Archive for May 16th, 2012

Kindle Fire Speaker Covers

My Kindle Fire is a typically featureless black slab with one button, two small speakers, and no fasteners. After a few days in my pocket, the upper-left corner began collecting dust on the inside face of the cover glass:

Kindle Fire - internal dust

Kindle Fire – internal dust

That’s not terrible, but it does look ugly and lowers the contrast a bit in that corner. As nearly as I can tell, the speaker grilles provide the only way for that dust to get in, although this was a refurb unit and perhaps the seal around the rim is broken.

In any event, the speaker grilles look like this:

Kindle Fire speaker

Kindle Fire speaker

I slapped a strip of 3M Micropore tape over the openings as a stop-gap fix:

Kindle Fire speaker - taped

Kindle Fire speaker – taped

After a few days, the dust wasn’t getting any worse, so I ran a scalpel blade around the speaker opening and sank the tape atop the grille:

Kindle Fire speaker - trimmed tape

Kindle Fire speaker – trimmed tape

The advantage of Micropore tape is that it won’t completely block the already feeble sound from the speakers.

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