The Amazon Kindle DX is the latest in the Kindle line of e-book readers -- but significantly bigger
- Large display makes browsing a bit easier, comfortable to handle, keyboard easier to work with, auto-rotate, 4GB of storage
- Still doesn't have backlighting
The Amazon Kindle DX is not so much a revolutionary new addition to Amazon's product line as it is a perhaps useful niche product for academia. And it's too early to tell whether Amazon will be able to penetrate the market enough with its dedicated e-book reader to make it an everyday item for most people — or whether less specialised products such as the iPhone or even an Apple netbook will predominate.
Price$ 489.00 (AUD)
And since students are a primary market for this product, that could be important. Six US universities — Arizona State University, Pace University, Case Western Reserve University, Princeton University, Reed College and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia - will be participating in trials this autumn in which they will distribute the Amazon Kindle DX to their students. Details about that program are not immediately available.
Considering the number and cost of textbooks, this seems like a useful development for educational establishments. If Amazon can make those pricey textbooks available to students at a discount, it could make the device worth its price.
An Amazon Kindle DX in one's backpack would be a lot lighter and more convenient than several pounds worth of print.
But the idea of purchasing a dedicated reading device — a rather large one at that — for reading the daily newspaper is another thing altogether. Amazon touted a pilot program under which three US newspapers — the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post — will offer Amazon Kindle DX devices at a reduced rate to people outside their usual delivery districts who agree to subscribe for a certain length of time. Again, details about that program were not immediately available.
It's nice to receive your daily newspaper automatically on a handy wireless device — we know at least a couple of people who enjoy reading their daily papers on the smaller Kindle. But the Amazon Kindle DX would have to come at a considerable discount to motivate the public at large to invest in one. And its additional weight and size make it a lot less practical to carry on your daily commute.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review
- 2 Portable power: Venom Blackbook 13 Zero review
- 3 Alcatel Idol 4S review: King of the mid-range?
- 4 Witness a 241% Australian price hike: Dell Latitude 7370 review
- 5 Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus review
Latest News Articles
- Slump continues as tablet markets records worst quarter since 2012
- Acer puts liquid cooling in its Switch Alpha 12 tablet
- Intel's tablet adventure looking more like its netbook disaster
- Display expert: The 9.7-inch iPad Pro's color accuracy is “visually indistinguishable from perfect”
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown reveals iPhone 6s Plus camera and 2GB of RAM
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCDesktop Support AnalystNSW
- CCVMWare SpecialistACT
- CCDevOps EngineerVIC
- CCChange Communications ManagerNSW
- FTDigital Product Owner | Advertising Technology | SearchNSW
- CCChange AnalystVIC
- CCTest Environment ManagerNSW
- FTBusiness Development Manager | ICT intelligent systems integrationVIC
- CCManager Architecture Practice Lead (Infrastructure Architect)NSW
- FTTandem/NonStop Technical ConsultantWA
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- CCCustomer Service RepresentativeQLD
- CCNetwork Engineer - TelecomVIC
- FTData ScientistNSW
- CCContract Systems Analyst (Infrastructure/JAVA) 160901/SA/486Asia
- FTTest AnalystVIC
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net DeveloperVIC
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/J2EE) 160901/AP/781Asia
- CCEmail Production SpecialistNSW
- FTMicrosoft Enterprise Project Management - Technical ConsultantACT
- CCBackfill Support Engineer (Renewable 12-month Contract)Asia
- FTSenior Business AnalystVIC
- CCWebmaster content managementACT
- CCIT Program Manager - TelecommunicationsNSW