For today only, buyers can get $40 off a refurbished 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX with 16GB of storage in Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire sale. A Kindle Fire HDX usually starts at $199, but you can now get one for only $159, as long as you’re okay with refurbished products.
A certified refurbished Kindle is a pre-owned Kindle that has been refurbished and tested to look and work like new. The device is given a new 1-year warranty, which is the same as new Kindle products.
Of course, this model isn’t at the top of Amazon’s lineup of Kindle hardware, as the 8.9-inch HDX offers a larger screen and a couple of exclusive features, but if you’re one that prefers a smaller screen, than the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is probably your best bet.
The Kindle Fire HDX is still relatively new, and it comes with some impressive specs. Perhaps its most impressive feature is the 1920×1200 display that provides a crisp and sharp image. The 8.9-inch version offers an even higher resolution of 2560×1600, which is better than the iPad.
There’s also the new customer service feature only on the Kindle Fire HDX called Mayday, which allows you to get on the horn with an Amazon customer service rep in under 15 seconds if you’re ever having trouble navigating around your device. Mayday allows you to video chat with a representative, but they won’t be able to see you. Instead, they will be able to see your Kindle Fire HDX screen and can guide you through any steps that you need taken through, or fix any problems you may be having.
Of course, this isn’t the first time this year that Kindle tablets have been on sale. Amazon has provided a ton of deals already this year on its tablets, and it also discounted its tablets and ereaders several times last year in December and November for the holiday shopping season, where you could get the entry-level ereader for $49. Overall, the company has never been shy about discounting its own hardware.
In fact, Amazon frequently discounts its flagship ereader, the Kindle Paperwhite, down to an impressive $99. The Kindle Paperwhite costs twice as much as Amazon’s entry-level Kindle ereader, but the features are there to justify the cost a bit. The device includes a front-lit LED display, which means that the device lights up the screen from the front instead of the back like most LCD panels do. This prevents eye strain when reading at night.
Of course, some of the biggest advantages of an ereader like the Paperwhite is that the battery lasts a long time. Amazon says that a single charge on the Paperwhite can last up to eight weeks (based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at ten). The same can’t be said for tablets, which usually only last a day or two depending on the amount of usage.
Ereaders also don’t come with any glare in bright sunlight, making them great for reading on the beach. This is thanks to the e-ink display that uses an entirely different type of screen technology than smartphones and tablets, and also uses up way less battery juice, allowing the device to last for weeks on end.
You can usually take advantage of Kindle hardware sales throughout the year, so there’s almost no reason to not wait for a good deal on a Kindle tablet or ereader, and this certainly won’t be the last time we see a Kindle deal this year, as Black Friday and the general holiday shopping season will be full of Kindle deals.