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So can you turn the Paperwhite light completely off?

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Posted on Oct 4, 2012 5:59:32 PM PDT
Chibi Rachy says:
Nope, doesn't go completely off. I can't tell it's on in a room in daylight, but in darkness, it's very very dimly lit. When I read in daylight though or a bright room, I really can't tell that it's on in the lowest setting, which is what mine has currently stayed at.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 9:38:05 AM PDT
Miss WiSH says:
My eyes must be really bad because it looks off to me... lol

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 10:24:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2012 10:30:02 AM PDT
My eyes must be really bad because it looks off to me... lol

Look at it in a completely dark room. You will easily see that the screen does not currently completely turn off.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 10:39:11 AM PDT
Wow, you people must have incredibly sensitive eyes. The light not turning off all the way bothers me not at all.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 10:56:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2012 11:58:44 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
When, during use, would it ever possibly matter that the lights are not completely off?

This is a non-issue.

ETA: Downvoting is the last resort of those who have no valid argument.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 1:33:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2012 1:34:17 PM PDT
re: When, during use, would it ever possibly matter that the lights are not completely off?
Agreed that for most this may be a non issue.

Some who want to have an experience as close to reading a book as possible may prefer to have the light completely off to avoid the electric feel.

Others might want to maximize battery life and be able to turn the light completely off like they can with WiFi/3G.

Still others may have sensitive eyes and be able to feel eye-strain.

An alternative question is why would you have an off switch for a light that does not really turn it completely off. Even the dimmer light in your living room can be completely turned off.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 4:10:56 PM PDT
John D. says:
I wonder if this was a last-minute change, so that even if you're in total darkness, you can see just enough to activate the lights even with the lights "off". If they were totally dark, you really would have no way to work the controls so you could activate the lighting and see.

This could be obviated by allowing another gesture -- say TWO fingers simultaneously up or down to change the light levels. Without some facility like that, I can see why they made this modification. However they should update their docs to match...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 5:14:45 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Except that you must be in a room with zero ambient light to even know that the PW lights are not completely off. In which case you're not reading anyway, and the Kindle will go to sleep, and the lights *will* be completely off.

It's a total non-issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 7:27:19 PM PDT
B. Sabiston says:
no it is not

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 7:33:46 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Would you care to back up that unsupported assertion with an actual argument?

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:02:16 PM PDT
B. Sabiston says:
You can't turn it off completely, and it sucks. What morons they are to think people would not want the ability to go back to the 'old kindle' style they've been using for years!? I'm disgusted. People who say you don't notice it at the lowest setting are liars. I am sitting in a well lit room with it at the lowest setting, and you can tell just by having the shadow from your hand hit the surface.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:29:57 PM PDT
Shady says:
I have yet to receive my Paperwhite, so may I ask just what is bothersome about the lights not totally shutting off?... is the very lowest setting too bright for some? I'm just trying to understand...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 8:44:02 PM PDT
You're disgusted about this? A little melodramatic I would say. Yes, the light does stay on all the time, but at the lowest setting it is barely noticeable and the only real effect is that it increases the contrast between the text and background.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 8:45:38 PM PDT
If the lowest setting is too bright for some then there isn't a book light in the world that will satisfy them. The Kindle PW has 25 brightness settings with the lowest being about the same as a book light when the battery is nearly dead.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:46:34 PM PDT
Joey D says:
I don't get it either. I turned the light all the way down and I had to turn off all the lights in the room to even notice it was still on. If you get a migraine from the lowest setting in a dark room then turn a light on. The screen is much clearer than the KK in light. I found reading on it wonderful. Some people are just never happy and love to complain.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 9:09:41 PM PDT
B. Sabiston says:
I'm not disgusted so much at the light itself, just at the people who made the thing who didn't think that people might actually like to shut it off. I mean they got 90% of the way there, would it really be so hard to have the lowest setting just be 'off'? Same thing about getting rid of the chapter-swipe -- like, why? Why not have these things be options at least?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 9:33:44 PM PDT
@B. Sabiston: Have you told Amazon how unhappy you are with them and their new model(s)? They don't always come into the forums.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 9:57:02 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
"Liars?" Bite me, and good night.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 10:06:55 PM PDT
cab0218 says:
All I see is a bunch of entitled snowflakes in here. If you are so unhappy with the product just return it and stop complaining its getting very annoying.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 10:49:52 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
The fact that the lights are not completely off shows up as darker thicker looking text in areas that can be seen to be more dimly lit when the light is turned up. Some people have more acute visual perception of things like this, just as some people have better or different hearing capabilities.

Nobody can truly know what another person sees, hears, tastes, smells, or feels.

Amazon wrote that the light could be turned off, so that option should be there.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 11:05:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2012 11:09:05 PM PDT
E.A says:
Same "issue" here, it's not a huge concern for me, except for the mental perception of "wasting" battery when you don't need it, though you would think with 24 settings the '0' one would be off huh?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2012 1:05:31 AM PDT
Dorsie says:
Some people are annoyed by promises that are made in writing, and then turn out to be false, especially with no explanation. It encourages a loose interpretation of what constitutes a contract and where the line is for false advertising.

I would rather have the light be able to turn off if only to determine what part of the unven font density is due to variances in light dispersion and refraction, and what part is instrinsic to the nano imprinting in the fiber optic layer. That would help me to choose the best external and machine lighting to use.

But my reasons for wanting to turn off the light completely are really irrelevant. It was promised to me both in speech and writing, and it ain't there. If there is a good reason, tell us in an announcement. If not, fix it.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 2:14:34 AM PDT
ink says:
You can set it to the lowest setting and it looks off, but peer down in between the bezel and the screen and you can see the lights are still on.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 4:44:25 AM PDT
Josue says:
definitely cannot turn off the light all the way. in pure darkness you can still see a glow that actually looks kinda bluish in my room. not complaining though. still really enjoying mine. arrived yesterday.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 7:36:21 AM PDT
Now I'm on the fence. I think I need a retail model to judge for myself.
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