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E-ink models: Does contrast decrease over time?


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Initial post: Sep 21, 2013 7:07:53 PM PDT
I just got a refurbished Kindle Touch, and I can't believe how much better the contrast and brightness are on it compared to my 2 year old Touch. But now that I'm taking a good look at my older Touch, I don't think it was always this gray. Do e-ink screens tend to lose contrast and brightness over time, or am I remembering wrong?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2013 7:40:19 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I haven't noticed any changes in mine. My Kindle Keyboard is now 3 years old and my Basic is a year and a half.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2013 8:18:56 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
It's more likely the newer screen has been improved compared to the ones from two years ago..

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 8:48:11 PM PDT
I haven't noticed any difference in my almost 2yr old Kindle Keyboard.
My son says his 1 1/2 yr old Basic is the same as when we bought it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2013 8:50:03 PM PDT
Based on the way eInk works I don't think it can "fade".

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 9:03:33 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I've had every Kindle since the Kindle Keyboard and I still have all of them except the Kindle Keyboard but the person I gave that to uses it and I help her with it. I've never seen any degradation. I don't recall how old it is now. Probably 3 years.

However, looking at the various Kindles of mine and my friends and neighbors It's pretty obvious that screens vary a lot from unit to unit. The Kindle Keyboard I had had the best contrast of any of mine till I got the Paperwhite. My neighbor's Kindle Basic has better contrast than it does even though my Kindle Basic has less contrast. These aren't complaints. All these screens are okay and the differences are small. But they're certainly there.

My guess is that's what you're seeing.

By the way, I also have 2 Paperwhites and one of those has better contrast than the other with the light turned way down. With the light up they're identical.

Barry
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