Amazon's most affordable Kindle e-reader ($80; £60; AU$109) has been refreshed for 2016. It's now 11 percent thinner, 16 percent lighter, has more rounded edges and comes in white as well as black.
The design changes may not seem major, but any time you can shave some weight off an e-reader it makes a difference. At 5.7 ounces or 161g, the latest entry-level Kindle is actually the second lightest Amazon reader, trailing only the top-of the line.
It feels light in hand, but it's worth noting that the shell and edges are made out of of hard, smooth plastic (it retains the same no frills look, making it a touch slippery). Optional protective covers are available, including Amazon's well-designed form-fitting case -- though it's a bit pricey at $30, £20 or AU$30 (it's slimmer and lighter than previous covers).
One key missing feature is the integrated light found in the step-up, and Oasis models. Also, those devices have higher-resolution displays -- this entry-level Kindle's screen isn't as crisp (167 ppi compared to 300 ppi of its more expensive siblings).
But this Kindle does have a touchscreen (unlike the pre-2014 baseline models) and it's equipped with 4GB of storage, which enables you to store thousands of e-books. Amazon has also apparently doubled the amount of RAM, bumping it up to 512MB. I didn't really notice a difference in performance, however.