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JOYTECH 6.0 inch TFT Monitor with SRS review
This review was done by XBox
Manufacturer: Joytech (http://www.joytech.net)
Review Unit Supplied by: (http://www.xbox-modchips.com)
Price: appr. $169
Friday Oct 10th, 2003
*High Definition 6.0 inch (15.2cm) TFT Colour Screen provides
pin sharp picture quality and true RGB colour definition.
The TFT screen provides a wide 160-degree viewing angle for
a clear picture in any seated position.
*SRS® 3D Surround Sound dramatically improves audio quality
by providing stereo sound with a rich spatial effect.
*Integrated twin modular Stereo Speakers use Dynamic "Mylar"
Cones to deliver full rich sound.
*Integrated Audio/ Video Inputs allow connection of an external
AV source to the Monitor (i.e. DVD, VCR)
*AV Multi Output allows you to connect your console to an
external TV and/or Hi-Fi without removal of the Monitor.
*4 Stereo Headphone Outputs for private multi-player gaming.
*Volume and Brightness controls allow you to adjust your
Monitor settings to match your surroundings.
Joytech knows their business, as they have been making computer
and console peripherals for awhile now. If you are familiar
with their monitors for GAMECUBE and PS2 then this review
wont shock you much.
The XBOX 6.0 inch TFT Monitor is an excellent example of form,
function, and styling. It comes well packaged which is good
because it comes a long way, as JOYTECH is located in the
UK. (Im in Canada)
Rigid, black, and sturdy, the monitor acclimates itself well
to the looks and style of the stock XBOX case it attaches
to. No sticky strips, no Velcro, just a simple slide down
and grab connection is used to keep this baby where you want
it. Do not lift the combined XBOX/MONITOR by the monitor only,
as youll end up with some expensive broken hardware.
(Likely the XBOX) The binding mechanism works well as a stationary
unit, but if you are into porting the combo around, youll
learn to handle them with care. However, thats not to
say the monitor doesnt take a beating - it does. This
review almost didnt happen because I took a flip and
tossed the monitor 6 feet up and 10 feet away. As you can
see from the screen shots, it survived! I ended up with bandages
on my elbow, and my wife laughing while she clean my wounds
The strong hinge allows the monitor to fully close protecting
the screen during transit. (good thing too.. because youll
want to lug this bugger around and show it off at your next
Halo/Lan tourny) The styling of the front panel matches the
grill effects of the xbox case well, concealing 2 cone speakers
which provide more than adequate sound. As noted in the hype
the unit supports SRS 3D Surround Sound. (switch on/off)
As you can see its not a rigid shell connection to
the video port, its a flexible cable connection. This
bodes well for the unit and its longevity. Rigid rear connections
for consoles are vicious beasts and tend to not fare well
over the long haul.
Rear mounted A/V connections, means you can have this monitor
hooked up to the XBOX and, hook up a secondary unit like a
VCR, Satellite, DVD unit or better yet another console. Simple
slide switch allows you to switch from internal video to external
video inputs. Alternatively you can run this monitor without
even owning an XBOX at all. My test XBOX unit is from a previous
mod project and resides in a small pc case. Due to the External
Video Connectors, I was still able to connect this monitor
to that particular XBOX. A feature not found on most portable
LCD screens of this size on the market.
Finally someone is using their head, and included 4 Headphone
jacks. I cant imagine 4 people sitting around this screen
playing multiplayer anything, (I wouldnt to be that
close to 3 other players) but I applaud the effort. The unit
disables output to its speakers when any of the headphone
jacks are in use. I always felt that a big drawback for XBOX
was the lack of a headphone jack on the unit, or even better,
on the controller. (are you listening MS?)
Now you are wondering is it any good for games, movies, etc?
I was shocked as I always had the misconception that LCD
displays were not good for gaming. This screen held up surprisingly
well. No color irregularities, no ghosting or blurring/drifting
images. Animation and live action sequences move fluidly.
I was able to play Ghost Recon Island Thunder surprisingly
well with it (feared that the small screen would hinder visibility,
when actually the opposite was true). The game had extreme
clarity and sniper mode was a dream on this unit. Granted
it wasnt a high paced game to test with so I dug up
the archive and started playing game after game hoping to
find one that would show this unit to be less than stellar.
I didnt find one.
EDIT: I watched TOP GUN and LOST IN SPACE on the screen during
final edits of this review it was an enjoyable experience.
Just for the hell of it.. I fired up some of XPORTs
Emulators and I have to tell you playing some Nintendo classics
on this screen alone would be worth the price.
I dont have much in the way of complaints. But I did
notice a number of issues. If used with any modchip that uses/relies
on a rear mounted LPT connector/switch (example X2 Pro) you
will need to be creative and relocate that connector. The
clamping/binding system could be better IMO. Also, when using
the monitor you will not be able to use many of the side mounted
Air Filters and Air Coolers on the market today. (Review of
both coming soon) A stock XBOX unit, with this monitor attached
will not properly fit into one of those XBOX PAK carry bags
that are available on the market. (Commonly bundled in Canada
with the XBOX when they still retailed for $600Cdn)
I would love to see some additional features added to this
unit in the future. Video connector pass-through would be
at the top of my list. It would be nice to not need to remove
or disconnect the monitor from the Xbox in order to hook it
up to a TV again.
Larger screen would be another. 6 inches is plenty, but weve
gotten used to 9-13 inch TFT displays on notebooks, so its
hard to impress people today with 6 inches. (Course 13 inch
lcd would price this unit out of the market)
As a final addition.. Id love to see a universal PLUG.
The unit reviews comes with the black plug shown, the grey
adapter was added to the unit by Xbox-modchips.com
Swivel option might be nice too. 160 degrees viewable was
nice, but Id like the option at least to not sit right
in front of the unit.
Overall, I like this unit; since people seem to like a numerical
rating I give this unit 8.9 out of 10.
Visit the manufacturers site www.joytech.net they produce
quality products for a number of gaming consoles including
Playstation, Gamecube, and GBA.
Canadian Supplier : http://www.xbox-modchips.com/mobile-xbox-monitor.htm
UK Supplier http://www.gameplay.co.uk