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Joystiq presents

DS Lite mega-review

Shiny!Only those boys over at Arstechnica could post a review so awesome, so comprehensive in its scope, that it could only be called a mega-review. They go through just about every nook, cranny, and caveat that the shiny new system has to offer, including a size comparison to a brick and a low-key Seinfeld reference. What should you know?
  • The battery isn't necessarily all Nintendo cracked it up to be. You'll only get around 6 to 7 hours on the brightest setting, though that can be significantly lengthened by lowering the veritable solar flare coming from your gaming device.
  • Dead pixels appear to be a problem, so be sure to check your unit before messing with it too much.
  • The outer coating is surprisingly scratch-resistant, despite the fingerprint-showing gloss. Good for sliding into your pocket.
  • It's sexiness rating is somewhere on the level of a young Catherine Zeta-Jones. That's REALLY sexy.
Bottom line: you should get one. Wait for the other colors if you must, but don't let this slice of portable heaven pass you by.

[via Joystiq]

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Matters1

6-12-2006 @ 8:31PM

Matters said...

To be honest 6 or 7 hours is all I EVER got on the 2 different DS's I have owned regardless of what game I was playing, and yes I have played several games for 6+ hours straight starting with a full charge until my battery light came on so I pretty much know that it was the limit on both of my DS's. To be fair I never let it completely die because I didn't want to lose anything so I always plug it in when the red light comes on.

(Kirby CC, Castlevania DS, Meteos, Metroid(single player with lots of breaks to rest my hands) and NSMB are some games that I have played for 6 or more hours in a row (except with piss breaks or maybe to eat or what not))

I've never gotten more than 8 hours out of a battery without having to plug it in.

To me 6 or 7 hours at full brightness sounds awesome. That's a pretty decent battery upgrade.

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FDR2

6-12-2006 @ 10:36PM

FDR said...

I got mine yesterday and noticed today that a pixel was malfunctioning. It appears red when it should be blue; most other colors seemed to be rendered fine. Zombie pixel?

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Motzarella3

6-13-2006 @ 3:46AM

Motzarella said...

that was great review!

now, should I wait for the black one to come out in the U.S. or just get a white one?

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Aamir1234

6-13-2006 @ 6:03AM

Aamir123 said...

ITS UNLIKLY U WILL PLAY FOR 6 HOURS STRAIGHT AND U MIGHT NEED SILICON CASES LIKE THE CRAP PSP IF THEY MADE A PSP LITE NO ONE WILL BUY IT. WHICH ONE SHOWS MORE FINGER PRINTS???? IM GETTING WHITE BUT ITS NOT OUT NEXT WEEK IN EUROPE MAN U LUCKY WE GET STUFF LAST.

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Jamie5

6-13-2006 @ 6:42AM

Jamie said...

Surely that was a JFK reference? How many people remember where they were when they first saw Numan being shot?

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Dave6

6-13-2006 @ 10:33AM

Dave said...

I hope you catch on fire, Aamir123.

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naib7

6-13-2006 @ 12:27PM

naib said...

I had a dead pixel problem with my Phat(swapped it immediately). Odds are I'll have to return the first Lite I pick up as well. That's disheartening as i was about to go grab one at lunch.

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Click me!8

6-13-2006 @ 1:09PM

Click me! said...

If any of you guys are interested in getting one of those black DS Lites from England, hit the link below to see my eBay auction. -- Josh*

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ryan9

6-13-2006 @ 2:55PM

ryan said...

if i recall mintenod states you get 19 hours based on the lowest brightness level..
and they do have a disclaimer that states that the battery charge is dependant on certain conditions the ds is in, , what lwevel of brightness, what tempature is the environment around it etc...

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Miranda10

6-13-2006 @ 10:29PM

Miranda said...

In case anyone doesn't know this ... I went to GameCrazy today and they gave me a $70 trade-in on my DS Phat. So I was able to get a DS Lite for $60. Not too bad. :-)

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bjrn11

6-15-2006 @ 7:09PM

bjrn said...

Yeah, the Nintendo DS Lite website tells me that they expect 5-8 hours of gameplay at the brightest setting, and 15-19 on the lowest. I still doubt I'd need that much.

Although I have a trauma from when I was younger and had the big Game Boy brick, and was playing Super Mario on it. When I had gotten to the final level, the colours (well, black pixels really, because black was the only colour there was) started to fade. And of course back then, there was no saving.

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