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Ismenio
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Re:Review of the Saitek Mephisto Touch Screen
« on: February 21, 2005, 03:01PM »
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Hi folks!

The one unit that I think has a passable screen is the Excalibur Deluxe Talking Touch Chess (talk about a long name!):

http://www.excaliburelectronics.net/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=EXC&Product_Code=404D&Category_Code=ECHESS&Product_Count=3

What you see in the picture is pretty much how they look like.
Now, this unit cannot compete with the Novags when it comes to playing strength but I like the screen. Just my humble opinion.

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Re:Review of the Saitek Mephisto Touch Screen
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2005, 07:15AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on February 17, 2005, 08:03PM   



I think it's also interesting how the LCD is still a point of discussion. I still scratch my head a little when I try to understand why we don't have better screens in these units.

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Were the early Novag Sapphire's (I think they had a LCD screen with a chess board on them) also very bad?  Ever since I purchased a very cheap Excalibur touch screen handheld, I have not even looked at any others.  It is so bad that it is totally unusable.  Yes, it was inexpensive, but I thought it might be passable.

Are there any with the touch screen that are at least visible to the naked eye? 

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Re:Review of the Saitek Mephisto Touch Screen
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2005, 07:15AM »
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I am with you two on this LCD screen issue. When I received my Novag Star Sapphire I was bitterly disappointed with the display. Compared with my Ipac + Pocket Fritz 2 it is a sad joke.

Eric H in his review said that he got used to it, or words to that effect, but eyestrain would get me long before I was conditioned to its murky screen. I wonder how much Erics tolerance is based on having to sell the damn things. Good battery life is usually an advantage of monochrome/no backlight but in the Star Sapphires case I don't think the battery life is any good either.

The Star Sapphire was to have had a better display but it was chopped from the released model, presumably by the accountants. If the top portable does not have a good LCD display then do cheaper models like the Saitek Touch Screen stand a chance?





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Re:Review of the Saitek Mephisto Touch Screen
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2005, 05:17AM »
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yes Ismenio - I also puzzle this.  Pocket Fritz on the Pocket PC is a beautiful  set of standard chess piece icons but the dedicated Mephisto and Novag players all have silly little cryptic  glyphs which I for one just cannot play with.  The Pocket PC has quite a bit of silicon ral estate devoted to the graphics which the dedicated do not - hence the poor show.

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Review of the Saitek Mephisto Touch Screen
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2005, 08:03PM »
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I think a review of a chess computer is kind of hard to find so I post anything I can find.

http://www.pcc.org/members/reviews/revsaitek.shtml

I think it's also interesting how the LCD is still a point of discussion. I still scratch my head a little when I try to understand why we don't have better screens in these units.

Pandolfini Regards,

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