.49/month
Per issue fees may differ. (List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

Most reviewers like the Kindle DX, and Consumer Reports gave it a very good to excellent rating. But as the larger, more expensive model of the Kindle Keyboard, it may deter some consumers. The $120 jump to the leanest iPad model might lure some prospective buyers away, and others might be lured by the leaner, similar-functioning, less expensive Kindle Keyboard.
  • PC Magazine: "The Amazon Kindle DX is a nice addition to the Kindle family. But it's almost-$400 price tag might be prohibitively high."
  • Cnet.com: "The reality is that the Kindle DX is for a very specific user who wants a large-screen E-Ink display that allows you to see more text on a single page or increase the font size and still have more than 3 words per line."