Nyko has brought us another
combination light and magnifier for our Game Boy Colors, which is good, because those
screens dont get any easier to see. The Zoom Light is a stylish little box that sits
atop your GBC, and I like it because I dont have to fiddle with it to get the view
correct. With so many magnifier lights, you must get the angle of the magnifier just right
so that it illuminates your screen and you can still see it. Because the Zoom Light slides
over the top of your GBC, the screen is always in the same spot, giving you a consistent
view of the action.
The light on the Zoom Light is Nykos own full spectrum diode. The quality of
light is very good, and it actually enhances the colors of the GBC screen because of the
full spectrum reflection. Beneath the Zoom Light magnifier, it is spread out very nicely
over the screen. Kiss all those hours of positioning yourself under your reading light
just right goodbye. The Zoom Light also plugs into the link port on the GBC, and draws
power directly from your GBC batteries. The power consumption is very low, and I
didnt notice any significant reduction in the lifetime of my batteries. The Zoom
Light features a pass-through for your link port, so you can use it and trade Pokemon with
your pals with no sweat.
The magnifier on the Zoom Light is detachable, although I dont know why you would
want to do without it. Without the magnifier, the light seems to not be so evenly spread
across the screen, creating a bright spot in the middle of the action. The magnifier is
very good, although it does cause a slight bit of distortion in the screen. Still, this
distortion is no worse than the distortion you get with any other magnifier, and
doesnt interfere with gameplay at all.
Overall, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Zoom Light. While it doesnt have a
lot of features that are necessarily unique, the fact that I dont have to move a
magnifier around to get it to focus properly makes me like it much more than most
magnifier lights. The low power consumption and superior light quality are also big perks
for the Zoom Light. At $14.99, its priced just right. Get one.