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by Nyko

 

Nyko has brought us another combination light and magnifier for our Game Boy Colors, which is good, because those screens don’t get any easier to see. The Zoom Light is a stylish little box that sits atop your GBC, and I like it because I don’t 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 Nyko’s 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 didn’t 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 don’t 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 doesn’t interfere with gameplay at all.

Overall, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Zoom Light. While it doesn’t have a lot of features that are necessarily unique, the fact that I don’t 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, it’s priced just right. Get one.

Shawn Rider

Snapshot

Ups: No hassle focusing magnifier; great light quality; low power drain.

Downs: Light not quite as good without magnifier; very slight screen distortion with magnifier.

System Reqs:
Game Boy Color or Pocket

 

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