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i ve bought Saitek TOUCH SCREEN TRAVEL CHESS a few years ago. It
looked like a good deal and dispite reviews of bad display quality i
got it. The unit, although a bit heavy and bulky, is well built, rigid
and doesn't feel cheap, plastic or fragile. But, after a while i
realised that the touch screen with the stylus adds nothing to
easiness of use. Speed is not important here. And a few more buttons,
a cross-button or a mini-stick would be equally efficient. The
problem, its only but major problem, is the touch screen. The touch
screen adds a highly reflective coating to the screen. I have been
unable to find the proper lighting conditions and viewing angle that
would make the unit just usable! It doenst matter what is the source
of light, where it is, or of what spectrum, the touch screen reflects
anything like a mirror and the contrast is never satisfying(although
there are 5 levels). The touch screen was just a marketing trick. Even
if a find the right angle and contrast and light to view satisfyingly
one part of the screen i must move around the unit to see other parts
of it! Unfortunately, it is unplayable, yet of top build quality! They
should get rid of the touch screen and go for a mini-stick! The
display on this kind of screens without the touch screen coat is
superb.

There is also the MICRO TRAVEL CHESS COMPUTER which seems the same,
but different colours, 50 instead of 100 levels and seems lighter and/
or smaller.

It seems they noticed the problem and in the MAESTRO TRAVEL CHESS
added adjustable blue backlight. My question is: has anybody actually
seen in real one of these units? Does the backlight solve the display
problem? Or from your experience and knowledge, go you think it
helps?

I d be grateful for any help, since i d like to get one of these, yet
i dont want to throw some more cash out of the window.

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Den 2007-07-22 03:57:06 skrev :

i ve bought Saitek TOUCH SCREEN TRAVEL CHESS a few years ago. It
looked like a good deal and dispite reviews of bad display quality i
got it. The unit, although a bit heavy and bulky, is well built, rigid
and doesn't feel cheap, plastic or fragile. But, after a while i
realised that the touch screen with the stylus adds nothing to
easiness of use. Speed is not important here. And a few more buttons,
a cross-button or a mini-stick would be equally efficient. The
problem, its only but major problem, is the touch screen. The touch
screen adds a highly reflective coating to the screen. I have been
unable to find the proper lighting conditions and viewing angle that
would make the unit just usable! It doenst matter what is the source
of light, where it is, or of what spectrum, the touch screen reflects
anything like a mirror and the contrast is never satisfying(although
there are 5 levels). The touch screen was just a marketing trick. Even
if a find the right angle and contrast and light to view satisfyingly
one part of the screen i must move around the unit to see other parts
of it! Unfortunately, it is unplayable, yet of top build quality! They
should get rid of the touch screen and go for a mini-stick! The
display on this kind of screens without the touch screen coat is
superb.

There is also the MICRO TRAVEL CHESS COMPUTER which seems the same,
but different colours, 50 instead of 100 levels and seems lighter and/
or smaller.

It seems they noticed the problem and in the MAESTRO TRAVEL CHESS
added adjustable blue backlight. My question is: has anybody actually
seen in real one of these units? Does the backlight solve the display
problem? Or from your experience and knowledge, go you think it
helps?

I d be grateful for any help, since i d like to get one of these, yet
i dont want to throw some more cash out of the window.



Buy a Palm handheld cheaply on ebay and purchase a good software to it,
for instance, Chess Genius. Then you get other functions than chessplaying,
too.

By the way, I use a Casio BE-300, a marvelous but discontinued handheld on
which I run Chess Genius.

Mats
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